15 Things to do in Morocco
Marrakech is the fourth largest city of Morocco and considered as Africa’s first Cultural hub. The City is known for its fast pace and chaotic nature because when you enter the medina of Marrakech, you will be surrounded by a number of sellers and street performers who can overwhelm you at first but in a couple of hours, you will be used to it because they are very friendly and cooperative. On your first arrival, you will learn some new words like “Balik” which means move aside the animal is coming and the animal is usually the donkey. Anyways in short when you arrive in Marrakech and find some accommodation in Raid or hotel, then the first thing you would think is what to do in this busy place.
In this guide, we will show you the List of Things to do in Marrakech. Whether it’s paid or even free so enjoy your tour to Marrakech but be sure to read this detailed guide before visiting Marrakech, so you have a plan of action to implement.
1-Explorethe Streets of Medina
Medina is the old part of Marrakech you can also be called the medina as the ancient city within Marrakech. It is surrounded by almost 20 Kilometer of walls which was built around mid of 1100. Now, if you enjoy adventure and want to have a little fun, then we recommend just to go and explore the streets of Medina and get lost within those streets and after a couple of hours find you way back to raid or hotel through Google maps. It was a fun thing to do and by doing that you will meet a lot of new people and can experience the Moroccan culture firsthand.
I recommend to explore it after the Sunset or early in the morning. Those are the times when you can explore it thoroughly, and streets would be less crowd.
Created by the French Artist in 1923. The astonishing Garden is more than 12 acres with the number of different species of birds living there. You will love to see the Cactus plants and number of fountains in this Garden.
At this place, phones and cameras are allowed so you can post it on your social media accounts. We recommend arriving early at that place so you can take photos without any interruption.
3-MuséeYves Saint Laurent
Just besides Jardin Majorelle, you can find this Museum. Created by the same French artist and it was built is 2017 in honour of Musee Yves, you will find the best art pieces and artwork of Yves in the Museum. Do watch the love gallery in the Museum where you will find out several posters which artists send down to their friends, family member and other loved ones for the last 35 years of his life.
It is a palace build in the late 1860s with a vision to create an Islamic and Moroccan style Ornament. This Palace has more than 100 rooms build with Marble and painted in bright colours. As Gardens are known as a powerful symbol in Muslim culture because of Heaven.
So, there are many gardens in the palace equipped with beautiful paintings, fountains and Trees. Speaking of trees There are different types to trees in those gardens like you will find Jasmine trees, Banana trees, Orange trees, Apple and Avocado trees etc. So, we recommend to visit Bahia palace during the day and enjoy the shades of trees and escape yourself from the heat of Marrakech.
5- LaMaison de la Photographie
All your trip to Marrakech would be Fruitless if you do not visit the La Maison de la Photographie. Located just across Medersa Ben Youssef. Initially, it is a Raid which was converted to photographic Gallery in 2009 by Patrick Man’ach and his business partner Hamid Megrani. You would love to see the morocco culture, art from the 1850s in the form of photos, and you would be astonished to see that most of the culture remains the same till this date. The entrance fee is around 40 Dirhams, details about the photographers included.
6-RiadYima Tea Room
Famous morocco artist and Photographer Hassan Hajjaj is also known as Andy Warhol of Marrakech created this boutique, tea room and gallery. This place is known as his uncycled art. Uncycled art is the process of creating something of value from waste. And in this Place, you will find a plethora of these uncycled pop art. For those who are art lovers and love to see the creations of Hassan should visit this place.
7-UnwindYourself in Hammam
Hammam is a cleanroom or bath where people go and take a shower and refresh their-selves. In Marrakech, you will find several Hammams where you can relax and get massaged with their traditional Aragon oil and Black soup known as Savion Noire. That is the awesome thing to do in Marrakech if you want to refresh and want to get mental escape from busy city life.
8-Tastethe Mint Tea in City Square
Jemaa el-Fnaa known as the centre of Marrakech is the best place to go and enjoy Mint tea on the hotel top as most of the hotels in city square are on the upper floors. We recommend to order mint tea and see the endless hustle below. Watching the chaotic life of Marrakech and hearing the annoying sound of Motorcycles is the best things to see in Marrakech.
9-Thetrick to Discover City Gems
Now If we have to tell you honestly, no one can show you the true colours of Marrakech than the one who lives there, Yes, we are talking about Locals. We highly recommend to pair up with locals and tell them to show you the hidden jewels. Learning from someone who is born and raised in Marrakech is much more effective and way than reading any online guide. If you want to hire a local guide, feel free to contact us.
10-Enrol in Cooking Class
When someone goes to a new country, do you know what the first thing they want to try is? Yes, they will seek Local cuisine. So, when you come to Marrakech do not forget to taste the local cuisine like Tagine, B’stilla, Grilled Vegetable, FISH chermoula etc. When you enrol in any cooking class, you will be exposed to the number of local spices, and you will learn about the history of Moroccan food.
11-SeeBrilliant Almoravid Koubba
This is the small monument in Marrakech which was built back in the 12th century and named Almoravid Koubba after the Almoravid Dynasty. It is just recently rediscovered back in the 1940s, and till now it is considered as the oldest monument in Marrakech. Do visit this Monument and see the interior of the tomb, which is unique and classy.
12-Charmsof City at Night
Marrakech is a city full of colors, and its colors are not limited to daylight. At night Marrakech Pour amazingly different Colors. Also, people who came from Europe, America and other Cold countries found Marrakech very hot. For them, it is very suitable to see the Charms of Marrakech at Night. Street foods, restaurants, streets performers are more active than a day. The city main square Jemaa el-Fnaa which is decorated with Lights and show you a completely different view than a day. Mosques like Koutoubia illuminated in full swing at night. We recommend not to miss those sights and take as many pictures as you can for your Instagram Stories.
13-Enjoy Hot Air Balloon Ride
If you are on a honeymoon or with your couple and even if you are with your family, this is the best thing to do in Marrakech. Witnessing the whole landscape from hot air balloon is a treat in itself and a lifetime experience.
The view of Bright Green gardens, Dry and sandy deserts is the view which you will never forget. Moreover, from the top, you will clearly distinguish rural and urban areas. Best to wake up early and see the sunrise in that balloon. So, if you want to get an unforgettable experience, then do not forget to take the Air Balloon Ride.
This one is the most common yet best thing to do in Marrakech. Camel is the most common way of transportation in the Desert. Especially If you are with your kids, then this is the best thing to do. You can ride a camel in the Palmeraie. You may wonder what the hell Palmeraie even mean? It is the place in city’s north just outside of Marrakech where thousands of palm trees are planted at-least for 8 km you will only see palm trees. By riding camels there, you would feel like a prince of Persia or Omar Sherif from Lawrence of Arabia.
In our Opinion Probably the best thing to do in Marrakech is doing Quad biking. You can do quad biking at the palm grove or the Marrakech desert. Most of the companies offer Half Day Marrakech Quad bike experience where the whole half-day you can explore the Countryside. It is best for those who want some activity other than shopping or site seeing. Before going to Quad biking, keep in mind that children under the fourteen years of age can ride a bike but behind an Adult. Before riding a quad bike, you have to sign an agreement for damage and personal injury but do not worry about that agreement forum is just for safety.
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