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19 Unmissable Things To Do In Marrakech, Morocco

Panorama of Marrakesh city at sunrise

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Marrakesh is a vibrant and fascinating city in Morocco known for its historical landmarks, relaxing hamamms and delicious food.

It’s where history and modernity collide effortlessly, with souk market sellers still flogging traditional textiles, pottery and jewellery like their ancestors did thousands of years before them, and yet there is an element of luxury that comes with staying here.

Panorama of Marrakesh at sunrise

Visitors will find there are plenty of great things to do in Marrakech, Morocco, from exploring the bustling streets to relaxing in the many gardens.

But to find the best attractions in Marrakech, we interviewed Amanda, a frequent traveller to Marrakech since 2004, when she met her Marrakechi husband.

And unlike many visitors to the red city her trips have a distinctly local flavor. Amanda tells us what to do in Marrakech as well as shares tips on places to eat, stay, shop, drink, and play.

Take it away Amanda.

Is Marrakech Worth Visiting?

Atlas Mountains – The Marrakech Backdrop (at Menara Gardens)
Atlas Mountains – The Marrakech Backdrop (at Menara Gardens)

Marrakech is the city of legends. One of the first things that attracted me to visiting Morocco was the mix of European, Middle Eastern and African culture and flavors. Marrakech epitomizes this.

It’s also perfect for any type of traveler; from the luxury traveler to the budget backpacker, from families with young children to senior citizens.

While Marrakech is known for its lively markets there is so much more to the city, from charming riads and enchanting gardens, and that’s what makes it worth visiting, in my opinion.

Things to Do in Marrakech

Now you know the reasons why you should add Marrakech to your bucket list, it’s time to show you the top attractions in the city!

1. Check out the Souk Markets

woman walking past a carpet stall in the souk markets

At the top of any visitors list is a trip to Djem L’Fna or the central souk and market.

Over the years it has been commercialized more and more. The layout can be confusing however it is divided into different sections such as the woodworking souk, the clothing souk, the leather goods souk (otherwise known as tanneries), the spice souk etc.

My best advice is to go as deep in as you can and then start shopping.

Anything on the perimeter will be the most expensive and odds are very good that you will find the same things for less money further inside.

Aside from visiting the souks of the medina…

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