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Highlights of Marrakech

This is the guide to the most important sites in Marrakech.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 5.5 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Beginning at the historic center, the Jemaa el Fna bazaar, take a walk to the other important destinations in the city. The difficulty... more »

Tips:  Make sure to wear comfortable, lightweight clothing and bring bottled water. Marrakech has a desert-like climate. You can easily walk ... more »

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Points of Interest

Here you'll find Marrakech's famous bazaar, which is both an outdoor market and food court. You'll want to stop here to get a feel for the city as well as to shop and eat. It can be said that this square is the heart of Marrakech.

It's located in the heart of the city's old quarter, the Medina neighborhood. It was founded during the Almoravid... More

The Koutoubia Mosque was built shortly after the Almoravid conquest of the city in 1150. It was completed during the reign of Sultan Yacoub el Mansour, who was in power during the latter half of the 12th century.

The mosque's minaret is the highlight of the mosque, though non-Muslims may not enter it. It's around 70 meters tall and is one of the ... More

The Bahia Palace was built in the late 19th century and was intended to be the greatest palace of its time. "Bahia" means "brilliance". The garden area is about 1.5 acres.

It was intended to be the greatest palace of its time, but the hasty planning and uninspired detail work are evidient.

4. Royal Palace Marrakech

This is one of the residences of the King of Morocco and dates back to the 13th century. Though visitors are not allowed to enter, it's still worth a visit. The surrounding area offers the traveler repose from the hustle and bustle of the city center.

These tombs date back to the late 16th century. The tombs were discovered in 1917 and restored shortly thereafter.

The mausoleum is the final resting place of sixty members of the Saadi Dynasty, as Marrakech was the captial of that former empire. From an architectural standpoint, each of the masoleum's three rooms are worth the visit.

Outside ... More

6. Marrakech Museum

Marrakech Museum in the Dar Menebhi Palace, built at the end of the 19th century by Mehdi Menebhi. The palace was restored by the Omar Benjelloun Foundation and then converted into a museum in 1997. It's home to a wide range of exhibits, with a special focus on Moroccan history.

The museum's large atrium boasts a large, chandelier-like ceiling... More

Jardin Majorelle is a 12-acre botanical garden and landscape garden. It was designed by the expatriate French artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s, when Morocco was a French protectorate.

8. Museum of Islamic Art

On display are Islamic style tapestries, jewelry, pottery, paintings and other art pieces over 1000 years old.

The museum building itself is beautiful. Its bright blue and yellow colored exterior and intricately designed mosaic windows are especially attractive. Photos are not allowed inside the museum.