Should You Visit Marrakech?

Are you thinking about visiting Marrakech, Morocco? Here's what you need to know before planning your trip.


Is Marrakech worth visiting?

Yes, it's worth visiting this city for three to seven days because of the many great activities. During our first trip to Marrakech in the winter of 2009, we fell in love with its incredible medina and the vibrant energy of Jemaa el-Fnaa, particularly at night. We've come back several times since then to experience it even more. For many, Marrakesh is a highlight of a trip to Morocco. The city is filled with energy and the medina offers a fascinating glimpse into the country's culture. There are ancient landmarks to explore, as well as cooking classes and camel treks that visitors can experience.

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Reasons to Visit Marrakech

Historical Sights
The historic medina is filled with spices, antiques, art, and pottery. The culture and experience of wandering the medina will have you feeling like you stepped back in time.

Shopping
Shop your way through the street stalls and sample perfumes, spices, produce, and more. You'll find everything from souvenir trinkets to local items and authentic antiques.

Museums
While wandering the medina is an attraction in and of itself, there are also several sights that you should specifically check out. The iconic Djemaa el-Fnaa, or the city's main square, is best visited as the sun goes down. Other notable landmarks include Koutoubia Mosque, Majorelle Gardens, and Medersa Ben Youssef.

Food
Moroccan food is amazing and you'll enjoy grilled meats, tagines, couscous, and more. The city is more touristy than some parts of Morocco so you'll find the quality of the food can vary a bit, but it's still a culinary delight. Marrakesh is also a great city for taking a cooking class.

Nightlife
Although alcohol is hard to come by, you'll find it in most western style restaurants and high end hotel chains. The city has more bars and nightclubs than you'd expect. There's also a great nighttime energy with many locals heading outside in the evening. Jemaa el-Fnaa, the main square, comes to life with street vendors, performers, and people during the nighttime hours.

The Costs
Depending on your budget, schedule, and travel style, Marrakech might be a very affordable destination for you. Check out the travel costs for Marrakech here or see if Marrakech is expensive here.




Things to Consider Before Visiting Marrakech

Lots of Tourists
Marrakech sees a high number of visitors every year, which means you might have to wait in line and deal with large crowds during your visit.

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What is Marrakech most famous for?

Marrakech is most famous for its colorful medina, festive night market, and beautiful palaces. People visit this impressive city for its great historical sights and shopping. Also, it's known for museums and food. Many people love the nightlife, too. It is often described as ancient, cultural, high-energy, and fascinating.

What is the most famous sight in Marrakech?

The most popular sight in Marrakech is Jemaa el-Fnaa Square. You can see prices and costs for this and other sights in Marrakech on our travel costs page.

Or, see tickets, activities, and tours for Jemaa el-Fnaa Square and other attractions here.

How touristy is Marrakech? Is it a popular city to visit?

Marrakech is a very touristy city that attracts travelers from around the globe. Here are some of the most popular activities and tours. (Prices in US Dollars)

  • Quad adventure and camel ride in La Palmeraie of Marrakech: $50
  • Marrakech Ballooning Experience/Small & Less crowded balloon Ride: $189
  • Atlas Mountains Ourika valley Day Tour from Marrakech: $68
  • Medina walking tour: $30
  • 4hr Private Marrakech Highlights walking Tour all included: $88
  • walking tour: $66
  • 3 Days Tour from Marrakech to Merzouga Desert: $121
  • Agafay Half Day Rocky Desert Experience – Quad Bike & Camel Ride: $112

How long should I spend in Marrakech?

The ideal length of time for a trip to Marrakech is at least three or as many as seven days. Since Marrakech has a variety of activities such as historical sights and shopping, most people need this much time to see and do everything here.

If you have a specific amount of time for your trip, see our advice about how much time to spend here: Should I spend 1, 2, or 3 days in Marrakech?, Should I spend 3, 4, or 5 days in Marrakech?, and Should I spend 1 or 2 weeks in Marrakech?.