MarrakechMorocco

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Visit Marrakech

The cultural center of Morocco is known for its distinctive red buildings and crowded, atmospheric marketplaces.

The imperial city of Marrakech, considered by many to be the cultural centre of Morocco, is full of history and color, but also has a foot firmly in the modern world.

Marrakech’s old fortified city, or Medina quarter, is the center of local activity and the place where you’ll find a traditional Moroccan experience. Walk through the Djemaa El-Fna, the main square at the entrance to the Medina, and enjoy a fresh orange juice while taking in the daily bustle. You’ll see anything from dentists to snake charmers and henna tattooists. To the west, the Koutoubia Mosque is one of the tallest buildings in the old city and a spectacular sight during the day.

Head north from the Djemaa El-Fna, and you’ll find yourself in the city’s famous souks, or marketplaces. Marrakech has some of the biggest traditional souks in Morocco.

There is also plenty to do in other parts of the city. Visit the Bahia Palace, with its beautiful courtyard gardens, and Ali Ben Youssef Medersa, an old Islamic school famous for its interiors and intricate wall decorations. The Musée de Marrakech next door is also worth a visit, with art collections focusing on Moroccan and Islamic art.

If you’re looking for a more European experience, Marrakech also has a lot to offer. Head to the newer parts of the city for boutiques and restaurants.

At night, the Djemaa El-Fna adopts a different side, with local eateries and stalls set up across the entire square. Spices and smoke fill the square as thousands of locals and tourists come out for dinner. The stalls are government regulated, but it is still a good idea to watch what you are eating. At night, the streets are always lively and the nightlife in Marrakech is arguably the best in the region.

Marrakech lies at the foot of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco. The best time to go is winter, which brings milder temperatures during the day and cool temperatures at night.

Top hotels in Marrakech

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Movenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech
Movenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech
5 out of 5
Avenue Mohamed VI, Marrakech
NZ$252
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27

This family-friendly Marrakech hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Palais des Congres, Menara Gardens and Koutoubia Minaret. Jemaa el-Fnaa ...

4.2/5Excellent! (750 reviews)

"Fantastic location & beautiful grounds. Lots of positives of staying here during our week-long family vacation! Some specifics: Breakfast - thanks so much especially to Taha and Abdulkarim for taking excellent care of our large group! Very eager to help and resourceful. Kids club - such a useful ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Jan. 2020

Movenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech
Aqua Mirage Club & Aqua Parc - All Inclusive
Aqua Mirage Club & Aqua Parc - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Km 5, Route de Tahanaout, Marrakech
NZ$164
per night
Jan 22 - Jan 23

This family-friendly Marrakech resort is located in Agdal, within 3 mi (5 km) of High Atlas, La Plage Rouge and Noria Golf Club. Oasiria Water Park and Royal ...

4/5Very Good! (536 reviews)

"The staff are excellent, so hospitable and friendly. The grounds are very well kept. Lots of entertainment to suit all tastes. Tea /coffee making facilities are needed in the rooms and perhaps self service laundry area."…"

Reviewed on 9 Jan. 2020

Aqua Mirage Club & Aqua Parc - All Inclusive
Savoy Le Grand Hotel
Savoy Le Grand Hotel
5 out of 5
Avenue de la Menara, Marrakech
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
NZ$218
per night
Jan 31 - Feb 1

This family-friendly Marrakech hotel is located near the airport, just steps away from Avenue Mohamed VI and Menara Mall. Palais des Congres and Menara Gardens ...

4.1/5Very Good! (827 reviews)

"We stayed in January so the property was empty due to off season. This may have impacted our stay as it was not so busy. Regarding bag checks/food/drinks - my bag was checked only once. After this, the security recognised me and let me through without a bag check (though still walking through the ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Jan. 2020

Savoy Le Grand Hotel

Popular things to do in Marrakech

Jemaa el-Fnaa
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Jemaa el-Fnaa

4.5/5(12 reviews)

Watch spellbinding dance routines, interact with snake charmers and browse the market stalls in this fascinating cultural hub on a central square.

El Badi Palace
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El Badi Palace

4/5(4 reviews)

See storks nesting on walls, examine historical items in the museum and enjoy a view of the mountains in the Incomparable Palace.

Top activities in Marrakech

Camel & ATV Combo Full-Day Desert Tour
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Camel & ATV Combo Full-Day Desert Tour

NZ$151

Enjoy 2 activities on this tour of Marrakech as you ride across the rocky desert on a camel and discover the charming Berber villages of the Jbilets area on a high-performance Yamaha quad bike. You also stop for and authentic lunch at a traditional house with very welcoming hosts.

The Magnificent Ouzoud Waterfalls Full-Day Tour
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The Magnificent Ouzoud Waterfalls Full-Day Tour

NZ$81

Swap Marrakech's crowds for a day in the peaceful, natural setting of Ouzoud Falls, one of the most breathtaking places in the country. Green valleys, orchards, caves, gorges from the river El Abid, and happy apes in their natural habitat make this tour a perfect day out.

Mystical Marrakech Medina and Souks on foot
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Mystical Marrakech Medina and Souks on foot

NZ$34

Don't get lost in the labyrinth streets of the Medina and make your first visit with an experienced local guide and discover life as it has existed for hundreds of years. Visit historic sites, see colorful souks, be enchanted by snake dances and story tellers, and feel the life of the Old Town on this guided walking tour.

Marrakech: Small-Group Tagine Cooking Class
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Marrakech: Small-Group Tagine Cooking Class

NZ$84

Discover the history and ancient techniques of authentic Moroccan cuisine with this hands-on cooking class. Shop at a local market, prepare traditional dishes, and learn Arabic terms for fresh ingredients as you get an intimate glimpse into the daily lives of the people of Marrakech.

Essaouira Small Group tour
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Essaouira Small Group tour

NZ$74

Enjoy a day in the coastal city of Essaouira, which sits on Morocco's rugged Atlantic coast. An expert guide leads your small group through the charming port city, showing you its iconic orange walls, historic ramparts, and markets full of authentic handicrafts and handmade Berber products.

Discover Another Marrakech By Tuk Tuk
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Discover Another Marrakech By Tuk Tuk

NZ$110

Tuk Tuk is one of the best way to explore Marrakech and to discover the back streets of the city, with its authentic culture, local life and unexpected secret spots. It's easy to stop along the way to take some photos or enjoy a talk with an habitant.

Reviews of Marrakech

4.6

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Anonymous

Oct 24, 2019

The Saadian tombs are the best interior I have ever seen and I specialise in historic interiors. I was very surprised at the dress (shorts etc.) of many tourists - disrespectful and sometimes just embarrassingly ugly. I prefer Fes to Marrakesh.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 22, 2019

A great experience

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 8, 2019

Loved it ! Total experience

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 24, 2019

The markets, the vibe, the people . Loved it

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Aug 9, 2019

Tourists should contact their accommodation prior to arrival as locals will aim to take advantage of tourists and will argue and demand money for directions or guidance through the medina.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 6, 2019

Truly delightful city

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