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The imperial city of Marrakech is also the cultural centre of Morocco, being full of history and bustling markets with incredible architecture. But despite all this tradition, it’s also certainly part of the modern world.

In the old fortified city of Marrakesh, it’s in the Medina district that you’ll find most of the city’s activities and attractions. It's where you can enjoy a traditional Moroccan experience. Walk over to Djemaa el-Fna, the main square at the entrance to Medina, and enjoy a fresh orange juice while you're taking in the daily bustle. You'll find everything here, from dentists to snake charmers to henna tattooists. Look to the west and you’ll see the Koutoubia Mosque, one of the tallest buildings in the old town, standing proudly over the city – a spectacular sight.

Walk north from Jemaa El Fna Square and you'll encounter the famous souks - or markets - of the city. Marrakech has the largest traditional souks in all of Morocco.

Although Medina might be considered the main event by most tourists, there’s still plenty to do and see off the beaten track. Visit the Bahia Palace, with its beautiful courtyards, and Ali Ben Youssef Medersa, an ancient Muslim school known for its interior and detailed wall decorations. The adjacent Musée de Marrakech is also worth a visit, with grand collections of Moroccan and Islamic art.

Looking for a more European experience? Try visiting the newer areas of the city for trendy boutique shops and restaurants.

When evening descends, visit Djemaa El-Fna, a city square packed with local outdoor eateries and stalls. Spices and smoke fill the square while thousands of locals and tourists cram in for a bite to eat. The stalls are supervised by the government, but it's still a good idea to pay attention to what you eat.

Marrakech sits at the foot of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, which, if you’re a more determined hiker, are well worth a climb. Of course, long hikes and exploring cities is much harder under a blistering sun, so we recommend visiting during the winter when daytime temperatures are milder and the evenings are cool.

Where to stay in Marrakech

Jamaa el Fna

Medina

4/5Very Good!(772 area reviews)

A noteworthy feature of Medina is its popular shops. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Jemaa el-Fnaa and Le Jardin Secret.

Medina
Marrakech featuring a city

Gueliz

4/5Very Good!(133 area reviews)

Gueliz is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Avenue Mohamed VI or Marjane Hypermarket.

Gueliz
Hivernage, Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco

Hivernage

4/5Very Good!(229 area reviews)

Hivernage is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Palais des Congres and Menara Mall while in the area.

Hivernage
Palmeraie, Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco

Palmeraie

3.5/5Good!(30 area reviews)

Palmeraie is popular for its picturesque gardens, and you might make a stop by High Atlas, a top place to visit in the area.

Palmeraie
Agdal, Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco

Agdal

3.5/5Good!(160 area reviews)

The abundant dining options and relaxing spas are top of the list for many visitors to Agdal. A stop by Cinema Megarama or Agdal Gardens might round out your trip.

Agdal
Kasbah, Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco

Kasbah

Kasbah is noteworthy for its spas, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Royal Palace and Saadian Tombs.

Kasbah

Top hotels in Marrakech

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Iberostar Club Palmeraie Marrakech
Iberostar Club Palmeraie Marrakech
4 out of 5
Commune Rurale Ouidane Sidi Youssef Ben, Ali. BP.: 3759, Amerchich, Marrakech
The price is £134 per night

This family-friendly Marrakech hotel is located on the boardwalk, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from High Atlas, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Agdal Gardens and Museum Palmeraie. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (439 reviews)

"Nice and quiet staff is very nice and big place to walk around with the whole family"…"

Reviewed on 12 Jan 2020

Iberostar Club Palmeraie Marrakech
Four Seasons Resort Marrakech
Four Seasons Resort Marrakech
5 out of 5
1 Boulevard de la Menara, Marrakech
The price is £348 per night

This family-friendly Marrakech hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of High Atlas and Menara Gardens. Menara Mall and Palais des Congres ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (423 reviews)

"Lovely hotel, lovely grounds, very peaceful and chilled. Would have been nice to have a proper bar outside"…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar 2020

Four Seasons Resort Marrakech
Kenzi Rose Garden
Kenzi Rose Garden
5 out of 5
Avenue du Président Kennedy, Marrakech
The price is £98 per night

Located in Hivernage, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of High Atlas, Menara Mall, and Palais des Congres. Jemaa el-Fnaa and Menara Gardens are also ...

3.7/5Good! (15 reviews)

"The changes made renovating the rooms and related stuff were fantastic. However restauration accommodations could do with some more work. Overall the stay was very pleasant"…"

Reviewed on 12 Jan 2020

Kenzi Rose Garden

Popular places to visit in Marrakech

Jemaa el-Fnaa
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Jemaa el-Fnaa

4/5(398 reviews)

Watch spellbinding dance routines, interact with snake charmers and browse the market stalls in this fascinating cultural hub on a central square.

Menara Gardens
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Menara Gardens

4/5(169 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Menara Gardens, a popular green space in Marrakech. Amble within picturesque gardens or visit the shops in this relaxing area.

Majorelle Gardens
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Majorelle Gardens

4.5/5(415 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Majorelle Gardens, a popular green space in Marrakech. Make time for the shops and local tours in this relaxing area.

Avenue Mohamed VI
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Avenue Mohamed VI

3.5/5(36 reviews)

With a visit to Avenue Mohamed VI, a popular shopping spot in Marrakech, you can find the perfect gifts to bring home. Amble within picturesque gardens or visit the spas in this relaxing area.

Menara Mall
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Menara Mall

4/5(126 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs with a trip to Menara Mall, a favourite shopping spot in Marrakech. Amble around this relaxing area's picturesque gardens or seek out the local tours.

Bahia Palace
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Bahia Palace

4.5/5(284 reviews)

You can find out about the history of Marrakech with a visit to Bahia Palace. Amble within picturesque gardens or visit the shops in this relaxing area.

Top things to do in Marrakech

Sunset Tour & Dromedary Ride at Palm Grove
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Sunset Tour & Dromedary Ride at Palm Grove

£24
Per adult
Moroccan Spa: Hammam, Body Scrub & Massage
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Moroccan Spa: Hammam, Body Scrub & Massage

84% of travellers recommend
£38
Per adult
The Magnificent Ouzoud Waterfalls Full-Day Tour
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The Magnificent Ouzoud Waterfalls Full-Day Tour

82% of travellers recommend
£43
Per adult
Ouarzazate & Ait Ben-Haddou Full-Day Tour
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Ouarzazate & Ait Ben-Haddou Full-Day Tour

74% of travellers recommend
£61
Per adult
Quad Biking Safari Half-Day Tour
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Quad Biking Safari Half-Day Tour

76% of travellers recommend
£52
Per adult
Essaouira Small Group tour
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Essaouira Small Group tour

£39
Per adult

Reviews of Marrakech

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
450
5 - Excellent 47.518479408658926%
4 - Good
391
4 - Good 41.2882787750792%
3 - Okay
90
3 - Okay 9.503695881731785%
2 - Disappointing
10
2 - Disappointing 1.0559662090813093%
1 - Terrible
6
1 - Terrible 0.6335797254487856%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 May 2020

Is a beautiful city with a lot of really beautiful museums, palaces and gardens. Good for artisanal And food shopping. We are amazing food in literally every single place where we ate! All the locals with who we interacted were nice and really helpfu

4/5 - Good

Peter

19 Mar 2020

Great destination for Winter Sun. Fascinating sites to visit. Safe to walk around with only a little hastling (but good natured) from vendors etc.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Mar 2020

Fantastic destination Extremely helpful People Language barrier in some areas as drench is widely spoken

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Mar 2020

Great and amazing place to go

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

12 Mar 2020

Great trip. Lots to do and see.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 Mar 2020

The Medina and Souks were certainly an experience with all the sights and sounds along with the many gardens which are worth visiting.

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