Discover my top things to do in Marrakech, Morocco!
- 9) Visit Bahia Palace.
- 8) Soak up the atmosphere at the Jemaa el-Fnaa.
- 7) Check out Koutoubia Mosque.
- 6) Haggle and get lost in the souks.
- 5) Eat tagine at every given opportunity.
- 4) Escape the madness of the Medina with a visit to Jardin Majorelle.
- 3) Experience a traditional Moroccan Hammam.
- 2) Relax at your Riad.
- 1) Have dinner and drinks at Le Salama with rooftop views across the city.
9) Visit Bahia Palace.
Dating back to the late 19th century, this beautifully ornate Palace with its magnificent tiles cover a whopping eight hectares of land.
8) Soak up the atmosphere at the Jemaa el-Fnaa.
The Jemaa el-Fnaa is Marrakech’s main square and market place, located in the Medina. The square comes alive by night, with huge numbers of stalls and places to eat. In my opinion, the food is not that amazing (and your belly may not thank you for the market’s food either) but the experience is fantastic all the same. Avoid eating the sheep brain! *FREE TO VISIT*
7) Check out Koutoubia Mosque.
Non-Muslims are not able to enter the Koutoubia Mosque, but the Mosque is still architecturally stunning from the outside. If you’re around the Jemaa el-Fnaa, you’ll hear the call to prayer five times a day from Koutoubia Mosque’s minaret.
6) Haggle and get lost in the souks.
If the Jemaa el-Fnaa is the beating heart of Marrakech Medina, then the souks (or souqs) are its veins. A souk is essentially a market and the Medina has hundreds of chaotic market streets. You can buy pretty much anything at the souks and haggling over the price of ceramics, textiles and metals is a tourist attraction in its own right. *FREE TO VISIT*
5) Eat tagine at every given opportunity.
Tagines are Moroccan stews named after the earthenware pot in which they are cooked. My personal favourite tagine is beef and prune. Check out my favourite restaurants offering tagine dishes in Marrakech, Morocco here.
4) Escape the madness of the Medina with a visit to Jardin Majorelle.
Jardin Majorelle is a two and a half acre garden which was designed in 1920. the former home of the designer Yves Saint-Laurent. Read more about this attraction here.
3) Experience a traditional Moroccan Hammam.
A Hammam is a hot steam bath and a ritual for cleansing the body. Le Bain Bleu provides a wonderful private Hammam and massage experience.
2) Relax at your Riad.
*TOP TIP* I would recommend that all visitors to Marrakech stay in a unique Riad, as opposed to a hotel. A Riad is a traditional Moroccan guesthouse built around a central garden, courtyard or pool. I stayed at Riad Yasmine and had a thoroughly enjoyable time.
1) Have dinner and drinks at Le Salama with rooftop views across the city.
*TOP TIP* There are very few places that serve alcohol in Marrakech. Le Salama is a great place to go for an alcoholic beverage.
To make the most out of your trip to Marrakech, Morocco, make sure you check out my 5 things to know before travelling to the city.