Attractions in and around Marrakech

Marrakech is one of the most exciting cities in Morocco. The Ochre city has a lot to offer, from cultural visits, to gastronomic experiences and shopping for crafts and spices. Its colours and its one of a kind atmosphere makes of this city a truly unique place. 

Activities in Marrakech

Marrakech is incredibly rich of cultural places, traditional architectures, history and gastronomy. The alleys in the Medina will immerse anyone into another world with plenty of surprises and discoveries. Visiting this city full of life and traditions will create long lasting memories. 

Discovery of the souks and Jemaa El Fna

Jemaa El Fna square is the most iconic place of Marrakech. You will find the Moroccan folklore in every corner, from the snake charmers, to the dates merchants, fresh juices and grilled food stands. It is not a surprise that this square was classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001.

Continue your Marrakchi adventure by entering the maze that are all the small alleys around Jemaa El Fna. In the souk your will find treasures of Moroccan craftsmanship such as the famous slippers or colourful fabrics and tiles, and a variety of spices. You can also find small terraces where you will be able to taste a mint tea while enjoying the spectacle that is the Moroccan way of life. 

Camel tours

Taking a tour of the city on camelback will also be a real pleasure both for children and adults. 

Cultural visits

It is impossible to list all the places to visit within the Ochre city. Here are the main ones:

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The Yves Saint Laurent Museum

The Museum of Marrakech

Selman Marrakech

Medersa Ali Ben Youssef

The Majorelle Garden

The Saadian Tombs

The Secret Gardens

Bahia Palace

Cultural Visits

The Yves Saint Laurent Museum

The Yves Saint Laurent museum is “a tribute to the city discovered by the creator in 1966 and where he stayed regularly”. A modern museum that displays the work of the famous designer.

The Museum of Marrakech

In the surroundings of Medersa Ben Youssef, this establishment shows the work of Moroccan and Berber craftsmanship, as well as contemporary works of art by Moroccan artists. 

Medersa Ali Ben Youssef

Just at the end of the souks, this ancient Koranic school is a perfect example of what is the Arabo-Andalusian architecture. Admire the carved wooden ceilings and the Zellige arcades in the courtyard. 

The Majorelle Garden

The Majorelle Garden is a heavenly oasis in the middle of the city. Renowned for its variety of exotic plants and bright colours, it used to belong to Yves Saint Laurent. 

The Saadian Tombs

Dating from the early 17th century, the Saadian Tombs host the burials of Sultan Al Mansour, who built them himself, and his relatives. The entire place was walled a few years after the Sultan passed away and rediscovered in the early 20th century in a perfect shape. 

The Secret Gardens

Reconstructed in the middle of the nineteenth century by an influential Atlas leader during the Saadian dynasty, this garden was the home of one of the highest political figures in Marrakech. It perfectly reflects the authenticity of Arab-Andalusian palaces. Visiting the secret gardens will paint an accurate picture of the wonders that are Arabo-Moorish and Muslim arts and architecture.

Bahia Palace

Built under the reign of Sultan Hassan 1st of Morocco in the 19th century, the Bahia palace is a heaven of peace and tranquillity where once again you can admire the treasures of Moroccan architecture and know-how. His majesty King Mohammed VI still occasionally welcomes his distinguished guests there. 

Excursions around Ochre City

Marrakech’s surroundings are full of surprises to discover, and in particular:

  • Lake Lalla Takerkoust and its dam
  • The Valley of Ourika and the famous waterfalls of Setti-Fatma
  • Oukaïmeden, a ski station 3 200 meters above sea level
  • The Agafay desert where you can fly in a hot air balloon or explore during a quad bike ride

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