10 Top Tourist Attractions in Marrakech

  • 0

10 Top Tourist Attractions in Marrakech

Formerly one of Morocco imperial capitals, Marrakech (also spelled Marrakesh) is an exotic city luring visitors with its Moroccan charm. Whether travelers arrive on the express or tour the city with thoughts of Charles Boyer and his Kasbah at the fore, all will be enchanted by what they find. Whether haggling for a bargain in a souk or watching a snake charmer at work, this medieval North African city will always find something new to tempt visitors with. An overview of the top tourist attractions in Marrakech:

10. Menara gardens

Menara gardens

 

The Menara gardens are popular with locals and visitors alike since they provide a cool place to escape the heat of Marrakesh’s scorching summer days. The original purpose of the 12th century gardens was to provide a place for people to cool off and grow crops. Smaller gardens are built around a large arterial lake that is fed by canals. Palm, olive and fruit trees grow in the orchards, so visitors can usually see pruners and pickers at work. A good place to view the gardens is from the pavilion or minzeh, once used by a sultan and his family, that overlooks the pool.

9. Saadian Tombs

Saadian Tombs

 

The Saadian Tomb were used as a burial place for royalty and nobility for a couple of hundred years starting in the mid-16th century. The last burial took place in 1792, and then the tombs were neglected, until they were rediscovered in 1917. The tombs consist of two main mausoleums where 66 people are buried, while another 100 are buried in the gardens, with their gravestones covered in tile. The buildings are imposing, plain in some places and highly decorative in others.

8. El Badi Palace

El Badi Palace

 

El Badi Palace may be in ruins today, but it was once an ornate palace that was funded by ransom paid by the Portuguese after the Battle of the Three Kings in the mid-16th century. Only the most lavish and expensive materials were used during the 25 years it took to construct the palace. Gold and onyx were used throughout, with the sultan trading sugar for the Italian marble used in the columns. The palace had 360 rooms and several pavilions. A later sultan raided the building of its lush materials and furnishings for his own palace; as a result, only ruins remain today.

7. Koutoubia Mosque

Koutoubia Mosque

 

The Koutoubia Mosque is a Marrakesh landmark, towering over the southwest medina of the city. Dating back to the 12th century, the mosque stands out, easily since its minaret is 77 meters (253 feet) high, as Marrakesh’s largest mosque. While other roads may all lead to Rome, In Marrakesh they lead to the mosque. During the French Occupation, the mosque was used as the central point for the network of roads. The red stone mosque has six rooms, one on top of another, so designed to keep people on the minaret from looking in on the king’s harem. Non-Muslims are not allowed inside.

6. Bahia Palace

Bahia Palace

 

It took the best workers in Morocco 60 years to build Bahia Palace, found in the medina or old quarter of Marrakesh. The collection of one big house and several small ones into a palace was certainly worth the wait. Built in the 19th century for a grand vizier, it incorporates the best of Islamic and Moroccan influences. The palace today receives state visitors to Morocco. Because it is a working government building, not all rooms are open to the public, but some of those that are include the harem quarters and gardens.

5. Jardin Majorelle

Jardin Majorelle

 

When it comes time to relax in busy Marrakesh, savvy travelers will head to Jardin Majorelle, an oasis of beautiful flowers, lush greenery and patios where visitors can sit and refresh their senses. The garden is named for the French painter, Jacques Majorelle, who spent 40 years creating it after he moved to Morocco. Since 1980 the garden has been owned by Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé. The garden is small by some standards, but is exquisitely designed with exotic plants, fountains and meandering pathways, all with the aim of reminding visitors of some aspect of Morocco.

4. Ben Youssef Madrasa

Ben Youssef Madrasa

 

Ben Youssef Madrasa was once a theological college devoted to teaching of the Quran. Once the largest learning center in North Africa, it housed up to 900 students at a time. The madras is centered around a large courtyard, with an elaborately decorated prayer hall in back. Now an historic site, the madrasa is marked by distinctive architecture, which is reminiscent of the Alhambra in Spain. Inscriptions in Arabic can be found throughout the complex. Visitors say it’s worth a visit to see the mosaics and 14th century architecture.

3. Marrakech Medina

Marrakech Medina

 

The old medina of Marrakech is full of intertwining narrow passageways and local shops full of character. The Medina is also the place to stay in a Riad, a Moroccan house with an internal courtyard. Most windows are inward facing towards the central atrium. This design suits Islamic tradition, as there is no obvious wealth statement being made externally, no windows to peer through. They are great places to stay and offer an intimate and relaxing retreat.

2. Marrakech Souks

Marrakech Souks

 

Shoppers in the souks of Marrakesh are in for a mind-boggling experience. The city has five main souks, each devoted to a single product. There’s one for carpets and another for traditional Moroccan leather slippers known as babouches; note bright yellow slippers are intended for men. A third centers around metalworking, while another sells a fragrant array of spices. The Mellah or Jewish Quarter isn’t really a souk, but it’s a good place to buy fabrics, trims and notions. Haggling is expected; shoppers should start their initial price at no more than half what the merchant is seeking.

1. Djemaa el Fna

#1 of Tourist Attractions In Marrakech

 

Djemaa el Fna, located in the medina, is the main square in the city as well as the most popular tourist attraction in Marrakesh. It also is a market, where travelers can buy orange juice or watch a snake charmer at work. As the day moves on, the snake charmers are placed with traditional dancers and magicians, who are replaced themselves by food stalls. A souk selling daily necessities is on one side, hotels on another. The colorful market square may be familiar to moviegoers, since it was featured in the Hitchcock film, The Man Who Knew Too Much.


  • 0

10 Best Places to Visit in Morocco

Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman may have given the world Casablanca, but there is much more to see in Morocco than its largest city. This Atlantic coast country gives travelers the opportunity to experience life in an ancient Arabic culture, sunning on beaches or snow skiing in the mountains. Whether rambling through ancient medinas, sampling cuisine at a local souq or relaxing in the sun at a white-washed seaside town, the past is always present in this diverse and colorful country. An overview of the best places to visit in Morocco:

10. Sidi Ifni

Sidi Ifni

 

Sidi Ifni is a small fishing town of about 20,000 inhabitants that is located on the Atlantic coast of southwest Morocco. It is a former Spanish territory that still retains that heritage. Sidi Ifni is popular with surfers. Temperatures average 22°C/71°F year round, making any time a good time to visit; it is a haven for Europeans seeking respite from cold winters to the north. Sidi Ifni is bigger on atmosphere than on things to do, but it does have a lively fish market as well as a Sunday market at the old airfield.

9. Rabat

Rabat

 

Rabat, located on the Moroccan coast, is the country’s capital and a top tourist destination – CNN named it one of the top travel destinations of 2013. The new portion of the city is pleasant, with wide boulevards and outdoor cafes. Most travelers will gravitate to the old town, or medina, with its fortified walls. Here, they can shop for carpets and leather, while soaking in the atmosphere of another culture. Also worth seeing is the Kasbah des Oudaias that sits on a bluff overlooking the ocean.

8. Meknes

Meknes

 

Meknes is one of the four Imperial cities of Morocco and its name and fame are closely linked to that of Sultan Moulay Ismail. The sultan turned Meknes into an impressive city in Spanish-Moorish style, surrounded by high walls with great gates. While Meknes is an imperial city with a lot of historical monuments and natural sites it is also the nearest city to the Roman ruins of Volubilis.

7. Chefchaouen 

Chefchaouen

 

Chefchaouen might just as well be called the blue city because it’s filled with – what else? – buildings in various shades of blue. Located in northwest Morocco, Chefchaouen is close to Tangier, making it a popular tourist destination. It’s popular with shoppers who can find Moroccan handicrafts, such as woven blankets, not found elsewhere in the country. Goat cheese also is popular, but most likely doesn’t top the popularity of kief, a part of the cannabis plant, that is openly sold in shops.

6. Asilah

Asilah

 

Now a popular seaside resort town, Asilah has a glorious history that dates back to when it was a trade center for the Phoenicians in 1500 BC. In the 19th and 20th centuries, pirates used it as a base of operations. Fortifications from these bygone eras remain, surrounding the restored medina. Asilah is located on Morocco’s north coast about 30 km (20 miles) from Tangier. It’s a hot summer spot for Moroccans; travelers who want to avoid crowds had best visit in spring or fall. Whitewashed buildings complete the picturesque scene. It has a good selection of budget hotels and restaurants, and a growing art scene. About 2.5 km (1.5 miles) south of Asilah lies Paradise beach, a wonderful wide stretch of sand, popular with locals and tourists.

5. Essaouira 

Essaouira

Situated on Morocco’s Atlantic coastline, Essaouira is one of the nation’s most popular beach destinations. White-washed homes sporting cobalt blue shutters provide a scenic backdrop for breezy seaside adventures, which include kitesurfing and windsurfing. The city’s medina features crafts made using centuries-old techniques, including thuya wood carving and cabinet making. Essaouira, formerly called Mogador, is a natural port. It’s been prized as such since the 1st century, when the protected bay provided anchorage for Romans trading for the purpura shells.

4. Fes

Fes

 

Fes, or Fez, is a former capital of Morocco that is now the country’s third largest city. Home to University of Al-Karaouine, the world’s oldest university, Fes is an ancient city that still retains two old medinas. Travelers may want to begin their visit by walking through the Fes el Bali medina, where goods are transported by donkeys and handcarts. With a population of about 150,000 inhabitants, the medina is the largest carfree urban area in the world by population. Traditional adobe homes and courtyards ornamented with mosaic tiles line a maze of narrow streets and alleys filled with souqs and shops. Fes is also famous for dyed leather goods. Several places are limited to Muslims, but just viewing the striking exteriors makes the trip worthwhile.

3. High Atlas

High Atlas

 

The High Atlas is a mountain range that runs from the coast of Morocco towards Alergia. The range includes Toubkal National Park, which contains the Morocco’s highest peak, Jbel Toubkal (4,160 meters/13,670 feet). The Berber village Imlil is a good place to start the climb of Toubkal. The tallest mountain range in North Africa, the High Atlas offers outdoor recreation opportunities year round, from snow sports in the winter to hiking in the summer. One of the best places to visit in Morocco is the Todra Gorge in the eastern part of the High Atlas, near the town of Tinerhir. Both the Todra and neighboring Dades rivers have carved out steep cliff-sided canyons through the mountains. The last 600 meters (2,000 feet) of the Todra gorge are the most spectacular. On the edge of the High Atlas Mountains is Aït-Benhaddou, a traditional Mud Brick city that has appeared in many movies including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator.

2. Merzouga

Merzouga

 

Merzouga is a small village in southeastern Morocco not too far from the border with Algeria. It’s on the tourist route because of its proximity to Erg Chebbi, sand dunes created by winds that reach up to 150 meters (500 feet) high. Travelers looking for a unique experience might want to take an overnight camel ride through the wavy, deep reddish-orange dunes. Most group tours end up at a pre-setup camp at the base of some very large dunes, where the various tour operators have their Berber tents set up. Dinner will be cooked here, perhaps some music played, and visitors can frolic on the sand dunes under zillions of stars.

1. Marrakech 

#1 of Best Places To Visit In Morocco

 

Formerly one of the country’s imperial cities, Marrakech is sometimes referred to as the Red City because of its sandstone buildings. During the 1960s, Marrakech was known as a “hippie mecca,” attracting famous celebrities such as The Beatles, Yves Saint Laurent and the Rolling Stones. Comprised of beautiful old architecture and courtyards of orange, palm, apricot and olive trees, Marrakech today is still one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations. The best way to sample its charms is to take off walking through the medina: watch a snake charmer, haggle over an old carpet, eat local delicacies such as sheep’s head or have a massage in a public bath. Other possibilities include strolling through the Jardin Majorelle, a botanical garden that blends art deco and Moorish features, and sipping mint tea at a traditional tea house.


  • -

Morocco beyond Marrakech

Category : Casablanca , Morocco

Morocco beyond Marrakech: explore the country from north to south

Morocco is a land of many facets. From the maze-like streets of the medinas to the vastness of the desert, embark on a trip to Morocco and let your senses run free

Morocco entices all senses and will leave you dizzy and bewildered. Colors change as you pass through various landscapes: from the blue-grayish waters of the Atlantic to the sun-scorched yellow of the Sahara. Cities buzzing with the sounds of people converging in the busy medinas. The smell of spices and exotic dishes tempting you at every step.

We guide to the best experiences on a nationwide trip to Morocco: from coast towns to the hot desert and plenty of ancient cities in-between.

Around Marrakech

The Palmeraie oasis
The Palmeraie oasis

Your trip to Morocco will most likely start in Marrakech. The city has plenty to offer, and with mountains, desert, and sea a stone’s throw away, there’s a lot to take on. Our city guide explores well-known cultural landmarks and takes you on a sensorial journey – think colorful spices, sweet delicacies, relaxing hammam experiences, and exotic landscapes.

Marrakech is known for its buzz and hubbub, and you’ll crave a bit of peace and quiet after some days here. Palm oasis Palmeraie, located at the northern edge of the city, is the physical expression of tranquillity. In-between thousands of date palms going back many centuries, green resorts provide the serenity necessary to recharge your batteries.

For golf aficionados, a stay at Palmeraie Palace (rates start at 806 MAD [$82] per room, per night) includes access to one of the city’s most beautiful courses boasting majestic views of the nearby Atlas Mountains.

Explore Morocco’s mountains

The Atlas Mountains tower over Marrakech
The Atlas Mountains tower over Marrakech

A couple of days in the palm oasis and you’re ready to get active. A 90-minute drive south of Marrakech lies North Africa’s greatest mountain range – the Atlas Mountains.

Inhabited by Berber populations, the mountain range is sprinkled with remote villages and hamlets, pinnacles popping here and there, and mountaineers slowly making their way through the passes. The landscape changes throughout the seasons: thick snow in wintertime, overflowing rivers during spring, fierce scorching sun throughout the summer months, and finally a vision of reds and browns in autumn.

You might be tempted to climb the highest peak of the range. Jebel Toubkal (13,670ft) can be reached from the small village Imlil located at the foot of the mountain. Once the snow melts, this trek is more of a walk than a climb, but it’s nonetheless not for unfit trekkers. Alternatively, hiking through the beautiful routes of Mizane Valley or Azzadene Valley will satisfy your craving for pristine nature.

Soak up the sun on Morocco’s coast

The traditional blue boats of Essaouira
The traditional blue boats of Essaouira

More of a sea-and-coast dweller than a mountain climber? No worries, Morocco won’t disappoint. Just a three-hour drive west of Marrakech and you’ll find yourself breathing in the crisp air brought by the vents alizés (trade winds). In the city of Essaouira, the wind gets so wild that lying on the beach might prove a bit of a challenge, though it’s especially convenient if you’re here to ride the waves.

Stroll around town and discover art galleries, charming boutiques, and a gorgeous Unesco-listed medina featuring ramparts, a citadel, bastions, and narrow streets lined with multiple vendors. Don’t miss out on Essaouira’s lively port where traditional blue fishing boats bring in the catch of the day.

24 hours in Agafay Desert

Quad biking in the Agafay Desert
Quad biking in the Agafay Desert

With a desert not even an hour away from Marrakech, you’ll have no excuse but to venture out in the blistering sun.

There are various ways to explore the stone desert of Agafay: from an authentic nomad tent, camel trekking, or quad biking your way through the stony landscape. This is not your classical desert; there are no undulating sand dunes, but an expansive, barren-looking, flat stony landscape. Though in close proximity to Marrakech, it feels remote. Once night falls, the sky is flooded with millions of stars, each outshining the other.

Spend a night glamping in Scarabeo Camp (rates start at 2,334 MAD [$278] per night, per tent) where romantic dinners under the starry sky, yoga classes, and stargazing are just some of the activities on the menu.

Cheap Flights to Marrakech

Origin Departure date Return date Find Ticket

Barcelona

10.12.2018

13.12.2018

Tickets from 49

Pisa

10.01.2019

28.02.2019

Tickets from 52

Frankfurt

13.11.2018

22.11.2018

Tickets from 58

Dole

16.11.2018

23.11.2018

Tickets from 61

London

07.01.2019

16.01.2019

Tickets from 62

Dusseldorf

02.12.2018

09.12.2018

Tickets from 63

Marseille

26.02.2019

07.03.2019

Tickets from 66

Paris

14.12.2018

18.12.2018

Tickets from 77

Lyon

05.01.2019

12.01.2019

Tickets from 89

Madrid

05.11.2018

16.11.2018

Tickets from 91

Manchester

02.12.2018

12.12.2018

Tickets from 98

Nimes

11.11.2018

15.11.2018

Tickets from 120

Warsaw

24.11.2018

02.12.2018

Tickets from 120

Naples

14.01.2019

20.01.2019

Tickets from 124

Munich

30.11.2018

07.12.2018

Tickets from 128

Valencia

08.11.2018

13.11.2018

Tickets from 131

Milan

26.11.2018

03.12.2018

Tickets from 141

Prague

17.01.2019

20.01.2019

Tickets from 154

Montpellier

02.12.2018

08.12.2018

Tickets from 154

Stuttgart

14.11.2018

28.11.2018

Tickets from 156

Moscow

22.01.2019

30.01.2019

Tickets from 158

Budapest

24.11.2018

02.12.2018

Tickets from 158

Helsinki

15.01.2019

23.01.2019

Tickets from 160

Oslo

14.11.2018

21.11.2018

Tickets from 162

Geneva

22.03.2019

24.03.2019

Tickets from 162

Toulouse

01.03.2019

05.03.2019

Tickets from 168

Kiev

02.12.2018

09.12.2018

Tickets from 168

Bilbao

15.11.2018

19.11.2018

Tickets from 172

Amsterdam

06.12.2018

09.12.2018

Tickets from 181

Gdansk

08.12.2018

15.12.2018

Tickets from 181

Brussels

02.03.2019

08.03.2019

Tickets from 193

Algiers

29.11.2018

05.12.2018

Tickets from 196

Nice

15.11.2018

22.11.2018

Tickets from 196

Lisbon

09.11.2018

11.11.2018

Tickets from 198

Saint Petersburg

01.12.2018

07.12.2018

Tickets from 203

Katowice

18.03.2019

25.03.2019

Tickets from 214

Hamburg

12.11.2018

26.11.2018

Tickets from 216

Zurich

09.02.2019

17.02.2019

Tickets from 219

Palma de Mallorca

05.12.2018

06.12.2018

Tickets from 220

Tunis

12.02.2019

18.02.2019

Tickets from 225

Vilnius

02.11.2018

07.11.2018

Tickets from 275

Birmingham

03.11.2018

06.11.2018

Tickets from 286

Minsk

27.01.2019

27.02.2019

Tickets from 299

Tallinn

29.12.2018

13.01.2019

Tickets from 308

Tenerife

26.12.2018

27.12.2018

Tickets from 314

Cairo

29.10.2018

05.11.2018

Tickets from 326

Venice

27.10.2018

04.11.2018

Tickets from 370

Skopje

28.12.2018

29.12.2018

Tickets from 371

Kaliningrad

07.01.2019

10.01.2019

Tickets from 379

Athens

08.11.2018

09.11.2018

Tickets from 380

Berlin

26.12.2018

06.01.2019

Tickets from 381

Krakow

28.10.2018

03.11.2018

Tickets from 384

Tel Aviv-Yafo

04.11.2018

13.11.2018

Tickets from 390

Kazan

31.01.2019

07.02.2019

Tickets from 405

Bordeaux

31.10.2018

04.11.2018

Tickets from 420

Eastleigh near Southampton

01.11.2018

04.11.2018

Tickets from 423

Paderborn

15.11.2018

18.11.2018

Tickets from 425

Muscat

28.01.2019

06.02.2019

Tickets from 438

Dublin

22.12.2018

29.12.2018

Tickets from 450

Lille

20.04.2019

22.04.2019

Tickets from 480

Beirut

20.12.2018

27.12.2018

Tickets from 492

Bristol

01.11.2018

04.11.2018

Tickets from 505

Samara

01.03.2019

15.03.2019

Tickets from 525

San Francisco

01.12.2018

16.12.2018

Tickets from 532

Philadelphia

09.12.2018

16.12.2018

Tickets from 539

Ekaterinburg

03.01.2019

09.01.2019

Tickets from 546

Luxembourg

01.11.2018

04.11.2018

Tickets from 546

Johannesburg

12.05.2019

18.05.2019

Tickets from 554

Kuwait City

07.11.2018

12.11.2018

Tickets from 556

Minneapolis

09.02.2019

21.02.2019

Tickets from 557

Orenburg

13.11.2018

17.11.2018

Tickets from 568

Dammam

15.01.2019

22.01.2019

Tickets from 582

Abha

15.11.2018

21.11.2018

Tickets from 603

Montreal

16.11.2018

29.11.2018

Tickets from 604

Novosibirsk

02.01.2019

12.01.2019

Tickets from 605

BAK

22.11.2018

29.11.2018

Tickets from 606

Almaty

07.01.2019

17.01.2019

Tickets from 620

Mineralnye Vody

28.12.2018

05.01.2019

Tickets from 649

Zaporozhye

26.12.2018

29.12.2018

Tickets from 660

Washington

12.12.2018

22.12.2018

Tickets from 701

Seoul

03.06.2019

09.06.2019

Tickets from 705

New York

28.10.2018

03.11.2018

Tickets from 711

Omsk

28.10.2018

04.11.2018

Tickets from 729

São Paulo

02.05.2019

11.05.2019

Tickets from 747

Pittsburgh

28.10.2018

04.11.2018

Tickets from 804

Houston

16.03.2019

24.03.2019

Tickets from 840

Austin

16.03.2019

24.03.2019

Tickets from 860

Simferopol

28.12.2018

03.01.2019

Tickets from 866

Abakan

13.11.2018

15.11.2018

Tickets from 884

San Jose

23.05.2019

02.06.2019

Tickets from 1 194

Toronto

28.12.2018

05.01.2019

Tickets from 1 213

Phoenix

27.04.2019

12.05.2019

Tickets from 1 217

Astana

03.07.2019

03.07.2019

Tickets from 2 138

Kharkiv

01.11.2018

06.11.2018

Tickets from 2 414

Bratislava

09.03.2019

16.03.2019

Tickets from 3 392

Hotels in Marrakech: 4 stars

Hotel Stars Discount Price per night, from Choose dates

Riad Alaka

★★★★

-17%

9377

View Hotel

Origin Hotels Riad Alegria

★★★★

-24%

8161

View Hotel

Riad Sable Chaud

★★★★

-22%

9071

View Hotel

2Ciels Boutique Hotel

★★★★

-19%

158128

View Hotel

Riad Meriem

★★★★

-12%

8675

View Hotel

Riad Lapis-lazuli

★★★★

-19%

5746

View Hotel

 

Highlights of the north

Tangier and Chefchaouen

The Sidi Bou Abib Mosque in Tangier's Grand Socco square
The Sidi Bou Abib Mosque in Tangier’s Grand Socco square

Tangier, located at the northern tip of the country, just below the Strait of Gibraltar, has for many centuries been a European gateway to Africa. At its peak, Tangier was as important as London and New York: during the 1920s it was an international zone governed by a joint convention. During this period the city flourished and attracted a plethora of eccentrics, artists, international spies, and millionaires.

Nowadays, the city is experiencing a renaissance. Investment is pouring into the city – a new marina is under way and cultural landmarks such as Librairie des Colonnes, a bookshop often visited by famous writers, and the 1930s-era Cinema Rif have been restored to their glory days.

A two-hour drive south of Tangier lies one of Morocco’s most recognisable cities – Chefchaouen, the Blue City. The city is known for its blue-washed buildings, and with the Rif Mountains peaking above the city, it creates an otherworldly landscape. Though much smaller than Tangier, Chefchaouen is rich in its offerings: a vibrant cafe culture, unique local handicrafts, and proximity to tranquil green areas.

Ancient city of Fez

The leather tanneries of Fez use the same centuries-old dyeing method
The leather tanneries of Fez use the same centuries-old dyeing method

Fez is a place of many facets: Morocco’s second largest city, home to oldest continually-operating university in the world, an ancient hub for scholars and allegedly the largest car-free urban area. It’s a city you’ll either fall in love with or one that will overwhelm you entirely.

In the narrow streets of the ancient medina, you’ll experience life in its rawest form: children roaming around, donkeys carrying various items (remember, there are no cars around), locals going about their work in the city’s famous outdoor tanneries, street sellers peddling their wares – everything from ceramics and rugs to sugary mint tea and exotic dishes such as snail soup, aubergine fritters, and spicy sardines.

Volubilis and Moulay Idriss

The triumphal arch of Volubilis glowing in the sun
The triumphal arch of Volubilis glowing in the sun

The year is AD45; the Romans annex Volubilis to the Empire thus making it the most remote and far-flung outpost. The outstanding archaeological site tells the story of the Roman occupation that lasted around 200 years. Notable buildings such as the basilica, triumphal arch, mosaic decorated mansions, and even a hammam reflect the city’s wealth and strong stand as a provincial capital. Built on some of North Africa’s most fertile land, the city successfully exported wheat and olive oil, and even wild animals for Roman games across the Empire.

A mere 10-minute ride from Volubilis lies a tiny, yet historically important town: Moulay Idriss. Also known as the holy town of Moulay Idriss, this is where Moulay Idriss I arrived in 789, bringing with him the religion of Islam to Morocco. The Mausoleum of Idriss I is now a sacred destination open only to Muslims. As a matter of fact, the entire town was off limits for overnighting non-Muslims until 2005.

Casablanca

The courtyard of the magnificent Hassan II Mosque
The courtyard of the magnificent Hassan II Mosque

Made famous by the fictional love story between Rick Blaine and Ilsa Lund in the film of the same name, the real Casablanca is surprisingly not a very romantic city; the film wasn’t even filmed on location. The city doesn’t attract the same numbers of visitors like Marrakech or Tangier, and those who visit come here to experience Morocco like a local.

If you’re traveling for the architecture, a stop here is a must. From art deco to traditional Moroccan and modern design, Casablanca is the place to set your inner architecture nerd free. Some of the highlights include the Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in Morocco, the palm-lined Boulevard Mohammed V, a testament to the French influence on the city, the art deco gem Cinéma Rialto, and Mahkama du Pacha, a parliamentary building beautifully showcasing Moroccan design.

Cheap Flights to Casablanca

Origin Departure date Return date Find Ticket

Amsterdam

10.12.2018

22.12.2018

Tickets from 118

Brussels

07.03.2019

30.03.2019

Tickets from 127

Barcelona

23.01.2019

25.01.2019

Tickets from 142

Madrid

02.11.2018

20.11.2018

Tickets from 147

Nador

28.10.2018

29.10.2018

Tickets from 147

Milan

03.02.2019

09.02.2019

Tickets from 153

Turin

17.11.2018

24.11.2018

Tickets from 155

Paris

01.02.2019

05.02.2019

Tickets from 159

Toulouse

23.11.2018

25.11.2018

Tickets from 163

Frankfurt

10.12.2018

24.12.2018

Tickets from 163

Moscow

03.12.2018

06.12.2018

Tickets from 169

Montpellier

23.11.2018

25.11.2018

Tickets from 174

Stuttgart

01.12.2018

01.07.2019

Tickets from 174

Bordeaux

23.11.2018

25.11.2018

Tickets from 181

London

05.11.2018

20.11.2018

Tickets from 189

Marseille

11.11.2018

17.11.2018

Tickets from 193

Tenerife

10.01.2019

17.01.2019

Tickets from 194

Algiers

20.02.2019

28.02.2019

Tickets from 195

Gran Canaria

05.05.2019

13.05.2019

Tickets from 197

Venice

30.10.2018

10.11.2018

Tickets from 204

Naples

01.11.2018

05.11.2018

Tickets from 204

Geneva

15.01.2019

21.01.2019

Tickets from 207

Kiev

04.02.2019

07.02.2019

Tickets from 213

Oran

22.03.2019

28.03.2019

Tickets from 214

Dusseldorf

16.11.2018

03.12.2018

Tickets from 231

Kuwait City

13.11.2018

25.11.2018

Tickets from 231

Luxembourg

29.10.2018

02.11.2018

Tickets from 231

Helsinki

10.01.2019

17.01.2019

Tickets from 235

Budapest

04.04.2019

07.04.2019

Tickets from 240

Lyon

26.10.2018

15.11.2018

Tickets from 241

Cairo

24.11.2018

27.11.2018

Tickets from 242

Saint Petersburg

05.12.2018

26.12.2018

Tickets from 244

Lisbon

27.12.2018

01.01.2019

Tickets from 246

Valencia

01.11.2018

04.11.2018

Tickets from 246

Rome

20.12.2018

07.01.2019

Tickets from 254

Constantine

03.12.2018

09.12.2018

Tickets from 256

Stockholm

31.10.2018

06.11.2018

Tickets from 263

Almeria

16.01.2019

30.01.2019

Tickets from 266

Bologna

02.12.2018

06.01.2019

Tickets from 274

Brindisi

31.10.2018

09.11.2018

Tickets from 278

Riga

02.02.2019

13.02.2019

Tickets from 286

Nuremberg

04.11.2018

11.11.2018

Tickets from 292

Nimes

23.11.2018

25.11.2018

Tickets from 293

Minsk

18.12.2018

29.12.2018

Tickets from 295

Belgrade

25.01.2019

31.01.2019

Tickets from 316

Abu Dhabi

20.11.2018

18.12.2018

Tickets from 329

Palermo

01.11.2018

04.11.2018

Tickets from 336

Kazan

28.11.2018

02.12.2018

Tickets from 344

Muscat

28.01.2019

06.02.2019

Tickets from 345

Nouakchott

29.10.2018

01.11.2018

Tickets from 356

Warsaw

26.12.2018

31.12.2018

Tickets from 357

Rostov

30.11.2018

30.01.2019

Tickets from 360

Dubai

09.11.2018

17.11.2018

Tickets from 362

Riyadh

17.02.2019

02.03.2019

Tickets from 396

Buraidah

02.11.2018

09.11.2018

Tickets from 396

Jeddah

19.11.2018

30.11.2018

Tickets from 402

Madinah

31.10.2018

05.11.2018

Tickets from 405

Montreal

18.11.2018

03.12.2018

Tickets from 407

Istanbul

02.01.2019

05.01.2019

Tickets from 411

Dammam

15.01.2019

22.01.2019

Tickets from 414

Dakar

23.10.2018

10.11.2018

Tickets from 417

Ekaterinburg

06.11.2018

12.02.2019

Tickets from 436

Jazan

01.03.2019

16.03.2019

Tickets from 456

Vilnius

28.12.2018

02.01.2019

Tickets from 460

Makhachkala

09.11.2018

12.11.2018

Tickets from 469

Salalah

09.11.2018

14.11.2018

Tickets from 473

Abidjan

15.12.2018

05.01.2019

Tickets from 476

Lviv

29.12.2018

06.01.2019

Tickets from 492

Khartoum

16.06.2019

25.06.2019

Tickets from 493

Mulhouse

22.12.2018

03.01.2019

Tickets from 503

Tallinn

29.12.2018

06.01.2019

Tickets from 503

Perm

18.06.2019

28.06.2019

Tickets from 513

Mineralnye Vody

29.10.2018

02.11.2018

Tickets from 521

Zaporozhye

06.11.2018

13.11.2018

Tickets from 532

Addis Ababa

24.10.2018

30.11.2018

Tickets from 534

Samara

27.10.2018

03.11.2018

Tickets from 539

Tashkent

06.05.2019

13.05.2019

Tickets from 548

New York

07.03.2019

28.03.2019

Tickets from 548

Sochi

25.10.2018

02.11.2018

Tickets from 561

Toronto

29.11.2018

28.02.2019

Tickets from 569

San Francisco

09.01.2019

29.01.2019

Tickets from 598

Abuja

12.11.2018

24.11.2018

Tickets from 603

Sharjah

26.12.2018

27.12.2018

Tickets from 624

Astana

30.11.2018

09.12.2018

Tickets from 640

San Juan

01.12.2018

31.01.2019

Tickets from 646

Almaty

17.01.2019

25.01.2019

Tickets from 647

Jakarta

10.01.2019

20.01.2019

Tickets from 659

Boston

22.03.2019

21.04.2019

Tickets from 671

Lahore

02.02.2019

11.02.2019

Tickets from 674

Oakland

07.01.2019

23.01.2019

Tickets from 692

Tlemcen

02.11.2018

08.12.2018

Tickets from 706

Bangkok

29.06.2019

06.07.2019

Tickets from 733

Kharkiv

04.11.2018

10.11.2018

Tickets from 749

Tyumen

04.11.2018

12.11.2018

Tickets from 765

Washington

02.12.2018

05.12.2018

Tickets from 768

Tulsa

11.02.2019

20.02.2019

Tickets from 780

Irkutsk

03.01.2019

13.01.2019

Tickets from 815

Kuala Lumpur

25.10.2018

27.10.2018

Tickets from 825

Austin

16.03.2019

24.03.2019

Tickets from 832

Orlando

15.03.2019

05.04.2019

Tickets from 912

Hotels in Marrakech: 4 stars

Hotel Stars Discount Price per night, from Choose dates

Le 135 Hotel

★★★★

-10%

8576

View Hotel

Kenzi Basma

★★★★

-13%

8070

View Hotel

Hôtel Club Val d'Anfa

★★★★

-15%

118100

View Hotel

Eurostars Sidi Maarouf

★★★★

-18%

7864

View Hotel

Hôtel Les Saisons

★★★★

-37%

10767

View Hotel

Hôtel Barceló Casablanca

★★★★

-15%

9984

View Hotel

Villa Blanca & SPA

★★★★

-7%

116107

View Hotel

Idou Anfa Hôtel & Spa

★★★★

-9%

8073

View Hotel

Park Suites Hotel & Spa

★★★★

-15%

10085

View Hotel

Casablanca Suites & Spa

★★★★

-14%

8473

View Hotel

Oum Palace Hotel & Spa

★★★★

-16%

7665

View Hotel

Jm Suites Hotel & Spa

★★★★

-15%

10086

View Hotel

The Fourteen Luxury Boutique Hotel

★★★★

-28%

9468

View Hotel

 

Highlights of the south

Ouarzazate and Ait-Ben-Haddou

Moroccan earthen clay architecture in Ait-Ben-Haddou
Moroccan earthen clay architecture in Ait-Ben-Haddou

A four-hour drive south from Marrakech, Ouarzazate might not look as impressive as anything you’ve seen so far. Yet this small town managed to keep itself at the center of trade and more recently became a hotspot for movie productions.

Located strategically on a rocky plateau south of the High Atlas Mountains with the vast Sahara Desert peeking from the southern corner, this small town is where people from adjacent valleys came together to trade with each other. In more recent times, Ouarzazate established itself as a film production location. With movies such as Babel, Gladiator, and Lawrence of Arabia being shot here, this small town attracts plenty of curious visitors who go on studio tours here.

The nearby fortified village Ait-Ben-Haddou boasts exquisite examples of Moroccan earthen clay architecture. The dark red dwellings, named collectively a ksar, earned the village a place on Unesco’s coveted World Heritage List.

Hiking through the Todgha Gorge

A Berber village in the Todgha Gorge
A Berber village in the Todgha Gorge

Leave the movie sets behind and take the road east towards the town of Tinghir. From here you can explore the spectacular Todgha Gorge, a 980-feet deep canyon. The road towards the gorge takes you through a green oasis of palm trees and tiny villages. 9 miles into the walk, high walls of fiery red limestone close in around you. Carved by the Todgha and neighbouring Dades Rivers, only a tranquil stream of clear water travels through the gorge.

The hike is not particularly difficult, so no professional hiking gear is necessary, just a pair of comfortable shoes and plenty of water. The best time for exploration is in the early morning when the first light of the sun envelops the gorge in a golden embrace.

Camel rides in the Sahara

Sunset in the Sahara
Sunset in the Sahara

Coast, mountains, valleys, ancient cities … Morocco has it all. No visit to this magnificent country is complete without a trip to Sahara. The world’s largest hot desert, Sahara spreads across much of North Africa – from the Red Sea in the east to the Atlantic Ocean in the west.

One of the most accessible routes is via Merzouga, a small village in the south-east close to the Algerian border. Hop on a camel that will take you through the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. You’ll arrive at the 490-feet high sand dunes just in time for the sunset. Spend the night in a nomad tent under the starry night. What better end to your holiday!

Cheap Flights to Marrakech

Origin Departure date Return date Find Ticket

Barcelona

10.12.2018

13.12.2018

Tickets from 49

Pisa

10.01.2019

28.02.2019

Tickets from 52

Frankfurt

13.11.2018

22.11.2018

Tickets from 58

Dole

16.11.2018

23.11.2018

Tickets from 61

London

07.01.2019

16.01.2019

Tickets from 62

Dusseldorf

02.12.2018

09.12.2018

Tickets from 63

Marseille

26.02.2019

07.03.2019

Tickets from 66

Paris

14.12.2018

18.12.2018

Tickets from 77

Lyon

05.01.2019

12.01.2019

Tickets from 89

Madrid

05.11.2018

16.11.2018

Tickets from 91

Manchester

02.12.2018

12.12.2018

Tickets from 98

Nimes

11.11.2018

15.11.2018

Tickets from 120

Warsaw

24.11.2018

02.12.2018

Tickets from 120

Naples

14.01.2019

20.01.2019

Tickets from 124

Munich

30.11.2018

07.12.2018

Tickets from 128

Valencia

08.11.2018

13.11.2018

Tickets from 131

Milan

26.11.2018

03.12.2018

Tickets from 141

Prague

17.01.2019

20.01.2019

Tickets from 154

Montpellier

02.12.2018

08.12.2018

Tickets from 154

Stuttgart

14.11.2018

28.11.2018

Tickets from 156

Moscow

22.01.2019

30.01.2019

Tickets from 158

Budapest

24.11.2018

02.12.2018

Tickets from 158

Helsinki

15.01.2019

23.01.2019

Tickets from 160

Oslo

14.11.2018

21.11.2018

Tickets from 162

Geneva

22.03.2019

24.03.2019

Tickets from 162

Toulouse

01.03.2019

05.03.2019

Tickets from 168

Kiev

02.12.2018

09.12.2018

Tickets from 168

Bilbao

15.11.2018

19.11.2018

Tickets from 172

Amsterdam

06.12.2018

09.12.2018

Tickets from 181

Gdansk

08.12.2018

15.12.2018

Tickets from 181

Brussels

02.03.2019

08.03.2019

Tickets from 193

Algiers

29.11.2018

05.12.2018

Tickets from 196

Nice

15.11.2018

22.11.2018

Tickets from 196

Lisbon

09.11.2018

11.11.2018

Tickets from 198

Saint Petersburg

01.12.2018

07.12.2018

Tickets from 203

Katowice

18.03.2019

25.03.2019

Tickets from 214

Hamburg

12.11.2018

26.11.2018

Tickets from 216

Zurich

09.02.2019

17.02.2019

Tickets from 219

Palma de Mallorca

05.12.2018

06.12.2018

Tickets from 220

Tunis

12.02.2019

18.02.2019

Tickets from 225

Vilnius

02.11.2018

07.11.2018

Tickets from 275

Birmingham

03.11.2018

06.11.2018

Tickets from 286

Minsk

27.01.2019

27.02.2019

Tickets from 299

Tallinn

29.12.2018

13.01.2019

Tickets from 308

Tenerife

26.12.2018

27.12.2018

Tickets from 314

Cairo

29.10.2018

05.11.2018

Tickets from 326

Venice

27.10.2018

04.11.2018

Tickets from 370

Skopje

28.12.2018

29.12.2018

Tickets from 371

Kaliningrad

07.01.2019

10.01.2019

Tickets from 379

Athens

08.11.2018

09.11.2018

Tickets from 380

Berlin

26.12.2018

06.01.2019

Tickets from 381

Krakow

28.10.2018

03.11.2018

Tickets from 384

Tel Aviv-Yafo

04.11.2018

13.11.2018

Tickets from 390

Kazan

31.01.2019

07.02.2019

Tickets from 405

Bordeaux

31.10.2018

04.11.2018

Tickets from 420

Eastleigh near Southampton

01.11.2018

04.11.2018

Tickets from 423

Paderborn

15.11.2018

18.11.2018

Tickets from 425

Muscat

28.01.2019

06.02.2019

Tickets from 438

Dublin

22.12.2018

29.12.2018

Tickets from 450

Lille

20.04.2019

22.04.2019

Tickets from 480

Beirut

20.12.2018

27.12.2018

Tickets from 492

Bristol

01.11.2018

04.11.2018

Tickets from 505

Samara

01.03.2019

15.03.2019

Tickets from 525

San Francisco

01.12.2018

16.12.2018

Tickets from 532

Philadelphia

09.12.2018

16.12.2018

Tickets from 539

Ekaterinburg

03.01.2019

09.01.2019

Tickets from 546

Luxembourg

01.11.2018

04.11.2018

Tickets from 546

Johannesburg

12.05.2019

18.05.2019

Tickets from 554

Kuwait City

07.11.2018

12.11.2018

Tickets from 556

Minneapolis

09.02.2019

21.02.2019

Tickets from 557

Orenburg

13.11.2018

17.11.2018

Tickets from 568

Dammam

15.01.2019

22.01.2019

Tickets from 582

Abha

15.11.2018

21.11.2018

Tickets from 603

Montreal

16.11.2018

29.11.2018

Tickets from 604

Novosibirsk

02.01.2019

12.01.2019

Tickets from 605

BAK

22.11.2018

29.11.2018

Tickets from 606

Almaty

07.01.2019

17.01.2019

Tickets from 620

Mineralnye Vody

28.12.2018

05.01.2019

Tickets from 649

Zaporozhye

26.12.2018

29.12.2018

Tickets from 660

Washington

12.12.2018

22.12.2018

Tickets from 701

Seoul

03.06.2019

09.06.2019

Tickets from 705

New York

28.10.2018

03.11.2018

Tickets from 711

Omsk

28.10.2018

04.11.2018

Tickets from 729

São Paulo

02.05.2019

11.05.2019

Tickets from 747

Pittsburgh

28.10.2018

04.11.2018

Tickets from 804

Houston

16.03.2019

24.03.2019

Tickets from 840

Austin

16.03.2019

24.03.2019

Tickets from 860

Simferopol

28.12.2018

03.01.2019

Tickets from 866

Abakan

13.11.2018

15.11.2018

Tickets from 884

San Jose

23.05.2019

02.06.2019

Tickets from 1 194

Toronto

28.12.2018

05.01.2019

Tickets from 1 213

Phoenix

27.04.2019

12.05.2019

Tickets from 1 217

Astana

03.07.2019

03.07.2019

Tickets from 2 138

Kharkiv

01.11.2018

06.11.2018

Tickets from 2 414

Bratislava

09.03.2019

16.03.2019

Tickets from 3 392

Hotels in Marrakech: 4 stars

Hotel Stars Discount Price per night, from Choose dates

Riad Alaka

★★★★

-17%

9377

View Hotel

Origin Hotels Riad Alegria

★★★★

-24%

8161

View Hotel

Riad Sable Chaud

★★★★

-22%

9071

View Hotel

2Ciels Boutique Hotel

★★★★

-19%

158128

View Hotel

Riad Meriem

★★★★

-12%

8675

View Hotel

Riad Lapis-lazuli

★★★★

-19%

5746

View Hotel


Cart

Multi Currency

Search…

Product categories