TEN THINGS TO DO IN MARRAKECH, MOROCCO

the thing with marrakech is, you either love it or hate it – there really is no in between.  i have to say that i fell insanely in love with morocco’s so red city, even if my trip to morocco was super chaotic and so many things didn’t go as planned. while i really want to focus on the good in this post you can listen to me rant about all the things going wrong in my first v-log storytime which will be online soon.

okay, so here we go, here are my top 10 things to do in marrakech:


1. FEEL THE MAGIC AT JEMÂA EL-FNA

the JEMÂA EL-FNA is such a magical place and could very well be taken right out of disney’s aladdin! it’s located at the foot of the KOUTOUBIA MOSQUE and is one of the main squares in marrakech. while you’ll be able to shop some local goods and fresh fruit (juice) there during the day the square gets really crowded at night and transforms into a mystical place with food stalls, story-tellers, performers, snake-charmers, fortune-tellers and much much more all over! visiting the square at nigth is definitely a unique experience!

2. GET LOST IN THE SOUKS

the MEDINA of marrakech consists of a various souks with more than 30,000 craftsmen that make it one of the biggest medinas in morocco – and it was even named an unesco world heritage in 1985! the SOUK DISTRICT is huge and maze-like so it’s super easy to get lost while shopping. this is not a bad thing at all though – i loved wandering the souks without knowing where i wanted to go and just take in all the different smells and maybe buy a souvenir here or there. oh and by the way: don’t forget to haggle!!!

3. ENJOY THE SUNSET AT A ROOFTOP RESTAURANT

rooftops are the perfect way to really take in the beauty but also the chaos of marrakech. there’s a lot of great rooftop restaurants surroinding jemâa el-fna and i loved sitting up there, drinking some moroccan mint tea and just watch what’s going on down there. something i will never forget though is having dinner at a rooftop restaurant during sunset. you can really see how the square transforms as the sun goes down and the view of the sun disappearing behind the koutoubia mosque and turning the sky orange was just breathtaking!

PS: there’s a great list of the best rooftop restaurants in marrakech from THE CULTURE TRIP

4. FALL IN LOVE WITH AFRICAN FOOD

when in morocco you obviously have to smaple the fresh and flavorful food of north africa. in general the food in morocco is really healthy and most dishes contain vegetables and rely on whole grains. one of the most famous moroccan dish is tangine, a slow-cooked stew which is traditionally eaten directly from the clay cooking vessel.
what i also really really loved was moroccan mint tea which is just so so so delicious! it’s made from a mixture of green tea, fresh mint leaves  and sugar and it’s literally the best tea i’ve ever had. i loved it so much i even bought my own moroccan teapot + tea blend at the market to take home with me.

5. VISIT SOME MUSEUMS & HISTORICAL SITES

there’s so so so many museums and historical sites to visit in marrakech but all of them are so unique and teach you so much about morocco plus the architecture is sooo pretty and well preserved. for example there’s the MEDRASA BEN YOUSSEF (a former islamic college), the MAISON DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE, SAADIAN TOMBS (graves that date back to the saadian dynasty), BAHIA PALACE, EL BADI PALACE, and many many more. and believe me – they’re all worth a visit!

6. EXPLORE THE NEW TOWN

to get the full marrakech experience you should not limit your visit to the MEDINA, the old town, but also visit GUELIZ, the new town. it’s completely different from the old town with wider streets, modern houses, traffic lights, walkways, and so on. you will even find huge shopping malls as well as parks there. while it’s not as pretty and authentic as the old town, the new town will definitely give you a little break from the crowded chaos of the medina.

7. STROLL THROUGH THE MAJORELLE GARDENS

located in the new town of morocco you will find the picturesque JARDIN MAJORELLE. the gardens were originally laid out by the french artist jacques majorelle (hence its name). the designer yves saint-laurent got lots of inspiration for his designs there and loved the garden so much that he bought it in the 1980s and even his ashes were scattered there after his death! today the garden is home to more than 300 plant species from five continents (!!!) as well as a bright blue villa. also the YVES SAINT-LAURENT MUSEUM is right around the corner. deifinitely a place you shouldn’t miss when in marrakech!

8. DO A BEACH TOWN DAYTRIP

marrakech is super fun but also really hectic, so my advice is to take a day off and visit one of morocco’s coastal towns like ESSAOUIRA or AGADIR. we decided to visit essaouira, a fortified fishing town, and were not dissapointed – it’s such a beautiful and cute little beach town and offers a nice contrast to the bustling streets of marrakech. we especially enjoyes walking along (and on top of) the city walls. you also get an awesome view over the city (which is a unesco world heritage site by the way)+ ocean from up there. another thing i really liked is that all the houses are white in essaouira instead of red like in marrakech.

9. LEARN ABOUT THE HISTORY OF MOROCCO

while in marrakech you’ll for sure trip across the original inhabitants of morocco: the berbers. since nowadays still almost 80 percent of the country claim at least some berber heritage the berber culture is still omnipresent in morocco. so as you know i always think it’s super important to learn about the culture & history of the country you’re visiting so why not visit a berber museum or village and educate yourself about their traditions (and maybe even learn how the famous moroccan argan oil is produced)?

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10. GO TO THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS

the atlas mountains are north africa’s greatest mountain range and one of the most and beautiful regions of morocco. up there you’ll get taken back to the time where running water, mobile phones and cars didn’t exist and take a deep dive into the berber culture which i mentioned before. you’ll love the laid back, relaxed and welcoming atmosphere there! also you should definitely combine your trip to the atlas mountains with a visit of the OUZOUD FALLS, one of africa’s highest waterfalls, which are absolutely breathtaking and amazing!


before leaving for marrakech i thought that one week would be much too long and that we’d eventually get bored there but the exact opposite was the case. i could’ve stayed for so so so much longer and explore this beautiful city and its surroundings. but i guess that just means i’ll have to go back to morocco asap! next time i definitely have to visit CHEFCHAOUEN (the “blue pearl of morocco”), FÉS, AGADIR, … i can’t even stop!

i went to morocco without any expectations and then completely fell in love with this beautiful and unique country. so if you haven’t been to morocco yet I really recommend booking a flight right away!

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46 thoughts on “TEN THINGS TO DO IN MARRAKECH, MOROCCO

  1. psoans says:

    I am planning to go to Morocco but I am torn between Agadir and Marrakesh. Are the souks in Agadir good? How does it compare to the souks at Marrakesh?

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  2. feetdotravel says:

    We only visited Marrakesh in a day trip so only really saw the souls. I would loved to have gone to the rooftop bar for sunset and had more time to experience this area, you have listed so many things of interest! Pinned. #feetdotravel

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  3. Sarah Christie says:

    The rooftop bars look like the perfect place to see the sunset, and the souks must be so vibrant.But I would struggle with all the selling I find that quite intimidating. Thanks so much for linking up #MondayEscapes x

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  4. Hilary says:

    I’ve always wanted to visit Morocco. It seems like such an exotic destination. I’d love to wander through the markets and tasting all that wonderful food. #farawayfiles

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  5. Clare Thomson says:

    We absolutely adored Marrakesh and it’s such a fun place to explore with kids too. Ours were fascinated to see the snake charmers and goat’s head curries at the Djemaa el Fna. The Majorelle Gardens are well worth a visit. I’m very keen to go into the Atlas Mountains and over to the coastal town of Essaouira. Thanks so much for sharing on #farawayfiles

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  6. Sarah says:

    I heard a song this morning that I listened to on repeat when we were in Morocco. Now your post is just making me reminisce even more! I think we did all the same things when we were in Marrakech! Except we did not go on a day trip to Essouaria…instead we went to Ozoud waterfall and on a desert excursion. Guess I have a reason to go back!!

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  7. SeasonedTravelr, aka Jessica says:

    Went to Marrakech a couple years back, loved it as well! Although felt a bit uneasy more than once by people following us or demanding money. But the city definitely has charm, and it is so lovely to explore. We almost went to Essaouira for a day trip, but decided we didn’t have enough time. We’ll have to go back! Thanks for all of the great tips. #FarawayFiles

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  8. Kana says:

    Why is Marrakech just SO magical?! Everything about it is just sensory overload (in a good way) and it makes me feel like I’m in an enchanted place! Great list! Thanks for joining Fly Away Friday, see you tomorrow! xo

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  9. Adventure Born says:

    I went to Marrakesh a few years ago and I agree with EVERYTHING on your list of must-dos! I did them all except for the beach thing, probably because I was always lost in the souks and alleyway mazes all the time :) #farawayfiles

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  10. Frankie says:

    We went to Marrakesh and I did enjoy it but it was a bit overwhelming and it gets a bit tiring being hassled to buy stuff all the time but I really want to visit Essaouira and the Atlas Mountains. #citytripping.

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  11. RobRob @TravelLatte(.net) says:

    Marrakech is long overdue on our Travel To Do List and we have no excuse, with a good friend living nearby. Definitely going to take this list along when we go visit, though she’s already suggested a good number of these. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard!

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  12. MummyTravels says:

    I always have slightly mixed feelings about Marrakech – there’s so much to love, as you found, but it always felt slightly exhausting to explore. Fes I absolutely loved: all the good points but more chilled out. I’d love to see Essaouira and go into the Atlas mountains so maybe it’s time to give the city another go and venture further afield while I do! Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

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  13. Kathleen Poon says:

    I’d really love to go to Morocco, just gotta find the right timing though haggling is not my thing haha, looks like I can’t get away from that one! Didn’t know that there is a YSL museum in the gardens…cool, I’d like to check that out :-) Awesome post! #TheWeeklyPostcard

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  14. Esther says:

    Marrakech is fun isn’t it? I loved eating on the market square. It was a little scary at first, but once we had the hang of it, I really loved it. We ended up in Essaouira for 3 days we liked it so much!
    #TheWeeklyPostcard

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  15. Katherine says:

    Getting lost in the Souks sounds like my cup of tea! Although I don’t do very well with people trying to sell me things, so escaping on a day trip to the beach might be a good plan as well! Love the look of your blog by the way :) #FlyawayFriday

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  16. wingingtheworld says:

    I felt very torn after visiting Marrakech. The architecture is undoubtedly beautiful and the food was amazing but I hated Jemaa El Fnr. I felt constantly harassed and intimidated by vendors and hated seeing the animal cruelty that was going on. There is no denying that rural Morocco is absolutely stunning though, my jaw hit the floor as we drove through the Atlas Mountains! #flyawayfriday

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    • Lisa Marie says:

      I liked Jemaa El-Fna more and more the longer we stayed there because I just found out how to handle the harassment and intimidating vendors. A great tip we got from our Riad host was to just ignore them completely – not even say ‘no thank you’ and that really really helped. The vendors then didn’t follow us or anything, they just let us alone and that made things way easier!

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  17. Goblinette says:

    Marrakesh was not my favorite par of the Morocco trip and snake-charmers were one of the reasons. I am not very fond of their pets. But I did love the food and all the pretty markets. Essaouira and Agadir are on my visit again list.

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