14 must-do things to do in Marrakech

Visiting Marrakech: what are the best things to see and do in the Red City?

A lively and exciting destination, Marrakech offers a perfect blend of culture, magnificent scenery and fascinating architecture. Nicknamed « The Pearl of the South » or « The Red City », Marrakesh, although disfigured by mass tourism, boasts a myriad of places of interest that won’t make you hesitate twice when it’s time to buy your plane tickets to visit Marrakesh!

To help you organize your stay more easily, we’ve listed the best things to do in Marrakech. So, what should you visit in Marrakech to make sure you don’t miss a thing? Follow the guide!

1. A camel ride in Marrakech’s Palmeraie

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The Marrakech palm grove boasts over 100,000 trees on some 15,000 hectares, mainly palms, as well as a date production and vegetable garden. It’s one of Morocco’s best-known natural and tourist attractions, and a must-see if you’re visiting Marrakech.

The most fun way to visit Marrakech’s Palmerai is on a camel or quad bike! These two means of locomotion will allow you to witness breathtaking landscapes and discover the lush vegetation typical of Morocco.

2. Bathing in the Ouzoud waterfalls

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Located around 150 kilometers from Marrakech, it’s impossible to miss the Ouzoud waterfalls if you’re visiting Marrakech! Considered to be the highest and most beautiful waterfalls in Morocco, you’ll be able to swim, picnic and even meet the local monkeys.

A visit to the Ouzoud Waterfalls is a chance to see one of the most impressive natural sites in the Moroccan Atlas. A visit to the Ouzoud Waterfalls guarantees a festival of colors and an unforgettable stay.

3. Stroll around Jemaa el-Fna Square

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If you’re visiting Marrakech, you’re sure to pass the Place Jemaa el-Fna (« Square of the Dead »). This famous public square attracts over a million visitors every year. The « cultural space of the Place Jemaa el-Fna » has been listed as an intangible cultural heritage site since 2008, and as a world heritage site since 1985, by UNESCO.

If you’re not afraid of crowds and want a taste of the city’s great atmosphere, you know what to do in Marrakech. It’s also on this mythical square that you’ll have the opportunity to

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4. Relax in the Jardin Majorelle

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A must-see in the new town: the Jardin Majorelle, a magnificent botanical garden in bluish hues. It once belonged to fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. When he died in 2008, his ashes were scattered in the garden.

With a surface area of over 8,000 m², the garden draws its inspiration from Moroccan oases and Moorish-style Islamic gardens. A true haven of peace, the Majorelle garden offers a festival of vivid colors, with blue in the spotlight.

5. Visit Marrakech’s Medina

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The historic heart of Marrakech, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Medina is the place to go if you want to visit Marrakech and its historic and traditional side!

Take a stroll through this part of the city, and be sure to visit the many historic monuments. Don’t hesitate to make an excursion to the

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6. Cross the dunes & discover the starry sky of the Zagora desert

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The Zagora desert is one of Morocco’s most fascinating places, and a must for travel and adventure enthusiasts. Made up of sand dunes, mountains, palm groves and Berber villages, you can go camel riding, trek through the dunes or meet the local population.

Sleeping in a traditional Berber camp lets you soak up the unique atmosphere of the desert and enjoy the starry skies of a real desert.

However, it’s important to stress that crossing the Zagora desert without a local guide can be complicated and even dangerous. Local travel agencies can organize tours of any length to suit travelers’ wishes and budgets.

7. Explore the Bahia Palace

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As we said earlier, it’s impossible to visit Marrakech without discovering its magnificent palaces! An eight-hectare, 19th-century palace, the Palais de la Bahia is one of the masterpieces of Moroccan architecture and Islamic art, one of the country’s major cultural heritage monuments, and one of Morocco’s main tourist attractions!

8. Cooling off atOasiria Marrakech

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What can you do in Marrakech if you’ve got kids, or if you want to escape the city’s sweltering heat by taking a dip? Head for Oasiria Marrakech, of course! This is Morocco’s first water park, where young and old alike can enjoy a moment of fun and, above all, refreshment!

9. Discover the Marrakech Museum

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As well as learning about Marrakech’s history, a visit to the Musée de Marrakech will give you a chance to appreciate some of the city’s most beautiful architecture. Located in the center of Marrakech, it’s a must-see in the red city!

The museum is housed in the Dar Mnebhi Palace, which was built in the late 19th century and is a perfect example of classical Andalusian architecture.

10. Spend a night in the Agafay desert

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Located just 40 minutes from Marrakech, the Agafay desert is Morocco’s hidden gem, and one of the best excursions from Marrakech. From the iconic sunset camel ride to buggy excursions, this desert offers an array of unforgettable experiences. Imagine enjoying a delicious lunch in a Berber tent, or camping luxuriously under a starlit sky, before riding freely across the arid slopes on horseback. For a magical getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city, the Agafay desert awaits.

11. Climbing the Atlas Mountains

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Just a few hours’ drive from Marrakech, the Ourika Valley in Morocco’s High Atlas mountains is a sight to behold. Temperatures can drop, so bring a sweater or jacket and your best walking shoes.

The path through the mountains is rocky, and you’ll cross small bridges over the rivers that flow down the sides of the mountain. The view from the mountains is superb and well worth a day trip.

12. Buy souvenirs in the souks

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A visit to the souks is a must if you’re visiting Marrakech. The souks are ideal for bargains, but you have to be prepared to haggle to get a good price. It’s even expected of you!

You’ll also be dazzled by the festival of colors and smells among the magnificent fabrics, delicious spices and ceramics on sale. Take the opportunity to bring home a souvenir so you’ll never forget your sumptuous Marrakech vacation.

13. Discover the Koutoubia Mosque

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This magnificent 12th-century Sunni mosque, whose minaret overlooks the surrounding area, is one of Marrakech’s must-sees. Its architecture and ascetic decor perfectly illustrate the art of the Almohads! Located in Marrakech’s Medina, the Koutoubia mosque offers a solemn interlude in the red city.

Out of respect for the believers who pray there, shorts and tank tops are forbidden. And it’s precisely because the Koutoubia mosque is a place of worship that you can only visit it from the outside, strolling through its magnificent garden and observing its imposing minaret.

14. Other things to do in Marrakech

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  • Saadian tombs – Discovered around 1917 and subsequently restored, this site houses several bodies in a beautifully decorated mausoleum and necropolis garden.
  • Musée Dar Si Saïd – This museum is entirely devoted to Moroccan wood craftsmanship!
  • Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech – A must-see in Marrakech, especially if you love photography, this museum boasts a photographic collection spanning the 1870s to the 1950s.
  • Go to a hammam – You can’t visit Marrakech without enjoying the luxury of a hammam, a different experience from a spa in the Western world, where you’ll be asked to get into your underwear for a good cleansing. Once you’re impeccably clean, a relaxing massage follows, floating you out of the hammam and enveloping you in a divine scent.
  • How to get to Marrakech

    There are many cities in France where you can visit Marrakech at lower cost: Nice, Toulouse, Châlons, Paris, Bordeaux, Dole, Tours, Marseille, Nantes, Lille… From France in particular, flights are direct: allow on average just over 3 hours’ travel time. Beware, however, that prices can vary upwards depending on the season: whatever your departure dates and the airline of your choice, remember to book in advance. To do so, take a look at flight comparators like Skyscanner, which lists the cheapest flights.

    Once there, you can rent a car at Marrakech airport or opt for a private transfer to your hotel, for example.

    Getting around Marrakech

    There are several ways to get around Marrakech. First of all, there’s the bus, which runs very frequently and costs just 5 dirhams, equivalent to 0.47 centimes. However, these buses are often overcrowded, and safety rules are not always respected.

    In Morocco, the cab culture is very much alive, and many Moroccans use this means of transport to get around. In Marrakech, you’ll find two types of cab: « petits cabs » and « grands cabs ». Small taxis will get you around inside the city, while large taxis will be very useful if you’re leaving Marrakech. The average fare in Marrakech is between 20 dirhams (€1.90) and 30 dirhams (€2.80).

    If you’d like to visit Marrakech on your own, we recommend renting a car locally for the day. To find your car, you can search on Rentalcars

    The most economical way to visit Marrakech is on foot. However, beware of the summer heat, when it’s very unpleasant to move around, especially in the middle of the afternoon.

    Where to stay in Marrakech?

    Without hesitation, the best way to stay in Marrakech is to book your stay in a Riad located in the medina. To find a Riad/hotel at the best price in Marrakech, we recommend you visit a hotel comparator.

    For total immersion in Moroccan culture, you can also stay with a local by choosing the Airbnb in Marrakech that suits you best!

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