If you are planning a trip to Marrakech, Morocco, then you certainly won’t be short of things to do. In this article we will talk you through seven amazing activities you can get up to whilst exploring the city.
The Koutobia mosque is a beautiful religious building that towers above the rest of the buildings in the area
1. Visit the Medina
The Medina is the old Islamic capital, dating all the way back to the 11th century. Today it is a world heritage site that boasts many architectural masterpieces from various periods of time. Whilst visiting the Medina of Marrakech be sure to circle the Koutobia mosque which towers over the rest of the buildings in the area. Although it is not particularly tall at seventy seven metres high, it is illegal for other buildings in the Medina to be taller than palm trees, therefore it appears much taller. As the Koutobia mosque is still an active place of worship, only Muslims can enter, however you can get a beautiful view of the exterior by walking around the sides.
Other key places to visit in the Medina include the Saadnian tombs, Djemma El-Fna Square and the Ben Youssef Madrassa. You can book walking tours, however this is not necessary. It depends on whether you are comfortable exploring the area yourself or not. The Dar Ayniwen luxury hotel is recommended for your stay, it’s small but very luxurious and convenient for all the local facilities.
2. Camel riding
Camel riding is one of the best things to do during your stay in Marrakech. It provides fun for all the family and is sure to give you a good giggle! Head out to the rural out-backs near the Atlas Mountains and you will find professional camel handlers ready to take you on a tour. After prepping you on how to best ride the camels, you can enjoy a slow stroll as you take in the picturesque views of the dusty red landscape. If you want an authentic Moroccan experience, camel-riding is a must-do activity!
3. Go golfing
Marrakech is a popular place for golfers to visit, boasting some fantastic courses including the Al Maaden golf course and the Samanah golf course. Whilst visiting one of the city’s many resorts you can hire a caddy for the day. They will help you with your equipment and ensure you have an enjoyable day on the greens!
4. Mountain bike riding
If you class yourself as an ‘outdoorsy’ person, then why not rent a mountain bike for the day? There are many different routes you can take with organised tour guides. One of the most popular routes skims the Atlas Mountains and takes you through to the Ourika Valley. This is a picturesque route with beautiful green scenery and stunning snow-capped mountain backdrops. If you fancy getting away from the hustle and bustle of the souks for a day, then a mountain bike ride is sure to please.
5. Go to the Palmeraie Museum
The Palmaraie Museum may be tucked away, but once you find it, you will be sure glad you did! The old rural building houses a permanent collection of contemporary art. More than fifty Moroccan artists are featured in the collection, which includes paintings, photographs, sculptures and installations. Whilst exploring the museum, you can also take a stroll through the thematic gardens which include an Andalusian garden, a dry garden, a water garden, a kitchen garden and an orchard.
6. Visit the Jardin Majorelle
The Jardin Majorelle is one of the most popular places for tourists to visit in Morocco. It was designed by French painter, Jacques Majorelle and took a whopping forty years to be created. The garden is full of beautiful trees, exotic plants and pools filled with pretty water lilies and lotus flowers. As you venture deeper into the garden you will come across a building which has a slight Art Deco-like design. If you are looking to get a few hours’ peace and quiet or fancy doing a little bird watching, this is the best place to visit.
7. Seek out the Souks
No trip to Marrakech is complete without visiting the souks. The souks in Marrakech are the largest in Morocco and are known throughout the world as being one of the most exotic places to shop. If it is your first time visiting the souks, try not to get to overwhelmed! Make sure that you only ask the price of an item if you are intending on buying it and be prepared to haggle!
Whether you are visiting Marrakech for the first time or simply heading back for another visit, doing some of these amazing activities will ensure that you have a fantastic time during your stay.
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