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Marrakech Medina (Medina of Marrakesh)
Marrakech Medina (Medina of Marrakesh)

Marrakech Medina (Medina of Marrakesh)

Free admission
Derb Fhal Zefriti nº6 Derb Fhal Zefriti

The Basics

No visit to Marrakech is complete without a visit to the medina, and a guided walking tour is the best way to navigate the labyrinth of lanes and sprawling souks. Tours take in highlights such as the Royal, Badi, and Bahia palaces, the last of which is open to the public; the Koutoubia Mosque, with its towering minaret visible from all around the medina; Ben Youssef Madrasa; and the 16th-century Saadian Tombs.

Also popular are guided tours of the souks, where myriad stalls sell everything from spices to exquisite handicrafts. Tours often include a visit to the tanneries and a chance to watch carpentry, carpet-weaving, or leather-work demonstrations. Some tours include a Moroccan cooking class.

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Medina of Marrakesh guided tour
Medina of Marrakesh guided tour
$43.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Very enjoyable tour with Mohamed the...
Very enjoyable tour with Mohamed the guide enjoyed every minute. We were collected from the riad and delivered back there.
vivbuckley, Oct 2018

Recent reviews from experiences in Marrakech

star-5
Perfect introduction to Marrakech
Michiegjh, Feb 2020
Half-Day Guided City Tour in Marrakech Hidden Medina
Our guide Hakkim was a fabulous ambassador of Marrakech and really knows his history. My son was fascinated to hear all about this wonderful city and really engaged with Hakkim. Great introduction to the area....thank you 😁
star-5
Wonderful Experience
kailasha2013, Aug 2019
Secrets of Marrakesh Private Old Medina Shopping Tour
We had a wonderful experience within the markets of Marrakech. Our guide- Chrif- was wonderful and very knowledgeable. He was a great guide and helped us get some great products at very good rates. The highlight was visiting the co-operative store where they make Argan oil and other organic products! I would recommend this tour highly, and Chrif was a great guide!
star-5
Really interesting walk
Thomas_S, May 2019
Marrakech Medina Walking Tour: Half-Day Guided Tour
We did this tour on our first morning in Marrakech and it was a great way to see the Médina and get your bearings in the city. Our guide was very knowledgable and charming and ensured that everybody was engaged in the tour.
star-5
Fantastic experience
Alexandra_M, Jan 2020
Half-Day Guided City Tour in Marrakech Hidden Medina
We had a super great afternoon on this tour - we went around the inner corners of the Medina, which we would have had NO way of finding without the expertise of our guide. We got to learn about how Moroccans live and take care of each other as well as seeing the amazing abilities of some vendors. We also got to experience a traditional Riad versus a very modern Riad, and seeing the architectural differences between the two was incredible. I highly recommend this tour because it's an amazing way to see the insides of the market in a very safe and illuminating way. I'm also a photography nut, which I told our guide, and he kept showing me incredible places to take pictures, which in turn helped me notice and appreciate little details even more. Thanks for a wonderful day - could not recommend more!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Pickpockets are common in the medina, so keep an eye on your belongings and leave valuables at your hotel.

  • Haggling is expected in the souks, so don’t accept the first price; you might end up paying less than a third of the original offer!

  • Many of the narrow lanes and souks are only accessible on foot, so wear comfortable shoes and expect to do lots of walking.

  • Modest dress is required inside mosques and other places of worship, so both men and women should have their shoulders and knees covered.

  • While Jemaa el-Fna and most of the main attractions are accessible, the narrow and uneven roads of the medina, especially the souks, can be challenging for wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

The medina is surrounded by ancient walls with a number of gates; the most popular are Bab er-Robb and Bab el Jedid, both of which offer easy access to Jemaa el-Fna. Taxis run into the medina, stopping close to Jemaa el-Fna, where you can walk or take a caleche (horse-drawn carriage) to the main sights.

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When to Get There

Head to popular attractions like Bahia Palace in the early morning to avoid the crowds, then spend the afternoon exploring the souks. Many of the stalls stay open late, but it’s not advisable to explore after dark without a guide. Jemaa el-Fna comes alive in the evening hours and makes a popular spot for dinner or post-sightseeing drinks.

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Jemaa el-Fna

The central square of Jemaa el-Fna is the cultural heart of the medina, and the starting point for most walking tours. A visit is very much about the atmosphere, with the fragrant aromas of street foods filling the air, musicians playing a traditional soundtrack, and street performers, snake charmers, and henna-tattoo artists appearing everywhere you turn. Many bars and restaurants around the square offer rooftop terraces, where you can watch the action from above.

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