Top 10 Must-see Sites in Marrakech

Marrakech Morocco
Marrakech Morocco (photo by peo pea from Flickr Creative Commons)

Marrakech is a dazzling, chaotic city, set at the foot of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. A holiday to Marrakech is like nothing you’ll have ever experienced before – as you step into its winding streets full of market stalls, musicians, street performers and donkeys. Just being here and absorbing the heady atmosphere is an experience in itself, but no visit is complete without checking out some of the fascinating and beautiful Marrakech heritage sites and historical monuments. Here’s a list of the top ten sites to visit during your holiday to Marrakech!

1. Djemma el Fna Market

The market at Djemma el Fna is the cultural heart of Marrakech, and a visit to this chaotic market square feels like taking a step back in time. During the day it’s a great place to grab a bargain from one of the many stalls, while in the evening it really comes to life, as traders arrive from all over the city to sell their wares. You’ll see fakirs, snake charmers, healers, storytellers and musicians… not to mention a fantastic array of food stalls, where you’ll be able to sample some of the famous Moroccan cuisine.

2. The Souks

A souk is a covered market stall, which takes its influence from the markets of North Africa. In the Old Medina Quarter of Marrakech, you’ll find streets upon streets lined with souks, selling everything from livestock to silk, as well as souvenirs and household goods. If you’re not afraid to haggle, you’ll be sure to bag a bargain!

3. Majorelle Gardens

These ornamental gardens were built in the 1920s, by the French artists Jacques and Louis Majorelle. Here you can unwind in the picturesque settings, where your senses will be assailed by a plethora of colours, shapes and scents. The gardens also house the Museum of Islamic Art.

4. The Saadian Tombs

These maze-like tombs were created by Sultan Ahmed al-Mansour in the late 16th century, and have been beautifully preserved by the following generations. They can be found in a tranquil garden in the Medina Quarter of Marrakech.

5. The Ramparts of Marrakech

The old Medina walls have stood since the 13th century, and feature highly stylized gates. Walking the length of the walls provides some superb views over the city and surrounding mountains.

6. Palais Dar Si Said

This opulent palace is open to the public, allowing visitors to wander through the decadent home of Morocco’s early rulers. It also houses the Museum of Moroccan Arts, whose exhibits include jewelry, costumes and ceremonial artifacts of the historic dynasties.

7. Ali ben Youssef Medersa and Mosque

This beautiful 16th century school and mosque is remarkably well preserved, and was able to house up to 900 students of Islam.

8. The Koutoubia

Standing at a height of seventy metres, the Koutoubia is Marrakech’s tallest landmark. It is one of the three most famous minarets in the city, and can be seen for miles in every direction.

9. El Bahia Palace

If you’re interested in classical Moroccan architecture, then this palace should be high on your list of places to visit. It features breathtaking designs, with arches and ornate engravings, and is still in use by the royal family.

10. Ouzoud Falls

Finally, head just outside Marrakech to find the spectacular Ouzoud Falls. Here the water cascades more than a hundred metres down from the mountainside, and the dramatic rocky formations have led locals to call this place ‘Imi-n-lfri’ – or in English, ‘Gateway to the Abyss’.


About the Author – Richard Morten is a freelance writer and musician based in Bristol. He regularly contributes to a number of local newspapers, online journals and reference sites, as well as taking editorial roles on two regular publications. Richard’s work reflects strong interests in travel, culture, music and philosophy.

My name is Gareth Leonard, a Marketing Director turned World Traveler with a passion for slow, meaningful travel. I have been traveling the world full-time for the past 9+ years and document it all on Instagram and YouTube. Come join me!

One Comment

  1. Hey there, You have carried out an outstanding career. I will definitely yahoo the item and also separately suggest to help friends and neighbors. Now i’m self-confident they will be benefited from this website.

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge
©2024 Touris2Townie | Travel Deeper