Marrakech (also written as Marrakesh or Marrakesh) is one of the four royal cities of Morocco. The city, located on the Haouz plain, has a beautiful historic core that has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List for many years. Thanks to its unique atmosphere and beautiful sights, Marrakech has been one of the most visited cities in North Africa for many years. The tourism sector is responding well to this by offering high-quality luxury hotels and a wide range of excursions in and around Marrakech. Marrakech has become a popular city trip destination thanks to the wide range of relatively cheap flights. You can fly from Amsterdam to this atmospheric Moroccan city in just over three hours.
Marrakech ‘s Top 10 Things to Do
#1. Djemaa el Fnan
According to CONSTRUCTMATERIALS, the Djemaa el Fna square is the main square of Marrakech. Everything you’ve been waiting for as a tourist happens here. You can find many authentic Moroccan products, where you will not soon forget the scents of all kinds of herbs. There are also many street performers, including acrobats, snake charmers, storytellers, musicians and tooth pullers. Later in the evening it is mainly eateries that do business.
#2. Medina de Marrakesh
The medina of Marrakech is a veritable maze of narrow streets. The heart of the medina is the large square Jemaa el Fna. It’s a bit chaotic everywhere. This car-free center has many shops, stalls, terraces and various entertainment venues. The shopkeepers like to take the time for a chat and try to sell their merchandise to you. Bargaining is normal and part of the culture, but don’t forget the mutual respect.
#3. Koutoubia Mosque
The largest mosque in Marrakech is the Koutoubia Mosque. This mosque is also a symbol of the city of Marrakech. The minaret of this mosque can be seen from the Djemaa el Fna square. Unfortunately, non-Muslims are not allowed in.
#4. Palais de la Bahia
This palace was built in 1880 and above all had to be large. Around the 160 rooms that the palace has, various gardens are located on approximately 8 hectares of land. It was commissioned by Si Moussa. He especially did not want his 4 wives and her 24 concubines to see each other from the garden. Construction took about 10 years, but then you have something!
The souks can be found behind the square Djemaa el Fna. In the many small streets and alleys, a colorful collection of colors meets you along these souks. Clothes, shoes, herbs, hats, lamps, fabrics, baskets, carpets, dishes, wool and vases pass by during a walk. Some parts are covered or sheltered from the blistering heat of the sun.
Guided tour of the souks
If you want to get the most out of your visit to Marrakech, we recommend booking the ‘Souks & Medina’ tour. During a three-hour walking tour with an experienced guide you will learn everything about this beautiful part of Marrakech.
You can pre-book the tour here.
#6. Ville Nouvelle
In this modern district of Marrakech are many diverse shops. There are handicraft shops, department stores, exclusive shops, designer shops, antique shops etc. It is a welcome change from the shops and boutiques in the medina. Here you will also find some more luxurious restaurants and bars.
#7. Dar Si Said
This museum Dar Si-Saïd is about the past of Marrakech. There are also regular exhibitions on the first floor. Berber clothing and jewelry can be admired on the ground floor. The rooms have an abundance of different carpets and the most impressive furniture. Cedar doors and other types of carvings can be found in the courtyard.
You really shouldn’t leave Marrakech without visiting a Moroccan hammam. You can relax in such a Moroccan spa. Different types of bathing rituals can be booked in these bathhouses. Unwind in the fairytale setting of a hammam.
#9. Jardin Majorelle
Jardin Majorelle is located at the Majorelle Museum where mainly Islamic art can be found. At the former blue villa of the French painter Jacques Majorelle is a beautiful garden including a fountain and full of cacti, palm trees and other special plants, among which many birds settle. His garden has been open to the public since 1947.
#10. Dar M’Nebhi. Palace
The Marrakech Museum is located on Place Ben Youssef square. This museum is located in the palace Dar M’Nebhi which dates back to the 19th century. The courtyard is characterized with many corners to sit and beautiful fountains. The palace is decorated with many tiles and has beautiful painted ceilings. The palace’s former hammam and kitchen now serve as a showroom for the art collections.