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Welcome to Marrakech

Situated near the brink of the Sahara desert and bordered by the Atlas Mountains, the landlocked city of Marrakech unfolds into its surroundings like one of the lavish carpets sold in the Marrakech Souks. The city’s medieval roots reveal themselves on a walk through the souks or kasbahs in the medina (Old Town), whose snake charmers, carpet sellers, spice stalls, and herbalists stimulate each of the senses. Orient yourself on a walking tour, or escape the sweltering heat and tick off attractions such as the Bahia Palace, Djemaa el Fna (Place of the Dead), Saadian Tombs, and Tiskiwin Museum (Maison Tiskiwin) on a tour by air-conditioned car. The minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque is visible from all over the city and can help you navigate through twisting alleys if you’re exploring independently. Just beyond the red sandstone walls of the Ochre City, the Sahara Desert and Atlas Mountains entice outdoor adventurers. Learn about contemporary Berber culture on a trip to Ourika Valley, stroll along the seawall in the Portuguese-influenced Essaouira, tour the UNESCO World Heritage site at Ait Ben Haddou, or ride a 4x4 to the base of Ouzoud Falls. If you’ve got time to delve deeper in the desert, multi-day adventures combine camel rides, star gazing, and ancient tombs, and reveal the heart of the Sahara.

Top 10 attractions in Marrakech

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Atlas Mountains

Atlas Mountains

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Capped with snow throughout the winter months and cloaked with wildflowers through the summer, the rocky plateaus and lush valleys of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains provide a striking backdrop for hiking and mountain biking treks, as well as cultural visits to Morocco’s remaining Berber tribes. Sprawling along the frontier of the Sahara, the range runs from the Atlantic coast to the northern Rif Mountains.More
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Jemaa el-Fna (Djemaa el-Fna)

Jemaa el-Fna (Djemaa el-Fna)

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An outdoor market by day and packed to bursting with diners, shoppers, storytellers, and singers by night, Jemaa el-Fna (also written Djemaa el-Fna or Jemaa el-Fnaa) is the epicenter of Marrakech life, where locals and tourists come night after night to see the clash of colors, sounds, smells, and sights that make up this memorable location.More
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Majorelle Garden (Jardin Majorelle)

Majorelle Garden (Jardin Majorelle)

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With its bold blue color scheme, towering palms, and gigantic cacti, set around pools of water lilies and gardens filled with exotic plants, the Majorelle Garden (Jardin Majorelle) is one of the most idyllic spots in Marrakech. Owned by designer Yves Saint Laurent, it’s also one of the city’s most visited attractions.More
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Ourika Valley (Vallée de l’Ourika)

Ourika Valley (Vallée de l’Ourika)

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A lush expanse of terraced fields, forested hillsides, and cascading waterfalls in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, the Ourika Valley ((Vallée de l’Ourika) is a natural oasis just an hour from the city of Marrakech.More
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Koutoubia Mosque (Mosquée Koutoubia)

Koutoubia Mosque (Mosquée Koutoubia)

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The largest and most famous of Marrakech’s many mosques, Koutoubia Mosque (Mosquée Koutoubia) is also the city’s most prominent navigational landmark. Just a short stroll from Djemaa el Fna square, the mosque’s soaring minaret stands proud at the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed medina.More
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Marrakech Medina (Medina of Marrakesh)

Marrakech Medina (Medina of Marrakesh)

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The historic heart of Marrakech and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Marrakech Medina (Medina of Marrakesh) is the first port of call for most visitors to the city. Known for its famous Jemaa el-Fna square, a dizzying maze of souks, and a magnificent array of mosques and palaces, this is Marrakech’s most atmospheric district.More
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Bahia Palace (Palais Bahia)

Bahia Palace (Palais Bahia)

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The name of the Bahia Palace (Palais Bahia) nods to its greatness: "Bahia” translates as “Brilliance.” Part of Marrakech’s UNESCO-listed medina and located on the northern edge of the Mellah (the Jewish quarter), the palace was the 19th-century residence of Si Ahmed ben Musa (or Ba Ahmed), the Grand Vizier of Marrakech.More
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Ouzoud Waterfalls (Cascades d’Ouzoud)

Ouzoud Waterfalls (Cascades d’Ouzoud)

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Located by the village of Tanaghmeilt in the High Atlas Mountains, the Ouzoud Waterfalls (Cascades d’Ouzoud) are Morocco’s highest falls. They are a magnificent sight, tumbling 361 feet (110 meters) through a dramatic red-rock gorge of El Abid River.More
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Palmeraie (Palm Grove)

Palmeraie (Palm Grove)

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A short taxi ride from the bustling Djeema el Fna, Palmeraie (Palm Grove) offers a tranquil escape from the lively souks and traffic-laden streets of the Old Medina and Marrakech’s most affluent district has often been nicknamed the ‘Beverly Hills of Marrakech.' A quiet, sun-soaked oasis of palm and orange tree-fringed boulevards, neatly-tended rose gardens and vast swimming pools, Palmeraie is home to many of the city’s most extravagant resort hotels and luxurious private villas.Even if you can’t afford to stay in the Palmeraie, the scenic district makes a worthwhile detour from downtown Marrakech and the 32,000-acre stretch of palm groves provides a shady backdrop for leisure activities. As well as walking and biking tours, horseback riding and camel riding are popular pastimes, and there’s also a beautifully situated golf course overlooking the villas.More
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Mt. Toubkal (Jebel Toubkal)

Mt. Toubkal (Jebel Toubkal)

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Towering 13,751 feet (4,191 meters) above sea level, Mount Toubkal in the Atlas Mountains is the highest peak in all of northern Africa. The trail up the mountain to the summit is more of a long, very steep stroll than a technical climb (no ropes or special equipment are needed), takes two to three days, and is accessible all year round.More

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Ways to Experience Moroccan Culture in Marrakech

Ways to Experience Moroccan Culture in Marrakech

How to Spend 2 Days in Marrakech

How to Spend 2 Days in Marrakech

Top activities in Marrakech

Essaouira Day Trip from Marrakech

Essaouira Day Trip from Marrakech

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Recent reviews from experiences in Marrakech

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Excellent day trip!
Shaif_U, Nov 2021
Ouzoud Falls Day Trip from Marrakech
Ouzoud is a beautiful waterfall and our guide was quite helpful in showing us best places around for photos!
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Beautiful nature trip!
Hayley_D, Oct 2021
Ouzoud Falls Day Trip from Marrakech
The view from the bottom of the waterfall is the best (even in summer when there is less water).
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Would recommend
Emily_R, Sep 2021
Marrakech City Highlights Half-Day Tour
It is a good way to see many of the top sites in Marrakech, especially if you’re short on time.
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Great immersion into local culture
Leontine_G, Jul 2021
High Atlas Mountains and 5 Valleys Day Trip from Marrakech - All inclusive -
I loved being able to see the way locals recreate.
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My friends and I had the...
Tess_O, Nov 2021
Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys & Waterfalls - Camel ride Day Trip Marrakech
We were picked up from our hotel exactly on time and from there we were taken to the Atlas mountains where we got to see places that I wouldn't have been able to experience on my own.
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Great value and lots of fun!
Ben_G, Oct 2021
Desert Agafay and Atlas Mountains & Camel ride Day Trip From Marrakech
The camel ride was lots of fun and the hike through Imlil to the waterfall was beautiful.
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Beautiful sea side city!
Jane_L, Oct 2021
Essaouira Private Full Day Trip From Marrakech
On the way to Essaouira you will stop once to see the "goats in the trees" which are put there by people (NB: you don't have to pay), and a stop in a argan oil factory where they give you a tour.
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Mohamed met us outside...
Rachael_S, Oct 2021
Private Tour: Marrakech Medina By Night
Having only arrived Marrakech it can be overwhelming to meet the craziness of the square Fully recommend using a tour and a knowledgable guide Mohamed was friendly and has excellent English Would be delighted to use Mohamed as a tour guide again Thank you
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Colourful daytrip with wonderful host!
Josien_G, Oct 2021
Visit Magical Anima Garden and Imlil Valley Guided Day Trip From Marrakech
The walk, partly up the mountain then mostly downhill, towards the waterfall was really magical.
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we had an amazing time on this tour
Michelle_W, Oct 2021
Atlas Mountains and 3 Valleys & Waterfalls & Desert Agafay - Day Trip Marrakech
We visited Atlas Mountains and 3 Valleys & Waterfalls & Desert Agafay.
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Excellent tour with Yahya
Jenna_F, Oct 2021
Exclusive- Highlights of Marrakech: Private 4H City Tour
Our guide Yahya was excellent and showed us not only the "usual" sightseeing attractions, but places we would not otherwise have seen (or found!
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My friend and I took this...
Elizabeth_G, Oct 2021
Marrakech City Highlights Half-Day Tour
My friend and I took this tour as it highlighted the main attractions we were interested in seeing, Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs, Mosque and the Majorelle Gardens.
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Cooling off and chilling in Ourika :-)
Caroline_R, Oct 2021
Marrakesh : Day Trip To Ourika valley
We first stopped for tea and breakfast at a traditional Berbère home where the lady of the house prepared tea and we got a tour of the house, it's really interesting to see how people live in the valley and they are very welcoming.
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Amazing way to see the Souks!
Elizabeth_G, Sep 2021
Marrakech Shopping Tour - Private Tours (Half day)
It was a great way to start the trip and he even left us with recommendations for places and restaurants to visit during our stay.
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Amazing!
Katy_M, Sep 2021
Desert Agafay and Atlas Mountains & Camel ride Day Trip From Marrakech
Riding the camels was really enjoyable and the waterfall was lovely and refreshing.
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There is no better tour if you want to experience the Medina!
Frank_B, Sep 2021
Highlights of Medina
Mohamed was gracious enough to end our tour at one of the Riads that we wanted to see and even helped us get a cab for our return to our hotel.
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Noice !
NNa, Aug 2021
Essaouira Day Trip from Marrakech
On the way there we stopped twice to see goats in a tree and visit a local cooperation of argan oil.
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Highly recommend
Holly_W, Mar 2020
Marrakech: Private Guided Half-Day City Tours
On the day, our guide Hadid was lovely, great English, very knowledgable, explained each place to us and ensured we got around safely.
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A must do
Tashana_S, Feb 2020
Ouzoud Waterfalls Day Trip from Marrakech
The falls are beautiful and monkeys are so friendly.
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Great Experience
Neal_S, Feb 2020
Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys & Waterfalls - Camel ride Day Trip Marrakech
Good English, great personality, and very attentive throughout the whole adventure.

All about Marrakech

When to visit

Enjoy warm, sunny whether when visiting Marrakech in the spring, which is the perfect time for trips to the Sahara Desert. Spiking summer temperatures don't deter crowds from the Popular Arts Festival, which is among the year’s biggest events. Though autumn brings scattered showers, it’s also an uncrowded shoulder season that's ideal for exploring.

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