7 Great Reasons to Visit Marrakech | Morocco


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7 Reasons to Visit in Marrakech, Morocco

If it’s your first time in Morocco you’ll also find these Morocco travel tips very helpful.

Reasons to Visit Marrakech

Marrakech is one of the most visited Moroccan cities and definitely one that will offer you authentic and unforgettable experiences. Also called ‘’The red Marrakech’’ because of the colour of its walls, most visitors fall in love with the city. In other words, if you can travel to only one Moroccan place, I highly recommend putting a visit to Marrakech high on your list. The city is gorgeous, charming and condenses all the interesting things you can do and see in Morocco. 

Here are 7 reasons to visit Marrakech – the city that has stolen the heart of many and should be included on every Morocco itinerary.

1. Shop in Jamaa El Fna Market

Jamaa el Fna Market in Marrakech, Morocco

While Jamaa El Fna is open all day long, the best time to be there is just before sunset, when snake enchanters, acrobats, storytellers and musicians start gathering and getting ready for their show. It’s hard to describe the ambience in this animated market, as it’s something I haven’t found anywhere else. All I can say is that it is cosy, enchanting and that you will feel so far away from your everyday troubles, similar to as if you were in a ‘’1001 nights’’ story.

If you start feeling hungry, follow the delicious food smell and head to the place where you see smoke coming up. There you will find dozens of street food vendors with one of the most delicious Moroccan food. Which brings me nicely to my second reason to visit Marrakech.

2. Sample Delicious Food

Vegetable Cous Cous in Marrakech, Morocco

Jamaa El Fna market is one of the places in Marrakech where food is extremely delicious and very affordable. I have rarely been deceived. As there are many Moroccan recipes that are worth the try, make sure you learn beforehand about Moroccan cuisine and dishes. What better way to do this than by taking a Clock Kitchen’s cooking class.

When you are in Marrakech, don’t forget to try the ‘Tangia’, a super tender meat tagine that melts in the mouth and which is the local culinary speciality. If you are a vegan, ask for the ‘couscous with seven vegetables’, the vegan tagines and try the different Moroccan salads, all super yummy. 

3. Explore The Medina

medina-marrakech-morocco

4. Discover the History

Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech, Morocco

For a romantic and historical walk, there is the ‘Menara’ and its gorgeous botanical garden. There is also the Koutoubia, Marrakech biggest mosque built by the Almohads, where locals gather in their evenings to chat, meet friends and relax.

5. Take a Moroccan Desert Tour

Moroccan Desert

The thing to keep in mind is that you should never explore the desert alone. In fact, the risk of getting lost is pretty real.

6. Party in Modern Nightclubs

Dar Anaka Rooftop in Marrakech

Head to ‘Le Salama’ restaurant and lounge located in Jamaa El Fna if you like trendy places and dreamy Moroccan decors mixed with a jazzy feel. Another favourite place is ‘Dar Anaka’, a perfect place to have your drinks and chill while watching the sunset from the rooftop. As the night goes by, the ambience gets more hearty with gorgeous belly dancers and live traditional Moroccan music.

7. Stay in an Authentic Riad 

Riad Interior in Marrkech, Morocco

Authentic riads are small and cosy, some luxurious, and are mostly located downtown. If you don’t find any riad available, don’t worry, there are more and more hotels that replicate the riad-style, so you can get the same fancy and authentic experience. If you make your reservations a little early, you should be able to get good deals.

Other Activities in Marrakech 

These are just some of the reasons to visit Marrakech and the surrounding area. Get Your Guide also has lots of activities you could consider booking.

 

When to Visit Marrakech

I always recommend visiting Marrakech and the desert either in spring or fall. It doesn’t mean you can’t visit during winter or summer, it’s just that during these seasons, you might not be able to enjoy all the experiences.

I visited Marrakech many times during the summer. While I couldn’t go outside during the day for long walks because of the hot temperatures, I usually waited for the sunset, when locals start leaving their houses. The streets get animated and joyful, the air becomes fresher and the reddish sunset adds to the charm of the moment.

Safa from Moroccan Zest

Safa is a travel lover who has lived in many places around the world and enjoys sharing her country of birth culture and inspiration. Visit Moroccan Zest to get her mama’s delicious Moroccan dishes or to find great tips on planning an unforgettable and affordable trip to Morocco.

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9 thoughts on “7 Great Reasons to Visit Marrakech | Morocco

  1. Lana

    Marrakesh is a top destination worldwide. The city is unique and it is scarce to find cities where the past and the present meet. Marrakesh and Fez are the two cities that I liked in Morocco/

  2. Mimoun

    Marrakech is one of the best attractions in Morocco. No one can travel to Morocco without spending a day or two in Marrakech. Some prefer to stay there forever. It is a city where the past and the fulture meet.

  3. brahim ait el caid

    Here is some information about Essaouira,
    A one day on your pace will be for sure wonderful since there is no way to get bored. Due to the plenty of activities, you will be able to enjoy amazingly as Essaouira is well renowned for its kite surfing and windsurfing, with the powerful trade wind. Horse riding, camel riding along the beach, quad biking are activities that one can enjoy while staying in Essaouira. It is known by the delicious seafood too.
    In Essaouira, several small art galleries are found all over the town. Since 1998 Essaouira is getting known by its Gnaoua Festival of World Music, normally it is scheduled in the last week of June. It brings artists from all over the world. Although focused on Gnaoua music, it includes rock, jazz, and reggae. In early 1952 the film director and actor Orson Welles made his movie Othello. Now there is a square named Orson Welles.
    Along the half way between Essaouira and Marrakesh, you will see enormous Argan tree on both sides of the road. These Argan trees are frequently climbed by goats. Argan oil is produced by several women’s cooperatives and it is used to prepare couscous, salads. Moreover, it was traditionally used as a treatment for skin diseases before being founded as good enough for cosmetics by Europeans manufacturers. Still stop by one of these cooperatives is worthy to see how Berber women squeezed the Argan fruits between hands to extract this precious oil.

  4. orangewayfarer

    beautifully written post. I was in Egypt a few days back and it looks similar to a certain extent 🙂 I will just wanna add, visit in December and no other time! it gets painfully hot!!!
    (I am saying this even after staying in tripical India!)

    1. TanyaKorteling Post author

      Thanks – althouh credit must go to Safa who wrote it. I loved Egypt – in fact I went there for my hen-do with friends before I got married 🙂

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