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Welcome to Marrakech

Situated near the brink of the Sahara desert and bordered by the Atlas Mountains, the landlocked city of Marrakech unfolds into its surroundings like one of the lavish carpets sold in the Marrakech Souks. The city’s medieval roots reveal themselves on a walk through the souks or kasbahs in the medina (Old Town), whose snake charmers, carpet sellers, spice stalls, and herbalists stimulate each of the senses. Orient yourself on a walking tour, or escape the sweltering heat and tick off attractions such as the Bahia Palace, Djemaa el Fna (Place of the Dead), Saadian Tombs, and Tiskiwin Museum (Maison Tiskiwin) on a tour by air-conditioned car. The minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque is visible from all over the city and can help you navigate through twisting alleys if you’re exploring independently. Just beyond the red sandstone walls of the Ochre City, the Sahara Desert and Atlas Mountains entice outdoor adventurers. Learn about contemporary Berber culture on a trip to Ourika Valley, stroll along the seawall in the Portuguese-influenced Essaouira, tour the UNESCO World Heritage site at Ait Ben Haddou, or ride a 4x4 to the base of Ouzoud Falls. If you’ve got time to delve deeper in the desert, multi-day adventures combine camel rides, star gazing, and ancient tombs, and reveal the heart of the Sahara.

Top 15 things to do in Marrakech

Atlas Mountains

Atlas Mountains

Capped with snow throughout the winter months and cloaked with wildflowers through the summer, the rocky plateaus and lush valleys of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains provide a striking backdrop for hiking and mountain biking treks, as well as cultural visits to Morocco’s remaining Berber tribes. Sprawling along the frontier of the Sahara, the range runs from the Atlantic coast to the northern Rif Mountains.More
Majorelle Garden (Jardin Majorelle)

Majorelle Garden (Jardin Majorelle)

With its bold blue color scheme, towering palms, and gigantic cacti, set around pools of water lilies and gardens filled with exotic plants, the Majorelle Garden (Jardin Majorelle) is one of the most idyllic spots in Marrakech. Owned by designer Yves Saint Laurent, it’s also one of the city’s most visited attractions.More
Jemaa el-Fna (Djemaa el-Fna)

Jemaa el-Fna (Djemaa el-Fna)

An outdoor market by day and packed to bursting with diners, shoppers, storytellers, and singers by night, Jemaa el-Fna (also written Djemaa el-Fna or Jemaa el-Fnaa) is the epicenter of Marrakech life, where locals and tourists come night after night to see the clash of colors, sounds, smells, and sights that make up this memorable location.More
Bahia Palace (Palais Bahia)

Bahia Palace (Palais Bahia)

The name of the Bahia Palace (Palais Bahia) nods to its greatness: "Bahia” translates as “Brilliance.” Part of Marrakech’s UNESCO-listed medina and located on the northern edge of the Mellah (the Jewish quarter), the palace was the 19th-century residence of Si Ahmed ben Musa (or Ba Ahmed), the Grand Vizier of Marrakech.More
Marrakech Medina (Medina of Marrakesh)

Marrakech Medina (Medina of Marrakesh)

The historic heart of Marrakech and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Marrakech Medina (Medina of Marrakesh) is the first port of call for most visitors to the city. Known for its famous Jemaa el-Fna square, a dizzying maze of souks, and a magnificent array of mosques and palaces, this is Marrakech’s most atmospheric district.More
Koutoubia Mosque (Mosquée Koutoubia)

Koutoubia Mosque (Mosquée Koutoubia)

The largest and most famous of Marrakech’s many mosques, Koutoubia Mosque (Mosquée Koutoubia) is also the city’s most prominent navigational landmark. Just a short stroll from Djemaa el Fna square, the mosque’s soaring minaret stands proud at the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed medina.More
Palmeraie (Palm Grove)

Palmeraie (Palm Grove)

Fringing northwest Marrakech, the Palmeraie (Palm Grove is the city’s favorite recreational area and most upscale vacation and residential enclave. A refuge from the bustling Medina and Jemaa el-Fna, the oasis comprises 54 square miles (140 square kilometers edged with prestigious hotels and villas.More
Tizi-n'Tichka Pass

Tizi-n'Tichka Pass

The N9 road from Marrakech to Ouarzazate crosses the central High Atlas at the Tizi n’Tichka pass (Col du Tichka. Both that airy mountain crossing and the winding stretch of road around it are regulars on lists of the world’s best road trips. At 7,415 feet (2,260 meters above sea level, the high mountain views are spectacular.More
Ouzoud Waterfalls (Cascades d’Ouzoud)

Ouzoud Waterfalls (Cascades d’Ouzoud)

Located by the village of Tanaghmeilt in the High Atlas Mountains, the Ouzoud Waterfalls (Cascades d’Ouzoud) are Morocco’s highest falls. They are a magnificent sight, tumbling 361 feet (110 meters) through a dramatic red-rock gorge of El Abid River.More
Ourika Valley (Vallée de l’Ourika)

Ourika Valley (Vallée de l’Ourika)

A lush expanse of terraced fields, forested hillsides, and cascading waterfalls in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, the Ourika Valley ((Vallée de l’Ourika) is a natural oasis just an hour from the city of Marrakech.More
Saadian Tombs (Tombeaux Saadiens)

Saadian Tombs (Tombeaux Saadiens)

Constructed by Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur during the 16th century, the Saadian Tombs (Tombeaux Saadiens) are home to more than 200 crypts belonging to members of the Saadian dynasty. The magnificent mausoleums are renowned for their lavish design, featuring stunning zellige tiles, exquisite woodwork, and gold and marble embellishments.More
Mt. Toubkal (Jebel Toubkal)

Mt. Toubkal (Jebel Toubkal)

Towering 13,751 feet (4,191 meters) above sea level, Mount Toubkal in the Atlas Mountains is the highest peak in all of northern Africa. The trail up the mountain to the summit is more of a long, very steep stroll than a technical climb (no ropes or special equipment are needed), takes two to three days, and is accessible all year round.More
Oasiria Marrakech (Oasiria Water Park)

Oasiria Marrakech (Oasiria Water Park)

For a day of family-friendly fun, head straight to Morocco’s biggest water park, at Oasiria Marrakech. You’ll find attractions for all ages, from river rapids and corkscrew slides to pools and restaurants nestled in 25 acres (10 hectares of palm-shaded gardens.More
Kasbah of Aït Ben Haddou (Ksar of Ait Benhaddou)

Kasbah of Aït Ben Haddou (Ksar of Ait Benhaddou)

The UNESCO-listed Kasbah of Aït Ben Haddou (Ksar of Ait Benhaddou) is one of Morocco’s most impressive historic landmarks and a popular film location for Hollywood movies. Sculpted from traditional mud bricks and fortified by walls of dark red pisé, this kasbah lies on the old trans-Saharan trade route, at the border of the High Atlas Mountains and Sahara Desert.More
Ben Youssef Madrasa (Medersa Ben Youssef)

Ben Youssef Madrasa (Medersa Ben Youssef)

For over 500 years, Ben Youssef Madrasa in Marrakech’s buzzing medina has served as a temple to education—and while students no longer memorize the Quran or study Islamic law here, visitors can enjoy the school’s special ambiance and magnificent Andalusian design details.More

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Ways to Experience Moroccan Culture in Marrakech

Ways to Experience Moroccan Culture in Marrakech

How to Spend 2 Days in Marrakech

How to Spend 2 Days in Marrakech

Top activities in Marrakech

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Essaouira Day Trip from Marrakech

Essaouira Day Trip from Marrakech

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Recent reviews from experiences in Marrakech

A must do in Marrakech
Johannes_B, Aug 2022
Moroccan Dinner Show Fantasia Chez Ali in Marrakech.
We had to fend for ourselves, not quite sure of what to do and when.
Like floating on air!
Nicola_F, Aug 2022
Hot Air Balloon Flight over Marrakech with Traditional Breakfast
It’s a SUPER early start (4am pickup), but worth it to see sunrise from a hot air balloon!
Beautiful day at the gardens
Ben_Y, Aug 2022
Marrakech Tour Gardens Majorelle, Menara & Anima Gardens
My driver Ahmed was very professional and gave me plenty of time to visit the gardens on my own.
Very fun day trip!
Katy_L, Aug 2022
Desert Agafay & Atlas Mountains & Waterfalls, Camel ride Day Trip From Marrakech
Host was very friendly and welcoming and spoke English very well.
Recommended - tour of Marrakech
Suze_E, Jul 2022
Historical and Cultural Tour - Private Tours (Half day)
We booked as we wanted to see Marrakech and learn more about the city and culture.
Best and most knowledgeable guide we ever had!
Ketul_P, Jul 2022
Exclusive- Highlights of Marrakech: Private 4H City Tour
Abdelouarit was very proficient in English, very professional, and great local knowledge.
Good way to see Marrakech...
onecoolrt, Jun 2022
Exploring Marrakesh in half-day sightseeing tour
Good way to see Marrakech Mohamed was very professional and helpful Exotic travel lines even helps us with another excursion because the other provider we booked with did not show up Mohamed was able to book us the same trip within 30 minutes
Get a flavour of the city
Helen_F, Jun 2022
Marrakech: Private Guided Half-Day City Tours
Driver only private tour was great way to see Marrakech.
Alan_P, Jun 2022
Day Excursion to Essaouira City from Marrakech: Shared group
Very knowledgable guide who had very good English Recommended
Ofir_P, May 2022
Anima Garden Admission Ticket
A beautiful place to see and hang around.
Laraine and Joel
Laraine_K, May 2022
Agafay Desert & Berber villages & Atlas Mountains, Full Day Trip From Marrakech
Our guide was knowledgeable and engaging, but most importantly he assisted us on the trail to the waterfall.
David_B, May 2022
Marrakech: Private Guided Half-Day City Tours
Good English and lots of information.
Great experience, no time...
Jacob_H, May 2022
2-Hour Quad Bike & Camel Ride in Marrakech Palmeraie
Would definitely recommend for activities close to Marrakech
Bringing the History Alive
Peter_W, Apr 2022
Historical Marrakech Walking Tour
It is a great way to see all the historical sites and get a sense of life and cultures in the Medina.
Nice day trip
Jim_d, Apr 2022
Atlas Mountains and 3 Valleys & Waterfalls & Desert Agafay - Day Trip Marrakech
Our guide, Mohamed larbi, showed us the waterfalls and we had traditional tea at his family’s home.
Fabulous half day trip to the valley
Monica_S, Apr 2022
Half Day Tour From Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains & Ourika Valley
The hike and the waterfalls were amazing.
This trip was great!...
Joseph_H, Apr 2022
Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys & Waterfalls - Camel ride Day Trip Marrakech
Be sure to wear good walking shoes as there is a hike to the waterfalls.
Amazing Experience
Grace_N, Mar 2022
Desert Agafay and Atlas Mountains & Camel ride Day Trip From Marrakech
You get to see so much on the tour and everything was beautiful.
Highlight of my Morocco Trip
Maria_I, Feb 2022
Atlas Mountains and 3 Valleys & Waterfalls & Desert Agafay - Day Trip Marrakech
It was so beautiful to see the Berber villages as well.
A great experience with beer and wine and great food to boot!
Anna_W, Feb 2022
Sips and Bites In Marrakesh Local Bars
This was a great way to see parts of Marrakech we wouldn’t have otherwise seen with a very knowledgeable guide (Ali) who had perfect English and French.
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All about Marrakech

When to visit

Enjoy warm, sunny whether when visiting Marrakech in the spring, which is the perfect time for trips to the Sahara Desert. Spiking summer temperatures don't deter crowds from the Popular Arts Festival, which is among the year’s biggest events. Though autumn brings scattered showers, it’s also an uncrowded shoulder season that's ideal for exploring.

People Also Ask

What is Marrakech best known for?

Morocco’s cultural capital is known for its vibrant souks, bustling Jemaa El-Fnaa square, and traditional hammams, as well as its UNESCO-listed walled Medina (Old Town) and Majorelle gardens. Marrakech also serves as a gateway to the Atlas Mountains and Sahara desert, with many tours setting out from the city.

How many days do you need in Marrakech?

Two or three days is the minimum amount of time to visit Marrakech, allowing you to explore the Medina and Jemaa El-Fnaa square, visit the Majorelle gardens and Badia Palace, and shop at the famous souks. With a full week, you can also include an Atlas Mountains and Sahara desert tour.

Is food cheap in Marrakech?

Yes. Compared to US and European prices, eating out in Marrakech is very affordable, and it’s quite possible to eat for less than $10 a day. Expect to pay around 50 dirhams (about US$5) to eat out at a restaurant, while street food in Jemaa El-Fnaa square is often even cheaper.

Is it safe to walk around Marrakech?

Yes, walking around Marrakech is generally safe. Violent crimes and muggings are low in comparison to most US and European cities, although tourists do report being frequently hassled by vendors trying to sell goods and services. Stick to the main tourist areas and take a taxi at night to be sure.

Can you drink alcohol in Marrakech?

Drinking alcohol is permitted in Morocco, but only in licensed bars, hotels, and tourist areas. However, it is not the local custom to drink alcohol, and most cafés and restaurants within the Medina will not serve alcohol. To enjoy a drink, head to one of the tourist bars or your hotel bar.

Is Marrakesh expensive?

No. Marrakesh is not expensive when compared to most US and European destinations, and prices for accommodation, food, and attractions are typically much lower. Expect to pay around US$50 for a mid-range hotel for two or less than US$5 for a hostel bed, and budget about US$10 a day for food.

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