With a historic centre that’s a UNESCO World Heritage site, there’s plenty to marvel at in this Moroccan gem. Enjoy the Pink City with our tips for the top 10 things to do in Marrakech.
Top 10 Things To Do in Marrakech
From spas to souks, Berber ladies decorating you with henna tattoos to the sound of the call to prayer from the mosques’ minarets, Marrakech is full of wonder and surprises. Here’s what not to miss on a visit here.
1. Visit Djemma El Fna, the main square
This central square is the beating heart of Marrakech and a heady mixture of snake charmers, henna tattooists all topped off with the aroma of barbecued lamb. By day there are entertainers and fresh fruit stalls, by night the most delicious meats are grilled with the smoke wafting in the air. All you need to do is wander and you’ll find something unique.
2. Hunt for bargains in the Medina
This 11th century Medina is the oldest Berber market in Morocco and actually a colourful huddle of markets that connect within a labyrinth of streets above the main square. Brimming over with curiosities and handicrafts Marrakech’s Medina is one of the most awesome places to explore and soak up the souks. There’s a huge selection of ceramics, lights, spices, perfumes, wooden handicrafts, teas, furniture and much more. Go and get lost!
3. Eat a tagine (or tajine!)
Famous as a signature dish of Morocco, don’t miss out on tasting a genuine traditional tagine in Marrakech. It’s historically a Berber dish which is named after the ceramic pot it’s cooked in, and found across Northern Africa. Check out Chez Chegrouni in the Medina. It’s unassuming from the outside, and they are sparing with menus, but put your trust in their tagine and take a seat on their small terrace. They have a range of good value salads, grilled meats and soups too.
4. People Watch
In the heat of the day there’s nothing better than retreating to a rooftop terrace and enjoying the madness – the street scene known as ‘halqa’ in Morocco – below. Take a mint tea and make like a local – sit back and enjoy the street circus. It’s part of the Marrakech experience, and you’ll be following in the footsteps of many famous literary stars.
Restored to form an impressive garden, these 16th C tombs contain the graves of soldiers and a mausoleum for the Dynastic royalty or Marrakech. The building has outstanding mosaics, especially in the sultan’s grandson’s room, and the whole gleaming marble building is worth a visit. Opposite are the ancient city’s ramparts worth visiting, with 19 gateways to the city. Some still have gates in tact.
6. Relax at the Jardin Majorelle
These tranquil and beautiful gardens are a great place to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of the Medina. Formerly the home of French artists in the 1920s, the gardens are now open to the public and showcase charming plants and flowers alongside cool ponds and fountains, all housed in a striking blue and yellow surrounding.
7. Visit Marrakech’s Palaces
Marrakech’s former glory can be revisited in the 16th century Badi, Bahia and Royal Palaces – testament to the grandeur and amazing architecture that was iconographic of the city in the past. The Badi Palace was once the seat of power in the city, but only has it’s impressive gardens, a terrace with a view over the Atlas Mountains, and courtyards left as the rest of the palace lies in ruins. The Royal Palace can only be seen from the exterior but is still impressive from the outside, in the south of the Medina. The Bahia Palace is probably the most impressive, retaining its majesty and showcasing particularly beautiful and intricate decoration.
8. Visit a Hammam
Enjoy one of Marrkech’s famous hammams, or spas, and find the perfect way to unwind after a hard day shopping in the Medina. You can find the more traditional type of spas or modern versions all over town. We recommend a one of the perfumed massages with a traditional Arab Bath. The most famous hammam is the Hamman of the Rose. There are spas at various prices.
9. Taste fresh orange juice
All over the old town you can find people peddling their wares, and that includes stalls that sell freshly squeezed orange juice. It’s delicious, and tastes better than any other juice you’ll get, so embrace the simplicity of a freshly squeezes juice and enjoy!
10. Stay at Equity Point Hostel Marrakech
Located in the heart of the busy Medina, our hostel is a peaceful former palace, converted into a boutique hostel space with private rooms, chill out areas, and a swimming pool to relax by. We also have a stunning roof top terrace with views of the Atlas mountains and a great spot to watch the sunset or enjoy dinner. We also have a well priced spa. Book your bed here
We hope you enjoyed our list of the Top 10 Things To Do in Marrakech!