Africa Travel

Tips for Your First Trip to Marrakech

Marrakech is a radiant city surrounded by medieval history, dressed up in a modern way. It’s a trip for endless adventures and beautiful architecture at every corner, let yourself be enchanted by the unique flavors that Marrakech has to offer. 



Getting Around Marrakech

In Marrakech it is easier to get around by foot or taxi, there are no long distances but during summer the city can become quite hot. Medina is the old town part of Marrakech, with the Souk full of shops and Jemaa el-Fnaa square, which is a marketplace and the center of the whole city.



Where to Stay Marrakech

Marrakech is famous for the beautiful Riads, which take you back to another area of time. While our stay we also stayed in one of these, with an amazing rooftop and beautiful decor. It’s worth to have this experience while your visit.



Where to Eat Marrakech

Get a taste of the local cuisine, and visit one of the many rooftop restaurants which look over Medina or enter a secret world to beautiful palace gardens.

  • La Table Palais

  • Terrasse Des Épices

  • Terrasse des Teinturiers

  • Nomad

  • Zwin’ Zwin’

  • Le Salama



What to See in Marrakech

Rent a taxi for a day to take you around the sights that are outside of Medina. Majorelle Garden and the Yves Saint Laurent Museum are located in the same spot, it will take around 2-3 hours to visit. Also, there is always a long line to get in, but it’s worth the wait. The next stop will be the area where Bahia Palace and El Badi Palace are, it’s just a short walking between the two sights.

  • Jemaa el-Fnaa (Marketplace in center of the city)
  • Le Jardin Secret (Hiden garden in the center of Marrakech, surrounded by an ancient palace)
  • Ben Youssef Madrasa (College founded in the 14th century)
  • The Souk ( Famous Souk of Marrakech, always bargain and just enjoy getting lost a bit)
  • Majorelle Garden (Enchanted garden famous for being owned by Yves Saint Laurent)
  • Yves Saint Laurent Museum (Unique Haute Couture piece of designer Yves Saint Laurent)
  • Bahia Palace ( Most beautiful palace in Marrakech, still under renovation but a must-see attraction)
  • El Badi Palace (This spectacular building was built at the end of the sixteenth century, sadly only the ruins of the palace are still standing, but it gives an idea of how enormous the place was)
  • Saadian Tombs (Resting place of the Saadi dynasty)



Extra Tips for The Trip

  • Respect their culture and wear appropriate clothing. I believe that while traveling it’s the most basic gesture we can do out of respect to the country we are exploring.
  • Bargain at the Souk
  • Arrive at the airport 3 hours before, due to the slow check-in process




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