Marrakech is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Morocco just like Casablanca and/ or Fes. The magnificent historical town also known as the Red City stands high on the foot hills of High Atlas Mountains an amazing sight throughout the year.
The former imperial city is located south west if Marrakech-Al-Haouz region and is regarded as the second largest city in Morocco. Given its colonial history and different reigns, Marrakech has many interesting features from the vibrant souks-markets, museums, old tombs, former palaces and many others. You can spend your whole lifetime exploring each of these interesting tourist attractions.
Marrakech Tourist attractions
Drawing the lines on the unique things about Morocco’s cities and town, Marrakech and Fes ranks the most beautiful places to explore given that these two former imperialist cities have a blend of history and contemporary assets blend to make Holiday Morocco an interesting destination.
Djemaa El Fna is the most famous landmark in Marrakech vibrant as it as been through the years. Here you’ll find anything from musicians, food sellers, comedians, acrobats, dancers and its notable market that sells Berber rugs and Moroccan jewellery
The Marrakech Museum seats in the former Dar Mnebbi Palace that was built in the 19th century on the west side of Place de la Kissaria. Built by Mehdi Mnebbi the former Moroccan ambassador to London, the museum today has both traditional and modern art pieces and handiworks
The Marakech tanneries from Medina (Bab Debbagh) are one of the significant attractions from this Town. Here you will meet the artisan doing their best at tanning and drying skin in dye and pigeon dug through several processes
The Saadian Tombs is another great landmark of Marrakech will give you Goosebumps as you explore the 20th century world of former Saadian Princes most notably Sultan Ahmed el Mansour. The tombs are lavishly decorated in very intricate Moroccan paintings and atwork that you some how forget you are visiting old tombs!
The other famous palace in Marrakech is El Badi Palace (or Palais el Badi) located south of Djemaa el Fna. This palace whose name is translated for “The Incomparable” was built around 1579 by Ahmed Al Mansour and completed in 1602. Although empty today, thanks to the infamous Sultan Moulay Ismail, the palace walls and décor will show how unique it stood from other palaces in Marrakech.
East of the Medina is the Mellah a former Jewish Home created by Sultan Abdullah Al-Ghalib in 1558 for the protection of the Jews in Marrakech. At the time, the Jews are famous for their handcrafts, jewellery and wide range of gifted artworks. The Mellah looks distinctly different from the rest of the Medina, almost a town in itself – supervised by rabbis, with its own souks, gardens and synagogues. As time went on the Jews migrated to Casablanca and other to Europe leaving the small town for Islamic settlersDo not miss the local Jewish cemetery, the Miaara, with its brilliant white tombs stretching into the distance. The oldest synagogue in Marrakech, Rabbi Pinhas, on Rue Talmud Torah is still in use.
The Bahia Palace built in 1867 by Si Moussa, a grand vizier of Moulay Hassan is a built place to visit in Marrakech Morocco. It was enlarged by Bou Ahmed to include a mosque, a hammam and a garden. The Palace today is partially used by the royal family and sections of it are filled with spacious salons and gardens for tourists.
The Koutoubia is to Marrakech is a famed statue that identifies with Morocco and Marakech just like the Statue of Liberty in New York or the Eiffel Tower in Paris. At 70m tall the statue can be seen from a far standing tall among old buildings and hills.
The souks of Marrakech stretch immediately after Djemaa el Fna, along Rue Souk Smarine, a long, covered street. At the end of this street are two lanes: Souk el Kbir and Souk el Attarin – Follow the alleyways and you will discover small squares devoted to specific crafts and products.Other sights worth a visit in Marrakech include Jedin Menara, Agadil and Majorelle Gardens, Tiskiwin Mansion, Dar Si Said museum and many others.
It is served by Ménara International Airport (RAK) and located some 4 kilometres south west of the city. There are Morocco flights to Marrakech from Spain and France and other major European destinations or Arab countries.You can then hire a private car, or guide to take you around the town after your arrival at Marrakech airport..
The train station in Marrakech is at Guéliz. From here, you can either walk for fifteen-minutes to Guéliz city centre or get a bus/ van to take you to Place de Foucauld, alongside Djemaa el Fna. The bus station locally called gare routière is near Bab Doukkala, just outside the walls of the Medina.
Marrakech weather is mild with wet winters and hot dry summers. Average temperature is about 12ºC -23ºC respectively. The rainy season is from November to May while the other months are warm and sunny
Hotels and Accommodation
With so many tourist sights to visit, you will definitely need to spend a night in Marrakech, at the same time savor its night life. There is plenty of accommodation in Medina, Marrakech Palmeraie and on the outskirts of town. These overnight options include five star luxury Marakech Hotels, raids, guesthouses, private villas, lodges and Bed & breakfast facilities.
The traditional Moroccan houses called riads offer unique accommodation for medina tourists. Typically, the riads are handful of rooms arranged around a central courtyard or garden Marrakech riad is the perfect option for those looking to be at the heart of things with a dose of romance and solitude
Resorts and hotels in Marrakech Palmeraie such as Caravanserai Hotel Marrakech, Tropicana Hotel Marrakech, Hotel Palmeraie Marrakech and others have plenty of luxury suites for accommodation with, expansive gardens, azure swimming pools, delightful dining and restaurants and full-blown design aesthetics. For prior booking on hotels and accommodation, visit Marrakech Hotel listings.