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Plan to spend most of your time in Marrakech visiting the sites in the Medina, Kasbah and Mellah areas, with brief forays into the Ville Nouvelle to catch your breath or dine in western surrounds. In between visiting historic sites, explore the area’s pampering spas and some of Morocco’s best shopping.

Things to do in Marrakech

Ben Youssef Medersa

Admire Moroccan artistry in the form of beautiful mosaics and plaster carvings called zelij inside this 16th-century Koranic school in the heart of the medina. The Ali ben Youssef Mosque next door is open to Muslims only.

off Place Ben Youssef,
Tags: historic | art | things to do | culture | mosque

Djemaa el-Fna

Djemaa el-Fna is an absolute must. The heart of the medina, this central square becomes a carnival of snake charmers, acrobats and food stalls come nightfall, when locals and visitors gather for cheap alfresco meals.

Off Rue de Bab Agnaou,
Tags: family | great value | dining | things to do | street food | jim's pick

Jardin Majorelle & Museum of Islamic Art

Originally the site of French painter Jacques Majorelle’s studio in the 1920s, Jardin Majorelle was purchased by Yves Saint Laurent in 1980 and now houses an exemplary collection of the French fashion guru’s Islamic art.

off Avenue Moulay Abdallah, 011-212-24-30-18-52,
Tags: family | great value | art | things to do | culture | museum | gardens


A short stroll southwest of the Djemma el-Fna, the Koutoubia mosque is Marrakech’s most recognizable landmark and a classic example of Moorish architecture. The call to prayer echoes from a 12th century minaret that looms 230 feet overhead.

off Avenue Mohammed V,
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Les Bains de Marrakech

Experience the Moroccan hammam (public bath) ritual at the most indulgent destination in the medina. Following your steam bath, massage and full body exfoliation, kick back with Moroccan mint tea while ensconced in a fluffy robe.

2 Derb Sedra, 011-212-24-38-14-28,
Tags: smart splurge | trendy | things to do | hammam

Palais de la Bahia

Still used by the royal family, only a portion of this opulent 19th-century palace in the medina can be visited. Pop in to see how the sultan, his four wives and 24 concubines lived (luxuriously, to say the least).

off Rue Riad Zitoun el-Jedid,
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Palais el-Badi

The late-16th-century Palais el-Badi (its name means ‘incomparable’) was once considered one of the world’s most beautiful palaces with 360 rooms decorated in marble, onyx and gold leaf. Today, only the towering walls and interior courtyard remain.

Place des Ferblantiers,
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Saadian Tombs

More than 60 Saadians – descendants of the prophet Mohammed – are interred in the ornate surrounds of this beautiful 16th-century burial ground in the Kasbah. The soft light of sunrise or sunset is the best time to admire the intricately carved monuments.

off Rue de la Kasbah,
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