Whether you’re just around the corner in Europe or traveling from the other side of the planet, visiting this enchanting Moroccan city will astonish you in every possible way. With her captivating culture, delectable cuisine, sensational markets, and the desert and mountain villages nearby, Marrakesh is a marvelous destination for a city trip or a stop on your trip through Africa. Before you book your holiday, you may want to gain some inspiration and find out what this exciting country has to offer. Continue reading for some of our favorite must do’s and see’s in Marrakesh!
Shopping in Marrakesh is a dreamy, yet exhilarating experience that will leave you with an overweight suitcase and a strong desire to return. Get ready to explore The Red City’s endless amount of colorful market stalls, where you’ll find practically anything that comes to mind; silk caftans and slippers, all sorts of leather goods, beautiful carpets and pillows, jewelry, and locally-crafted furnishings (to name just a few). The volume of options can be overwhelming, but it’s a true fantasyland for fashion- and interior-lovers alike.
The Jemaa el-Fnaa is a vibrant (market) square that is often regarded as the heart of the Medina. Get ready to be amazed by abundant sights, fragrances, and triggers. Marvel at snake charmers, talented street performers, and local craftsmen at work, and pick up a fresh orange juice on your way into the Souk. Would you rather observe the always-changing scenery of the Jemaa el-Fnaa from above? Enjoy the view from one of the many surrounding rooftop terraces, while sipping on a sinfully sweet mint tea.
Desire a brief escape from the hustle and bustle of the Medina? Take a stroll in the lush Menara Gardens, located just outside the walls of the old city.
Although the inside of the renowned Koutoubia Mosque, the largest mosque in Marrakesh located at a mere 5-minute walk from the Jemaa el-Fnaa, is not accessible to non-muslims, visiting this astonishing cultural site is definitely worth it. Take some time to observe the structure’s extraordinary detail, or go for a walk through the surrounding gardens, where you’ll find blooming orange trees and benches to relax on.
Nomad is one of Marrakesh’ hipster hotspots, and not without good reason. The restaurant’s interior and exterior are chic, yet trendy and the menu is delectable; think freshly squeezed juices and local dishes with a modern twist. Not to mention the stunning rooftop view of the Medina! On hotter days, the lovely restaurant staff will provide you with straw sun hats from the market downstairs. What more could you possibly wish for?
This option is perfect for a couples’ or parents’ night out. Get ready for a truly unique flavor experience.
You’ll never get bored of visiting the plethora of cultural and historical highlights that Marrakesh has to offer, however, some of our favorites are El Badi Palace, the Saadian Tombs, Bahia Palace, and Ben Youssef Madrassa. These spots are hidden within the mayhem of the Medina, and some take a little more navigating than others, but the impressive architecture and gorgeous tile-work are worth it!