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Best Things To Do in Marrakech

The major attraction here is the city itself. Marrakech's vibrant colors, aromatic dishes, indecipherable sounds and inimitable feel will linger in your memory long after you leave its corridors. Plan to spend most of your time in or around the medina, Marrakech's fortified old city. Marvel at ancient, elaborately decorated sights like the Saadian Tombs, the Badi Palace and Koutoubia Mosque before testing your haggling skills in Jemaa El Fna. And don't forget to save time for quintessential Moroccan experiences, such as camel rides in the desert and soaks in hammams (public baths).

How we rank Things to Do

Updated April 9, 2018

  • #1
    Medina of Marrakesh
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    #1 in Marrakech
    Cafes, Shopping, Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Cafes, Shopping, Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    1 to 2 hours
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    The heart of Marrakech lies in its historic city center– a UNESCO World Heritage site. For centuries, the medina acted as a political and economic hub whose influence radiated throughout the Middle East. Royals resided here, international trade took place here and cultures developed here. As you stroll through this

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  • #2
    Jemaa El Fna
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    #2 in Marrakech
    Cafes, Entertainment and Nightlife, Shopping, Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Cafes, Entertainment and Nightlife, Shopping, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
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    It's hard to miss Jemaa El Fna. Sitting at the center of the medina, this open-air square stands as the city's main gathering spot. By day, Jemaa El Fna hosts dozens of entertainers, from snake charmers to fortune tellers to herbalists. By night, the area fills with the aromas of piping hot

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  • #3
    Bahia Palace (Palais Bahia)
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    #3 in Marrakech
    Castles/Palaces, Sightseeing
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Castles/Palaces, Sightseeing
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Within walking distance of must-see sights like Jemaa El Fna, theBadi Palaceand theSaadian Tombssits the intricate Bahia Palace. This 19th-century palace exemplifies the lavish lifestyle of the Moroccan elite. Before it was accessible to the public, this property housed various Moroccan royals. Although the palace was ransacked in the early 1900s, members

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    Badi Palace (Palais Badi)
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    #4 in Marrakech
    Castles/Palaces, Sightseeing
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Castles/Palaces, Sightseeing
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    1 to 2 hours
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    It's hard to imagine at first glance, but during the 16th century, the Badi Palace was once a playground for Saadian royalty. Today, all that remains of the Badi Palace are picturesque sandstone ruins, the skeleton of a once opulent home. But you can still envision the Badi's grandeur as

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  • #5
    Koutoubia Mosque (Mosquée Koutoubia)
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    #5 in Marrakech
    Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    In the southwest corner of themedina, within walking distance of the bustlingJemaa El Fna, lies Marrakech's most recognizable landmark, Koutoubia Mosque. Featuring intricate tile work, salmon-hued walls, expansive archways and an impressive 253-foot-tallminaret(or tower), this 12th-century Moorish mosque has served as the model for several other notable religious sites, including

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  • #6
    Majorelle Garden (Jardin Majorelle)
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    Parks and Gardens
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Parks and Gardens
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    When it comes to beautiful green spaces in Marrakech, Majorelle Garden, situated northwest of the medina, steals the show. The garden was crafted by French painter Jacques Majorelle (who lived in the Red City from 1923 to 1961). After his death in 1962, the property was bought by fellow Marrakech-lover and

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  • #7
    Museum of Photography (Maison de la Photographie)
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    #7 in Marrakech
    Museums
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    Museums
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    When you need a break from Marrakech's street hawkers and religious sites, consider checking out the Museum of Photography. Situated in themedinaby the Medersa Ben Youssef, this photography museum features roughly 10,000 original prints from photographers like Jean Besancenot, Joseph Bouhsira and Pierre Boucher, many depicting various Moroccan scenes and

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  • #8
    Hammams
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    #8 in Marrakech
    Spas
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
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    Spas
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    When the hustle and bustle of the Jemaa El Fna takes its toll, seek refuge at one of the city'shammams (public baths). A plethora of hammams are available in Marrakech, but some of its most well-known includeLes Bains de Marrakech, Hammam Dar El Bacha and traveler favorites likeHERITAGE SPAandHammam Rosa Bonheur.

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  • #9
    Desert Tours
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    #9 in Marrakech
    Recreation, Sightseeing, Tours
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Recreation, Sightseeing, Tours
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Though you could easily spend the majority of your vacation wandering around Marrakech'smedinaor historic mosques, no visit to Morocco would be complete without exploring the country's desert. A variety of tour options are offered, including all-terrain drives, camel rides and hikes. The Ourika Valley, the Atlas Mountains, Ouzoud Falls and

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  • #10
    Saadian Tombs (Tombeaux Saadiens)
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    #10 in Marrakech
    Sightseeing
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
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    Sightseeing
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
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    This cemetery, which sits just south of themedina, features more than 160 tombs filled with the remains of prominent Saadians (members of an Arab dynasty who are reportedly descendents of the prophet Muhammad) and their advisors and royal wives. First used in the early 14th century, the Saadian Tombs' intricate decor

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  • #11
    Cooking Classes
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    #11 in Marrakech
    Tours
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
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    Tours
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Moroccan dishes combine local proteins (think: pigeon, chicken and sardines) with an array of aromatic spices. Many eateries throughout the city serve traditional fare, but one of the best ways for foodies to try this one-of-a-kind cuisine is to sign up for a cooking class. Items generally prepared during cooking classes

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  • Marrakech By Air Tour
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  • Oasiria Marrakech
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  • The Secret Garden (Le Jardin Secret)
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    1 to 2 hours
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    1 to 2 hours
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