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Best experiences:

Jemaa El Fna

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco

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View at dusk just as the sun is setting

UNESCO World Heritage-listed central square that hums with snake charmers, musicians, magicians and other exotics.

Best for ages 8+

Safaris in the Sahara Desert

Draa-Tafilalet, Morocco

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Sand dune in the Sahara desert

Safari into vast seas of unending sands, camel trek across vast, silent and unearthly landscapes, and admire unrivalled sunsets and sunrises, and star-studded skies.

Adult price: £100

Best for ages 13+

Stay in a traditional riad

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco

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Interior of ornate riad with fountain, plants and tile-work

Shady roof-terraces, plant-filled courtyards and the bewitching medina just outside the door – staying in a riad is the best way to experience authentic Marrakech.

Adult price: £20

Best for ages 18+

Duration: 1+ nights

Souks of the Medina

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco

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Interior walkway of covered souk in Marrakech

The world’s quintessential Arabic bazaar, the Medina’s maze-like souks are a shopper’s paradise.

Best for ages 13+

Hot-air balloon flights over Marrakech

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco

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Hot-air balloon flights over Marrakech

Drift above evocative Marrakech, awash with vibrant colours, geometric patterns, and labyrinthine streets. Then it’s out over dramatic, arid landscapes of the Atlas Mountains, looking down onto traditional Berber villages.

Adult price: £150

Best for ages 10+

Duration: 5+ hours

Dinner in the Agafay Desert (& camel ride)

Agafay Desert, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco

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Chairs around a campfire in the desert

Ride a camel across stark, lunar-like landscapes before dinner beneath the stars during an evening escape into the Agafay Desert, just 45 minutes from Marrakech.

Adult price: £180

Best for ages 10+

Duration: 4 hours

Medersa Ben Youssef

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco

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Interior of Medersa, showing a central square with small pool

A splendid former Koranic school, dating to the 14th century, of remarkable architectural detail and beauty. 

Adult price: £4

Best for ages 18+

Marrakech’s best food & drink

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco

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Two Moroccan tajines full of meat and vegetables

Mandy’s summary of the typical food ingredients and flavours, cooking styles, dining scene in Marrakech – and its best foodie experiences

Best for ages 18+

Duration: Variable

Hammams in Marrakech

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco

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Intricately tiled interior of bath house

An everyday Moroccan ritual, a traditional hammam visit is a signature Marrakech experience, featuring rhassoul clay from the Atlas Mountains and locally-sourced Argan oil.

Adult price: £20

Best for ages 13+

Duration: 2+ hours

Yves Saint Laurent Museum, Marrakech

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco

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Red-brick exterior of museum

One of the two international museums dedicated to the Yves Saint Laurent fashion house, displaying iconic pieces by the famed designer in an architecturally-interesting building.

Adult price: £10

Best for ages 13+

Marrakech International Film Festival

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco

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Empty movie theater with red seats

A well-respected film festival featuring works from around the globe, and offering the unique chance to watch a movie in the Jemaa el Fna.

Adult price: £5

Best for ages 18+

Duration: 7-10 days

When: Early December

Frequency: annually

Climb Mount Toubkal

Toubkal National Park, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco

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Snowy peaks in the Atlas Mountains against a blue sky

Try the challenging but rewarding 2-5 day climb to the summit of Mount Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak. Two hours’ drive from Marrakech.

Adult price: £100

Min age 18

Best for ages 18+

Duration: 2-5 days

Local craft workshops in Marrakech

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco

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group of young people showing the tiles they have made

Hands-on half or full-day workshops allow students to learn traditional Moroccan handicrafts alongside master craftspeople in their studios throughout Marrakech.

Adult price: £45

Best for ages 13+

Duration: 3-5 hours

When: All year round

Frequency: daily

Jardin Majorelle

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco

Vivid blue building and garden of cactus and exotic plants

Luxuriant twelve-acre botanical gardens designed by French artist Jacques Majorelle who lived here in the 1920s and 1930s. Also once owned by the fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.

Adult price: £10

Best for ages 13+

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Dar Si Said Museum

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco

Interior of ornately-tiled museum with Moroccan carpets on display

An impressive 19th-century palace with intricate Byzantine designs, Dar Si Said is home to a huge collection of artworks, instruments, arms and some of the oldest artifacts in the city.

Adult price: £3

Best for ages 18+

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Bab al Khemis

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco

Stone entrance to old city of Marrakech

A bustling Thursday flea market that’s the go-to for authentic homewares and furnishings. It’s held in this imposing gate in the Medina walls.

Best for ages 18+

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Berber Museum

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco

Blue museum in botanical garden

A superb collection of North African and Islamic art amassed by the late Yves Saint Laurent. The small museum is housed within the former studio of the original owner, artist Jacques Majorelle.

Adult price: £3

Min age 10

Best for ages 18+

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Photography Museum

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco

Tiled interior courtyard of a riad (traditional Moroccan home) with plants and a fountain

Tranquil Medina riad housing an interesting collection of photographs documenting Moroccan life from the 1870s-1950s, that gives the best insight into life in the city before tourism arrived.

Adult price: £4

Best for ages 18+

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Saadian Tombs

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco

Ornate, tiled interior of Moroccan burial chamber

Royal tombs of the Saadi dynasty, dating back to the 16th century, decorated with mosaics and intricate woodwork. There are no explanation panels to explain the historical relevance, so only really worthwhile if you’re interested in decorative arts.

Adult price: £6

Best for ages 18+

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El Badi Palace

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco

Old stone palace with reflective pool of water in front

The (shell) remains of Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur’s colossal, 16th-century palace. Once one of the world’s great monuments, it was stripped bare in the 17th century.

Adult price: £1

Best for ages 18+

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Bab Doukkala Market

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco

Moroccan bread for sale in a shop in Marrakech

Bustling with fishmongers and butchers, street vendors selling in-season fruit and veg, bread fresh from the local oven, and more. In between, small kitchens serve street food specialties through the morning and afternoon.

Best for ages 18+

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Sidi Ghanem

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco

Beautiful traditional Moorish porcelain ceramic plates

Out-of-town industrial estate, chock full of artisan shops and the best homewares at good prices. Advanced shoppers, who have done the main souks, graduate here.

Best for ages 13+

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Rooftop cafe of Photography Museum

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco

View of Marrakech on a clear day from rooftop cafe

A high terrace provides panoramic views of the medina, including the Atlas Mountains in winter months. Time a visit with when the muezzins call the prayer from the surrounding mosques for additional Arabian atmosphere.

Best for ages 18+

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33 Rue Majorelle

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco

Interior of concept store selling jewellery, clothing, shoes

Marrakech’s first concept store, just down the road from the YSL Museum, rotates an impressive selection of designs by contemporary Moroccan creators.

Best for ages 18+

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Bacha Cafe

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco

Fez-wearing cafe worker in front of wall covered in tin jars

Nestled inside the Dar el Bacha palace, Bacha Cafe is elegance at its finest. Coffee recommendations are suggested based on time of day, and are best accompanied by a treat from the cake counter.

Best for ages 18+

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