Morocco’s exotic city, Marrakesh is one of the most fascinating, vibrant and cultural places to visit in the world. Just a three hour flight away, Marrakesh is a bustling city surrounded by natural beauty.
Old architecture, busy souks, and rejuvenating hammams make up the fabric of the city and just outside of its borders lies the Sahara Desert and the stunning Atlas Mountains. With so much to see and do, three nights in the city will never be enough, however if you are short for time we have put together the top things to do if your time is limited.
El Badi Palace
Originally built for the sultan Ahmed al-Mansour, the stunning El Badi Palace was once lined with gold, turquoise and crystal. The remains of this once oppulent 16th Century palace still hold a magnificent central court, beautiful summer pavilions and gardens and creepy but fascinating dungeons.
Visit the Koutoubia Mosque
One of the city’s most iconic landmarks, this imposing mosque with its spire of four copper globes and 77-metre high minaret is the largest mosque in Marrakesh. It’s an active place of worship so only Muslim’s can go inside, but it is well worth a visit for its beautiful architecture.
Marrakesh Camel Ride
It may seem clique, but you can’t go to Morocco without experiencing a camel ride, there are loads of trips out of Marrakesh which vary in length. If you are short of time, we would recommend a two hour trek in the palm groves of Marrakesh.
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Looking for a restaurant with a bit of culture? Visit Cafe clock for a camel burger and if you’re lucky you’ll find a hikayat (traditional storytelling) workshop in progress – If not, just relax in the courtyard or on the roof terrace with a glass in hand and take in the view.
Café Clock (Contact: 00 212 655 210 172; mains £2.50-6.50; cafeclock.com)
Yves Saint Laurent gifted the Jardin Majorelle to the city that adopted him in 1966. Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé bought the electric-blue villa and its garden to preserve the vision of its original owner, landscape painter Jacques Majorelle, and keep it open to the public.
The Garden is now a popular tourist attraction so its no wonder that it’s one of the most photographed attractions in Marrakesh.
Medina of Marrakesh
One of the most famous sites in Marrakesh, the Medina is the hub of the city and its image is used on travel sites across the world. In the middle of the medina is Djemaa El Fna, the main square of Marrakesh, a plethora of activity from dawn until late in the evening.
A feast for the senses, as you move through the square you are hit with snake charmers, monkeys, acrobats and dancers, henna painters and food you have never seen or tasted before.
You’ll see locals selling anything and everything from rugs and clothing to spices and herbs, stalls selling some traditional Moroccan dishes, like camel spleen, sheep’s head and liver sandwiches.
The Royal Palace of Marrakesh
The Royal Palace is one of the most famous palaces in the world with a complex and rich history dating back to the 12th century. Unfortunately visitors cannot enter the palace complex itself, however it’s located near to El Badi Palace making it a quick and easy stop for culture vultures looking to view it’s high walls, manicured trees, and huge wooden doors that protectively surround the palace.