What to see in Marrakech? 10 places not to be missed
You can spend a whole day to discovering the Medina and its souks and walking its winding streets.
Stroll through Jamaa El-Fna Square located in the center of the medina sipping fresh orange juice and letting yourself be captivated by street shows, snake charmers’ acts and henna tattooists.
Also enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride to visit the city.
At nightfall, the Jamaa el fna square changes facet and lives to the rhythm of the restaurants that take over the space. A veil of smoke and typical Moroccan scents float above the square where young and old meet for dinner.
The Koutoubia Mosque reigns over the city. However, like the rest of the city’s mosques, entry is closed to non-Muslims.
Still in the Medina, the desire to be even more dazzled will guide you to visit the unmissable palaces of the city. These are the Bahia Palace and the Badii Palace.
The Bahia Palace, bordered by green spaces, centered by a gigantic courtyard and adorned with finely decorated frescoes, is a place rich in discoveries. The entrance fee is 70 dh (7 €), open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Badii Palace, is grandiose in its size and scope is partly destroyed.
It presents itself as a setting in ruins, with ponds and orange groves offering a magnificent view of Marrakech from its roof. Storks have made their home there in huge nests on the entrance walls. The palace hosts festivals such as the annual Marrakech folklore festival and the Marrakech du rire festival created by Jamel Debbouze. The price of entry is 70 dh (7 €). Open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In these two palaces, there is not really any information available to explain the history of the places when you are there. Remember to find out beforehand or take a guide to accompany you on your visit. You can book a guide who will accompany you during your visits on our platform.
Also to see: the Saadian Tombs, places housing the burials of the Saadian royal family.
Their reign of the 16th and late 17th corresponds to the golden age of the city. The place offers an anthology of Hispano-Moorish decorations, a pretty garden and magnificent mausoleums. In addition, you will find a corner with a screen that broadcasts the history of the Saadian Tombs. Admission is 70 dh (7 €), open daily from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
In addition to the sumptuous palaces, several museums are also nestled in the Medina of Marrakech.
Among them is La Maison de la Photographie located in a three-storey riad.
Various snapshots of the landscapes of Morocco and the way of life of its inhabitants between 1870 and 1950, will parade along this visit. You can end your visit by sipping mint tea in the rooftop cafe overlooking the medina. Admission is 50dh (5 €), open every day from 9:30 am to 7 pm.
The Confluence Museum is also a museum not to be missed in Marrakech. Pieces exposing the richness of Moroccan culture, each more beautiful than the next, will open their doors to you. At the heart of the museum you will fall under the spell of the café dar el Bacha, a magnificent taste and visual experience, the place is breathtaking. For the museum, the entrance fee is 60 dh (6 €) open all week, except Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Medina of Marrakech is also home to sumptuous green spaces.
The secret garden is the perfect example. Far from the bustle of the souks, find yourself for a moment of serenity and calm between the sound of water, birds and the surrounding greenery. Two cafes are located in this secret garden, one of which is on the terrace revealing a panoramic view of the city.
The entrance fee is 60 dh (6 €). For people aged between 7 and 24 years old as well as for groups of 10 people or more with reservation by email, the price is 40 dh (4 €) per person. The garden is open every day 9:30 am to 6 pm.
Leaving the medina, the essential Majorelle Garden will welcome you in its sumptuous setting. Created by Jacques Majorelle in 1924, this garden contains a multitude of plants and is characterized by its unique Majorelle blue. Time stands still for a visit. Entrance to the garden is priced at 100 dh (10 €).
You will find the Yves Saint Laurent museum right next door. A retrospective of the artist is exhibited there along with his creations. You will be involved as soon as you enter the world of fashion designer YSL. Admission is 100 dh (10 €). The museum is open Wednesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Marrakech is more than just a city, a history, an emblem.