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Marrakech Travel guide

Marrakech is easily one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities in Morocco, and no trip to Northern Africa is complete without checking out Marrakech. Learn all tips and tricks to Marrakech in Marrakech Travel Guide.

This 1000-year-old city is home to a thriving medina, amazing shopping, and some of the most gorgeous architecture you’ll find anywhere in the world. Marrakech is also famous for its beautiful riads (guesthouses often converted from family homes) and you’ll find amazing little boutique riads dotting winding streets all over the city. Ready to fall in love with Morocco? Here’s the ultimate Marrakech travel guide.

Girl standing in Marrakech old streets

What to expect in Marrakech

Language spoken in Marrakech

In Marrakech, you’ll hear a flurry of languages including French, Spanish, Arabic, and Berber. English is common anywhere touristy, but it’s handy to know a few words of French.

Currency

Morocco uses dirhams, and 1 Euro will get you about 11 of them. When it comes to spending money, carry cash and expect to bargin in the markets.

Climate in Marrakech

Marrakech is warm all year. Average temps are around 55 degrees Fahrenheit in the coldest months and 85 in the summer. It can get super hot (100+) on summer afternoons so plan for some steamy days.

What to wear in Marrakech?

Morocco is a Muslim country, so you’ll quickly notice some cultural differences. I’d recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that covers your shoulders and knees (think maxi skirts and scarves).

Customs

When you’re interacting with people, remember that the left hand is considered unclean so people always use their right hands for interactions and eating. Also, if you’re there on a weekend, it’s good to know that Fridays are holy days so some things are closed.

Girl posing at Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech
Girl posting in front of Koutoubia in Marrakech

Getting around Marrakech

It’s pretty easy to get around the city of Marrakech by foot and by taxi. I mostly walked, but I recommend having a map or using a phone with data to use Google maps as some of the directions can be tricky! You can also download offline maps in advance if you know where you will be headed or book a private guide so he/she can show you where to go if you are there for a couple of days.

Look out for locals on the street trying to direct you one way or another. They will offer directions and then ask for money in return, so simply politely decline and move along.

Girl standing in the middle of Medina of Marrakech
Girl posing next to morocco spices

City hopping in Morocco is easy and cheap. If you’re traveling between Tangier, Fes, Rabat, Casablanca, Marrakech, or any other major area in Morocco, train travel is the way to go.

For spots farther afield, Supratours buses are a great option. It takes a little bit longer but it’s comfy and will take you anywhere you want to go.

  • Where to Stay
  • Where to Eat
  • What to Do
Girl standing in front of indoor swimming pool in Marrakech

La Mamounia

The most famous hotel in Marrakech is also one of the most expensive hotels. La Mamounia is a must-see if you have a budget for it, with everything that your heart wants. Check out La Mamounia.

Location: Avenue Bab Jdid, Marrakech
Accommodation: Hotel
Price range: €580 +

Riad Anayela

Located in a side street in the heart of Medina, Riad Anayela is a luxury utopia. With a story of its own that you can read here, this Riad has everything that you can wish for. From a world-class service to an amazing balcony that has a view on the whole Medina. Check out the amazing Riad Anayela.

Location: 28 Derb Zerwal, Marrakech
Accommodation: Riad/Hotel
Price range: €530 +

Girl posing in bathtub in Marrakech

Riad Matham

Let us be honest, rarely somebody wants to spend 200+ Euros per night in a hotel if they can have a similar luxury in another more affordable place. Here comes Riad Matham, the building is historic, dating back to the 16th century when it belonged to a rich Berber family, it has everything that you are looking for in a Riad, a pool in the middle and amazing decorated walls. Check out Riad Matham.

Location: 2 derb sidi ahmed ben naceur, Marrakech
Accommodation: Riad
Price range: €66 +

Riad la Parenthèse

Located in the Medina area, this modern Riad has an old soul but new decorations. If you are not a fan of old decorations then you will find Riad la Parenthèse right up your alley. Check out Riad la Parenthèse.

Location: 193 Arset Aouzal Rd, Marrakech
Accommodation: Riad
Price range: €53 +

Swimming in riad at Marrakech

Riad Adika

Riad Adika is a wonderful place to relax and unwind when traveling and walking gets too much. Designed in a minimalistic way, with white walls, intricately detailed wooden doors and details, leather and wood accents, it has something special. Check out Riad Adika.

Location: 286 Derb Sidi Bou Amar, Marrakech
Accommodation: Riad
Price range: €93 +

Girl having breakfast at Marrakech hotel

Located in the center of Jemaa El-Fna L’Adresse is almost always crowded mostly because it has an amazing view of the Jemaa El-Fna that you will not easily forget.

Location: Rue Koutoubia, jemaa el fna 40000, Morocco
Price range: €€

A cozy spot for a light lunch or just a quick drink, I loved the cool throwback but still modern style of Le Jardin.

Taco falafel with lime and garlic
Eating traditional marrakech food at restaurant

For a quick lunch, this is the spot. Located around 3 minutes walk from Jemaa El-Fna this spot has one of the best local kebabs that I have tried. Ingredients are fresh and they also have a vegetarian menu if you would like to try.

Location: 18 bis Kennaria dabachi, 40000, Morocco
Price range: €

With one of the tastiest food in Marrakech that I have tried, this cozy café has everything from food to coffee to tea.

Location: Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
Price range: €

Girl standing in the middle of Medina of Marrakech

Jemaa El Fna (City market)

Jemaa El Fna is one of the most famous attractions in not only Marrakech but even whole Morocco, everybody knows that if you are visiting Marrakech you have to go to Jemma el Fna or more commonly known Marrakech City Market. It is always crowded and you can always see something interesting. Alongside experiencing this amazing culture you will see juice stands where people are selling freshly squeezed orange juice (Morocco is known to have one of the best oranges in the world) so be sure to try.

Girl posing in front of flowers at Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech

Jardin Majorelle

Jardin Majorelle is home to one of the most famous designers of all time – Yves Saint Lauren. It is a must-see because the garden is stunning and there is a lot of beautiful pictures that can be taken. The garden was designed by French Orientalist artist, Jacques Majorelle, and the Cuban style villa was designed by French architect, Paul Sinoir in the 1930s.

Palacio da Bahia

Bahia Palace is considered one of the grand palaces of Marrakech. Created by Minister Ahmed bin Musa, in the 19th century, to commemorate the name of his wife, “Bahia”, today it is an artistic masterpiece dating from the splendor of Moroccan architecture of Andalusian character which overflows with its civilizational manifestations. You just have to view it to believe how beautiful and magnificent the structure is.

Entrance to Yves Saint Lauren Museum in Marrakech
Girl posing at Bahia palace in Marrakech

Museum Yves Saint Lauren

Next to Jardin Majorelle where Yves Saint Laurent lived, is his Museum. There you will see one of his earliest creations and the most famous ones also. At the end of the museum, of course, you can buy souvenirs that are related to Yves. I have bought tickets at the Entrance to Mousem Yves Saint Laurent for both the museum and Jardin Majorelle, I would recommend the same since there are amazing lines just to visit Jardin Majorelle, but if you buy a combined ticket at Mouseum you will just skip the whole line and go straight to the Jardin Majorelle.

Koutoubia Mosque

Located right alongside the City Market, there is the Koutoubia Mosque. Known to be the largest mosque in whole Morocco it captivates the experience of how beautiful this city is.

View of jemaa el fna in Marrakech
Girl taking a picture of ruins of Koutoubia in Marrakech

Book a tour to the Sahara desert

Since Morocco is close to the desert you can easily book a tour there. Just keep in mind that you will probably lose about 2 to 4 days of not exploring Marrakech because of the desert tour. You can check out the desert tour that I went on. If you do not have 2 days to spare, but you still wish to check desert out, this tour is amazing and you will see everything really fast.

People riding camels in Sahara desert

Tea time

Besides juicy oranges, Marrakech is also known for its Mint Tea. If you sit in a local cafe that most tourists don’t visit you will get the perfect experience on how the Tea should be made. When serving the tea, the first glass is typically poured three times to ensure the tea is perfectly blended and sweetened. Also keep in mind that without sugar, mint tea is rather bitter, so if it is still bitter when it is served don’t mind putting in more sugar. And the locals in Morocco like their mint tea sweet.

Selling street accessories in Marrakech

Shopping

Shopping streets in Marrakech are located all over Medina (City Center). You will find streets that have everything from souvenirs to even raw meat being served to locals. Also, the prices are cheap and you can easily bargain and lower them even more if you can.

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