Morocco is one of those countries that completely changes your perception of things. Enter a completely different culture, full of magic, unique, and indispensable. Marrakech is therefore no exception in a country of contrasts. Marvel in the middle of the Sahara Desert, with a city that will change your life. Here is a list of the best things to see in and around Marrakech.
15 things to see in and around Marrakech
Discover the medina and negotiate in its souk
From the start, let yourself be carried away by the magic of Marrakech. In the medina, walk through its narrow streets, discover its souk, where you can find many products. This is the place to negotiate.
Get lost in Jemaa el Fna square
It is perhaps the most famous place in Marrakech. You will be able to see a diversity of people trying to sell their products there, snake charmers, monkey trainers, orange juice sales and in the evening it becomes a place filled with food stalls. You won’t want to miss this. This is one of the must-haves on your list of sites to visit in Marrakech.
Can you stand the smell of tanneries? Essential
Here you will need enough mind to resist the smell. If you are able to take it, you can observe the work done in the tanneries of Marrakech, around the medina. The leather is tanned there, removing any leftovers so that the skin is clean, ready for making handbags, wallets and more.
Visit the Medersa Ben Youssef
The largest Muslim school in Morocco. Having a capacity of nearly a thousand students and built 500 years ago, you will be amazed by its magnitude, beauty and history.
This small cemetery of the Saadian dynasty, shows a spectacular work with its twelve marble columns supporting its cedar wood dome. You will find many rooms where the only remains of the Saadian dynasty lie.
Visit the Badi Palace
The palace of the said Saadian dynasty. With more than 300 pieces that are today in ruins. A breathtaking place that bears witness to the beauty and eccentricity of the dynasties.
Don’t miss the Bahia Palace
More modern than the Badi Palace and smaller. It has 150 pieces, so it’s almost half the eccentric of the last. Although its architectural beauty is interesting to see.
The Jewish quarter of Mellah
It may be a little visited place, it does not have the tourist influx of other places, but it is definitely worth it. It is located in the medina. After the expulsion of the Hebrew peoples from Spain and Portugal, it became their habitat in the 16th century. There is a synagogue and a Jewish cemetery very representative of this people. It is worth knowing all these cultures that coexist in a place as diverse as Marrakech.
The Koutoubia mosque and its square
It is one of the must-see sites to visit in Marrakech. The beauty of the square, where you should take the opportunity to drink a good coffee in one of its corners, is wonderfully completed with this mosque of almost a thousand years. Unfortunately, unless you are a Muslim, you cannot access it. However, its architectural beauty and historical significance can be appreciated from the outside.
Impressive gardens with thousands of olive trees that are found around a pond in its center. This basin is used to irrigate olive trees. It is in an area remote from the medina so if you have the time this is a place to explore. In the same way, you can also discover the Majorelle gardens and the Palmeral.
Marrakech also has magic in its surroundings. You can discover the Ouzoud waterfalls. There are several excursions to go there, where you are taken from your hotel in 4 × 4, on guided tours in Spanish.
Enjoy the gastronomy, tagines, couscous and orange juice
Wherever you go, it is essential that you discover, taste and enjoy the local gastronomy. You cannot therefore leave Marrakech without having drunk a large quantity of orange juice in the Jamma el Fna square. Enjoy the tagines and couscous until you run out of power.
Stay in a Riad
Riads are old small Arab palaces with a courtyard inside. These have been turned into hotels and is perhaps the most authentic way to stay in Marrakech. If you can’t stay in one of them, among the things to do in Marrakech you can include dinner in a Riad.
An impressive 15-kilometer wall surrounds the historic city center. You must therefore enjoy it in Marrakech, its height of 10 meters and its 10 beautiful entry gates to the city, will be part of the perfect photo.
Take a bath in a hammam
A unique bathing experience in a hammam, very representative of Arab culture. This experience completes the list of things to visit in Marrakech.