Because of its famed palaces, 5-star restaurants, luxury spas, hammams, and lovely riads in the medina, Marrakech is regarded as a vibrant city of luxury.
Enjoy the aromas of roasting lamb and tagine as you wander the Souks’ meandering alleyways, and be prepared to discover our favorite 5 attractions to get involved in while in Marrakech.
1. Getting immersed in the Culture
Nighttime at Jemma el Fna is one of the most famous experiences in Marrakech. The square was formerly the main commercial point for caravans crossing the Sahara desert. Still, today’s visitors can expect to see many nocturnal food kiosks, fortune tellers, musicians, and, of course, lots of shops.
Give yourself pause from the bustling street markets by heading to one of the rooftop cafés before dusk to see the sunset while you drink a Thé à la Menthe (green tea with mint), the most traditional beverage in the city.
2. Going to a National Park
Toubkal National Park, located outside of Marrakech, is home to the biggest mountain in North Africa. Winter weather may be unpredictable, with temperatures dropping below freezing and heavy snowfall, in which case you can take advantage of the cold and go downhill skiing at Oukaimden.
In the summer, take a short walk along the waterfall-dotted trails, or hire a guide for a few days to summit Mt. Toubkal at whopping 4,167 meters above sea level.
3. Discovering the Medina
The whole Marrakech Medina is a UNESCO Site, with architectural and cultural highlights including the Koutoubia Mosque and the Saadian Tombs. While the medina was historically vital in medieval urban growth, it still persists as an example of the traditional Moroccan lifestyle. By just walking down the streets and alleyways of Marrakech, visitors may experience the city much as it would have been centuries ago.
4. Enjoying a Hammam
A hammam is a sort of steam bath or a public bath connected with the Islamic culture. These authentic Moroccan baths are a must-do: you’ll be cleaned from head to toe using a soap composed of pulverized olive pits, an exfoliating mitt, and copious quantities of warm water. There are hammams everywhere, whether you want a luxurious spa or a more local experience, and it’s an element of Moroccan culture that hasn’t vanished over the years.
5. Chilling at the Gardens
Morocco, also known as the Garden City, is well-known for its impressive gardens. Instead of facing the crowds at the iconic but busy Majorelle Jardin and the Yves Sant Laurent Mansion, consider traveling out of town to the Anima Gardens, which combines indigenous flora and wildlife with modern sculptural art and only a fraction of the people. Each sculpture is artfully weaved into the natural terrain, and an adjacent café serves refreshments when it’s time to relax.
In addition to these spectacular vistas, the Red City boasts many other highlights such as restaurants selling exquisite food, chaotic souk labyrinths, lush gardens, old art, beautiful mosques, and opulent hotels which are all waiting to be discovered.
Popular Activities Marrakech
Explore the city of Marrakech with an expert tour guide. Get a day trip to Fez, a 3-day Sahara Desert Tour, or a Private Tour of Marrakech, and explore the legendary Medina.