Visit Marrakech: 9 Amazing Things to Do in Marrakech

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Last Updated on March 20, 2019

When you visit Marrakech, know you are in for an amazing time. The city has centuries of cultures and cuisines waiting for you to explore and we’re here to give you a list of 9 amazing things to do in Marrakech, Morocco.

Visit Marrakech: 9 Amazing Things to Do in Marrakech

1) Watch the Sunset

Let us tell you something…there is no better way to end your day in Marrakech than watching the sun set over the bustling Medina of Marrakech. No matter how little or long your stay is when you visit Marrakech, taking time to slow down and watch the sun set is a must.

The best place to watch the sunset in Marrakech is from Jemma el-Fna square.

Lucky for you, we have not one, but two locations for you to catch the sunset. The best part, they are a stone’s throw away from each other.

Café Du France and Le Grand Balcon Café Glacier are rooftop restaurants situated in the heart of the Jemma el-Fna square.

Arrive early, grab a seat and order some food and drinks and watch a magical setting unfold in front of you. Seriously, the best place for sunset in Marrakech is at Café Du France or Le Grand Balcon Café Glacier.

Sunset over the Marrakech Medina
Sunset over the Marrakech Medina

2) Visit The Mosacis of Bahia Palace

As part of your visit to Marrakech, Bahia or the “brilliance” Palace should be a pitstop. Bahia Palace was built in the 19th century and is home to some amazing Moroccan architecture. This place is massive!

With 150 rooms, beautiful gardens, gorgeous courtyards and crazy amounts of amazing mosaic tiles for you to go picture crazy over.  The Palace is open 9am to 4pm daily, except on religious holidays.

Exploring Bahia Palace in Marrakech
Exploring Bahia Palace in Marrakech

3) Take In The Chaos of Jemma el-Fna Square

No visit to Marrakech is complete without visiting one of, if not the most iconic places in Marrakech.

Jemma el-Fna is a square and market place used by locals and visited by bazillions of tourists every year. The best time to come is late evening, a few hours before sunset.

During the day, the square is a little “dead” so to speak. You’ll find plethora of fresh squeezed orange juice stalls and snake charmers along with a few well-trained monkeys.

However, as the sun begins to set the square becomes alive! Stalls begin to erect, and food vendors start up their fires. Musicians begin to play and the medina shops start to get busy.

People by the thousands (or at least that’s what it felt like) come to the square to buy, shop, eat and simply hangout.

Aerial view of jemaa el fna
Aerial view of Jemaa el Fna

4) Visit the Koutoubia Mosque

The largest mosque in Morocco can be found in Marrakech. Koutoubia Mosque is a few hundred meters from Jemma el-Fna square and a beautiful place to visit.

It’s a massive mosque measuring 80 meters (260ft) wide at some parts.  If you’re Muslim, you may go in. All others can take in the beauty from the outside.

Regardless if you can enter or not, this beautiful red brick mosque should be a pit stop on your day of city exploring in Marrakech.

Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech
Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech

5) Marrakech Desert Tour 

We will be the first to admit, while yes camel rides are 100% touristic, dinner in the desert was absolutely amazing.

To set your expectations, let us be clear. The Agafay Desert is located about 30 – 45 minutes outside of Marrakech. This is NOT, and we repeat, this is NOT a sand desert. This is a rock desert.

Meaning if you think you are going to get amazing “Sahara-like desert pictures” you should skip the Agafay Desert and book a Sahara Desert tour.

The scenery of the two deserts are completely different.

If you don’t have time to do the Sahara but want to get in a little desert camel time. We suggest you looking into Marrakech Sunset Camel Ride in Desert with Diner.

For about $80 USD you get the below included:

  • Pick up at 5:30pm and you return to your accommodation between 9:30pm – 10pm
  • Transportation included
  • 45 minute to a one-hour camel ride
  • Dinner:
    • Mint Tea
    • Fruit
    • Water
    • Chicken Tajine
    • Bread
  • Watching the sunset and the stars rise in the desert
Mint Tea in The Agafay Desert of Marrakech
Mint Tea in The Agafay Desert of Marrakech

6) Wander the Medina Of Marrakech

Your time in Marrakech isn’t complete unless you roam aimlessly through one of the many medinas and try your hand at haggling with a souk vendor.

If you’re in the market for leather goods, Moroccan rugs, spices or any other wonderful souvenirs, the medina is where you go.

Do you want a true sense of what Morocco is? Do you want the local flare? Head to the medina. You’ll witness life roll by and your senses will be on over drive.

It’s chaotically captivating.

Shopping at the Souks in The Medina
Shopping at the Marrakech Souks

7) Sip Mint Tea From a Roof Top Cafe

Roof top culture is alive and well in Morocco.

Need a break from the heat or from walking? Find a roof top and sit. Take in the amazing views of the city and order some mint tea while you’re at it. Simple enough? We thought so. Enjoy the happy moment!

One of our favorite roof tops in Marrakech was by happen stance. We stumbled onto it after we left the Saadian Tombs. If you’re in the area, be sure to check out The Kasbah Café.

Mint Tea on Moroccan Rooftop
Mint Tea on Moroccan Rooftop

8) Drink Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

We still dream about that fresh squeezed Moroccan OJ – excuse us as our mouths water…

Moving on. If you’ve never eaten or drank from a street stall, get over that fear right now! In Jemma el-Fna square, there are dozens of orange juice vendors waiting to give you that sweet Moroccan OJ goodness.

To not drink OJ in Morocco is pretty much an epic food fail.

Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

9) View The Kasbah Mosque

Also known and the Mansouria Mosque, the Kasbah Mosque was originally built around 1190. It’s located in the old Kasbah of Marrakech and the Kasbah Mosque is a site to see!

It stands tall and beautiful with its high detailed walls and intricate green pops of design work.

Remember that café we recommend above? The Kasbah Café? Well you have a-maz-ing views of the Kasbah Mosque from the rooftop of the Kasbah Café 🙂

Taking in The Views of Moulay El Yazid Mosque
Taking in The Views of Moulay El Yazid Mosque

Best Time To Visit Marrakech

Morocco is at its most beautiful in during the spring months – March to May. Another great time to visit Marrkech is during the fall months – September to October.

During the summer, while there is little to no rain, the temperatures are HOT. Bearable, but hot. If you travel to Morocco during the summer, try and start your day early to avoid the heat.

If you are heading here over the winter, don’t you think it’ll be a warm getaway. Morocco experiences cold temperatures, so if you are heading this way for winter, make sure to bring a jacket.

Where to Stay in Marrakech

For The Budget Conscious: Backpackers Grapevine Hostel is clean, fun and friendly! Also, it has one of the best locations in the city of Marrakech boasting a 2 minute walk to the famous Jam El Fnaa square.

For The Luxury Inclined: Riad L’Etoile D’Orient is a beautiful riad situated in the heart of Marrakech. Featuring a delicious on-site restaurant to rooftop terraces and lounges, you can enjoy Marrakech in style. 

For Something In Between: Riad Chafia is a boutique style riad that makes it feel like a hidden gem in chaotic Marrakech. From it’s great little terrace to being clean and centrally located, this riad is a great accommodation choice for Marrakech.

For more places to stay in Marrakech, you can check out the latest places and prices here.


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Happy Travels,

– Lauren & Jesse Stuart (The Stüs)

2 Replies to “Visit Marrakech: 9 Amazing Things to Do in Marrakech”

  1. Glenn Brenton says:

    I’ve got a great picture of Flo and one of the many monkeys in the Square. They wanted me to blow one of instruments that amuse the cobras
    I passed and thought about having my teeth checked by the dentist squating close to the monkeys. Great time, and we did do the roof top dining.

    1. Hi Glen! We’d like to see that picture of Flo one day 🙂 Hope all is well!

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