What to do in Marrakesh?
What to do in
A few weeks ago we went to Marrakesh in Morocco for the first time. Last week you could already read why you should do this city as a city trip. This vibrant city has a lot to offer and we would like to introduce you to the best sights this week. We made this list of what to do in Marrakesh. Have fun on your next city trip!
The souk is the symbol for which Marrakesh is known. This is what you come to this city for, right? These fun, but busy shopping streets give you the impression that you are in a completely different world. You can really find everything here. From clothing to souvenirs to food. Keep in mind a few unwritten rules to enjoy your visit to the souks even more.
2 Medersa Ben Youssef
Medersa Ben Youssef is a beautiful Koranic school that is accessible to tourists. If you have one image of Marrakesh, it is a wall with refined details and tiles from this school. We really wanted to visit this school, but unfortunately it was closed for renovations. We have to come back for this again!
3 Djemaa El Fnan
Djemaa El Fna Square or simply El Fna Square is the most famous square in Marrakesh. All roads in Marrakesh literally lead to this square. This is where all the tourists and sellers come together and this gives a typical image of the city. You will mainly see salesmen, snake charmers and henna tattooists. This square comes alive especially at night. You can’t be in Marrakesh without walking across this square.
4 Koutoubia Mosque
The Koutoubia Mosque is the most present and largest mosque in Marrakech. You can see it from all over the city. It is not only large but also impressively beautiful, surrounded by a garden and close to the Djemaa El Fna square. It is a pity that you are not allowed to enter this mosque as a non-Muslim.
5 Bahia Palace
You should not confuse the Bahia Palace with the El Badi Palace. Both are very different. The Bahia Palace is huge and is not a ruin. This palace is also surrounded by beautiful gardens and the typical colorful Moroccan tiles.
6 Camel ride
You can also do a camel ride from Marrakesh. You can choose to take a day trip (or several days) to the desert, but you can also choose to take a camel ride for a few hours closer to Marrakesh, but also outside the busy center of course. We chose the latter, and although it is not the real adventurous version of a camel ride through the desert, we still had fun. However, we do not recommend camel rides as most organizations are not animal-friendly.
7 El Badi Palace
The El Badi Palace is an old ruin of a palace that is now only used as a monument for tourists. It is large and the ideal location for beautiful photos. Come in the morning and you may be the only one walking around. Don’t forget to take the stairs to one of the towers for a beautiful view of the city and the palace itself.
If you like to stay in a beautiful location, a riad is a good idea. These are small hotels in true Moroccan style, usually with a nice courtyard or garden. You can also go here for the perfect Instagram photos . There are several riads in Marrakesh so choosing will be difficult without a doubt.
9 Saadi tombs
The Saadi Tombs, or the Tombeaux Saadiens in French, is a place where all kinds of tombs can be seen. It is not just a “cemetery” as we know it, but a beautifully decorated place, with marble and colorful tiles, to which a whole history is attached. It has become one of the most famous sights of Marrakesh.
10 Day trip
You can make many different day trips from Marrakesh to other cities or places just outside Marrakech. For this you can go to various websites or in Marrakesh itself at your hotel or at a tourist office. For example, a trip to Ouzoud waterfalls is definitely recommended.