Marrakech is one of the exotic destinations you have to visit at least once in your life. There are numerous places to visit and sights to see there, such as: mosques, madrassas, ancient palaces, souks, markets, museums, palm groves, gardens and more.
Top sights of Marrakech
The attractions of Marrakech, concentrated in Medina, are close to each other but it could be difficult to find them in the intricate and chaotic streets of the Medina. If you only have 3 or 4 days spent, you should devote 2 days to Medina, one on the gardens that are outside the medina and haggle in the souk and other day to a trip to the Ourika Valley.
In Medina, you can visit sites with many contrasts and explosion of colors such as Djemaa el Fna or the souk and architectural gems like the Bahia Palace and the Koutoubia Mosque. You can enjoy exotic architecture and a glimpse of the life of Moroccans in the souks, and outside the Medina you can take a walk on its beautiful gardens.
The Menara Gardens are a real oasis, the absolute place to walk around and take pictures. From there, you can even see the Atlas if the sky is clear.
The Jardin Majorelle, the botanical garden in Marrakech, was designed by Majorelle, a French who was in love with Marrakech. There, you can see many plants species coming from 5 continents and especially hundreds of very beautiful cactus.
The new Marrakech
The new part of Marrakech is architecturally not that good and hasn’t got many beautiful buildings, but has a couple of avenues where you can make purchases outside Souk. That works in your favour, as you can wander around being more calm and without stress, but remember that even there you have to bargain before buying something. The avenues, named Mohamed V and Mohamed VI are interesting to walk around to see the contrast because they are so different from the Medina and its narrow streets.
The Ourika Valley is located within walking distance of Marrakech. It is an ideal walk to complement a visit to the Medina and the new Marrakech since you get to see the rural areas around Marrakech while taking a beautiful walk in the nature, with the possibility of attending markets and enjoying treks between villages and waterfalls.