Things to do in Marrakech

10 Things To Do In Marrakech (The Touristy Must-Do’s)

One of the most vibrant cities to visit, with an energy all of its own, there should be a place reserved on everyones to-do list for Marrakech. There’s no shortage of things to do in Marrakech either, so let’s take a closer look at what you can expect for your visit.

10 Things To Do In Marrakech (The Touristy Must-Do’s)

One of the most vibrant and fun cities to visit, there are no shortage of things to do in Marrakech. Here is a helpful guide to get you started.

Explore The Souks

Exploring the Souks was one of my favorite things to do in Marrakech. As you walk through the Souk area you are met with stall after stall filled to the brim with goodies to buy! It’s a great place for shopping and you’ll certainly be able to find some unique souvenirs here. Some of the most popular items to buy are sandals, kaftans, rugs and of course the spices.

Haggling is very common so you will most likely be able to strike a bargain while you’re shopping (just remember to haggle respectfully and not be a douchebag tourist).

Travel tip: You’ll be operating mostly in cash during your visit. You can get cash out at ATMs in the airport after you go through customs and if you need more, there are secure ATMs in the main square. 

Stay In A Riad

This was the extraordinary travel experience of my visit and between my review of Riad Star and videos on my YouTube channel, I’ve already babbled on about how one of the must do things to do in Marrakech is staying in a riad. Simply put, it’s heavenly! I truly felt like a princess staying in a palace and the warm, friendly service made it feel like home.

Location was really important and staying in the heart of the Medina was very convenient to me, especially as a solo female traveler. I didn’t have to deal with taxis or have any hassles getting around because I could walk around easily.

Travel tip: I don’t have enough good things to say about my time at Riad Star – for a closer look at it, check out my full review here

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Breakfast at Riad Star

Get A Henna Tattoo

One of the fun things to do in Marrakech is to get a henna tattoo and there are plenty of places where you can get one. Even as you walk in the main square the henna ladies might grab your hand and start to draw one on you as you walk – make sure to clearly say no and continue walking.

If you want an authentic one, try the Henna Cafe where you can get a simple design done for between 50-100 Dirhams. Not only can you get an authentic henna tattoo but you can get some drinks and snacks all the while also giving back to the local communities at this not for profit establishment.

Travel tip: Make sure you get it at the end of your stay so you don’t accidentally stain the sheets where you’re staying. 

Try The Tagine

Tagine is a traditional Moroccan slow cooked rich stew type of dish cooked in a special clay pot, also called a tagine. The pot consists of a bowl and cone shaped lid which allows steam to form during the cooking process then fall back into the dish as condensation. In this way, less water is needed to cook with making it perfect for dry climates.

The slow cooking means the meat is full of flavor and melts in your mouth! Beef, chicken, lamb or vegetables can be served so there is something for everyone and a tagine can be ordered at most restaurants.

Things to do in Marrakech

Dinner on the rooftop – complete with Tagine, at Riad Star

Travel tip: If you’re in the Medina, try a dinner on the rooftop at Le Foundouk where you can get a nice tagine under the stars!

Experience A Hammam

I experienced my first ever hammam while visiting Marrakech and I can’t even describe how smooth and silky my skin felt afterwards. A hammam is where you go into a steam room and a lady basically washes you, exfoliates your skin with a scrub, applies a mask and then oils you afterwards. It’s like a deep clean for your skin and a great treatment to get especially after the days out exploring in the sun and dirt!

I got one at Riad Star where I was staying and it was convenient to have it right upstairs & even better to laze on the roof with some fresh mint tea in between my Hammam and massage.

Travel tip: I added on a massage afterwards which really added to the whole relaxation experience!

Get A Fresh OJ

Did you know that Morocco exports citrus fruits and it’s famous for it’s high quality orange juice? In the Jemaa El Fna main square there are lines of stalls out in the middle which will sell you a fresh squeezed juice for a couple of bucks and it puts any other orange juice you’ve had to shame. It’s pure oranges and so fresh and tasty!

You’ll get a glass of this fresh, liquidy pick-me-up to start your day with breakfast at the Riad and while you’re out and about it’s also a perfect afternoon treat.

Travel tip: It’s common for the juices to be served in a glass at the stalls so if you don’t want to stand there to drink it, ask for a take-away plastic cup or bring your own water bottle. 

Things to do in Marrakech

Go On A Day Trip

While you’re visiting Marrakech, make sure to allow some time for a day trip to get out of the city. I booked a day tour through I Go Morocco and chose to visit the Ouzoud Waterfalls which was such a fun day! I was picked up from my riad in the morning and whisked away to the Atlas Mountains where we hiked to the gushing waterfalls. There are a lot of day tours on offer from Ourika Valley, to Essaouira (I’ve heard that’s a must do) but no matter what, be sure to plan a little tour outside of Marrakech.

Travel tip: If you do the Ouzoud Waterfalls tour, make sure to wear comfortable shoes for walking on dirt trails and bring some water because you’ll need it! 

Drink Endless Amounts Of Mint Tea

You just have to try the famous Moroccan mint tea while you are visiting, and once you do, you’ll probably get hooked because it’s so damn good! I wouldn’t usually go for a hot drink on hot days but the freshness of the mint made it such a refreshing treat for the end of the day exploring.

You can even buy your own mint tea at the Souks to try and recreate when you get back home – I tried to make it at home but it wasn’t quite as good – there’s just something special about the mint tea in Morocco.

Travel tip: Part of your stay at Riad Star includes unlimited mint tea, made fresh upon request! 

Things to do in Marrakech

See The Sights

Get your tourist hat on and your camera ready because there’s a lot to see! The oldest building in Marrakech – the Almoravid Kouba, can be seen in the museum district as well as art and cultural artifacts at Musee de Marrakech and the historic Ben Yussef Maddarassa.

Don’t forget a visit to the popular Saadian Tombs and Jardin Majorelle gardens. There’s certainly no shortage of things to see and do during your stay.

Travel tip: Ask for tips where you are staying for the best way to put together your sightseeing days. Often times you can get the most helpful advice that way.

Things to do in Marrakech

Get Lost!

All of the narrow alleyways give the Medina a maze like feel, which is cool, but you’re likely to get lost at some point, and to be honest, it’s kind of half the fun. You’ll also find that people will offer you directions as you are walking around but you won’t get the directions for free though so best not to engage. I found that just saying ‘no thank you’, ‘no mercy’ or ‘no shukran’ was enough to get them to move on.

Finding markers to get your bearings will help you a lot. As you walk, keep an eye out for things you can recognize to help you find your way back. If you get overwhelmed easily you could also book a tour guide for the first day to walk you around.

Travel tip: As a guest at Riad Star you can use their app which features an offline map that is perfect for navigating the Medina (Google Maps doesn’t recognize all of the alleyways).

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Other Info

How long do you need for a visit?

I stayed for 3 nights and felt that I needed 1-2 more to get through it all with a day trip as well. I could’ve easily spent one day at the Souks, walking around the Medina then relaxing in the pool at the riad in the evening, one day on a day trip, one day seeing the main sights and museums and maybe one day spare for more of the local sights and a camel ride.

When is the best time to visit?

April – May and September – December will have you visiting when the climates are milder and there will be less crowds.

Is it safe to travel solo?

Short answer, yes. Comfortability during travel, especially solo travel is so subjective though. You can have a great time as a solo traveler in Marrakech but you also need to be smart about keeping yourself safe. Take a look at my collection of tips to help you keep safe during your visit in this post.

Check out my video (and first ever vlog) to prepare for your trip with the things you need to know before you visit Marrakech.

8 Comments

  • Ania October 7, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Everything on your Marrakech bucket list sounds like an amazing experience! I would definitely love to try it all! (And your post has really convinced me to go!)

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    • Katie Mac October 9, 2017 at 10:37 am

      I hope you get to visit Ania and experience all this and more!

      Reply
  • Jackie October 8, 2017 at 1:00 am

    I absolutely loooooved Morocco but unfortunately only had one day in Marrakech! This post has me wanting to go back so badly!! I can’t wait to go back – especially now with your tips!!

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    • Katie Mac October 9, 2017 at 10:38 am

      I feel ya Jackie! Every time I look through my photos I want to go back! 😀

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  • My Travel Tricks October 8, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Such a good post!! I went to Marrakech in March and loved it so much! I had no idea what to do when I went there so would have loved to read your blog before already! Great tips!

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    • Katie Mac October 9, 2017 at 10:42 am

      Thanks so much for checking it out 🙂

      Reply
  • Carmelatte October 8, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    We are planning to go to Marrakesh for the New Year’s Eve <3

    Carmelatte

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    • Katie Mac October 9, 2017 at 10:38 am

      Yay, how exciting! Have a great time!

      Reply

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