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Marrakech
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Marrakech which includes performance art as well as a small group of people

The cultural center of Morocco is known for its distinctive red buildings and crowded, atmospheric marketplaces.

The imperial city of Marrakech, considered by many to be the cultural centre of Morocco, is full of history and color, but also has a foot firmly in the modern world.

Marrakech’s old fortified city, or Medina quarter, is the center of local activity and the place where you’ll find a traditional Moroccan experience. Walk through the Djemaa El-Fna, the main square at the entrance to the Medina, and enjoy a fresh orange juice while taking in the daily bustle. You’ll see anything from dentists to snake charmers and henna tattooists. To the west, the Koutoubia Mosque is one of the tallest buildings in the old city and a spectacular sight during the day.

Head north from the Djemaa El-Fna, and you’ll find yourself in the city’s famous souks, or marketplaces. Marrakech has some of the biggest traditional souks in Morocco.

There is also plenty to do in other parts of the city. Visit the Bahia Palace, with its beautiful courtyard gardens, and Ali Ben Youssef Medersa, an old Islamic school famous for its interiors and intricate wall decorations. The Musée de Marrakech next door is also worth a visit, with art collections focusing on Moroccan and Islamic art.

If you’re looking for a more European experience, Marrakech also has a lot to offer. Head to the newer parts of the city for boutiques and restaurants.

At night, the Djemaa El-Fna adopts a different side, with local eateries and stalls set up across the entire square. Spices and smoke fill the square as thousands of locals and tourists come out for dinner. The stalls are government regulated, but it is still a good idea to watch what you are eating. At night, the streets are always lively and the nightlife in Marrakech is arguably the best in the region.

Marrakech lies at the foot of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco. The best time to go is winter, which brings milder temperatures during the day and cool temperatures at night.

Where to stay in Marrakech

Opera Plaza Hotel Marrakech
Opera Plaza Hotel Marrakech
4 out of 5
Angle Avenue Mohammed VI, et Avenue Hassan II, Marrakech
The price is $87 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Located in Hivernage, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Theatre Royal, Harti Garden, and Palais des Congres. Place du 16 November and Menara Gardens ...
4.3/5Excellent! (683 reviews)
Nice hotel with a few flaws
"The hotel is clean, rooms are spacious , food at the poolside restaurant and breakfast was very good. The atmosphere at dinner, looking over the pool with fires lit and pretty lights was amazing. It was too cold for swimming when we were there, but the pool looked very nice. Cons: AC and WiFi didn’t ..."

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

Opera Plaza Hotel Marrakech
Kenzi Club Agdal Medina All Inclusive
Kenzi Club Agdal Medina All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Avenue Mohamed VI Zone de l Agdal, Marrakech
The price is $159 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
This family-friendly Marrakech property is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Avenue Mohamed VI and Agdal Gardens. Oasiria Water Park is 3 ...
4.2/5Very Good! (971 reviews)
Never again with my family
"We went to kenzi with my wife and 2y and half son , to get some rest and especially for my son to change the environment from home to Marrakech . 2 big dispoints : - kids club not suitable and not equiped for kids below 5y old . And only 1 person to look after the kids , and on top of that , they ..."

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2021

Kenzi Club Agdal Medina All Inclusive
Hôtel & Ryads Barrière Le Naoura
Hôtel & Ryads Barrière Le Naoura
5 out of 5
Rue Djebel Alakhdar, Bab Doukkala, Medina, Marrakech
The price is $185 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
Located in Medina, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cyber Parc, Jemaa el-Fnaa, and Le Jardin Secret. Marrakech Plaza and Marrakesh Museum are ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (415 reviews)
"great service"

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2021

Hôtel & Ryads Barrière Le Naoura
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Modern Marrakech Apartment With Wifi,lift, Parking, Air-conditioning and Pool
Modern Marrakech Apartment With Wifi,lift, Parking, Air-conditioning and Pool
Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi
The price is $39 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Located in Hivernage, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Avenue Mohamed VI, Palais des Congres, and Menara Mall. Marrakech Plaza and Menara ...
Modern Marrakech Apartment With Wifi,lift, Parking, Air-conditioning and Pool
Les Ambassadeurs Appart Hotel
Les Ambassadeurs Appart Hotel
4 out of 5
No. 2, Avenue Mohmed V Angle Blvd., Rue Ibn Aicha, Marrakech
The price is $51 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Located in Gueliz, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Avenue Mohamed VI and Carré Eden Shopping Center. Marrakech Plaza and Palais des Congres are ...
4.1/5Very Good! (69 reviews)
"Outdated design and very noisy. Reception did not acknowledge our prepaid reservation saying the don’t work with the online agency (Orbitz). I had to make an extra deposit to be able to check in. Later they corrected themselves. Reception cannot be reached by phone. If you let it ring they pick up ..."

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2019

Les Ambassadeurs Appart Hotel
Dar Holm
Dar Holm
4 out of 5
KM 19,3 Route de Fès, Marrakech
The price is $237 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Located in Medina, this villa is within a 15-minute walk of Boucharouite Museum, Jemaa el-Fnaa, and Marrakesh Museum. Le Jardin Secret and Bahia Palace are also ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Fell in love, must book!!!
"Our stay at Dar Holm Villa was exceptional! Excellent service, communication and accommodations from start to finish. The villa is beautiful, well decorated, clean and spacious for everyone to have private time and then family time. The outside grounds are well kept. Private pool to enjoy for you ..."

Reviewed on May 26, 2021

Dar Holm
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Marrakech

Certain parts of Marrakech, such as the city’s old souks and squares, can only be explored on foot, and this is the best way to get a feel for the city’s intoxicating culture and chaos. Jump in a taxi for longer trips, or take a caleche – a traditional horse-drawn carriage. Cycling’s another popular way to get around, though you should be careful on the busy roads. Local buses are cheap but crowded. Visit the Ministry of Equipment, Transport and Logistics website.Browse Marrakech rental cars.

Best time to visit

Marrakech takes on different flavors throughout the year, which will likely influence when you choose to visit. Summer can be very hot, with the hottest temperatures in the high 90s F (high 30s C) in July and August. Winter is pleasantly mild, but can be chilly in the mornings and evenings. Spring has nice warm weather, and is the time when the city’s famous roses bloom into life, making it a lovely season to visit.

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