I get a lot of questions from you about what to do when going to Marrakech, so I made a little list of my favorite things to do when I am visiting one of my favorite cities in Morocco.
1. Explore the Souks
As a shopaholic, the first thing I do when I arrive in Marrakech is head to the souks! Anything you want, you can find it here. Amazing antique doors, handmade Berber blankets, fragrant spices, little trinkets, berber jewelry, handcarved ornaments, stunning Moroccan lanterns and soooo much more. In between shopping you can have lunch or a drink with an amazing view over the old m’dina at several restaurants that you will find while strolling around in the hectic medina.
- Visit Jemaa el Fna
Experience a real life 1001 night at the famous Jemaa el Fna square, the largest square of Africa. Watch snake charmers, get a henna tattoo, listen to the story tellers, musicians and comedians and eat local food or the delicacy b’bouch (escargot). See the square explode into life after nightfall. Bend down to inspect goods on rugs and much more can be found here. End the night with a coffee or a fresh Moroccan mint tea from the rooftop of the famous Café le France while enjoying the view over the always entertaining Jemaa el Fna square.
- Discover history
It’s always nice to know the history of the city you’re visiting. So, visit the Koutoubia Mosque, admire Ben Youssef Medrassa Islamic College’s amazing architecture, visit El Badi Palace, explore the grounds of the Menara Gardens or visit Menara. Leave Marrakech with new knowledge!
- Go camel riding or quad biking in La Palmeraie
Enjoy the peace of La Palmeraie during sunset while camel riding in your traditional Sahara clothes – the perfect way to end a day. Go quad biking and discover traditional Berber villages, see houses typical of the region, and meet some locals to discover their way of life. Stop for a cup of Moroccan tea and enjoy the silence and serenity before hopping back on your quad bike and continuing your desert ride. La Palmeraie is just a few minutes’ drive from Marrakech.
- Go shopping in Guéliz
Zara, H&M or Mango? Go shopping in Guéliz and you might score a nice outfit that you wouldn’t find in your own country 😉
- Experience a Moroccan night
You can’t leave Morocco without having Couscous or Tajin at least once. Have the perfect Moroccan dinner while enjoying a horse show or a belly dance show at the famous restaurants Chez Ali or Comptoir Darna