The 4 best walks in Marrakech for beginners

Les 4 meilleures randonnées à Marrakech pour débutants

If you’re looking for the best walks in Marrakech, this article will help you identify the easiest routes for beginners.

Sun, desert, palm groves, ochre buildings, the beginnings of theAtlas Mountains, mint tea, the medina… No doubt about it, you’re already in Marrakech! Located in the central part of Morocco, the city is attracting more and more visitors. But not everyone knows that the region is ideal for hiking: it’s true, the Middle Atlas mountains are only a stone’s throw from the city. So, if you want to get away from the crowds of tourists, this is a godsend…

Accessible to beginners and families alike, our selection of beginner hikes in Marrakech offers immersive experiences in the wilderness of the hinterland, but also in the heart of the city! Surrounded by official guides who know how to unearth pearls and tell delightful anecdotes, you’ll discover Marrakech in a whole new way. Put on your best shoes and open your eyes wide: it’s time for a tour!

The Panorama Loop Trail

an easy gateway to the Middle Atlas
Panorama Loop Trail Marrakech randonnée pour débutant

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  • 🚶Distance: 3.4 km
  • 🏔️Type itinerary: loop
  • 🧭 Se e the layout
  • 💙 We love: the possibility of bringing your dog along! Allowed throughout the ride, dogs can even be let off-leash on certain sections of the circuit.

Look up to spot the many birds in the sky and… it’s a monkey sitting on a branch you see in your skyline! Located in Ifrane National Park, the Panorama Loop Trail is one of the best hiking trails in Marrakech.

It’s a loop of just three or four kilometers that takes less than an hour to complete. It’s an easy walk, with a maximum positive difference in altitude of 100 metres. This walk allows less experienced walkers to enjoy a piece of nature. Families with children also appreciate the tour, as even the youngest can follow it without difficulty.

Animal-watching, particularly bird-watching, is a big plus on this walk. But you can also enjoy the natural surroundings, as the 500 km² Ifrane National Park is rich in diversity. More than a thousand plant species are listed, 250 of which are endemic to the region. Among the « stars » of the trees along the Panorama Loop Trail are the Atlas cedar and the holm oak.

In search of foxes and wild boar
Link Loop Trail randonnée pour débutant marrakech

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  • 🚶Distance: 6 km
  • 🏔️Type itinerary: loop
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  • 💙 We love: the discovery of the mountains, which sweeps away the cliché of the hot, desert Maghreb. Here, Berber tents stand in green, wooded mountains. North African style in a mountain setting: we can’t get enough!

Like the previous walk, the Link Loop Trail is one of a series of hikes in Marrakech leading to Ifrane National Park, in the Marrakech Tensift Al Haouz region. Far from the cities, this park is also a meeting place for skiers, as snow falls abundantly on the Middle Atlas in winter. So don’t forget to plan this type of holiday for the sunnier seasons. Or, if you’re coming in winter, don’t forget to pack your skiing gear! The Link Loop Trail takes you for almost six kilometers through forests and trails shunned by the bulk of tourists.

Good for you: you’ll be able to observe birds freely, but also rarer animals. Not only monkeys, but also foxes and wild boar like to stroll along these Marrakech hiking trails. You’ll be able to see them, as long as you keep a low profile during your walk. And if you’re lucky… Wild animal sightings are always unpredictable, which is why we’re all the happier when they’re a success!

Allow around an hour and a half for the walk and 142 metres of ascent. To get the most out of your experience, surround yourself with official guides. They’ll be able to show you the right routes, especially as the paths are not always well marked in places. Certified zero-risk for beginners, this ride is nothing but fun. Departure is from the Ras Elma road, where a relaxing and refreshing river flows by.

The Marrakech Tour

An adventure in the heart of the ochre city
Le Marrakech Tour randonnée débutant

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  • 🚶Distance: 5 km
  • 🏔️Type itinerary: loop
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  • 💙 We like: available from January to December, it’s a pleasant ride in any season!

Hiking in Marrakech doesn’t always lead to the Atlas Mountains! Here’s an urban loop to follow in the footsteps of a competent guide. The Marrakech Tour takes you through the streets of the ochre city, one of Morocco’s most famous destinations. In all, there are almost five kilometers of stroll through the city’s streets. The loop starts near the Bahia Palace and takes you all the way to the Kasbah. You’ll pass some of Marrakech’s most famous monuments, such as the Saadian Tombs and the El Badiî Palace.

Take a detour to the Kontoubia mosque, the city’s most famous. You can also feel the hustle and bustle of Jemaa-el-Fna square, which marks the entrance to the medina. Enjoy an hour’s stroll in the footsteps of an experienced guide. Anecdotes about the city’s history and famous people, explanations of the architecture, a taste of the local culture… Don’t miss out on all the valuable information you can gather.

The tour can also be done by bike, and presents no major difficulties. With the whole family, even young children, it’s a great way to take the pulse of the city.

Kasaba Neighborhood of Marrakech

A stroll through the city’s history
Kasaba Neighborhood of Marrakech

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  • 🚶Distance: 3 km
  • 🏔️Type route: Point A to point B
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  • 💙 We love: getting away from the hustle and bustle of the medina and souks to appreciate the grandeur of local architecture in a restful calm.

History, culture and power: take a stroll through the Kasbah district. One of the most popular walks from Marrakech, the Kasaba neighborhood of Marrakech takes you through the streets of the Kasbah. The walk takes around forty minutes and presents no major difficulties. You’ll wander between the fortifications of one of Marrakech’s oldest quarters, where local rulers have always exercised their power.

In fact, the King of Morocco still has a second home here, so perhaps you’ll bump into him and his retinue! This walk through the heart of Marrakech then takes you to another part of the city’s history. You leave the Kasbah and arrive in Mellah, the Jewish quarter. An old synagogue and cemetery keep alive the history of the Jews in Morocco. With the advice of experienced guides, you can retrace this fascinating history while enjoying the rich, centuries-old architecture.

Tempted by more nature during your stay in Marrakech?