Known for its fabulous palaces, luxurious palm groves and bustling souks, Marrakech is an imperial city not to be missed when in Morocco.

Most historical sights in and around the medina can be reached on foot, although traffic can be quite daunting with motorcycles, petit taxis, bicycles and even donkey carriages can hold you back a bit. But take it in stride and you’ll experience a part of Marrakech you won’t get from a guide book!

If you only have 1-2 days in this vibrant colorful city, we recommend not to miss these key sights within the ramparts of Marrakech encircling the medina:

  • Historical buildings: Palais el-Badi, Palais Bahia and the Saadian tombs
  • Mosques/religious buildings: Koutoubia Mosque, Ben Youssef Medersa
  • Historic quarters: Place Jemaa el-Fna, Mellah (Jewish quarters) and the Souks (time to get lost and explore the narrow streets of numerous variety of Moroccan goods!)

What you need: comfortable shoes, a good map (ask your Riad/Hotel), appropriate clothing for the weather and make sure to keep hydrated throughout the day (bottled water is recommended).

Further afield: take a day trip from Marrakech to Ourika Valley, Cascade d’Ouzoud and Imlil.

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