Marrakesh, Morocco: A Travel Guide To The Bustling City Of Marrakesh
The bustling city of Marrakesh is located in the center of Morocco. With its vibrant colors, buzzing atmosphere, mix of tradition and modernity, and aromatic smells, it’s a city like no other: Marrakesh truly stimulates all your senses at once. But besides that, it’s also the gateway to the beautiful High Atlas region and the Sahara Desert. In this video, we will highlight the best things to do in and around this UNESCO World Heritage City. This diverse mix of activities will give you a better understanding of the culture and history of the Marrakesh old town while also providing a taste of the unique beauty outside the city. To have the best experience, we recommend combining these things in a 3 to 4 day visit. In this article we will talk about the most important things to know, where to stay, where to eat and drink, and the 10 best things to do in Marrakesh.
Check out our video on Marrakesh to see the best things to do through our camera!
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Important Things To Know
Best time to travel to Marrakesh
The best time to visit Marrakesh is from March to May and from September to November. In these periods you will have great weather without being too hot. You will also have fewer tourists. We visited Marrakesh around mid-November and had the perfect weather to explore the city.
Cost and currency
Marrakesh is affordable compared to popular vacation destinations in Europe, but it is one of the most expensive places in Morocco. If you travel with a tight budget, you will definitely have a good time in Marrakesh, but you will need to watch out for the places to eat since they can range from very cheap to very expensive. In Morocco, they use the Moroccan Dirham, so if you plan on going, keep an eye on the exchange rates to save more money.
Safety in Marrakesh
Marrakesh is generally safe, especially for tourists. Just make sure that you stay as close to the center as possible and don't go in the outskirts of the city. We walked by ourselves at night and had no problems. Though always protect your belongings, especially at the Jemaa El-Fna square which can get extremely busy during the evening! There could be some pickpockets. Finally, be aware that strangers (usually merchants) will talk to you everywhere you go in the medina. In 99% of the cases, they want you to buy something. This can be a little bit annoying at times, but can be avoided by simply ignoring them or saying "thank you" ("merci" in French or "shukran" in Arabic).
Where To Stay In Marrakesh
Riad Basma: this was the riad we stayed at. The location and facilities were great, though we found the beds to be a little hard.
Dar Charkia: a beautiful place with an amazing location
Palais Dar Donab: this stunning hotel will make you feel as if you're in the middle of nature while being in the center of Marrakesh
Where To Eat And Drink
Chez brahim: great authentic Moroccan cuisine. Try the tagine with figs and nuts and the Berber couscous here.
La cantine des gazelles: cheap and amazing food, reserve a table because it gets very busy (we couldn't get one for two days...)
Café des épices: nice rooftop for watching the sunset
Mazel café: touristic but good for lunch, we had pita there and it was awesome
Le grand balcon du café glacier: has the best view of Jemaa el fna and the Koutoubia mosque
Best Things To Do In Marrakesh
There are so many things to do in this bustling city that not everything could make our list. There are a few things to do in Marrakesh we won't mention but are certainly worth it if you have the time:
Medersa Ben Youssef
Horse or Camel Ride in the Palmeraie
Dar Si Said Museum of Moroccan Arts and Crafts