Everything you need to know before your trip to Marrakech, Morocco
A lively and exciting destination, Marrakech offers a perfect blend of culture, magnificent landscapes and fascinating architecture. The one we call "The Pearl of the South" or even "The Red City", although it is said to be disfigured by mass tourism, has a myriad of places of interest that will not make you hesitate twice when you you will need to take your plane tickets to visit Marrakech!
Why visit Marrakech?
Marrakech is the main destination for tourists in Morocco. The Pearl of the South is very popular, and for good reason: located between sea and mountains, it combines Moroccan traditions and modernism to satisfy all its visitors. Whether you want to relax with a beauty treatment or party, you will find what you are looking for in Marrakech!
Lovers of beautiful stones will not be outdone. Its medina, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, houses most of its historic buildings: the Koutoubia Mosque, the Ben Youssef Medersa, the Majorelle Garden, the Saadian tombs. Admire, at the option of the alleys, the mosaics that adorn the walls and the multiple colors that brighten up the stalls of the souks. Taste their delicious dishes on the streets, because that's where they are the best.
Main places of interest in Marrakech
You cannot get to Marrakech without discovering its emblematic Medina. Historic district of the city, it houses the souks, including that of the dyers, and most of the monuments and museums to visit in Marrakech. During your stroll, admire the Mouassine fountain and do not miss the famous large Jemaa el-Fna square.
To help you discover all the treasures it contains, start with the Saadian tombs. They constitute a royal necropolis to see for the beauty of its buildings and its mosaics. El Badi Palace, not far from the Saadian tombs, is a remnant of what was one of the most prestigious Moroccan palaces. Then, the Koutoubia mosque is a must in Marrakech - even if only the faithful can enter it. To continue, the Medarsa Ali Ben Youssef is a Koranic school which is a must in Marrakech. You can observe Moroccan know-how in all its splendor.
If you wish to benefit from reductions, there is the Marracashcard. You just have to buy it online to benefit from discounts from more than 100 partners in Marrakech, including the Medrasa Ben Youssef or the Museum of Marrakech. Like most passes, you can choose it over a defined period (24 hours, 48 hours, 72 hours or 120 hours). To see if this can be a good plan for your stay, go to their site to check the list of places covered by the Marracashcard.
Museums in Marrakech
Marrakech is particularly known for its historical wealth. Thus, its various museums provide a better understanding of its past, its heritage and pay tribute to the local culture. For starters, the Berber Museum is a fine example. Located in the heart of the Majorelle Garden, it promotes Berber art in all its forms: fabric, objects, costumes, weapons, etc. Then, the Palmeraie Museum is dedicated to contemporary Moroccan art. It gives an overview of the creations of the new generations.
Likewise, Le Macaal (Museum of Contemporary African Art Al Maaden) is dedicated to the entire African continent. As for the Marrakech museum, it is worth a detour for its 19th century architecture and its chandelier, seven meters in diameter. Then, the Dar Si Saïd Museum presents the largest number of objects in Marrakech. Finally, the house of photography regularly renews its exhibitions in order to make you discover the history of Morocco.
Excursions around Marrakech
Marrakech is a city incredibly rich in discoveries, as much historical, architectural, culinary as human. However, if you have a few days, it is also a very good starting point for excursions in its surroundings. Indeed, some exceptional places, set back from the city, deserve a detour to admire them.
The Ouzoud waterfalls are classified as Unesco heritage and reveal a luxuriant nature. The Ourika Valley reveals rural Berber life to you. Why not try the quad or the camel ride? Do not miss the city of Ouarzazate, the location of many films. Imlil and Mount Toubkal promise you great hikes. The sunset over the port of Essaouira is to be admired.
Where to stay in Marrakech?
Marrakech being an imposing city, you will find all types of accommodation: youth hostel, Riads and hotels outside the city center. If you want to favor a traditional habitat, opt for a riad in the Medina. However, if you prefer a hotel, the Guéliz district is ideal. You will easily find an affordable establishment there. For a luxury hotel, you will have to go to the wintering district. The Palmeraie is also renowned for accommodation in Marrakech. Although the resorts there are comfortable, you will need to take a shuttle or a taxi to explore Marrakech. You will therefore be less free to move.
To see also in Marrakech
Do you want to discover Marrakech off the beaten track? If you have some time, do not hesitate to move away from the main tourist routes to take the side roads.
The Majorelle Garden was made famous following its restoration by Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent. It owes its name to majorelle blue, a color created by its previous eponymous owner. This painter had covered the walls of his house with his creation. This true haven of peace will give you a little freshness and calm in the heart of Marrakech. Next, the Bahia Palace, although it is empty, is worth a visit for its architecture. Then, the Secret Garden is also a magnificent Arab-Andalusian palace surrounded by green gardens which now offers exhibitions.
When to go to Marrakech?
Marrakech is very touristy. Thus, it knows its greatest influx of visitors in the summer months (June, July and August). It is during this period that the temperature is the highest, as are the accommodation prices. Also, the ideal seasons for a stay in Marrakech are spring and autumn (in April-May and September-October). You will be quieter while enjoying its pleasant climate.