What to see in Morocco’s Marrakech in Two Days

What not to miss with two days in this Moroccan gem, from busy souks to tranquil gardens.

La cité ocre, or Pink City, is an assortment of bustling market stalls, impressive historical sites, and a labyrinth of chaotic narrow streets. Here’s our guide of what not to miss!

Square at night

The famous square at night by Carlitos

The Medina of Marrakech

Begin your visit with a trip to this spectacular market place – a jumble of colours and sights that are the essence of Marrakech. By day and night it’s a hive of activity, with souks selling everything from lanterns to camel leather bags, traditional ceramics and tea sets to tempting jewelry. The market place is the largest Berber one in Morocco and you will definitely get lost in its charming narrow streets, amongst the carts, motorbikes and donkeys – but this is the fun part. Visit the stalls and enjoy the traditional mint tea while you browse and haggle. The friendly owners will persuade you to buy more than you can carry home!

Jamaa el Fna – Main Square

In the center of the Medina lies the beating heart of Marrakech – the city square. This is a major tourist attraction but also a local market place since the 11th C and UNESCO site, with snake charmers, musicians, henna artists and tea sellers all vying for trade. Teaming with food stalls and the smell of sweet cakes and barbecued lamb in the evening, it’s a great place to soak up the atmosphere and sit back on a café rooftop and watch the ‘halqa’ – street theatre.

Marrakech Medina

Marrakech Medina

El Badi Palace

Now this former seat of luxury and power is in ruins, but the 16th C palace still has charming courtyards, gardens and underground tunnels to explore, along with a small historical museum. The view of the Atlas Mountains from the peaceful terrace is beautiful. The Royal Palace complex can only be seen from the outside, but it’s high walls and artful doors are worth a quick detour from the southern Medina. The Bahia Palace complex is still grand and majestic and shows exemplary architecture – definitely worth seeing.

Kasbah Mosque

Beautifully decorated within, it’s worth seeing this National Historic Monument during prayer time, when the doors are open to the public. Constructed in 1230, the silhouetted minarets can be seen from around the city.

Souk

Souk selling traditional pottery

For Day Two:

Saadian Tombs

These 16th C tombs were restored to a garden containing graves of soldiers and mausoleum for the Dynastic royalty. There are gleaning marble columns and the mosaics are stunning – don’t miss the sultan’s grandson’s room.

Opposite are the ancient city’s ramparts, with 19 gateways to the city. The ornate stone Bab Agnaou gate is the highlight.

Koutoubia Mosque

Visible throughout Marrakech, The Koutoubia Mosque is great to visit by day or night as it is spectacularly lit. The largest mosque in Marrakech, it has a beautiful 250 ft tall Minaret and is considered an architectural wonder. There are tranquil gardens with fountains to stroll around by day.

A former theological college, the Ben Youssef Madrasa was constructed in 1570 and is a geometric wonder with marble patterns, tranquil pools and traditional design. It’s a peaceful place to detour to if you’re an architecture fan.

Jardin Majorelle

Jardin Majorelle

Jardin Majorelle

A short walk from the chaotic Medina there is an oasis of calm in this frenetic city at these enchanting gardens. Created by 19thC French painter Jacques Majorelle over forty years and restored by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé in 1980, the gardens brim with shady palms, rare and exotic plants, all on a background of bright blue and yellow colorful mosaics. The gardens also house the Musée Berbere - an interesting insight into the region’s Berber culture.

Hammam Experience

Make time for a unique and relaxing hammam visit – a traditional Morrocan spa. Treatments include massages, steams and scrubs. The most famous is the Hamman of the Rose.

Finally, head back to your hostel relaxed! Enjoy a dip in the pool or a rooftop drink at sunset – Equity Point Marrakech

Equity Point Marrakech

Equity Point Marrakech

 The famous square image is by Carlitos0802 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Contest: Participate at the Marrakech Marathon and Win a Massage

Each year Marrakech hosts one of the world’s most important and competitive marathons and that’s because Moroccan athletes are between the best running long distances. Over 5000 athletes are expected on January 27th to run both, the marathon and the half marathon and we’d love to help them.

So we’re running a contest between the athletes, and we will award a free half an hour leg massage to the three Equity Point Marrakech guests that achieve the best marks at the marathon.

Will you run in Marrakech Marathon?

Belly Dance Master Class at Equity Point Marrakech

We’re always trying to please our guests and Marrakech is a very special place with a rich culture that is available to the visitors in many different ways. For that reason we offer dessert trips, Moroccan cuisine classes, spa sessions, and now: a Belly dance master class.

Our teacher, Jiham, is a great dancer and is willing to teach every of Equity Point Marrakech guests the sensual moves that have made belly dance famous all around the world.

The class lasts for 45 minutes, and when you finish there is tea and Moroccan pastries for all the pupils.

Hope you’ll like it!

Equity Point Marrakech wins Hostelbookers Cleanliness Award for Excellence

A few weeks ago Equity Point Marrakech Hostel won the 2012 Hostelbookers Cleanliness Award for Excellence and we’re really pleased by the recognition.

This award wouldn’t be possible without all the efforts of our Marrakech housekeeping team, the women who work every day at the hostel and that appear in the picture.

Thanks to all the Marrakech staff for all the efforts that had led us to have such a quality hostel.

Don’t get lost on your way to Equity Point Marrakech

Marrakech is a city with winding streets where it is extremely easy to get lost. For that reason we have a really detailed map explaining with precision how to get to Equity Point Marrakech.

But even with the most perfect map, Marrakech Medina’s can be hard, but also charming, the first time you get there. For that reason we want to share a video made by one of our guests that shows the way from Djemaa-el-Fna to Equity Point Marrakech.

Vídeo | Youtube

Moroccan Cuisine Cooking Classes at Equity Point Marrakech

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We’ve got good news for our customers in Marrakech. If you love the delicious tastes of Moroccan food and you want to replicate them at home. Now you can!

We’ve got two daily classes of Moroccan Cuisine –at 12 and 14 hours- at Equity Point Marrakech. Our chef Rachida will explain some of the secrets of the millenarian Moroccan dishes. We will mainly cook any kind of Tajins, but you can ask for whatever Moroccan dish you want.

You will have a great time learning about Moroccan Cuisine, cooking your recipe and eating what you’ve just cooked!

For more details take a look at our Moroccan Cooking Class page.

New Spa in Marrakech

Equity Point Marrakech

We always try to improve our hostels and this time we’ve got some incredible new wellness services at Equity Point Marrakech. First we got ready the swimming pool that helps you to cool down the hot Moroccan summer. You also have a bar close to the swimming pool to make it even more awesome.

And now we’ve reopened the Riad’s Hammam (traditional Arabic bath and scrubbing) that comes along with black soap and eucalyptus oil scrub. We also offer facial treatments, massages, manicures, pedicures, depilation and henna tattoos on legs and arms. You can check the prices at our Marrakech Spa Section.

We’re sure it will improve your Morrocan experience!