Relatively accessible, cheap and full of culture, Marrakech is an excellent long weekend or week long getaway. It’s full of culture and amazing sites. Get lost in the souks, visit the Marrakech Museum and enjoy a tagine. It’s one of the few cities that I keep returning to! Marrakech tours are a great way to see the city quickly and effectively, whilst learning more about Moroccan history and culture.
In Marrakech, don’t Miss:
- The Souks
- Marrakech Museum
- Bahia Palace
- Madrasa Ben Yousef (Old Qur’anic School)
- Kotoubia Mosque
- Jemaa-el-Fnaa (main square)
- Marjorelle Garden
- Saadian Tombs
It’s possible to see all of these sights within 3-5 days, depending on how quickly you travel. The Marrakech Museum and Madrasa Ben Yusef 14th Century Qur’anic school are next door to each other and doable in one morning.
Marrakech Tours are highly valuable, because the souks are particularly hard to navigate, but some say that getting lost in Marrakech is part of the experience! A lot of it depends on how pushed you are for time. If you only have a few days in the city, Marrakech guided tours will save you time and get you to the most important sites quickly.
There are also some fantastic tours that go beyond the city and head into the Atlas Mountains and Sahara Desert. Consider doing one of the Marrakech Desert tours and one of the day trips into the mountains.
Marrakech Day Trips
There are some fabulous day trips that you can do, using Marrakech as a base. I recommend visiting Ouzoud waterfalls and the High Atlas Mountains if you can. Remember that if you do came rides, check if they are ethical and if the animals are well looked after.
Marrakech Desert Tours
Marrakech Desert tours are an excellent way to discover the Berber culture and see amazing desert scenery. Many also involve activities such as quad biking and sand boarding.
Don’t Forget Your Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is so important as it will help you with emergencies and unexpected costs on your trip. Make sure that you declare any pre-existing health conditions so that you are covered for those. Check your cover for accidents and medical care and also lost baggage or getting things stolen. Remember to report as soon as something goes wrong on your trip because some travel insurance companies require you to report something that you want to claim for within 24 hours. Read the fine print carefully when you sign up. I always recommend World Nomads. You can get a free quote here:
What to Pack for Morocco
A scarf that can cover up your shoulders and double up as a head scarf is a good idea for Morocco, especially for visiting religious places and preventing too much male attention!
As for clothes, light trousers, linen tops and maxi-dresses work well. You don’t need to pack more than one pair of jeans. Also avoid anything that shows too much skin – maybe not too many short skirts or spaghetti straps!
Further Reading on Morocco
Also, here are a few more articles to help you to prepare for your Morocco itinerary – have a wonderful trip!