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Top Things To Do In Marrakech

With a smorgasbord of elaborate palaces, historical mosques and natural attractions, you won’t run out of things to see in Marrakech – and all of them are incredibly easy on the eye. Click through our 360° views for a virtual peek at the red ramparts and golden dunes of Morocco’s fourth-largest city.

Jemaa el-Fna
  • Jemaa el-Fna
  • At Marrakech’s bustling UNESCO-listed main square, you’ll hear snake-charmers’ flutes, see macaques kept in cages and meet water-sellers carrying brass cups and traditional leather pouches treated to hold liquid. When evening arrives, the square becomes a food market where you can enjoy grilled kefta (minced meat) and merguez (mutton or beef sausages) while watching and listening to all sorts of street performers. The festive atmosphere makes it hard to imagine the square’s gory past – its name translates to 'assembly of the dead', a reference to the public executions that took place here in the 11th century. The Marrakech souk is on one side of the square.

  • At Marrakech’s bustling UNESCO-listed main square, you’ll hear snake-charmers’ flutes, see macaques kept in cages and meet water-sellers carrying brass cups and traditional leather pouches treated to hold liquid. When evening arrives, the square becomes a food market where you can enjoy grilled kefta (minced meat) and merguez (mutton or beef sausages) while watching and listening to all sorts of street performers. The festive atmosphere makes it hard to imagine the square’s gory past – its name translates to 'assembly of the dead', a reference to the public executions that took place here in the 11th century. The Marrakech souk is on one side of the square.

  • Sunset Dinner at Le Salama over Jemaa el-Fnaa Square
Koutoubia Mosque
  • Koutoubia Mosque
  • What’s currently Marrakech’s largest mosque and the city’s symbol is actually a reconstruction by the Almohads in the late 12th century, following the discovery that the original structure did not correctly face the direction of Mecca. Towering above the entire complex, Koutoubia’s 250-foot-high minaret is visible from up to 20 miles away. According to a city ordinance, no building taller than a palm tree can be constructed around this minaret, which inspired both the Hassan Tower in Rabat (the Moroccan capital), and Giralda, the cathedral bell tower in Seville, Spain.

  • What’s currently Marrakech’s largest mosque and the city’s symbol is actually a reconstruction by the Almohads in the late 12th century, following the discovery that the original structure did not correctly face the direction of Mecca. Towering above the entire complex, Koutoubia’s 250-foot-high minaret is visible from up to 20 miles away. According to a city ordinance, no building taller than a palm tree can be constructed around this minaret, which inspired both the Hassan Tower in Rabat (the Moroccan capital), and Giralda, the cathedral bell tower in Seville, Spain.

  • Full-Day Private City Tour
Medersa Ben Youssef
  • Medersa Ben Youssef
  • Founded in the early 14th century, this Islamic school became the largest of its kind in the Maghreb region of North Africa when Saadian rulers expanded and renovated it in 1570. Converted into a museum in 1960, Medersa Ben Youssef remains an important historical monument and an architectural wonder. You’ll enter through an ornate bronze doorway and walk into an inner courtyard decorated with beautiful mosaics. Arabic inscriptions and blessings are scattered throughout the complex. In the prayer room, marked by three marble columns, you can look up and admire the domed cedar wood ceiling with its 24 mosaic windows.

  • Founded in the early 14th century, this Islamic school became the largest of its kind in the Maghreb region of North Africa when Saadian rulers expanded and renovated it in 1570. Converted into a museum in 1960, Medersa Ben Youssef remains an important historical monument and an architectural wonder. You’ll enter through an ornate bronze doorway and walk into an inner courtyard decorated with beautiful mosaics. Arabic inscriptions and blessings are scattered throughout the complex. In the prayer room, marked by three marble columns, you can look up and admire the domed cedar wood ceiling with its 24 mosaic windows.

  • 2-Day Small-Group Tour of Imperial Marrakesh
El Badi Palace
  • El Badi Palace
  • Built at the turn of the 16th century by the Almohad ruler Yacoub El Mansour, El Badi Palace was constructed from the most extravagant materials, such as gold, onyx and Carrara marble, and its opulent design involved near-perfect symmetry. Unfortunately, little remains of the grand palace, as the Alaouite ruler Sultan Moulay Ismaïl looted El Badi in 1696 in order to build parts of the imperial city of Meknes. Nonetheless, El Badi Palace is still considered one of the main palaces of Marrakech, and its ruins play host to a variety of cultural events and festivals.

  • Built at the turn of the 16th century by the Almohad ruler Yacoub El Mansour, El Badi Palace was constructed from the most extravagant materials, such as gold, onyx and Carrara marble, and its opulent design involved near-perfect symmetry. Unfortunately, little remains of the grand palace, as the Alaouite ruler Sultan Moulay Ismaïl looted El Badi in 1696 in order to build parts of the imperial city of Meknes. Nonetheless, El Badi Palace is still considered one of the main palaces of Marrakech, and its ruins play host to a variety of cultural events and festivals.

  • Guide to Exploring El Badi Palace
La Plage Rouge
  • La Plage Rouge
  • If you’re longing for the beach but there’s no time to head to Morocco’s eastern coast, perhaps a visit to one of Marrakech’s beach clubs will suffice. One such venue is La Plage Rouge ('red beach' in French), where the highlight is a vast swimming pool surrounded by sunloungers and umbrella-shaded Balinese-style day beds. In the summer, larg crowds turn up to relax, listen to music and party into the night.

  • If you’re longing for the beach but there’s no time to head to Morocco’s eastern coast, perhaps a visit to one of Marrakech’s beach clubs will suffice. One such venue is La Plage Rouge ('red beach' in French), where the highlight is a vast swimming pool surrounded by sunloungers and umbrella-shaded Balinese-style day beds. In the summer, larg crowds turn up to relax, listen to music and party into the night.

  • Discover Hotels Near La Plage Rouge
Mount Toubkal
  • Mount Toubkal
  • Marrakech is surrounded by the Atlas Mountains, whose highest peak is Mount Toukbal. At 13,670 feet, it’s the tallest mountain not just in Morocco but in North Africa. Climbing it takes a couple of days and usually starts from the small mountain village of Imlil, where you can hire a mountain guide and a mule. On your way to the Toukbal summit, you’ll spot a variety of plant life, including prickly pear cacti and dwarf palm trees, and you might encounter wildlife such as weasels, foxes and jackals. Mount Toukbal is located within Toubkal National Park.

  • Marrakech is surrounded by the Atlas Mountains, whose highest peak is Mount Toukbal. At 13,670 feet, it’s the tallest mountain not just in Morocco but in North Africa. Climbing it takes a couple of days and usually starts from the small mountain village of Imlil, where you can hire a mountain guide and a mule. On your way to the Toukbal summit, you’ll spot a variety of plant life, including prickly pear cacti and dwarf palm trees, and you might encounter wildlife such as weasels, foxes and jackals. Mount Toukbal is located within Toubkal National Park.

  • 3-Day Mount Toubkal Ascent
Erg Chebbi
  • Erg Chebbi
  • Erg Chebbi and Erg Chigaga are Morocco’s two Saharan 'ergs' – that classic desert landscape, entirely covered in wind-blown sand. Erg Chebbi spans some 18 miles from north to south and is about 6 miles wide. Things to do in the erg include camel treks, desert hikes, ATV tours and sand-boarding excursions, and you can arrange them all in Merzouga, a small village on the erg’s perimeter and the gateway to Erg Chebbi’s striking orange dunes. Sand baths, where you’ll be buried neck-deep in the sand for around 10 minutes, are said to be a treatment for rheumatism.

  • Erg Chebbi and Erg Chigaga are Morocco’s two Saharan 'ergs' – that classic desert landscape, entirely covered in wind-blown sand. Erg Chebbi spans some 18 miles from north to south and is about 6 miles wide. Things to do in the erg include camel treks, desert hikes, ATV tours and sand-boarding excursions, and you can arrange them all in Merzouga, a small village on the erg’s perimeter and the gateway to Erg Chebbi’s striking orange dunes. Sand baths, where you’ll be buried neck-deep in the sand for around 10 minutes, are said to be a treatment for rheumatism.

  • Private 4-Day Erg Chebbi Tour with Camel Ride, Ait-Ben-Haddou & Desert Camp
Dar Si Said Museum
  • Dar Si Said Museum
  • Also known as the Museum of Moroccan Arts, Dar Si Said Museum is a palace and the former residence of Si Said, the brother of Marrakech’s grand ruler, Bou Ahmed. It’s larger than the Marrakech Museum and contains a remarkable selection of local art, including pottery, jewellery, embroidery and weaponry. You’ll also see carpets, oil lamps and leatherwork. The art and antiques on display were all crafted by local artisans. Dar Si Said Museum is located north of the Bahia Palace, where Bou Ahmed resided with his wives, concubines and children.

  • Also known as the Museum of Moroccan Arts, Dar Si Said Museum is a palace and the former residence of Si Said, the brother of Marrakech’s grand ruler, Bou Ahmed. It’s larger than the Marrakech Museum and contains a remarkable selection of local art, including pottery, jewellery, embroidery and weaponry. You’ll also see carpets, oil lamps and leatherwork. The art and antiques on display were all crafted by local artisans. Dar Si Said Museum is located north of the Bahia Palace, where Bou Ahmed resided with his wives, concubines and children.

  • Discover Hotels Near Dar Si Said Museum
Essaouira
  • Essaouira
  • While this city on western Morocco’s Atlantic coast has been inhabited since prehistoric times, modern Essaouira was founded in the mid-18th century by King Mohammed III. Its walled city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so don't miss the chance to wander along the historic quarter’s narrow lanes. Though strong winds make relaxing and sunbathing on the beach a bit tricky, such weather conditions are ideal for water sports like windsurfing and kitesurfing. You can also go on eco tours in the surrounding countryside. Essaouira is the one of the filming locations for the popular TV show 'Game of Thrones'.

  • While this city on western Morocco’s Atlantic coast has been inhabited since prehistoric times, modern Essaouira was founded in the mid-18th century by King Mohammed III. Its walled city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so don't miss the chance to wander along the historic quarter’s narrow lanes. Though strong winds make relaxing and sunbathing on the beach a bit tricky, such weather conditions are ideal for water sports like windsurfing and kitesurfing. You can also go on eco tours in the surrounding countryside. Essaouira is the one of the filming locations for the popular TV show 'Game of Thrones'.

  • Full-Day Small-Group Tour of Essaouira

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