Marrakesh, also known as the "Red City", is a destination that has captivated visitors for centuries. It is a former imperial city located in the west of Morocco and stands out as an economic stronghold where mosques, palaces and gardens abound. If you are going on a trip to Marrakesh, in this article we show you the places that can’t be missed, both in this city and in the surrounding area.
Traveling to Marrakesh: the essential stops
Full of charm and mystery, this city is a fusion between the past, full of history, and the present, marked by the inevitable modernity. Here you will find a number of architectural gems and places to enjoy the local gastronomy, which are an excellent example of the culture. At the same time, in addition to having witnessed several civilizations, the city continues to grow and today also offers more modern spaces for tourism.
On your trip to Marrakesh, we suggest you visit all these must-see points of interest. But you should also take the opportunity to visit other nearby towns. What better way to do so than to choose a rental car in Morocco which will give you all the freedom you need to make the most of the time of your stay. You can find one in Marrakesh.
The Medina of Marrakesh
Start your trip in the heart of the city: the Medina of Marrakesh. It is a labyrinth of narrow streets that will take you through bazaars full of local products, such as the characteristic colorful spices, handicrafts and textiles; palaces that will take your breath away, and mosques with a high historical significance that will immerse you in Moroccan culture in a way you will never forget.
Here there are multiple stops that will take some time. For example, in addition to the aforementioned souks, you have the Koutoubia Mosque, whose iconic minaret is the landmark in the Medina and one of the most important religious sites in the city.
The Bahia Palace
A short distance from the Medina, you will find the Bahia Palace, a 19th century palace that stands out as a real architectural treasure, and you will be left beyond doubt when you see it for yourself! The elaborate mosaics, charming courtyards and Islamic architecture are simply stunning.
If you want your visit to be filled with green areas, visit the Majorelle Gardens. Designed by the artist Jacques Majorelle and restored by Yves Saint Laurent, these botanical gardens are an oasis of peace in the middle of the city. The characteristic Majorelle blue and exotic plants offer a serene experience that contrasts with the hustle and bustle of the Medina.
The Saadian Tombs
The Saadian Tombs are a historical site that you should not miss on your trip to Marrakesh. These tombs date back to the 16th century and are an exceptional example of Islamic architecture of the time. There you can enter the mausoleums and admire the decoration surrounding the Saadids, a dynasty of Arab origin that ruled Morocco between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Jemaa el-Fna Square
After your day of new experiences, it's time to get to know the city at night. The best place for this is the vibrant Jemaa el-Fna square. It is considered the epicenter of Marrakesh's social life and is full of food stalls, street musicians and street vendors. It is the ideal place to taste the delicious Moroccan food and experience the nightlife.
Known as the "Pearl of the Atlantic", Essaouira is a coastal city located about 2.5 hours from Marrakesh. For the beauty of its historic walls, cobblestone streets and Medina, it has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. For this reason, it is one of the stops we suggest you make in a road trip through Morocco from Marrakesh.
The Agafay Desert
Less than an hour from Marrakesh, this desert offers an experience similar to the Sahara desert with its vast dune plains and arid terrain. In addition, activities such as camel rides, Berber lunches and starry nights are organized here.
This is the largest city in Morocco and is on the shores of the Atlantic. With its modern architecture, traditional mosques and iconic lighthouse, El Hank, this city offers a blend of tradition and modernity, reflected in its bustling markets and nightlife.
Now you know the best places to visit on your trip to Marrakesh, rent your car in our store in Marrakesh Airport store and start enjoying the adventure!