We flew to Morocco last autumn. It was the 3rd time I went there. I first discovered Marrakech, at 18, just after my bachelor's degree. Having had a crush on this country, without finally knowing it, I returned a few years later to Fez and Meknes.
Jeff was discovering this country for the first time, and he was not disappointed at all.
I wanted for this 3rd Moroccan experience, spend a night in the Sahara desert from marrakech to witness the sunrise on the dunes. We also wanted to get away from the frenzy of Marrakech by spending a few days in Essaouira, our favorite of this trip.
Marrakeck is the fourth largest city in Morocco (behind Tangiers, Casablanca and Fez). It covers nearly 280km and has almost 1 million inhabitants. Marrakech is divided into two parts: the medina which is the historic city, and the new city whose main districts are Guéliz, Hivernage, Sidi Youssef Ben Ali. Guéliz is the commercial district of the city where are concentrated many shops (H & M, Mango ...).
Many private villas and luxury resorts including the majestic Royal Mansour , are located in the district of Hivernage .
It should be known that Morocco is the 1st tourist destination of Africa and Marrakech is the most visited city in the country, with 4 million visitors in 2015.
If you dream of an exotic destination less than 3 hours from Paris, run in the other city. We propose you here, 10 ideas of visits to make in Marrakech.
You can find our addresses and tips in this article.
The Majorelle Garden is one of the most popular places in Marrakech ,. It is located outside the Medina.
We strongly advise you to visit this place, if only for its varied botanical collection . The garden has several species of cactus, palm, banana and aloe. It also has a bamboo plantation and several pools. The different greens of this vegetation contrast perfectly with the blue called Majorelle blue which dresses the walls of the old house of Yves Saint Laurent. It is a very soothing place where calm and beauty reign.
Rates : 70 Dhs (6,5 €) for the garden and 30 dhs (2,70 €) for the museum
Open from 8h to 18h (farm 1h earlier in medium and low season)
Count 20 to 50 Dirhams (between 2 € and € 4.5) to get there by taxi from Jemaa El Fna Square .
It is best to go there in the morning to avoid the crowds and the heat
"It's great for a selfie moment to make everyone jealous! "
Jemaa El Fna Square
Emblematic place of Marrakech! That of snake charmers, street vendors of traditional dancers and storytellers.
The calm of the morning gives way to a certain frenzy at dusk. Restaurants are there to offer you Moroccan specialties at very reasonable prices.
The place Jemaa El Fna remains a magical, cosmopolitan and popular place where people of all ages mingle. It is at the end of this place that you can also find the entrance to Marrakech Souk!
The Bahia Palace
The Bahia Palace is a large Moroccan mansion dating from the nineteenth century and located in the Mellah district. The Bahia Palace consists of several walled gardens and 150 rooms. The decoration of Moroccan style is quite impressive (marble floors, carved wooden door, faience on the walls, fountain in the gardens).
It is a place where you can stroll in the shade of orange trees.
Rates: € 1
Open daily from 9am to 6pm
El Badi Palace
The El Badi Palace was erected in the 16th century by the ruler Ahmed El Mansour Ed-Dahbi . it was a place where many feasts and solemn audiences were held. Unfortunately, today there is practically nothing left of this splendor of yesteryear. Keep your eyes open, storks are nestled on the ramparts of the Palace.
This is where unfolds the Marrakech laughter organized by Jamel every year since 2011.
Rates : € 1
Open daily from 9am to 5pm
The souks of the Medina
The souks of Marrakech are a maze where it is very easy to get lost! Bring a map or turn on your GPS before entering!
It is a real place of life where you will find stalls of fabric, food, clothing, leather, spices but also many workshops of local craftsmen.
You can go to the tanners neighborhood near the door. If you are sensitive to odors, I do not recommend this place. It is best to be accompanied by a guide to visit this place.
This is also the place where you will do the most alpacated by the sellers who will bring you in their shop. Do not hesitate to refuse nicely, with a smile!
The Saadian Tombs
the Saadian tombs date from the great sultan Ahmed al-Mansur Saadi in the sixteenth century but were discovered in 1917, which makes the place incredibly well preserved . The most prestigious mausoleum is the one that houses the tomb of Sultan son Ahmed El Mansour. The details of the carved wooden ceiling are incredible. All the tombs are marble. The visit is fast because the place is quite small.
Rates : 1 € (80Dhs for the visit)
Open every day from 9am to 18h
The House of Photography
The Maison de la Photographie of Marrakech offers very beautiful silver plates of Morocco through the twentieth century. However, the museum is not very big, which makes the visit quite fast. The museum offers a café on its roof . The place is very nice for a drink to enjoy a splendid view of the Medina .
The ramparts at Caleche
Choose the end of the day to go around the ramparts . It is at this time that the ocher colors of the city will reveal all their splendor. The carriages are concentrated at the entrance to Jemaa El Fna Square.
The mosque of Koutoubia
The Koutoubia is a religious building erected in the twelfth century that stands out for its minaret visible from the medina.
The mosque can not be visited. You can not enter if you are not a Muslim. However you can approach to admire this architectural masterpiece.
Garden of Menara
The Menara Garden is located in the Palm Grove outside the city. Allow 20 minutes to get there by taxi. I was a little disappointed with the garden which did not represent much interest and the pool in front of the pavilion was empty, which made the place a little sad.