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Welcome to Marrakech

Situated near the brink of the Sahara desert and bordered by the Atlas Mountains, the landlocked city of Marrakech unfolds into its surroundings like one of the lavish carpets sold in the Marrakech Souks. The city’s medieval roots reveal themselves on a walk through the souks or kasbahs in the medina (Old Town), whose snake charmers, carpet sellers, spice stalls, and herbalists stimulate each of the senses. Orient yourself on a walking tour, or escape the sweltering heat and tick off attractions such as the Bahia Palace, Djemaa el Fna (Place of the Dead), Saadian Tombs, and Tiskiwin Museum (Maison Tiskiwin) on a tour by air-conditioned car. The minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque is visible from all over the city and can help you navigate through twisting alleys if you’re exploring independently. Just beyond the red sandstone walls of the Ochre City, the Sahara Desert and Atlas Mountains entice outdoor adventurers. Learn about contemporary Berber culture on a trip to Ourika Valley, stroll along the seawall in the Portuguese-influenced Essaouira, tour the UNESCO World Heritage site at Ait Ben Haddou, or ride a 4x4 to the base of Ouzoud Falls. If you’ve got time to delve deeper in the desert, multi-day adventures combine camel rides, star gazing, and ancient tombs, and reveal the heart of the Sahara.

Top attractions in Marrakech for Spring

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Atlas Mountains

Atlas Mountains

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Capped with snow throughout the winter months and cloaked with wildflowers through the summer, the rocky plateaus and lush valleys of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains provide a striking backdrop for hiking and mountain biking treks, as well as cultural visits to Morocco’s remaining Berber tribes. Sprawling along the frontier of the Sahara, the range runs from the Atlantic coast to the northern Rif Mountains.More
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Majorelle Garden (Jardin Majorelle)

Majorelle Garden (Jardin Majorelle)

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With its bold blue color scheme, towering palms, and gigantic cacti, set around pools of water lilies and gardens filled with exotic plants, the Majorelle Garden (Jardin Majorelle) is one of the most idyllic spots in Marrakech. Owned by designer Yves Saint Laurent, it’s also one of the city’s most visited attractions.More
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Jemaa el-Fna (Djemaa el-Fna)

Jemaa el-Fna (Djemaa el-Fna)

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An outdoor market by day and packed to bursting with diners, shoppers, storytellers, and singers by night, Jemaa el-Fna (also written Djemaa el-Fna or Jemaa el-Fnaa) is the epicenter of Marrakech life, where locals and tourists come night after night to see the clash of colors, sounds, smells, and sights that make up this memorable location.More
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Bahia Palace (Palais Bahia)

Bahia Palace (Palais Bahia)

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The name of the Bahia Palace (Palais Bahia) nods to its greatness: "Bahia” translates as “Brilliance.” Part of Marrakech’s UNESCO-listed medina and located on the northern edge of the Mellah (the Jewish quarter), the palace was the 19th-century residence of Si Ahmed ben Musa (or Ba Ahmed), the Grand Vizier of Marrakech.More
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Koutoubia Mosque (Mosquée Koutoubia)

Koutoubia Mosque (Mosquée Koutoubia)

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The largest and most famous of Marrakech’s many mosques, Koutoubia Mosque (Mosquée Koutoubia) is also the city’s most prominent navigational landmark. Just a short stroll from Djemaa el Fna square, the mosque’s soaring minaret stands proud at the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed medina.More
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Marrakech Medina (Medina of Marrakesh)

Marrakech Medina (Medina of Marrakesh)

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The historic heart of Marrakech and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Marrakech Medina (Medina of Marrakesh) is the first port of call for most visitors to the city. Known for its famous Jemaa el-Fna square, a dizzying maze of souks, and a magnificent array of mosques and palaces, this is Marrakech’s most atmospheric district.More
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Palmeraie (Palm Grove)

Palmeraie (Palm Grove)

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Fringing northwest Marrakech, the Palmeraie (Palm Grove is the city’s favorite recreational area and most upscale vacation and residential enclave. A refuge from the bustling Medina and Jemaa el-Fna, the oasis comprises 54 square miles (140 square kilometers edged with prestigious hotels and villas.More
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Ourika Valley (Vallée de l’Ourika)

Ourika Valley (Vallée de l’Ourika)

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A lush expanse of terraced fields, forested hillsides, and cascading waterfalls in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, the Ourika Valley ((Vallée de l’Ourika) is a natural oasis just an hour from the city of Marrakech.More
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Ouzoud Waterfalls (Cascades d’Ouzoud)

Ouzoud Waterfalls (Cascades d’Ouzoud)

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Located by the village of Tanaghmeilt in the High Atlas Mountains, the Ouzoud Waterfalls (Cascades d’Ouzoud) are Morocco’s highest falls. They are a magnificent sight, tumbling 361 feet (110 meters) through a dramatic red-rock gorge of El Abid River.More
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Saadian Tombs (Tombeaux Saadiens)

Saadian Tombs (Tombeaux Saadiens)

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Constructed by Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur during the 16th century, the Saadian Tombs (Tombeaux Saadiens) are home to more than 200 crypts belonging to members of the Saadian dynasty. The magnificent mausoleums are renowned for their lavish design, featuring stunning zellige tiles, exquisite woodwork, and gold and marble embellishments.More

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Ways to Experience Moroccan Culture in Marrakech

Ways to Experience Moroccan Culture in Marrakech

How to Spend 2 Days in Marrakech

How to Spend 2 Days in Marrakech

Top activities in Marrakech

3 Days Desert Tour From Marrakech To Merzouga Dunes & Camel Trek
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A Night in the Agafay Desert from Marrakech
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Essaouira Day Trip from Marrakech

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Recent reviews from experiences in Marrakech

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Great!
David_B, May 2022
Marrakech: Private Guided Half-Day City Tours
Good English and lots of information.
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Great experience, no time...
Jacob_H, May 2022
Marrakech 2 Hours Quad Biking and 1 Hour Camel Riding Tour
Would definitely recommend for activities close to Marrakech
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Visiting the sites of Marrakech in half a Day
Fred_P, May 2022
Marrakech: Private Guided Half-Day City Tours
A good way to see the city of Marrakech's iconic spots in a day for those with limited time.
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Bringing the History Alive
Peter_W, Apr 2022
Historical Marrakech Walking Tour
It is a great way to see all the historical sites and get a sense of life and cultures in the Medina.
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Nice day trip
Jim_d, Apr 2022
Atlas Mountains and 3 Valleys & Waterfalls & Desert Agafay - Day Trip Marrakech
Our guide, Mohamed larbi, showed us the waterfalls and we had traditional tea at his family’s home.
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Fabulous half day trip to the valley
Monica_S, Apr 2022
Half Day Tour From Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains & Ourika Valley
The hike and the waterfalls were amazing.
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This trip was great!...
Joseph_H, Apr 2022
Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys & Waterfalls - Camel ride Day Trip Marrakech
Be sure to wear good walking shoes as there is a hike to the waterfalls.
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Amazing Experience
Grace_N, Mar 2022
Desert Agafay and Atlas Mountains & Camel ride Day Trip From Marrakech
You get to see so much on the tour and everything was beautiful.
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Highlight of my Morocco Trip
Maria_I, Feb 2022
Atlas Mountains and 3 Valleys & Waterfalls & Desert Agafay - Day Trip Marrakech
It was so beautiful to see the Berber villages as well.
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A great experience with beer and wine and great food to boot!
Anna_W, Feb 2022
Sips and Bites In Marrakesh Local Bars
This was a great way to see parts of Marrakech we wouldn’t have otherwise seen with a very knowledgeable guide (Ali) who had perfect English and French.
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Excellent day trip!
Shaif_U, Nov 2021
Ouzoud Falls Day Trip from Marrakech
Ouzoud is a beautiful waterfall and our guide was quite helpful in showing us best places around for photos!
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Absolutely Amazing - well worth the experience!
manlikebaydo_c, May 2022
Desert Agafay & Atlas Mountains & Waterfalls, Camel ride Day Trip From Marrakech
You get to see how the morrocons live & their home lives.
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A great time out of the city!
Caitlin_M, May 2022
Desert Agafay & Atlas Mountains & Waterfalls, Camel ride Day Trip From Marrakech
We then did a walk up to the waterfall (would recommend wearing trainers) and had mint tea at Hamza’s family home which was lovely!
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Good way to see the key attractions
Alan_D, May 2022
Historical and Cultural Tour - Private Tours (Half day)
We did this tour on our second day in Marrakech and would recommend it as a way to see the key sights.
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Peaceful trip to the sea side
Alan_D, May 2022
Essaouira Day Trip from Marrakech
Well worth a visit if you have an extra day in Marrakech and would like to see something different.
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MUST DO DAY TRIP WHILE IN MARRAKECH
Ixchel_S, Apr 2022
Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys & Waterfalls Guided Day Trip from Marrakech
We then hiked through the villages to arrive at a stunning waterfall!
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Amazing experience! Ouzoud falls are true paradise!
Deyan_D, Apr 2022
Ouzoud Waterfalls from Marrakech with Boat Ride
The trip to the falls and back to Marrakech was very pleasant and the driver was very safe and careful.
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Must do while visiting the Marrakech area!
Eliana_S, Apr 2022
Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys & Waterfalls - Camel ride Day Trip Marrakech
We trekked up the mountains towards a waterfall, passing through local Berber villages.
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Very pleasant and enjoyable
Shara_T, Apr 2022
Ouzoud Waterfalls from Marrakech with Boat Ride
We got to the waterfalls and got on the boat that took us right in front of the falls and the boat driver kindly took pictures of us.
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Fantastic Tour
Krista_P, Apr 2022
Essaouira Private Full Day Trip From Marrakech
Transported in air conditioned luxury van, Aziz was a great driver — stopping for snacks & photo opportunities and we were able to see the goats in the trees and camels en route.

All about Marrakech

When to visit

Enjoy warm, sunny whether when visiting Marrakech in the spring, which is the perfect time for trips to the Sahara Desert. Spiking summer temperatures don't deter crowds from the Popular Arts Festival, which is among the year’s biggest events. Though autumn brings scattered showers, it’s also an uncrowded shoulder season that's ideal for exploring.

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