The Best Things To Do In Marrakech

Daniela Ramos

Marrakech is where the weird and the wonderful come together and mix inside a maze of pink-hued walls.

The labyrinth-like medina, the sumptuous carpets to be found in every corner, the endless array of extravagant souvenirs, the performers that pulse up the city’s main square. It all adds up to a destination full of character. If you’re into shopping, Marrakech has a little something for every type of traveler.

Get lost in the souks

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The fact that Marrakech was built on such a strategic location along trading routes meant that, back in the day, traders would frequent the city in order to sell every-day essential items.

As the city’s population grew, smaller souks were created, many of which grew and eventually merged with other souks. Today, the entire medina in Marrakech looks like one huge market, but in fact, it’s a ton of them that have blended in. Hence, the best thing to do in Marrakech is simply to get lost in the souks – you’ll hardly know when you enter and leave on and the easiest way to find them all is by chance.

Jardin Majorelle

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Jardin Majorelle is another must on any Marrakech itinerary. This picturesque garden was designed by painter Jacques Majorelle and later purchased by Yves Saint Laurent. The garden is characterized by its blue walls and exotic succulents. While here, make sure to also check out the adjacent Berber Museum and the newly-opened Yves Saint Laurent Museum.

Tip: Get here are early as possible, as queues to purchase the entrance ticket can get really long.

Try a traditional hammam

A traditional Moroccan hammam, a treatment in which you basically get cleaned and exfoliated inside a steam room. Hammams can be public, but you can also book a private treatment if wearing a paper thong and getting your skin scrubbed off in front of other people isn’t exactly your jam.

Eat everything

It’s no secret that Morocco is a foodies paradise. If you’re into food, then Marrakech will surely please. Aside from the restaurants that sprawl up all over the main square (tip here: only eat wherever you see Moroccan families sitting), the entire medina is not short of amazing places to eat. I also love the cute coffee shops around the souk carpet.

Not only is eating in Marrakech a treat, but it’s also a way to find a peaceful respite from the souks, which can get quite overwhelming after some time. Many restaurants and cafés have terraces, so it’s another fun way to get a different perspective of the medina.

Some of the most popular hot spots to eat in Marrakech are:

  • Nomade
  • Limoni
  • Al Fassia
  • Chez Chegrouni
  • Another place I love is Ksar Essaoussan (3 rue Essaoussan), a restaurant that is quite hidden but worth your time if you want to try authentic Moroccan cuisine.

Ben Youssef Madrasa

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Ben Youssef Madrasa was originally built as a university – it was actually one of the top places to go to school in northern Africa! Today, however, it’s one of the most stunning attractions to visit in Marrakech.

Saadian Tombs

Checking out the Saadian Tombs is another must in Marracheck. The tombs date back to the Saadian dynasty and the mausoleum contains around sixty members of the Saadi Dynasty. The place was later abandoned for centuries and it wasn’t until the early 1900’s that they were rediscovered by aerial photography.

The room with the twelve columns is the most famous, partly due to its beauty and also because it contains the remains of the sultan’s son. Aside from its historical significance, the Saadian tombs are a must if you love exquisite architecture.

Jemaa el-Fnaa

Drinking orange juice at Jemaa el-Fnaa is a must on any Marrakech itinerary!

A stroll through Jemaa el-Fnaa is one of the most popular things to do in Marrakech. Best known as the main square of the medina, this spot is the heart and soul of Marrakech – the medina pretty much branches around it.

In here, you’ll find shops, merchants, coffee shops, juice stands, ATMs, and showmen. While a stroll during the day is interesting enough, the square doesn’t really come to life until after dusk, when street restaurants pop up everywhere, musicians play music, and some even dance to the beat of drums.

Visit Bahia Palace

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Another favorite among the many things to do in Marrakech is taking the time to visit Bahia Palace, a set of gardens surrounding a gorgeous 19th-century palace that, the story has it, was originally built to be the greatest palace of its time.

Visit early as the palace does get quite busy after midday or so. The earlier you get there, the more chances you have to get the place all for yourself!

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