- On May 29, 2017
- In Morocco desert blog
the Best Things to Do in Marrakech
Places to visit in marrakech
The Marrakech area is a wonderful place to visit. There is so much to do and see that your only problem may be choosing which place to visit first or activities you would like to do in your time there. This can include sightseeing tours, mountain visits, camel rides, balloon rides, donkey cart rides, cultural festivals, souk shopping and fine dining.
On your holidays in Marrakech travel via caleches, local horse and carriages and on foot.
Holidays in Marrakech are potentially going to be warmer and busier than you’re expecting, So spend your first few holidays in Marrakech hours just acclimatising round the Djemaa el-Fna. Just enjoy the floor show of snake charmers, monkey acts and musicians. There’s an art to shopping in Marrakech’s marketplaces and it’s advisable to making one of your first holidays in Marrakech visits to the fixed price Ensemble Artisanal on Avenue Mohammed V.
Many of the main cultural and historic sights to see on your holidays in Marrakech are within walking distance of the Djemaa el-Fna.
The Ben Youssef Madrassa
The Ben Youssef Madrassa and Mosque, allows visitors to look over the madrasa, impressive for the beautiful scripts that have been carved into it, and should be allocated a few hours of your visit on your holidays in Marrakech. The Bahia Palace, was built to be the most beautiful convergence of Moroccan style and Islamic traditions of its time and warrants a few hours of your holidays in Marrakech, before or after visiting the Dar Si Saïd Museum of Moroccan Arts, which has an impressive collection of both ancient art and every day objects.
The Majorelle Gardens
The Majorelle Gardens, with their raised pathways, cool sunken pools and groves of bananas, coconuts and bougainvillea, are best done in one of the mornings of your holidays in Marrakech, before it gets too hot and before they’re flooded by other tourists.
The Saadian Tombs
The Saadian Tombs, lay buried under the centre of Marrakech for four hundred years, but when they were finally rediscovered their decorative tiling was lauded all round, and they’re now one of the most popular places to visit in Marrakech. Both the tombs and the remains of El Badi Palace, once a 360 room glory, deserve a half day each of your holidays in Marrakech if you have time.
The Souks and markets
As well as seeing the sights on your visit in Marrakech, one of your days should be spent exploring the souks and markets. One of the easiest ways to do that is to hire a guide for a full or half day and have them help you explore the souks you’re most interested in – heading out from the tourist tat of the centre. If shopping is one of your reasons for visiting Marrakech explore the districts of Guéliz and Hivernage, near the old city walls, where there are boutique jewellery and clothing shops.
Hammam and spas
If you have a spare few hours on your holidays in Marrakech one of the other unique things to do is to have a gommage at a hammam bath, which is a vigorous black soap scrub given with rough gloves. Many hotels will have their own hammam, but there are public ones, as well as private, luxury baths.