Marrakech is a former imperial city and it is among the most famous cities that you should not miss in Morocco. The city sums up all of the exotic North African charms of Morocco and it houses a magnificent mosque, gardens, and palaces that you can visit. You should also make sure you visit the popular souk market and Jemaa el-Fnaa Square. Some of the best things to do in Marrakech are listed below.
Wander around Medina souk
For most of the tourist, the old city of Marrakech is a top place not to miss. It features narrow alleyways with scenic views that will blow your mind. The best way to explore the Medina Soak is to just wander around the bustling maze or you can go shopping for souvenirs at the numerous shops in the area. Some of the places not to miss are Babouche (shoe) Souk, El-Attarine (perfume and spice) Souk, Chouari (carpenter’s) Souk, and the Cherratine (leather) Souk.
Go sightseeing at Djemaa El Fna
This is a large square located at the entry to the medina and it is considered to be the center of Marrakech life. It is a vibrant hub filled with musicians, fortune-tellers, storytellers, snake charmers, and bric-a-brac stalls that will entertain you. This is the place to go if you want to experience all that Morocco has to offer. You can visit the numerous rooftop cafes and restaurants where you can try out people watching activities.
Experience life in a traditional Riad
Riads are hidden treasures located in the narrow streets of the old part of the town. If you are planning to stay in Marrakech, you should make sure you experience life in the magnificent riad. You can also opt for a transport that will take you from the vibrant medina streets to this serene and tranquil area. The riad features en-suite bedrooms and a roof terrace where you will enjoy mind-blowing views of Marrakech.
Go sightseeing at Koutoubia Mosque
This is a popular landmark in Marrakech and its 70m tall minaret is visible for miles in all direction. There is a local legend that when the mosque was built, the muezzin (the man that calls the faithful to pray) for the mosque is usually blind because the minaret is very tall and it overlooks the ruler’s harem. The mosque was constructed in 1162 and it is known as one of the great achievements of Almohad architecture. If you are non-Muslims, you will not be allowed to the mosque.
Explore Saadian Tombs
This is the 16th-century burial ground and it houses 66 members of the Saadian dynasty that ruled Marrakech between 1524 to 1668. You are going to see the tomb of the ruler Al-Mansour, his successors, and their family members. You are also going to find mausoleums located around the overgrown garden. The highlight of the tomb is the main mausoleum which features fine surviving mihrab. The Alawite successors walled up the Saadian Tombs before it was rediscovered in the early 20th century.
Go sightseeing at Marrakesh Museum
This museum features mind-blowing collection that ranges from contemporary art to Quranic inscriptions, you will also find textiles, coins, and local ceramic work here. The highlight of the museum is the building that this museum can be found. The building is called Dar Me’nebhi and was constructed in the early 20th century and it was once the home of a minister in Morocco’s government. You will be mesmerized by the architecture which features harmonious blend local North African architecture with Portuguese elements. It also has a magnificent central courtyard area with a lavish chandelier.
Stroll around Manara Gardens
This is a huge garden and was once use a royal retreat, and it offers a great escape right in the heart of the city. It is also a popular spot for locals that wants to have some alone time. Most of the garden is filled with olive groves but the main attraction is the large reflective pool with stunning pavilion. The garden was built in the late 19th century and the best place for locals is the pool and pavilion which is perfect for picnicking and strolling around. The pool also offers magnificent photo opportunities and you can get the Atlas Mountain Range reflected in its water on a clear day.