Whether you are travelling 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. 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 Marrakech. 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 artefacts and art, there is a wing for pottery and jewellery 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.
Tip – 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.
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 compliments 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 favourite way to see these was on the back of a moped with my Moroccan friend Hassan!
Cost – Free or the taxi fair.
Tip – Walking is a great way to see the city and all of the old town 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 (Marrakech main square)
The main square is full of hussle 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.
Tip – 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 favourite things to do in Marrakech?