PLACES TO VISIT
Djemaa El Fna: The central square, boasting a market place so enticing and raucous, you’ll be pressed to find a better place to shop for curios and Moroccan products alike. It can also be very intense (especially at night) so be prepared to have your wits about you. Don’t miss out on some a cup of fresh squeezed orange juice in the square and do not take any pictures of locals or their monkeys/snakes without permission.
Marrakech Souk: Entrench yourself in the mazes of this local marketplace, but also be ready to bargain and negotiate! The shops aren’t grouped thematically by any means – but you will find almost anything your heart desires while you search your way through it.
Koutoubia Mosque: The Architecture of Moroccan mosques are unique—they feature beautifully raised square minarets, which peak through the skyline of the city. While it is a feature to see, it is worth noting that it’s an active mosque, and non-muslims are not permitted to enter the space.
Ben Youssef Madrasa: A Madrasa is the Islamic version of a Sunday school – a place for muslims to learn about Islamic scripture, and religious beliefs. The Ben Youssef Madrasa one once the largest Quranic school in the north Africa, whose architectural splendor still remains. While it is no longer an active school, the beauty of the now restored building is open to visitors.
The Bahia Palace: Paying homage to Arab architectural styles, this palace was once home to one of the sultan’s grand viziers. With elaborate details and finishings, especially in the harem, this palace is worth a visit to experience some of the grandeur of the time.
Jardin Majorelle: Created over 40 years by artist Jacque Majorelle, scattered with plants from around the world, this garden is a landmark of the city. After Majorelle’s death, the garden lay in disrepair until Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé bought it with the intention of restoring it to Majorelle’s original vision. This part garden, part villa, part boutique, part museum is a wonderful oasis in the midst of the city. This one is definitely not to be missed.
Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech: The Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech houses a collection of vintage photographs and documents, dating back to 1870. Wander through the three floors of the museum to see Morocco through the eyes of those who have lived there, or passed through from generations ago. When you’re done, be sure to have a cup of mint tea on the terrace.
Merzouga Desert Camp is on the fringe of the city, but a great taste of the Sahara desert. Choose to camp, or glamp, and take in a camel ride through the dunes. An unforgettable experience is watching the moon rise above the dunes at night.