Things To Do in Marrakech : TOP 22 Things To Do


Morocco‘s Marrakech is more than just a historic city. A kaleidoscope of vivid hues, tastes, scents, noises, and unusual sights await you. Though Marrakech’s marketplaces and shopping in the Medina (old city) are its most well-known features, there is a ton more to do in this city. After taking in the amazing fusion of Middle Eastern, African, and European civilizations, leave the city for some of the most breathtaking views of mountains and deserts.

1. Visit the historic Koutoubia Mosque, an iconic landmark in Marrakech.

Firstly, one of the most well-known structures in Marrakech is the Koutoubia Mosque, which is situated right close to Jemaa el-Fnaa Square. From every corner of the city, the enormous tower is visible. Those who are interested in Moroccan and Islamic history as well as those who appreciate architecture are drawn to this must-see landmark.

2. Explore the bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa square, where you can shop, eat, and watch street performers.

Placed in the center of the Medina is the renowned Jamaa el Fnaa plaza. This plaza is a unique experience to walk around! As you make your way past street food vendors selling fresh juices and snake charmers, you can feel the heat radiating from the stone surface. The vendors will always try to call you get used to it, this is their way to sell their products.

In addition, with musicians, dancers, and painters showcasing their skills beneath the sparkling lights of the stalls, the area comes to life at night. Don’t miss this wonderful display of Moroccan culture!

Tips : When you try to buy any product, make sur to negotiate well.

3. Wander through the beautiful Majorelle Garden, a peaceful oasis in the heart of the city.

Moreover, among the most popular tourist destinations in Marrakech, this amazing blue home is a must-see! Jaques Majorelle, the creator of the deep blue color known as “Majorelle blue,” was the one who first designed the stunning home and grounds.

Yves St Laurent later purchased the home and brought the house and botanical gardens back to their original splendor. With lush plants from all over the world that contrast well with the house’s blue and yellow hues, this area really does feel like a tropical haven.

4. Discover the intricate architecture of the Bahia Palace, a stunning example of Moroccan design.

Furthermore, featuring an exquisite courtyard, fine woodwork, and Italian marble, the Bahia Palace is among Marrakech’s most opulent sights. Originally constructed in the 1860s, it underwent more opulent renovations and expansions in the early 1900s.

Additionally, only a small portion of the 150 rooms are accessible to the public, but even so, it’s enough to get an idea of the exquisite furnishings—which are regarded as some of Morocco’s best examples of Andalusian and Moorish architecture. Stained-glass windows, woven silk panels, and carved cedar ceilings adorn the rooms.

The courtyards are the ideal place to appreciate the palace’s magnificence. Moorish-style gardens with central fountains are dotted with lush vegetation. The grounds are painted white. But the main attraction is the enormous Grand Courtyard, which is encircled by wooden galleries and features geometric designs extending across a large marble floor.

5. Visit the Sahara desert and Take a camel ride

However, visiting Morocco would not be the same without taking in the breathtaking views of the Sahara Desert. Explore the undulating sand dunes on foot or in a jeep during the day. By night, take in some of the world’s best astronomy experiences in front of a crackling bonfire. The majority of journeys to the Sahara, which include stops at towns and scenic locations, take around eight hours. It is advised to schedule a two to three day visit of the Sahara as a result.

6. Visit the Saadian Tombs to see the ornate mausoleums of past rulers

On top of that, the Saadian Tombs are the location of the royal Saadian Family’s mausoleums, which are notable for their exquisite plasterwork, superb tiles, and distinctive Saadian architecture that is still visible today.

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7. Explore the ruins of the El Badi Palace and learn about its history.

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On the other hand, El Badii Palace is a haunting assemblage of ruin. It requires creativity to make the most of it, and it was built to commemorate the triumph against the Portuguese. In all honesty, we believe the greatest way to see it is with a beer in hand on Kosybar’s rooftop terrace.

8. Take a cooking class to learn how to make traditional Moroccan dishes.

Do you want to get better at cooking? Take a cooking lesson to learn how to prepare authentic Moroccan cuisine. You’ll have a true flavor of the regional cuisine by cooking traditional dishes and purchasing fresh ingredients from the market.

9. Take a day trip to the Atlas Mountains for hiking, biking, or simply enjoying the stunning views.

Spend a day excursion to the breathtakingly gorgeous Atlas Mountains, which are only an hour or two’s drive from Marrakech. Make reservations for a tour that includes transportation back to Marrakech and passes via picturesque valleys and typical Berber towns. This is the ideal way to experience the crisper mountain air and some of Morocco’s breathtaking scenery.

If you are visiting in Winter ? Profit from the opportunity to go skiing in the Atlas Mountains! Remember that the mountains chill down quickly as dusk draws in if you’re going in the summer. Pack an extra layer.

10. Visit the Ben Youssef Madrasa, a beautiful Islamic college with stunning architecture.

Some of the most astounding artwork in the city is allegedly found in the mosques in the local area of Marrakech. However, Ali Ben Youssef Madrasa is the finest place to learn about the magnificence of Islamic design because it is closed to non-Muslims.

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In addition, the madrasa, which dates back to the 14th century, used to be the biggest Quraanic school in all of North Africa.

The spacious central courtyard is stunning, with construction influenced by Andalusian and Moroccan styles. Situated amidst exquisitely tiled flooring, a spacious, shallow reflecting pool is encircled by elaborate walls adorned with calligraphic friezes and zellij, or mosaic tilework.

11. Visit the Museum of Marrakech to learn more about the city’s history and art.

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The Marrakech Museum is situated in the Dar Mnebhi Palace and features an eclectic collection of weaponry, rugs and ceramics from different regions of Morocco. Seeing the striking center courtyard is the primary incentive to drop by, though.

The center courtyard, typical of 19th-century Moroccan design, was once an open riad with a planted tree garden. But now, the garden is covered in pavers, adorned with many colorful tile-decorated fountains, and finished with cedarwood panels.

12. Enjoy a traditional Moroccan meal at a local restaurant or at a food stall in Jemaa el-Fnaa.

Savoring some delectable Moroccan delicacies like tagines, couscous, and pastilla would make any vacation to Marrakech complete. The flavors and aromas of Moroccan food will captivate your senses whether you eat at a fine dining establishment or visit one of the numerous stands. You should know that the Moroccan Cuisine is one of the best in the World. 

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13. Indulge in a Restorative Hammam

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Visiting a hammam is quite purifying. It’s a magical encounter that leaves you feeling revitalized. After a Moroccan scrub, unwind in the steam room before choosing the herbal or oil treatment you wish to give yourself to.

14. Rooftop Restaurants Marrakech

Delicious tagine and couscous may be found in a variety of traditional and fusion restaurants in Marrakech. Our own preference was Cafe Atay. Another excellent option is Cafe Clock, which is more of a fusion style.

Every structure in Moroccan architecture has a flat roof, which is ideal for rooftop bars. For a refreshing mint tea, stop by a rooftop cafe with a view of Jemaa el Fnaa, or visit the museum Maison de la Fotagraphie, which boasts the medina’s tallest rooftop bar for breathtaking views!

15. Local Neighbourhoods Of Marrakech

Being a small city, it’s simple to venture beyond of the medina’s well-known tourist destinations. Although getting lost in the maze is one of Marrakech’s must-do activities, a more traditional way of living can be found just beyond the city center, where authentic Moroccan life is shown.

Here are two fantastic local neighborhoods in Marrakech to check out.

Our favorite area in Marrakech is Rue Errachidia, which is located just south of the Saadian Tombs. The meat and vegetable stands are bustling with action first thing in the morning as people get ready for the day’s meals. It’s close to a popular tourist destination in Marrakech, but chances are you’ll be the only visitor.

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Bab Doukkala: Located west of the Medina, Bab Doukkala is the other region worth seeing. This ancient area, still within the medieval walls, is ideal in the late afternoon as stallholders start to wind down. The smoke from shisha lingers in the air and the fragrance of tagine wafts from kitchens.

16. Stay In a Traditional RIAD

The best way to take in all of the breathtaking Moroccan architectural elements is to stay in a traditional riad, or guesthouse. They often have simple architecture and a sandy tint on the outside. But behind the door is a very different world.

A fantastical world of vibrant tiles, intricate designs, and vegetation that is often focused around an idyllic-looking swimming pool. A riad offers a quiet haven away from Marrakech’s bustle, making a stay there undoubtedly relaxing.

17. Visit Lac Lalla Takerkoust

The village of Lalla-Takerkoust, which is about thirty minutes from Marrakech, offers access to the man-made lake that is next to a dam that was constructed during the protectorate era.

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18. Take a Lunch in Ourika Valley

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The waterfalls will surely be the highlight of the trip if you enjoy the outdoors. The river is a popular place for people to swim, but as you would undoubtedly guess, the water is frigid. While the subsequent waterfalls need more hiking to reach, the first one is fairly accessible. We recommend wearing appropriate shoes since you may need to climb a lot to reach some of the waterfall areas.

19. Visit Setti Fatma and see the Waterfalls

The final douar from Marrakech that is reachable by road is Setti Fatma. It also serves as the beginning point for daily walks and excursions.

A few visitors arrive to witness the seven cascades. And still others come to enjoy the mountain paths’ walks. However, everyone knows that while visiting Morocco, you just must go here.

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20. Visit Oukaimden in the Winter (Ski Station)

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The Oukaïmeden ski resort is situated in the Moroccan region of Marrakech, Tensift, and El Haouz. There are ten kilometers of slopes available for skiers and snowboarders. Visitors are transported by 7 lifts. Situated between 2,610 and 3,268 meters above sea level lies the winter sports resort.

21. Explore the Souks of Marrakech – Buy some Moroccan Crafts

The souks represent Marrakech’s actual essence, if the square serves as its center. Explore a little distance from the central plaza to see a remarkable maze of marketplaces. The maze of small, identical-looking streets and covered markets make it simple to get lost.

Enjoy the exquisite leatherwork, the brilliant scents of the colorful mountains of spices, the brilliant colors of the fabrics, and the sparkling lights that reflect off the lanterns and colorful glassware instead of worrying about this. Don’t forget to visit “Souk Semmarine,” the major souk, which is situated just off Jamaa el Fnaa. The historic spice souk, known as the “Souk Place des Epices,” is a short distance away.

In addition, as said for the Jamaa El fna part, the owners sometimes can hassle tourists to buy from them the products, be firm and politely say no before moving. The Souk is very big, if you are worried to get lost, it will be a good idea to hire a guide.

22. Walk in the Small Streets of Medina

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this old district is obviously home to several magnificent monuments and remains such as the Koutoubia mosque, the Ben Youssef medersa or the Saadian tombs. You will also find many museums there.

The Medina’s winding lanes, which take you back in antiquity, are its most picturesque features. Dodging carts and donkeys, throw your map in the trash and let the adrenalin take over.

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Take in the hues of the buildings and walls, the aromas of the cuisine and spices, and the conversation with the amiable inhabitants. You may also schedule a street food trip for the evening to explore the markets and sample a range of cuisines and regional specialties.

On the other hand, the most distinctive of all is the sound of the call to prayer reverberating down the little streets from the several nearby mosques. Visit one of the numerous rooftop cafés to take in the expansive vistas and sounds of this area above.

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