Discover tours, attractions and activities for your next adventure
Jemaa el-Fnaa or Djemaa El-Fnaa is the main square of Marakkech located in Medina quarter. The visit to the square is a must for travellers who wish to get an insight into Marrkech's local lifestyle. Bustling during the day and getting livelier by the night, the place has been declared as a 'Masterpiece of World Heritage” by UNESCO for its concentration of traditional activities. It was once flocked by traditional storytellers, musicians and performers. At present too, you would find an array of performances going on with snake charmers and slapstick comedians trying hard to grab your attention.
The Majorelle Garden
The Majorelle Garden spread on an area of 2.5 acres is a beautiful landscape and botanical garden. Created by Jacques Majorelle, a French Orientalist artist, the garden and its Cubist Villa was the residence of Jacques and his wife. Later the property was purchased by two fashion designers and is now a public attraction. The gardens have an amazing collection of cacti and sculptures while the villa now houses Berber Museum (Berber is an ethnic group of north Africa) and an Islamic Art museum of Marrakech. It also displays paintings of Majorelle.
Built in the end of the 19th Century, the spectacular Bahia Palace was intended to be the greatest and majestic palace of its time. The palace comprising a set of gardens was commissioned by the grand vizier, Si Moussa for his personal use and was completed under Abu Ahmed, the black slave turned Vizier. The beautiful structure captures the essence of Moroccan and Islamic style. A stroll through its lavish interiors gives you a glimpse of the luxurious life led by the royals.
Menara Gardens are the botanic gardens that were established in the 12th Century by Abd al-Mu'min. Later in the 16th Century a pavilion was added to the gardens during the rule of Saadi Dynasty. The gardens also have an artificial lake surrounded by olive groves and majestic orchids. The basin or the lake was constructed to irrigate the gardens. It receives water from the mountains employing a sophisticated hydraulic system.
El Badi PalaceEl Badi Palace
Though in ruins, El Badi Palace is a popular tourist attraction of Marrakech. Commissioned by Saadian ruler Sultan Ahmad Al-Mansur, the palace took 15 years to complete and was lavishly decorated with some of the expensive materials of that time. The palace is said to comprise of 360 elegantly decorated rooms, a pool and a courtyard. The site also comprises of several pavilions that are said to be the summer houses along with stables and dungeons.
Marrakech Museum is an art museum depicting various art forms of Morocco. The museum is in Dar Menebhi Palace, the former residence Mehdi Menebhi, the defence minister during Sultan Moulay Abdelaziz's reign. The palace is a beautiful specimen of Moorish architecture with traditional seating area, hammam and fountains in the courtyard. Its exhibits throw light on Moroccan legacy and includes coins, historical books, ,along with pottery of Moroccan, Berber, Jewish and Islamic cultures.
Offering you a complex and enrapturing riot of the old and the new, Marrakech is a magical place to be. One of the largest cities of Morocco and an important economic centre, the city brings to you a quaint adventure that is hard to forget. Bustling with markets, the 'Red City' located at the base of the Atlas Mountains is a mesmerizing city, brimming with markets, gardens, palaces, and mosques. Unveil its mystic character as you walk through the streets and alleys taking in the local beauty and ancient legacy. The city is sure to surprise and awe you.
How to Get Tickets?
Tickets to all the prominent attractions of the city can be purchased online as well as offline. Buy tickets from this site to grab some exciting deals and offers and save on your time in the city.
How To Get Around?
Marrakech and it's attractions are easy to explore. Public buses run around the city but the better option for visitors are the tourist buses by ALSA. The Oasis tour and History tour tourist buses will take you to all the major attractions of the city. Calèche or horse drawn carriages are another great option to experience the beauty of the city. You can also hail a taxi to go about the city. Petits taxis and Grands taxis can take you around the city at reasonable prices. Most of the attractions are in the Medina region and can be explored on foot.
What Should I Wear?
Pack as per the season. General rule for visiting a conservative city like Marrakech is to keep it long and flowy. Wear long maxi dresses with shoulders covered to avoid unwanted attention. Do carry a scarf that will be handy while visiting mosque and can double as a protection against the hot sun. Men can wear bermuda shorts for roaming around in the city. Also carry comfortable footwear that covers toes as you would be walking a lot in the old Medina city.
Best Time to Visit
Springs season from mid-March to May is great to visit the city. The weather is pleasant and sunny during this time. Autumn from September to November with mild temperature is also good to plan a trip to Marrakech. Summers with high temperatures are definitely a no for visiting the city. Winters are pleasant during the day, but nights can be extremely cold.
Will I Need a Guide?
Marrakech can be an overwhelming place for a first-time visitor. Make your visit to the city is pleasant by planning your tour beforehand and preventing any on-time confusions. You can even opt for a guided city tour.
How To Get There?
Marrakech Menara Airport is the main airport of Marrakech connecting the city to all the major cities around the world. Marrakech is also served by Marrakech train station from where trains run to many cities of the country. Further, there are numerous buses that run between Marrakech and its neighbouring cities.
Keep your valuables guarded while visiting crowded areas and remain vigilant about your surroundings.