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MarrakechMorocco

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
Iberostar Club Palmeraie Marrakech
Iberostar Club Palmeraie Marrakech
4 out of 5
Commune Rurale Ouidane Sidi Youssef Ben, Ali. BP.: 3759, Amerchich, Marrakech
The price is NZ$235 per night

This family-friendly Marrakech hotel is located on the boardwalk, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from High Atlas, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Agdal Gardens and Bahia Palace. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (442 reviews)
Recent holiday

"My friend and I stayed at the Iberostar Palmeraie for 5 nights. We couldn’t fault the stay"…"

Reviewed on 15 Mar. 2020

Iberostar Club Palmeraie Marrakech
Mogador Express GUELIZ
Mogador Express GUELIZ
4 out of 5
Hassan II Gueliz, Marrakech
The price is NZ$70 per night

Located in Hivernage, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of High Atlas and Avenue Mohamed VI. Palais des Congres and Carré Eden Shopping Center are also within ...

3.3/5 (275 reviews)

"It. Had. A. Really nice. Spa. With. Great. And helpful. Staff"…"

Reviewed on 17 Jan. 2020

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ClubHotel Riu Tikida Palmeraie - All Inclusive
ClubHotel Riu Tikida Palmeraie - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Route Fes, km 6, Marrakech
The price is NZ$241 per night

This family-friendly Marrakech resort is located in the mountains, within 2 mi (3 km) of High Atlas and Museum Palmeraie. Agdal Gardens and Le Jardin Secret ...

4.3/5Excellent! (652 reviews)

"Great location. Very clean. Nice big spacious rooms. The only disappointment I had was the food overall. The food selection was below par. I have done all inclusive riu resorts in the Caribbean and this was a bigger property with less options. The only unique thing in the breakfast time was the tea ..."…"

Reviewed on 7 Feb. 2020

ClubHotel Riu Tikida Palmeraie - All Inclusive

Popular places to visit 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.

Top activities in Marrakech

Sunset Tour & Dromedary Ride at Palm Grove
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Sunset Tour & Dromedary Ride at Palm Grove

NZ$47
Per adult
Marrakech City Tour Hop On-Hop Off
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Marrakech City Tour Hop On-Hop Off

NZ$31
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
The Magnificent Ouzoud Waterfalls Full-Day Tour
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The Magnificent Ouzoud Waterfalls Full-Day Tour

NZ$84
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Essaouira Small Group tour
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Essaouira Small Group tour

NZ$76
Per adult
Marrakech City Tour Hop On-Hop Off & Camel Ride
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Marrakech City Tour Hop On-Hop Off & Camel Ride

NZ$58
Per adult
Overnight Sahara Desert Tour from Marrakech with Camel Ride and Desert Camp
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Overnight Sahara Desert Tour from Marrakech with Camel Ride and Desert Camp

NZ$135
Per adult

Reviews of Marrakech

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4/5 - Good

Anonymous

24 Oct. 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 traveller

22 Sep. 2019

A great experience

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Sep. 2019

Loved it ! Total experience

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Aug. 2019

The markets, the vibe, the people . Loved it

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

9 Aug. 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 traveller

6 Jul. 2019

Truly delightful city

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