Things to do in Marrakech

Whether you are traveling solo or as a group in Morocco, you will find plenty of exciting things to do in Marrakech. It is a city full of history and culture and it’s one of the best places to visit in Morocco. Here are my top 5 things to do in Marrakech…

Top 5 Things to do in Marrakech

1. Koutoubia Mosque

Koutoubia Mosque is the largest Mosque and most famous landmark in Marrakesh. It towers above the city, with a Minaret 65ft tall. If you are a non-Muslim, you will not be able to enter, but it is worth getting pictures from the outside.

Cost – Free if you walk! Otherwise, the cost of a taxi from within the Medina should not be more than around 20/30Dh.

2. Marrakech Museum

The Marrakech Museum interior is the most impressive aspect of the museum – more so than the exhibits! However, if you are interested in artifacts and art, there is a wing for pottery and jewelry and a second wing for contemporary art.

Cost – The cost at the time of writing this blog was 50Dh. You can walk there if you are staying at Riad Dar Zaman or any Riad in the Medina.

Avoid speaking to boys on the street near here – they will try to take you to the tanneries or pretend to help you find your way but take you a very long way round then demand money.

3. Ben Yousef Medersa Old Qur’anic School

Do not miss this hidden gem tucked deep inside the heart of the old town! (See blog post featured image) In my opinion, this old school was the most impressive things to do in Marrakech.

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This is the biggest old Islamic school in Morocco and dates back to the 16th Century.  You can view the stunning courtyard and even go into some of the 130 student dorm rooms that still stand today.

The Koranic verse in calligraphy beautifully complements the tiled floors and Arabic-Andalusian architecture, which appears to be mathematically precise – don’t miss this hidden gem.
Cost – 10Dh at the time of writing – that’s not even a pound with the current exchange rate! The best 70p I have ever spent! 😉
Tip – You can do the Marrakech Museum and old school all in one morning as they are very close to each other. Plan your route beforehand and try to get this done before the intense heat of midday.

4. Marrakech City Gates and Walls

The walls and gates to the Medina (old town) are not to be missed. My favorite way to see these was on the back of a moped with my Moroccan friend Hassan!

Cost – Free or the taxi fare
Tip – Walking is a great way to see the city and all of the old towns Medina is walkable. Try to avoid walking in Morocco in the heat of the day and don’t ask for directions on the street, go into a shop.

5. Place de Fna (Marrakesh main square)

The main square is full of hassle and bustle. You will see snake charmers, monkey handlers, fire eaters and horse-drawn carriages. There’s a fantastic night market and locals will advise you on which stalls to eat at.
If you feel intimated or have strange men follow you, just shout ‘La Chokran!’ and walk on – they are unlikely to harm you, and are just trying to make money!

Cost – Free, just bring some money for food and tipping people if you want photos.
If someone genuinely shows you the way or has a photo taken with you, 10Dh is usually enough. If you are concerned about animal rights, don’t photograph or give money to the monkey handlers or snake charmers, as these animals are usually kept in poor condition and it is not advisable to fund this.

What are your favorite things to do in Marrakech?

If you want to hit the souks and go shopping, be sure to read about souk survival first!

What to Pack for Morocco

Morocco can be HOT! In fact the Sahara is a little too hot in summer, so avoid going to Ouarzazate in August. Essential items include suncream and a sunhat for sure.

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!

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:

 

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