Once you’ve soaked up the souks and marvelled at the Medina, check out some of these 5 alternative things to do in Marrakech.
Marrakech has a myriad of beautiful sites to see from the Kasbah Mosque to the Saadian Tombs to the Jemaa El Fna, but once you’ve done the main sights of the Red City, then try something a little more off the beaten track. Here are our suggestions of things to enjoy away from the crowds in Marrakech.
1. Enjoy the photo exhibitions at the Maison de la Photographie
Once you have visited the Dar Si Said Museum then try the Maison de la Photographie (House of Photography).
From Pierre Boucher to Felix Fernand Bidon, there are many international artists displaying their works among the 8,000 photographs exhibited here.
The House has a beautiful collection of prints, books, documents and more. It’s open every day until 7pm on the Rue Souk Ahal Fassi and has a great view from its roof top terrace restaurant.
2. Try something different at the Local Restaurants
There are some famous spots to eat or watch the Medina from the outskirts of the main square, but the locals head deep into the middle to grab a date milkshake or pastille. Try the famous camel burger, yes camel, at the Cafe Clock in the Kasbah. The interior design is cool and they sometimes have live music with a lively crowd. Or, the rabbit tagging at Tiznit – Souk no. 28 in the Medina. Or a delicious salad if that’s not your thing.
3. Do some shopping (without bartering)
If you love shopping but less so the fun of haggling, then it is possible to shop in Marrakech and have a less daunting experience. There are some cool new designers and also shops where you don’t have to barter over the price. Try parting with your Dirhams at Souk Cherifia which displays a lot of hand crafted and beautifully designed items such as at Baboucheshop. For more upmarket designs try designer Norya Ayron for cutting edge design and great colours.
4. Sumptuous Gardens of La Mamounia
Once you have visited the shady homage to plants – the beautiful Jardin Majorelle, then you should try the famous La Mamounia Gardens close to the Medina.
This former palace and gardens was established in the 18th century by the crown prince Mamoun. Now a famous hostel with break taking view, the gardens have been opened as a 20 acre park. Designed in a traditional style using native plants and flowers that thrive in the heat, there are olive trees that are over 100 years old and beautiful fruit trees. There is also a choice of shaded places to enjoy a mint tea.
5. Check out the Modern Art Scene
Once you’ve explored the palaces what about finding the more contemporary happenings of art and culture in Marrakech? The modern art scene in Marrakech is rapidly growing, and new galleries have been springing open for the past 10 years. Now included in the Biennale is Street Art – with painted walls becoming the canvases for modern art as “Galleries in the Sky”. Find the locations here http://www.mb6streetart.org/about.html
The sumptuous appeal of the Gallery Re opened in 2006 to showcase contemporary art and events. The space means they’re able to show installations and concerts too – gaining a reputation for avant-garde art. Meanwhile Galerie 127 exhibits mostly photography. If you’re here for the Biennale from February to May then don’t miss out on the exhibitions around town.
Equity Point Marrakech
Stay at Equity Point Marrakech! We have the most beautiful hostel, located in a former palace in the heart of the old town. We also have an amazing view from our roof terrace of the sunset on the Atlas Mountains, and we even have a swimming pool. Book your bed here
Belly Dancing and Dinner
Not only do we have Belly Dancing classes from 100 dhs we also have dinner. We serve a delicious typical Marrakech meal with live Moroccan music! You need to book in advance, so find out more here or at reception Moroccan dinner. There’s also a la carte menu for luch for 100Dhs (without beverages) that you need to book one day before.
We hope you enjoyed our 5 alternative things to do in Marrakech!