Jemaa El-Fna is the largest public square at the entrance of Medina in Marrakech with nonstop activity. By day, it hosts many of entertainers, from snake charmers, acrobats, performers, herbalists to fortune-tellers. By night, the square fills with the aromas of piping hot couscous, grilled meat and also simmering vegetables from the food stalls. As well as musicians playing their rhythmic music, and artists all showing their talents under the twinkling lights of the stalls that will make your evening in Marrakech memorable.
The walled Medina is the most ancient part of the city and the heart of Marrakech lies in its historic city center – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an exploration of this old town is one of the highlights of the Red City. It’s a picturesque collage of narrow alleys, Riads, ancient walls, and several large gates to give access to the city center, as well as its typical bazaars where you can look for souvenirs, clothing, spices or house furniture, you’ll find plenty of choices here. A stroll around the souks or traditional bazaars is incredibly beautiful and exciting at the same time, with something new to explore around every corner.
Koutoubia Mosque is the largest Mosque in Marrakech, and it’s one of the most beautiful landmarks of the Red City. Famed for its magnificent minaret which towers about 253ft high far above the city. Situated in the southwest corner of the Medina, within a short walk from the bustling Jemaa El-Fna Square. Surrounded by beautiful palm trees and flowers gardens. If you’re willing to view inside the mosque, consider heading elsewhere such as Hassan II Mosque, since only Muslims who have access to.
Bahia Palace is breathtakingly beautiful, with 150 rooms overlooking various patios and gardens. Translated, its name means “brilliance”, and in fact it’s considered one of the greatest palaces in Marrakech and its unique setting has been used as the location for several Hollywood movies. Explore the Moroccan architecture of the courtyards, filled with orange trees, fountains, stain glass windows, colorful tiles of marble and beautiful mosaics. Last but not least, Bahia Palace is a monument of the country’s cultural heritage and a visit to this fabulous attraction of Marrakech is a must-do.
Entrance fee: 70MAD (€7). Open Monday to Sunday 8am-5pm
Ben Youssef Madrasa is an extraordinarily well-kept 14th-century Koranic school and once housed as many as 900 students up until 1960. Located in the heart of the Medina. Besides, Ben Youssef Madrasa is a fascinating representation of Moroccan design and architecture with a gorgeous courtyard contains a large fountain pool and beautifully decorated walls with colorful mosaics. It’s the largest Islamic religious school in Morocco beforehand. Moreover, it’s open now to the public as a historical site, and you certainly should put it on your list of the 10 best things to see in Marrakech. Ultimately, the entire ambiance of this school is beyond amazing.
Entrance fee: 60MAD (€6). Open Monday to Sunday 9am-5pm
Majorelle Garden is an enchantingly beautiful botanical garden created in 1923 by Jacques Majorelle, a French artist. After his death in 1962, the property was purchased by Yves Saint Laurent, who restored the garden to their former glory. Furthermore, this truthfully feels like an equatorial oasis, with green plants from all over the world, the pretty water features, the cobalt blue facades, and bridges. So now Majorelle Garden is one of the most popular attractions in Marrakech lately and open to the public.
Entrance fee: 70MAD (€7) – 100MAD (€10) includes the Berber museum. Open Monday to Sunday 8am-5pm. Make sure you go as early as possible to avoid the crowds.
El Badi Palace is a ruined palace, was built at the end of 16th century by Saadian ruler. Set within sunken gardens and surrounded by epic ramparts whose decrepit towers boast scenic views over the Medina. Additionally, this magnificent palace is a heritage property located nearby the Kasbah. Featuring huge pools, a gigantic courtyard, pavilions with mosaic floors, and also manicured gardens. Moreover, It features prayer rooms, courtyards, and fountains, all of which contribute to the palace’s aesthetics.
Entrance fee: 70MAD (€7). Open Monday to Sunday 9am-5pm
Saadian Tombs is an ancient cemetery for 66 members of Saadian dynasty, who were ruling the Red city, Marrakech from 1524 to 1668. The graves were sealed off and hidden right away after the fall of the dynasty, and remained neglected for more than two centuries. Likewise, the graves were walled by Alawite successors, rediscovered in 1912 and restored by Beaux arts service to make it among the best places to visit in Marrakech, Morocco. All in all the Saadian Tombs are definitely worth the visit.
Entrance fee: 70MAD (€7). Open Monday to Sunday 9am-4:30pm
Menara Garden is a massive garden. Contain numberless olive trees, a huge fish tank and a beautiful pavilion which makes it looks vibrant. In addition to that, it is an opulent garden in the heart of the city. Located about 5 kilometers outside the Medina (old town). This is mostly an attraction where locals hang out and enjoy a tranquil surrounding.
Entrance fee: free of charge. Open Monday to Sunday 8:30am-5pm
Day trip from Marrakech, Not only Marrakech is worth seeing, though you could easily spend your entire holiday strolling around Marrakech’s Medina or historical sites, however no trip to Morocco would be complete without discovering the country’s desert. A diversity of tour options are offered, including all-terrain drives, camel rides and also hikes. Very popular are excursions to Ouzoud falls, Ourika Valley, Essaouira on the Atlantic coast and the Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah (a ksar – or fortified city – along a former caravan route, Its desert-dusted Kasbah and maze-like warrens are sure to enthrall you).
Note: If you would like to go on a desert safari with camel trekking or overnight in a Berber camp, you can book a trip to Merzouga from Marrakech. However, these tours are usually from 2 to 5-day trips.
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