Youness Farhat by Younes Farhat, last updated Feb 20, 2020

11 Things To Do in Marrakech

11 Things To Do in Marrakech - Zayan Travel

No visit to Morocco will be complete without travelling to the historically rich city of Marrakech.

Blessed with a wealth of architecture, markets, museums and traditional Moroccan hammams, it blends modern infrastructure with bequeathed ancient treasures. Whenever you visit this wonderful place, make sure that you do these 11 things to do in Marrakech (based on the feedback of over 1750 people) to derive maximum pleasure out of your sojourn.

Day Trips from Marrakech

A visit to Marrakech automatically brings you closer to some of the finest attractions in Morocco. You can visit many of these places on a single-day trip. Atlas Mountains are not too far away from the city and Ouzoud falls can be reached in a few hours. A tour of and Ait Ben Haddou can also be completed on a short notice. For those who love the pleasant air of the sea can travel to the seaside city of Essaouira. Desert lovers can visit Merzouga in short groups as part of their day trip.

2. Rooftop Relaxing and Hammam at Maison MK

Maison MK is the place to visit if you just want to chillax. Spend your day at a leisurely pace and watch the hustle and bustle of the city unfold from the rooftop. If the heat gets too difficult to bear, then you can indulge in a Hammam spa, which are easily available here and soothe your senses.

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3. Authentic Marrakech Hammams

Marrakech offers a variety of options when it comes to Hammams. Nowhere in the world you will find a comparable and more authentic Hammam experience than in Marrakech. If you want to enjoy Hammam as a couple, then you can visit the boutique Les Bains de Marrakech.

4. Walking Tour of Marrakech Through History

The rich history of Marrakech is best explored on foot. On your journeys, you will find popular landmarks like Koutoubai Mosque and Ben Youssef Medersa along with a medieval Islamic college and Jewish sights.

Savor the true flavors of Morocco in the form of local bread and absorb the ambiance of Djemaa El Fna market and admire the square over lunch or drinks.

5. Saadian Tombs

Dating back to the time of the Saadian dynasty, the Saadian Tombs are a testament to the rich Moroccan architecture. Discovered in 1917, these tombs were renovated by the Beaux-arts service.

These buildings are home to the graves of 60 members of the Saadi Dynasty, which came to existence in the valley of the Draa River. A few hours spent in this tomb will give you a greater perspective on the ancient settlements and their way of living. It is a must-visit place for history aficionados.

6. Marrakech Desert Tours

Desert can be an interesting place to travel to, especially for first-time visitors. At Marrakech, you get a variety of desert tours that take you to every nook and cranny of these barren yet interesting places.

On your desert tours, you can enjoy camel rides, spend a night in the tent or just whizz through the sand in a powerful 4-wheel drive vehicle. You can take the following tours for a joyful experience: Marrakech to Merzouga or Fez to Marrakech.

7. Jardin Majorelle

In the hot weather of Morocco, Jardin Majorelle offers a great place to chill out. It came into existence in 1923 and features a Cubist villa designed by the French architect, Jacques Majorelle.

Here you will find the psychedelic desert mirage of nearly 300 plant species from five continents that are kept preserved, so you can view them in all their glory. If plants are not your thing, then you can visit the Majorelle’s art deco studio that houses the Musée Berbère showcasing the rich diversity of Morocco’s original inhabitants.

8. Camel Ride Marrakech

No visit to Marrakech is complete without a camel ride. Feel on top of the world by riding this majestic creature and breeze through the desert like a ship with sails. Camel rides are available at an affordable price and come as part of desert tour packages in Marrakech.

9. Cooking Class in Marrakech: Café Clock

Moroccan cuisine is unique and has a rich taste. Travelers who like the taste of Moroccan food can join cooking classes and develop the skill to dish out sumptuous Moroccan meals by themselves.

Café Clock is the perfect destination to hone your culinary skills. Learn the craft from chefs who have a vast experience in the field of cooking Moroccan delicacies.

10. Hot Air Balloon Marrakech

There is nothing like getting a glimpse of this glorious city from a high vantage point. Take a Hot Air Balloon ride in Marrakech to watch and admire the city in all its splendor. Extremely safe and a whole lot fun, these rides will turn into cherished memories that you will remember for a long time.

The calm and soothing hot air balloon ride, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city is definitely worth experiencing for any visitor to Marrakech.

11. Grabbing a bargain in Bab El Khemis

You can wander off the generic tourist trail and reach the Bab El Khemis for a unique shopping experience. This souk (market) is open every day but you should visit it on Thursday to experience in all its fervor.

On Thursday, it transforms into a crowded flea market. Here, you will find traders selling secondhand goods and rare items like old carpets and Moroccan souvenirs. These items are not easily found in Morocco and Bab El Khemis is the only place you can access them.

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