7 Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Marrakesh

Jul 22, 2021

You'll find yourself almost on top of them, unable to resist stopping for a more leisurely bite as you watch the bustling bustling souks. The sights of the Maghreb are many, and among them, Marrakesh, Morocco's oldest and most charming city, is at the top of many travelers' lists.

Marrakesh was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986, and is the region's leading tourist center, although it maintains its understated and friendly feel. This Moroccan city is at once lively and enchanting, and a visit to the old town will amaze and delight.

Just 40 km away, and conveniently located just off the highway to the city of Casablanca, is Essaouira. Located on a beautiful coastal white sandy beach where the Atlantic meets the Strait of Gibraltar, Essaouira is the perfect spot to enjoy a peaceful and tranquil holiday. With some of the most spectacular windmills in the world, a lush valley, and a wide selection of hotels and guesthouses, Essaouira is an oasis of tranquility and calm.

And while exploring the coastline, don't miss other attractions, such as Tanger-Med, the largest Moroccan zoo. A number of smaller cities and villages are also worth visiting, like Sidi Bennour and Bidi Mahrid.

As with all areas of Morocco, it is advised that visitors to Marrakesh travel to and from the country in groups.

Plan your trip with our list of the top attractions in Marrakesh.

Saadian Tombs

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Inspired by the palace of the Moroccan ruler Ahmad el-Mansur Ali ibn-Idris al-Mansur, the Saadian Tombs are Morocco's most impressive archaeological treasure. Situated atop a hill in Marrakesh, the ruins date back to the 14th century and their layout and general appearance remain fairly intact. The site includes a grand necropolis that is similar to the Roman necropolis in Syria and is furnished with 18th-century gravestones in the style of Italian churches. Visitors are allowed to visit Saadian Tombs on weekdays but need to pre-arrange their visit with the government, which then sets a date on which the site will be open.

Place des Ferblantiers

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Place des Ferblantiers is a huge square in the heart of the old city in Marrakesh, Morocco. The square was built in 1672, probably at the same time as the city walls that were added in the 1670s. The original purpose of the square was to hold the qibli, a type of wooden well used in the heat. The square was renamed to its current name in 1932. The square was the site of the plague in 1720 and the locust in 1922.

The Hassan II Mosque

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The Hassan II Mosque in the medina of Marrakesh is a large and graceful mosque built to honor the 40th anniversary of Moroccan independence. The main building has soaring, open-sided arcades that overlook a verdant park. Unlike the grand mosque in nearby Agadir, the Marrakesh Hassan II Mosque is relatively modest, with whitewashed walls and a single minaret. As the largest mosque in Morocco, it's quite large, and in the winter, when temperatures can get below freezing, it is one of the warmest places in the country.

Majorelle Garden

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About 4.5 miles from the Djemaa el-Fnaa square in Marrakesh is the Majorelle Garden, a celebrated, fanciful Moroccan horticulture masterpiece. Designed in the 1920s by artist Jacques Majorelle, the gardens are planted with more than 2,000 plant species from Africa, Asia, and the Mediterranean. The main building and most of the outlying pavilions and structures are painted with vivid colors in a style called Marrakech style, and is characterized by a strong, geometric shape and bright hues. A number of photos are exhibited that show Majorelle's efforts over the years to maintain his garden.

Koutoubia Mosque

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Built in the 1100s in Marrakesh, Morocco, Koutoubia Mosque is the largest and best-preserved of its type in the world. Dedicated to Sālim Al-Hārūn, the Moroccan holy man who is known for having spread Islam by the sword, the mosque is on the northern edge of the medina (old city). It is an easy 10-minute walk from the Grand Mosque and is a favorite of tourists and locals alike. Some 60 meters in diameter, the mosque is built of white marble, with a domed roof and a heavy, square mihrab (prayer niche) inside its minaret (minaret). Its doors and windows have beautiful Moorish latticework, arches and beams, and the ceilings inside are covered in a series of Moorish-inspired frescoes.

Essaouira

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Marrakesh, the most famous Moroccan city after Fez, has a rich history dating back to the 9th century AD and it's famed for its brightly-colored kasbahs and elaborate, blue-tiled roofs. A city of gardens and minarets, the atmosphere can be pleasantly relaxed despite the tourist buzz, especially if you travel by local bus from Marrakesh or by private guide who can show you the grand Moroccan desert and Siaghin. Essaouira is located on Morocco's Atlantic Coast. It's a major beach resort, and is a great place to visit. There are a number of things to see here, including shops, cafes and Moroccan markets.

The High Atlas Mountains

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Marrakesh, known as the Venice of the East, is a unique place of Mediterranean luxuries, cool mountain breezes, amazing palm-filled oases, spectacular medieval walled towns and hazy, gold-tinted red-earth villages. With over 15 centuries of history, Marrakesh has seen it all. Its haunting old quarter is filled with charm, cosmopolitan museums, saffron-robed Imams, enchanting palaces, magnificent gardens, the legendary Djemaa El-Fna and wonderful food markets. Marrakesh is truly an Arab treasure, a tangible example of Europe's legacy in Morocco. Understand