Best things to do in Marrakech

Marrakech is often referred to as the capital of Morocco, and for good reason. Thanks to its beauty, history and many things to see and do, this city attracts millions of tourists every year. The city is full of charm and bright colors. Here is our list of the best things to do in Marrakech !


The first thing to do when you arrive in town is to explore the Medina, the old part of the city. Here you’ll find all the typical Moroccan things, such as the famous Souk where you’ll find handicrafts. Stroll through a labyrinth of narrow streets where you’ll find pottery, ceramics, jewelry and colorful textiles. In addition to the handicrafts, which you can sometimes see being created, try the local food with fruit and cakes. You can lose yourself in its maze of streets and explore to come across things each more typical than the next.

Majorelle Gardens

These gardens were originally created for Jacques Majorelle, a French-born painter who fell in love with Morocco. He chose to settle there and build a villa. He became famous for depicting Moroccan life in his paintings, and his most famous work is the tropical garden with its cacti, palms and ferns. The villa was subsequently purchased, renovated and reopened to the public by Yves Saint Laurent, who also took care of the gardens, which had fallen into disrepair since the death of the previous owner.

Jema El-Fnaa

This is Marrakech’s main square, located in the heart of the Medina. It’s at sunset that you’ll best enjoy the charm of this square, with numerous street shows and animations such as snake charmers, acrobats and dancers similar to Cirque du Soleil, or women giving henna tattoos. You’ll also find everything that makes Morocco so famous and charming: carpets, spices, herbs and food. Soak up the local culture as you stroll between the street stalls !

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Thanks to this trip you will discover the local culture in Marrakech but not only ! You will also have the chance to visit Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Ouarzazate, take a walk and spend a night in the desert and so much more. Find here the program of the trip.

Koutoubia mosque

It is an important historical landmark of the city. It’s a true symbol of the city, with its 70-metre-high minaret visible for miles around. Built in 1162, it is considered one of the masterpieces of Almohad architecture. Unfortunately, like all the other mosques in the city, entry is forbidden to non-Muslims, but you can still admire the view outside over the magnificent gardens of roses, orange trees and palms.

Bahia Palace

The palace is architecturally rich, with a marble main courtyard and luxurious salons. Inside, you’ll also find mosaic ceilings and ornate stone carvings. The entire interior decoration is a true demonstration of Moroccan art and craftsmanship. The palace, built in the 19th century, was the residence of the Grand Vizier Bou Ahmed. What’s more, it’s an ideal place to take a cool break on hot summer days.

Desert of Merzouga

Discover the spectacular scenery of the Moroccan desert via the fortified village of Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many famous films have been shot here, including Gladiator, Jewel of the Nile, Sahara with Penelope Cruz and others.

Saadian tombs

The Saadian tombs are the burial place of over 100 princes and Sultan Ahmed el Mansour. The entire mausoleum is lined with marble stones, forming a dazzling interior space. Tiled tombs are decorated with elaborate inscriptions. You’ll find vaulted chambers bathed in the light of natural lanterns, creating a solemn, calm and serene atmosphere inside. We recommend arriving before 10 a.m. to avoid the crowds. The visit costs just 1 euro.

Marrakech museum

Exploring Marrakech’s museums goes far beyond art and history. The city’s main museum is housed in a 19th-century palace of refined architecture and design. It boasts a fascinating art collection of traditional objects from various Moroccan regions and villages. Take a stroll through the arches and columns, decorated with colorful mosaics, and appreciate Moroccan art. You can then enjoy a mint tea inside the museum.

So if you want to visit Marrakech, think about these visits which are the best things to do in Marrakech.

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