Morocco tours :Things To Do in Marrakech, Morocco: A 3-Day Guide

Marrakech is a city in Morocco that offers a truly unforgettable sensory experience. With its rich history and diverse cultural influences, Marrakech boasts a vibrant mix of colors, flavors, smells, sounds, and unique sights. While the city is renowned for its markets and shopping in the Medina, or old city, there is much more to explore. After taking in the fascinating blend of European, Middle Eastern, and African cultures, you can venture out of the city for breathtaking mountain and desert landscapes.


Day 1: Medinas and Markets


In Marrakech, all the action takes place in the Medina, which is the oldest and most historic part of the city surrounded by walls. Take a day to fully immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere, and be entranced by the sights, sounds, and scents of this fascinating area. Stroll through the labyrinth of narrow alleys, bustling souks and bustling squares. This will surely be a unique and unforgettable experience.

1. Wander Around the Medina

The Medina in Marrakech is not only a walled city, but it’s also the most ancient part of the city. To fully immerse yourself in its rich cultural heritage, take a day to explore its narrow and winding streets, which will transport you back in time. Forget about your map and let yourself get lost in the excitement, but be prepared to navigate around donkeys and carts. The walls and buildings in the Medina are a kaleidoscope of colors, the air filled with the fragrant scents of food and spices, and the locals are friendly and welcoming. What sets the Medina apart is the haunting call to prayer that echoes through the streets from the many mosques in the area. To truly experience the magic of this sound, visit one of the many rooftop cafes for breathtaking views and sounds of the city.

2. Jamaa El Fnaa

The bustling hub of the Medina is the world-renowned Jamaa el Fnaa square, where the energy and excitement are palpable. Take in the sensation of the heat radiating off the stone floor as you navigate through snake charmers, street performers, and food stalls selling freshly made juices.

As the sun sets, the square transforms into a lively nightlife destination with musical performances, dancers, and artists showcasing their talents under the glowing lights of the stalls. This breathtaking display of Moroccan culture is a must-see for anyone visiting Marrakech.

It is important to note that there may be pickpockets operating in the area, so it is wise to keep your belongings close and be cautious.

3. Explore the Souks

The souks in Marrakech are a true representation of the city’s soul. A labyrinth of markets awaits you just a stone’s throw away from the bustling Jamaa el Fnaa square. Take a stroll through the covered markets and the seemingly endless network of tiny streets, and let yourself be fully immersed in the beauty and chaos of the souk experience. Get lost among the vendors, the colors, and the smells, and discover the true essence of Marrakech.

In Marrakech, the souks embody the very soul of the city. Stepping away from the main square, you’ll be transported into a labyrinth of colorful markets, where textiles, spices, leather goods, and shining lanterns come together to create an unforgettable sensory experience. While exploring the souks, be sure to visit two of the main markets – the Souk Semmarine, located near Jamaa el Fnaa, and the traditional Spice Souk, called Souk Place des Epices. Just remember that bargaining is a cultural norm in Morocco, so be prepared to haggle for the best prices. Be aware that shopkeepers may try to convince you to purchase their products, but simply say “no” politely and move on. If you’re concerned about getting lost in the maze-like markets, consider hiring a reputable guide to accompany you.

4. Find the Best Places to Eat and Drink

Marrakech is known for its vibrant culinary scene, offering both traditional Morrocan cuisine and fusion dishes. The city boasts of a vast selection of restaurants that specialize in serving mouth-watering tagine and couscous dishes. Our top recommendation for a dining experience in Marrakech is Cafe Atay. Another notable restaurant is Cafe Clock, which offers a fusion of flavors and is also highly recommended.

Marrakech is renowned for its unique architectural style, characterized by flat roof buildings. This feature makes it possible for visitors to enjoy stunning views of the city from rooftop cafes. For a quintessential Marrakech experience, head to a rooftop cafe with a view of Jemaa el Fnaa and savor a cup of traditional mint tea. Another must-visit destination for panoramic views is the Maison de la Photographie, which features the highest rooftop bar in the medina.

It’s important to note that Marrakech is an Islamic city, and as such, alcohol is restricted. Most bars and restaurants in the city do not serve alcohol, so it’s advisable to research and find bars and restaurants that offer alcohol. If you prefer to avoid alcohol, you can still enjoy a great time in Marrakech, exploring its rich culture and history, and indulging in its delicious cuisine.


Day 2: Incredible Architecture

Day 2 in Marrakech offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the city’s diverse architectural landscape. Take a stroll through the streets and admire the traditional Moroccan designs, characterized by intricate arches and beautifully crafted blue tiles. These buildings showcase the rich cultural heritage of the city and provide a glimpse into its past.

In addition to the traditional architecture, Marrakech also boasts of more innovative building designs and museums. These structures display a more contemporary aesthetic, incorporating modern materials and artistic elements. By exploring both the traditional and innovative buildings in Marrakech, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the city’s rich history and dynamic cultural scene. So, jump between these beautiful buildings and immerse yourself in the vibrant and rich architecture of Marrakech.


5. Stay in a Traditional Riad

Staying in a traditional Moroccan riad, or guesthouse, is the ultimate way to experience the intricate details of the country’s architecture. On the exterior, riads are often a simple sandy color with basic architectural elements. However, as soon as you step inside, you will be transported to a different world. You’ll be greeted by an array of magnificent colored tiles, intricately designed patterns, and lush greenery, all centered around a tranquil swimming pool that exudes a serene ambiance.

The interior of a riad truly embodies the essence of Moroccan design, and staying in one provides a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. You’ll be able to relax in a tranquil oasis and take in the stunning beauty of the architecture, surrounded by the calming sounds of the riad’s peaceful atmosphere. To fully immerse yourself in the traditional Moroccan experience, consider staying in a riad during your visit to Marrakech. The link in the photography below offers a glimpse into the enchanting world of these traditional guesthouses.

6. Jardin Majorelle

Marrakech is home to a number of tourist attractions, but one that truly stands out is the vibrant blue house. This magnificent structure is an absolute must-see for anyone visiting the city, and is widely regarded as one of the most popular attractions in the area.

The stunning house and lush botanical gardens were originally created by Jaques Majorelle, who was renowned for inventing a distinctive deep blue shade named ‘Majorelle blue’. The property was later purchased by Yves St Laurent, who restored the house and gardens to their former glory. Today, visitors can admire the stunning beauty of the property, which feels like a tropical oasis with its diverse array of green plants from all over the world, set against the backdrop of the vivid blues and yellows of the house.

Visitors are required to purchase a ticket to enter the gardens and the museum. The entrance fee for the garden is 70 Dhs (approximately $7), while the museum entrance fee is 30 Dhs (approximately $3). The house and gardens are open from 8 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. every day, with extended hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the summer months. To avoid the crowds and get the best possible photos, it is recommended to arrive as early as possible.

7. Ben Youssef Madrassa

Discover a world of intricate design and symmetrical beauty at the Ben Youssef Madrassa, a former Islamic school located near the medina in Marrakech. This stunning building was once the largest Islamic college in Morocco, and today serves as a testament to the country’s rich cultural heritage and architectural prowess.

As you explore the madrassa, you’ll be mesmerized by the stunning symmetry and intricately patterned mosaics that adorn its walls and ceilings. The highlight of the madrassa is the breathtaking interior terrace, which is centered around a tranquil pool and showcases the very best of Moroccan architecture.

Spend an hour or so marveling at the beauty of the madrassa, and take in the rich cultural history that it embodies. Whether you’re an admirer of Islamic architecture, or simply looking for an enriching cultural experience, a visit to the Ben Youssef Madrassa is a must-see while in Marrakech.

8. Bahia Palace

The Bahia Palace is a magnificent 19th-century palace located in Marrakech, Morocco. It boasts an impressive 150 rooms and was constructed by the grand vizier of the sultan with the intention of becoming the greatest palace of all time.

As you wander through the palace, you’ll be transported back in time as you admire the traditional Moroccan architecture that abounds. The courtyards are filled with lush orange trees and sparkling fountains, while the stain glass windows and intricate tilework serve as a testament to the attention to detail and craftsmanship that went into building the palace.

Whether you’re a lover of history, architecture, or simply looking for a unique cultural experience, a visit to the Bahia Palace is a must-see. Discover this extraordinary palace for yourself and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Morocco.

Day 3: Outside of Marrakech

The natural beauty of Morocco is readily accessible from the bustling city of Marrakech. After exploring the rich culture and dynamic atmosphere of the city, consider taking a day trip to experience the rural countryside, majestic mountain ranges, or the scorching heat of the Sahara desert. These trips provide a unique opportunity to escape the city and immerse yourself in the stunning natural beauty of Morocco.


9. A Day Trip to the Atlas Mountains

Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Atlas Mountains with a day trip from Marrakech. Only a drive of one or two hours away, most tours provide round trip transportation to the city and take you through picturesque valleys and authentic Berber villages. This is an ideal way to witness the stunning natural landscape of Morocco and escape to the cooler climates of the mountains.

Tip: If you’re visiting in the winter, take advantage of the opportunity to ski in the Atlas Mountains. However, if you’re visiting in the summer, keep in mind that the temperature can drop significantly as the evening approaches, so it’s advisable to bring an extra layer of clothing.

10. Aït Benhaddou

A visit to Aït Benhaddou, a UNESCO site located in the Atlas Mountains south of Marrakech, offers a breathtaking view of a movie-like scenery with its earthen, sandy buildings dating back hundreds of years. The ancient village is exceptionally well-preserved, providing visitors a glimpse into a simpler way of life. Take a stroll through the village, admire the picturesque mountains, and experience the tradition of sipping a mint tea as the sun sets over the red clay.


11. Sahara Desert Tour

A visit to Morocco would be incomplete without a trip to the magnificent Sahara Desert. Immerse yourself in the rolling sand dunes through a thrilling jeep ride or a leisurely walk during the day. And as the night falls, be entranced by the breathtaking stargazing experience around a warm campfire. The journey to the Sahara, which usually takes about 8 hours, offers the chance to stop at various villages and scenic spots along the way. It is suggested to take a 2-3 day tour to fully appreciate the beauty of the Sahara Desert.


Best Time to Visit Marrakech

The optimal period to visit Marrakech is during the shoulder seasons which are from March to May and September to November. During these months, the weather is warm and sunny, but not excessively hot. Although the winter months can also have sunny days, they are an ideal time to go if you are planning on skiing in the Atlas Mountains.


How to Get to Marrakech & How to Get Around

Getting to Marrakech is a breeze, whether you opt for the convenience of air travel, the comfort of a bus ride, or the scenic beauty of a train journey. Marrakech boasts a well-connected international airport, while the roads across Morocco are in excellent condition, making it easy to explore other cities like Fes by train. Once you’ve arrived in Marrakech, all the popular attractions are within walking distance from each other, making it easy to get around and see the city by foot.

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