The ultimate guide to Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, one of the most fascinating and beautiful cities in the world and an absolute must visit when visiting North Africa’s Morocco. The ‘red city’ greets visitors with its earthy terracotta hues that are complemented by intricate geometric pattens. The Lively souks draw in the most tentative of visitors with their intoxicating scents, exotic spices, artisan craftsmen and street food vendors that serve up the finest of Moroccos incredible cuisine.

How to get to Marrakech

The majority of visitors arrive in the city at Marrakech Menara airport which is the only local airport. It is a 20 minute drive from to the city centre via your own private transfer or taxi. Alternatively, you can catch the bus (line 19) which operates every 10 minutes from 6:30 am to 11:30 pm everyday which can be found just outside the terminal exit.

When to visit Marrakech

Marrakech is beautiful and stays warm year round. The best months to visit are April to May and September as these months aren’t scorching in addition to not being swarmed by tourists. However, these periods still allow you to enjoy the warmth and enjoy being outdoors to soak up the atmosphere.

The highlights: What to see and do in Marrakech

Explore the souks
There is a never ending list of labyrinth liken souks found in all over the city, the most popular is called ‘Summien’ that is found in the heart of the Medina. From colourful spices, to geometric rugs, golden lanterns and hand painted ceramics, there is is a plethora of items to be discovered down each alleyway and crevice. Some of the merchants will request (demand) you pay a small fee for a photo of their stunning displays, others will encourage you to take photos in exchange of tagging their business on social media such as instagram. Just be mindful before whipping that camera out as they can be extremely persistent.

Ben Youssef Medersa
The 20th century mosque is open to all and can be found north of the Medina. Originally a college housing 900 students in its heyday. The 50 dirham entry fee allows you access to the entirety of the stunning Islamic building. Tiled in pink and blue geometric patterns, you can explore all the rooms, halls and pool that the mosque has to offer. If you’re wanting to snap a photo of this picturesque building, opt for early morning as it does become busy full of tourists throughout the day.

Bahia Palace
Located south east of the Medina, Bahia palace delights the eye with its entrancing gardens and Moorish architecture that show cases incredible detail in every room, garden and crevice of this timeless masterpiece. The palace was built in the latter of the 1800s by Si Musa, grand vizier of Alaouite sultan Muhammad ibn Abd al-Rahman and finished in 1900 by his son Si Ba Ahmed ibn Musa, grand vizier of Sultan Moulay Abdelaziz.

It costs 75 dirham entry fee which allows you access to tour independently or join a guided tour at no extra charge.

Jemaa El-Fna
The world famous square neighbours the medinas’ souks and is engulfed by terracotta clad buildings that play host to boujee cafes and restaurants. Although confronting due to the hectic rumblings of traders and entertainers, the square plays home to countless fresh juice vendors, live entertainment and at night, the worlds biggest barbecue whose scent wafts through the whole city.

Although fantastic for entertainment, there is a handful of things to be very vigilant of; pick pocketing and harassment is rife and animal exploitation is freely on show. Make sure you keep your valuables well hidden and keep your wits about you. I cannot stress enough that you need to be assertive when saying no – this area of the city is notorious for traders forcing henna and jewellery on to you and demanding payment. As adorable as the monkey appears, don’t pat them.

Where to eat and drink in Marrakech

Steet stalls
There is a stall to be seen everywhere you go in Marrakech. From the chaotic souks to the open squares, market stalls line up together offering anything from freshly squeezed pomegranate juice and fruits to the best couscous you will ever taste.

Where to stay in Marrakech

I’m an Australian blogger based in Central West NSW who has spent the last few years exploring the four corners of the globe, living as an expat and falling in love with the world just a little bit more everyday. Here you can find my tips, guides and experiences to help inspire you for your next trip!

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