10 Things To Do In Marrakech, Morocco

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10 Things To Do In Marrakech, Morocco

If you are planning Moroccan vacation, then Marrakech is the place to start your fascinating journey. It’s a beautiful city with historical attractions, great restaurants, unique culture of it’s own and friendly people.

Best Time to Visit

The best times to visit Marrakech are in spring from March to May and fall from September to November. During this period temperatures are mild between 68 F – 78 F during the day, night temperatures fells to 50s. Hotel rates are also reasonable. I would avoid hot season between July and August when the temperature may soar above 96 F.

How Do I Get to there

By Air to Marrakech

There are daily direct flights from Casablanca, Europe and middle east to Marrakesh Menara Airport (IATA: RAK). 

Marrakech Airport 

Train to Marrakech from Casablanca

There is comfortable train service to Marrakech from Casablanca. Between 4:00 am to 10:00 pm there are trains leaving Casa Voyageurs Railway station, Casablanca to Marrakech every 2 hours, usual travel time is approximately 3 hours 30 minutes. . A first-class ticket is about US$22.00 which guarantees you a seat. In the first class, there are six seats per compartment, and the seats are more comfortable than 2nd class.

I could not buy the ticket in advance from outside the country but didn’t have any problem getting a seat when purchasing at the counter.

Bus to Marrakesh

There are comfortable bus service to Marrakech, check out CTM bus schedule and cost online. 

How To Get Around

There are plenty of taxis in Marrakech but none of them are metered so you need to negotiate the fare before hiring one. A taxi to / from Airport should not cost more than 100 Moroccan dirham (9.20 Dirham = 1 US$). 

Visa – Requirement

For US Citizens you must have a valid passport with at least one blank page. Visas are not required for visits lasting less than 90 days. Check your visa requirement based on county of citizenship.

10 Top Things To Do In Marrakech

Visit Jardin Majorelle Garden

The Majorelle Garden is a two and half acre botanical garden and artist’s landscape garden in Marrakech. Collections of cacti, exotic plants and trees are landscaped to emphasize each one’s unique beauty.

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The Majorelle Garden in Marrakech

You Can’t Miss Koutoubia Mosque

The Koutoubia Mosque is the largest mosque in Marrakesh. Located next to Djemaa el Fna Square, is one of the iconic landmark that must be visited while in Marrakech. 

Koutoubia mosque

The Koutoubia Mosque is the largest mosque in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Visit Jemaa El-Fna square (night market )

Jamaa el Fna is square you need to visit both during the day as well as at night. By day, most of the square is just a big open space, in which we saw a handful of snake charmers playing their cobras with flutes, few medicine men, tooth-pullers and others performing their unique activities to attract your attention.

Jemaa El-Fna

Jemaa El-Fna gets busy at night

At dusk, the square gets its real look when the square gradually fills up with people and restaurants all around, and they try to sell their food to passers-by. A scene you definitely need to experience.

It’s also a great idea to go over to the rooftop restaurants around the squire for a beautiful view from the top.

Jemaa El-Fna

A view of Jemaa El-Fna night market from nearby rooftop restaurant.

Visit Ben Youssef Madrasa inside the Medina

The Ben Youssef Madrasa is an Islamic college in Marrakesh, named after the Almoravid sultan Ali ibn Yusuf, who expanded the city and its influence considerably. It is the largest madrasa in all of Morocco. It was a challenge for me to walk through the narrow lanes of Madena (old city) and get there without getting lost. 

Ben Youssef Madrasa

In the neighborhood of Ben Youssef Madrasa in Marrakech

Visit Souks in Marrakech for Shopping Experience

The heartbeat of Marrakesh is undoubtedly the market or Souks inside the historical median (in the old city). It’s a great place to explore and experience how for thousand years the neighborhood has acted as a thriving central hub for trade and commerce without very little changing at all.

spice market in marrakech

Spice market in Marrakech

Visit Bahia Palace of Marrakech

The Bahia Palace is located in the medina of Marrakech. It was built in the late 19th century, aimed to be the most magnificent palace with many gardens of its time. Walkable distance from Jamaa el Fna square.

Bahia Palace of Marrakech

Inside the Bahia Palace of Marrakech

Visit Bab Agnaou One of the 19 Gates

Bab Agnaou is one of the 19 gates of the Marrakech medina and was built in the 12th century during the Almohad dynasty. It gives entrance to the Royal Kasbah neighborhood in the southern part of the Marrakech Medina.

Bab Agnaou

Bab Agnaou – one of the nineteen gates of Marrakesh, Morocco

Explore Madina The UNESCO World Heritage Site Madina

Marrakech’s Medina (old city) is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Medina of Marrakesh. Founded in 1070–72 by the Almoravids, Marrakesh remained a political, economic and cultural centre for a long period. Its influence was felt throughout the western Muslim world, from North Africa to Andalusia.

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Medina (the old city) is UNESCO World Heritage site in Marrakech

Learn How To Cook Tagine at La Maison Arabe Restaurant

We took a Moroccan traditional cooking class at La Maison Arabe restaurant. The workshops was designed for the amateur and professional alike. At the end our workshop, we dined on the chicken tagine that we prepared.  

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We just learned how to cook chicken tagine with apricot with Moroccan spices

Are you looking for a nice place to stay, here is where I stayed

Palm Plaza Hotel: Avenue du 7me Art, Zone Touristique Agdal, Medina, Marrakech, Morocco 40000

Riad Mouna: No6 Deb el Bir Riad Zitoune Lakdim Medina, Marrakech 40008, Morocco (very hard to find off the mainsquare)

Riad Jona Guest House, Riad zitoune el kedim N°34 derb jdid, Marrakech

Traditional Food and Culture

Have dinner at Le Jardin Restaurant in old city of Medina

This restaurant is in the heart of Marrakech’s Medina, as you know inside the Medina you can’t take taxis so we had to walk and keep on asking people for the direction. It is a great place for both lunch and dinner definitely worth a try. 

Chicken Tagine

Chicken Tagine, with prunes, onions, olives and raisin

We had our delicious Lamb Tagine while listening to live music. This place serves authentic Moroccan food.  

Lamb Tagine

Delicious Lamb Tagine with potato, nuts and cilantro.

My Opinion and Tips

Have you been to Marrakech, Morocco? Any additional tips to share?

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