Just a two-hour flight from Spain is one of the most exciting and visited destinations in Morocco. Marrakech has colorful landscapes and fascinating architecture, but above all, this Moroccan city is pure magic. You will discover it by walking through its medina and entering Jemaa El-Fna, the most amazing and lively square in the world. We tell you everything you need to know to get the most out of the most touristic city of the Alawite kingdom.

The best time to visit Marrakech

Marrakesh, Morocco - April 05, 2023: Street scene with locals, and visitors, in the Medina of Marrakesh, Morocco
Alley in the labyrinthine Medina of Marrakech

The spring and autumn seasons are the best time to enjoy this hectic city. Located inland, Marrakech has a very hot and dry climate, so it is best to avoid the summer months, as temperatures can easily exceed 40ºC. And if despite everything you decide to travel in July or August, we advise you to get up early and plan visits early in the daywhen temperatures are not so high.

What you need to know if you travel to Marrakech

Although Morocco is a country that looks towards Europe and is relaxed with its customs, do not forget that you are in a Muslim country and that you have to respect its rules. You will soon realize that Moroccans are friendly and it will not be difficult for you to start a conversation with them, but it is best to avoid discussing topics related to their king or politics in general. Be very careful with what you take, better don’t drink tap water, if you don’t want to ruin your trip with stomach problems. One of the charms of this city is shopping. And here haggling rules. Forget about rushing and never accept the first price.

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How to get around the city

Moroccan Women in typical clothing on Jemaa el Fna square in Marrakesh
The “petit taxis” are the most used transportation in Marrakech

The best way to explore the medina and the city center is on foot. Of course, if you travel in the middle of summer, you have to be careful with the intense heat, especially in the middle of the afternoon.

In Morocco, as in other Arab countries, taxi culture is widespread. In Marrakech you will find two types: “petit taxis” and “grand taxis”. The small ones are used for trips within the city and the large ones can be taken if you take an excursion outside of Marrakech. They are much cheaper than in Europe, the starting price of the “petit taxis” is 2 DH (0.18€) during the day (from 6am to 8pm) and 4 DH (0.37€) at night (from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.). The trip is counted with the taximeter, but you can find a taxi driver who tries to negotiate the price. In this case, you can haggle or choose another taxi that accepts the meter.

Things to see and do in Marrakech

These are the places you have to visit to get the most out of the city that most represents the soul and essence of Morocco.

Stroll through Jemaa El-Fna Square

Djemma el fan square, the famous night food market in the center of Marrakesh's Medina, Morroco, West Africa.  Many traditional food sellers are cooking every night for the tourists and Moroccan people..Nikon D3x.
Lively traditional food stalls in Jemaa El-Fna square at dusk

We are sure that no one has visited Marrakech without passing through this square. Located in the heart of the medina, it attracts more than a million visitors each year and has been listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage since 2008 and a World Heritage Site since 1985 by UNESCO. It is especially at dusk when this magical place is filled with lights and fascinating characters: snake charmers, storytellers, henna tattoo artists and even dentists ready to pull out the teeth of any unsuspecting person. The best plan is to wander among the stalls and let yourself be carried away by the smells and flavors of Moroccan cuisine, and then go up to the terrace of some of the cafes and admire the nightlife from above.

Wander through the Medina

View of Koutoubia Mosque and garden in Marrakesh, Morocco
La Koutoubia, in the southwest of the Medina of Marrakech, seen from the nearby gardens

It is the heart of the city and the most traditional part of Marrakech. In the medina there are the main historical monuments, among them, the Koutoubia, one of the most impressive mosques in the country. The silhouette of its minaret, almost 70 meters high, served as inspiration to build the Giralda of Seville. As in the rest of the city’s mosques, entry to non-Muslims is prohibited, but you can enjoy the beauty of its minaret from the gardens next door. It is located a few meters from Jemaa El-Fna Square.

And of course, on a visit to Marrakech you must stop at its magnificent palaces, such as Badi or Bahia. The latter, from the 19th century and measuring eight hectares, is one of the masterpieces of Moroccan Islamic architecture and art. Another essential are the Saadian Tombsthe place where the remains of this dynasty rest.

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The Souk, here haggling is an art

Jemaa el Fna market.
Souk in the old medina of Marrakech

You cannot go to Marrakech without spending at least a day in this market, which You enter through one of the sides of Jamaa El Fna Square. Located in the heart of the medina, you will find countless labyrinthine streets full of shops that are a paradise for shopping lovers. And if you are not among them, you should still enjoy the atmosphere and the art of haggling. Get ready because there is no trip to Marrakech without packing your suitcase with the typical slippers, djellabas, lamps, baskets and spices with a thousand incredible colors and aromas. Avoid the guides who try to take you to the shops that give them commission, it is best that you discover this impressive bazaar on your own.

The Majorelle Gardens

Jardins Majorelle or Majorelle Garden is a botanical garden and artist's landscape garden in Marrakech, Morocco.  It was created by French Orientalist artist, Jacques Majorelle.  In the 1980s, the property was purchased by fashion designers, Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Berge who worked to restore it.  Today the villa houses the Islamic Art Museum of Marrakech and the Berber Museum.
The Majorelle Garden is a botanical and landscape garden.

The famous house painted in an intense blue that It belonged to the French couturier Yves Saint Laurent, with its exotic vegetation, will be a true oasis of peace. In addition to strolling through the garden and enjoying the beauty of every corner (where there is no shortage of bamboo, cacti, a water lily pond, lotus flowers and fountains), you will also have the opportunity to visit the villa that houses the Museum of Islamic Art in Marrakech and the Berber Museum. It was created in the 80s by the French artist Jacques Majorelle.

Visit the Palmeral

Marrakech, Morocco - January 20, 2018: A berber man takes a tourist for a camel ride through the palm grove (Palmeraie) in Marrakesh
Camel tour through the Palm Grove of Marrakech

It is one of the places that we recommend you not miss. And the best way is by camel. The Palm Grove of Marrakech has more than 100,000 trees in about 15,000 hectares, most of them are palm trees, but there are also dates and an orchard. You will discover a place of contrasts, with lush vegetation that emerges in the middle of an arid and desert landscape.

The experience of staying in a Riad

Traditional Moroccan house with an interior courtyard with plants, carpet, armchairs and swimming pool.
Moroccan style patio in a traditional Riad.

One of the most characteristic accommodations are the typical Riads. These are old, small Arab palaces, with a beautiful interior patio, which have been converted into small hotels. They usually have few rooms and have traditional decoration. In addition, they have rooftop terraces that are perfect, both to start the day with an energetic Moroccan breakfast, and to end the tourist day enjoying the best views with the city illuminated. The best, accompanied by a delicious Moorish tea.

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