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Colourful tiles at Ben Youssef Madrasa in Marrakech | © Louisa Thomson / Flickr
Colourful tiles at Ben Youssef Madrasa in Marrakech | © Louisa Thomson / Flickr

20 Unmissable Attractions in Marrakech

Picture of Sarah Williams
Updated: 26 May 2017
One of Morocco’s most magnetic tourist destinations, Marrakech is brimming with beautiful sights and fantastic attractions. Here are some of the best.

Medina

Lose yourself in the labyrinth-like streets of the historic medina and see how Marrakshi locals have lived for many years. The ancient citadel is surrounded by tall sand-coloured walls.

Bab Agnaou Gate

While not the main entrance into the medina, the large monumental gateway of Bab Agnaou is certainly one of the most splendid gates in the old citadel’s imposing walls.

Djemaa el-Fna

The heart and soul of Marrakech’s medina, no visit to the Red City is complete without experiencing the carnival-like ambience of Djemaa el-Fna.

Souks

Colourful, crowded, loud and aromatic, Marrakech’s souks can be a fascinating assault on the senses. They’re also the perfect place to practice your haggling skills and pick up local souvenirs.

Koutoubia Mosque

Admire the towering minaret, wander through the leafy gardens and see the old wash room of the famous Koutoubia Mosque. The melodic call to prayer is issued from the mosque five times every day.

Bahia Palace

Bahia Palace oozes a timeless elegance. Admire the high-quality materials and precise craftsmanship as you explore the magnificent palace.

today i went to a palace on the opposite side of earth from where i live and watched children play.

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Badi Palace

The now-ruined Badi Palace was once one of the city’s grandest buildings. Although now stripped of its splendour, the complex is still enchanting and atmospheric.

Saadian Tombs

The Saadian Tombs was a royal burial complex that was sealed and forgotten for many years. The decadent mausoleums are surrounded by tomb-filled gardens.

Dar Si Said

A palace-turned-museum, Dar Si Said has been fully renovated to revel in splendour. Visitors cannot help but be impressed by the detailed craftsmanship.

Marrakech Museum

The Marrakech Museum is also housed within a beautiful former palace. Wooden carvings, ornamental plaster, colourful tiles, fountains and a large chandelier add to the aesthetic appeal.

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Ben Youssef Madrasa

Ben Youssef Madrasa was previously one of the largest and most attractive Islamic schools in North Africa. It’s easy to imagine ardent students hard at work as you wander from room to room.

Mellah

Mellah is the old Jewish Quarter of Marrakech. Miara Jewish Cemetery serves as a reminder of the large number of Jews who once called the nation home. It is the biggest Jewish cemetery in the country. There’s also a synagogue in the area.

Majorelle Gardens

The tranquil Majorelle Gardens has an array of plants from various parts of the world. The attraction also has ornate fountains, a monument in honour of Yves St Laurent and a museum dedicated to Berber culture.

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Agdal Gardens

Within the confines of Marrakech’s Royal Palace, the lush Agdal Gardens combine nature, heritage, design and agriculture. The landscaped gardens were created with precision, featuring several pools. Olives, oranges, lemons, figs, apricots and pomegranates are among the trees grown in the gardens.

Menara Gardens

Other historic gardens in Marrakech are the Menara Gardens. It is a terrific place to admire the views of the Atlas Mountains in the distance. A large pool provides the necessary irrigation for the surrounding olive trees.

Palmeraie

A historic oasis with thousands of date palms, the area of Palmeraie is also known for its high-end resorts, golf club and adventure activities such as riding camels and ATVs.

Tanneries

Watch the traditional methods of treating and dying leather at Marrakech’s tanneries. Do be warned, though, that the smell can be rather overpowering.

Marrakech Railway Station

Marrakech’s Railway Station is located in the colonial-era part of the city, Gueliz. The station may be fairly new (built within the last decade), but the combination of traditional elements with contemporary designs makes it well worth seeing.

Despite looking like a place of worship, this is actually a train station.

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Oasiria

After all the sun, shopping and sightseeing in Marrakech, how about a day of fun and cooling down at a water park? Oasiria is perfect for people of all ages, with eight different pools, slides and chutes in varying sizes, large gardens, and evening entertainment.

Fantasia Show

Held at Chez Ali, Fantasia is a popular dinner show. Tuck into traditional Moroccan cuisine and be spellbound by the dancing, singing, music, horse riding, acrobatics and fireworks.

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