Marrakech is one of the most well-known and popular Moroccan cities—and that's for a good reason. This hub is one of the country's imperial cities, and it explodes with life, culture, food, history, and charm. It's one of the best places to visit to get an authentic view of Morocco, but it also makes an excellent hub for exploring the desert and mountains. Nearby you'll find the Atlas Mountains, Agafay Desert, Rose Valley, and Safran, where you can try the beloved spice. Even coastal Morocco is just a day trip away!
A day in Marrakech can include weaving through the historic Medina, visiting monuments, museums, and art galleries, tasting various delicacies at Djemaa el Fna (the city's main square), or relaxing in the gardens or at a traditional hammam. The sky's the limit in Marrakech! Read more about what the city has to offer and how to get off the beaten path.
Explore the Local Culture
Marrakech is teeming with cultural activities to help you experience authentic Morocco. Take a cooking class and master traditional recipes, peruse local art, or embrace the relaxing hammam ritual.
Cooking Class at La Maison Arabe
Established in the 1940s, La Maison Arabe is a culinary venture started by two French women. Today, it's regarded as one of the best venues for culinary workshops in Morocco (and one of the best restaurants on the African continent!). You'll learn step-by-step how to dissect traditional Moroccan recipes, exploring authentic techniques and the local culinary culture. Your teachers are dadas (traditional Moroccan cooks) who will enjoy a delicious meal with you at the end of your class. Read More
Marrakech Art Tour
With such rich and diverse history, Marrakech's art scene is one of the best in the country. You'll explore art galleries from different eras (including contemporary), plus the museums, street art, and architecture found in the city's historic Medina. Dive into the past and present, admiring ornate furniture, esteemed artworks, historical relics, and more. And with so many events throughout the year, chances are you can attend an exhibit or show! Read More
Traditional Spa & Hammam Experience
Immerse yourself in one of Morocco's most authentic cultural traditions and enjoy a treatment at a local hammam (bathhouse). You'll move from one room to the next, experiencing increasing temperatures that soothe your skin and open your pores. Then enjoy a scrub with traditional Savon Beldi (a traditional black olive oil or eucalyptus soap) and a kessah loofah. Top it off with an optional massage or a glass of mint tea. Read More
Step out of Marrakech's buzzy Medina and immerse yourself in cultural experiences in the outdoors. Stroll through one of the city's gardens, explore the palm grove, or enjoy a hot air balloon ride at sunrise.
Explore the Majorelle Gardens
Escape the Moroccan heat and visit the Majorelle Gardens, an idyllic botanical oasis hosting over 300 varieties of flowers, plants, and trees. As you wander through the park, you'll view flora from five different continents, including bamboo, lilies, and palms, plus fountains and pools. Visit the famous blue and yellow house, designed as a Cubist villa that now hosts the Berber Museum and Yves Saint Laurent Museum. Read More
Quad & ATV Adventure in Marrakech Palm Grove
Just beyond the arid desert surrounding Marrakech is a lush palm grove stretching across 37,000 acres (15,000 hectares) and hosting over 100,000 trees. You'll explore this oasis on a quad or ATV, zipping through the desert and passing thousands of beautiful palms. This area has been historically important since the 11th century and today hosts several traditional Berber villages. To end your adventure, meet with one of the local families for a cup of mint tea. Read More
Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride
Leave the hustle and bustle behind and float over Marrakech at sunrise, a time when all is quiet, and the light creates a peaceful glow. You'll experience a different side of the region from a unique vantage point. Enjoy watching the colors pass over the horizon, then settle into your balloon for breakfast in the sky! Read More
How to Craft the Perfect Marrakech Itinerary
Marrakech is the perfect Moroccan city to fit into any itinerary. It makes a great trip on its own, a hub for regional exploration, or the perfect starting/ending point for longer adventures. If you're just visiting the city, set aside at least 2-3 days to experience all that Marrakech has to offer; but tack on another few days if you want to head into the mountains or spend time on the coast. For longer trips, consider 1-2 weeks in Morocco, as it takes time to drive from region to region.
Past kimkim travelers have enjoyed the following trips that include Marrakech: