Marrakech Travel Guide 2020

In this article, I will show you 10 best things to do in Marrakech based on our exciting trip to the historic city.

Marrakech is one of the leading travel destinations in Northwest Africa.

This former imperial city is home to beautiful palaces, mosques, gardens, chaotic souks and delicious food.

Here Are Our Top 10 Choices:

Number 10: The Souks Of Madinah 

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Medina, the old part of Marrakech, offers, among other things, a special authentic experience – the souks.

A souk is a street market where you can buy all kinds of products, from leather bags, spices, silver and gold products, to more modern items and food.

Each street was traditionally named after the merchandise that was sold there and even today you can see that some streets sell mainly spices, others sell leather products, and so on.

Getting lost in the chaotic souks of Medina is an interesting experience and offers a glimpse of life in Morocco centuries ago.

Number 9: El Badi Palace 

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El Badi Palace is a ruined palace in Marrakech, built at the end of the 16th century by Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur, belonging to the Saadian dynasty.

The original palace consisted of more than 350 rooms, a large swimming pool, and several gardens, however, most of its former glory is now gone.

El Badi Palace is now a museum with several detached compartments.

the exhibition of different art and even a fully restored 12th century minbar.

The roof terrace offers a breathtaking view of Marrakech and the bird’s eye view of the palace.

NUMBER 8: GARDENS 

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Marrakech is famous for its world-famous gardens. In fact, the gardens are such an important part of it that Marrakech is also known as the garden city.

The gardens symbolize paradise and are a great escape from the desert atmosphere and the busy streets of the city.

You will even find gardens in riads, traditional Moroccan houses and palaces with courtyards.

While you can find countless amazing gardens in Marrakech, the following are considered one of the most beautiful and open to the public:

Jardin Majorelle, created in 1923 by a French orientalist Jacques Majorelle, but it took more than 40 more years to complete.

The garden includes a colorful villa, which has now become a favorite Instagram spot.

Don’t miss the Yves Saint Laurent Museum, dedicated to the work of the legendary fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.

Menara Gardens: Botanical gardens located on the west side of Marrakech.

While Jardin Majorelle is mostly popular with tourists, the Menara Gardens are a popular place to relax for locals.

The Secret Garden, a place in Medina with a traditional Islamic garden, offers a great escape from the crowded streets of Marrakech.

NUMBER 7: KOUTOUBIA MOSQUE 

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The Koutoubia Mosque is the largest mosque in Marrakech, located in the Medina.

Thanks to its 77-metre-high minaret, it is very easy to spot and can even help you orient yourself in Marrakech.

The Koutoubia Mosque was built in the 12th century and served as an inspiration for other important buildings.

Outside the mosque, you will find a beautiful and large square with garden.

NUMBER 6: JEMAA EL-FNA PLACE 

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Located next to the Koutoubia Mosque, you will find the central square of the Medina, Jemaa El-fna.

Here you’ll find an interesting mix of locals and tourists with street vendors selling everything from fresh orange juice to souvenirs.

You will also find many animators such as snake charmers, fortune tellers, etc.

However, if you plan to stop to look or take a picture with them, they will ask you for money, sometimes quite aggressively.

For the ultimate experience, you can head to one of the rooftop bars and order the traditional Moroccan mint tea and soak up the atmosphere.

NUMBER 5: TANNERIES 

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Morocco is famous for its traditional leather tanning industry.

In fact, leather bags, shoes and other products are common items sold in souks.

Most of the tanneries are located in the northern part of the Medina, outside the main tourist areas.

You can attend the process of treating animal skins to produce leather.

But beware, because there are many scams related to visiting tanneries.

NUMBER 4: BAHIA PALACE Marrakech

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The Bahia Palace was built in the 19th century for Si Moussa, the sultan’s great vizier.

Unlike the El Badi Square that we have already mentioned, the Bahia Palace is well preserved.

It’s a great way to travel through history and experience life in over 150 rooms and an impressive two-acre garden built in the Islamic and Moroccan style.

One of the most interesting places and another popular place of Instagram in Marrakech is the harem with its outdoor courtyard, which opens onto the living area for concubines residing at the Bahia Palace.

NUMBER 3: MIARA JEWISH CEMETERY Marrakech

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After a mass exile of the Jews of Spain in the 15th century, Marrakech became a new home for many of them.

More than 35,000 of them resided in Melach, the Jewish quarter with about 40 synagogues.

In 1537, the Jewish cemetery was built just outside the Melach district.

The cemetery still exists today.

Visit the Jewish Quarter and the Jewish Cemetery to discover the historical dimension of this culturally rich city.

NUMBER 2: BAB AGNAOU Marrakech

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There were 19 gateways to Marrakech, giving access to different parts of the city.

Bab Agnaou was built in the 12th century and gave access to the royal part of the Medina. It was built to impress visitors.

Today, Bab Agnaou is still admired by visitors as one of the main tourist attractions of Marrakech

The storks that nest at the top of the old doors are a nice addition.

NUMBER 1: SAADIAN TOMBS Marrakech

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Entering Marrakech through the Bab Agnaou gates, you can access kabash, the royal quarter of Marrakech.

Here you will find the Kasbah Mosque, another important historical mosque in the city.

However, hidden for centuries behind the Kasbah Mosque, and now excavated, lies the impressive

The Saadian tombs, where more than 60 members of the influential Saadian dynasty were buried.

The Saadi dynasty ruled Morocco in the 16th and 17th centuries.

The tombs were rediscovered in 1917 and you can now see them, as well as another impressive Moroccan garden.

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