Welcome to Marrakesh


Artisan Heritage

Bahia Palace and the Dar Si Said are a riot of tilework and intricate floral painted-wood ceilings, the Saadian Tombs are enriched by an opulent bounty of marble, while the Musée de Mouassine and Musée de Marrakech are a showcase of swirling stucco and carved-wood design. And if you choose to bed down for a night in a riad, you'll be able to sleep amid some of this splendour too. Marrakesh is a city steeped in ancient artistry that continues to thrive, kept alive by the modern craftspeople of the souqs and the contemporary art and design scene of the ville nouvelle.

Faith & Culture

You’ll understand how religion permeates the rhythms of daily life when you hear the sonorous call to prayer echo out from the mosques. As an old imperial capital, Marrakesh is home to some beautiful examples of Islamic architecture, most impressively the Ali Ben Youssef Medersa and the Koutoubia minaret. The city also holds on to a heritage of the other religious communities that once helped it become a vibrant caravan town. Head to the old Jewish district of the mellah to visit the Lazama Synagogue and the Miaâra Jewish cemetery to gain a greater understanding of Marrakesh's cosmopolitan past.

Souq Shopping

Think of the medina's souqs as a shopping mall, but laid out according to a labyrinthine medieval-era plan. Whether you want to spice up your pantry with North African flavours or buy a carpet to add Moroccan-wow to your house, this magpie's nest of treasures is manna for shop-til-you-drop fanatics.The main market streets are Souq Semmarine and Souq El Kebir. If you see something you really like there, fine – but understand prices will be higher. Smaller souqs and souqs dedicated to artisan workshops such as Souq Haddadine (Blacksmith’s Souq), where you can buy direct from the producer, generally have the best deals.

The Medina

Got your map ready? Well, it's probably of little use to you here. Wrapped within the 19 kilometres of powder-pink pisé ramparts, the medina is Marrakesh's show-stopping sight of crowded souqs, where sheep carcasses swing from hooks next door to twinkling lamps, and narrow, doodling ochre-dusted lanes lead to nowhere. The main artery into this mazy muddle is the vast square of Djemaa El Fna, where it's carnival night every night. Stroll between snail vendors, soothsayers, acrobats and conjurers, musicians and slapstick acting troupes to discover the old city's frenetic pulse. The party doesn't end until the lights go out.


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$82.29 Day Trips & Excursions

Atlas Mountains with Takerkoust Lake Option from Marrakech

After morning pickup from your Marrakech hotel or riad, travel with your small group in a comfortable and air conditioned 4x4 vehicle or minivan with an experienced english speaking guide through the majestic Atlas Mountains. Admire towering snow-topped peaks on your 1-hour drive to the first valley Ourika, famous by its waterfalls, this lush valley’s waterfalls are a lovely counterpoint to the surrounding landscape and the guided visit will help you to fully explore this waterfalls with your expert mountain guide, about 1hr 30 min walk for going and coming back (if you aren’t interested by the walk you can have a drink in the small cafes beside the river), you will enjoy different landscapes and get spectacular views, in this valley you will have the opportunity to visit the Berber women extracting the argan oil (the unique Moroccan oil). Continue through the second valley which is Oukaimeden valley (Ski resort), and taking a secluded mountain road standing at 1800 meters above sea level to reach the third valley of this tour which is Sidi Fares, you will pass through traditional Berber villages built from adobe and stones, and to discover the authentic life of Berber people and culture and will arrange a delicious lunch for you (Moroccan salad or soup, Berber tagine, Moroccan couscous, dessert and drinks) in a typical Berber house. Afterward, head toward the fourth valley that is Asni, famous by its fruit trees (Apples, walnut, almonds, peaches...), have your camera ready to take pictures of highest peak in North Africa, the Toubkal mount with 13 665 feet.  At this point, head back to Marrakech or, if you’ve chosen the extended option, continue your journey into the Moroccan countryside for another hour. Travel to Takerkoust Lake, a serene sapphire-blue artificial lake popular with locals, then, pass wheat fields and villages on your way to the Kik Plateau, a distinctive limestone outcropping in the Atlas Mountains that offers wonderful views of the lush valleys below. Return to Marrakech and conclude your thrilling tour through the Atlas mountains with drop-off at your hotel at approximately 5pm.

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Atlas Mountains, Three Valleys Private Tour from Marrakech

This day-long excursion from Marrakech provides the opportunity to encounter Berber village life firsthand as you make your way to the home of a Berber family in the High Atlas mountains, and an opportunity to ride a camel which is included. You will be picked up from your hotel in Marrakech at 9am, in a comfortable air-conditioned 4x4 or minivan. and start your drive out of the city. The first stop will be at a traditional village and an argon oil cooperativeContinue on your climb up into the Atlas mountains with amazing views and an opportunity to ride a camel which is included. After a camel ride you will be driven to Imlil Valley, here you will stop for couple of tea and cake on a terrace then your guide will ask you how you will like to spend the day. There are options for length of walk and a vehicle drive to a higher village in the Atlas or you can trek on foot or ride a mule.Stop for lunch on a terrace high up above Ait Souka Village with a traditional Berber cuisine, salad, tajine, couscous, fruit and drinks. After lunch, continue on a short walk to experience life in a Berber house, meet the family and your guide will explain to you the Berber way of life.Continue to the third valley of Molay Brahim.Afterward, drive to Marrakech. Admire the azure artificial lake framed by snow-capped mountains and pass traditional villages to the Kik Plateau, a limestone mountain plateau with epic views over the verdant valleys below. Your trip then ends with a drop-off at your Marrakesh accommodation.

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Full-Day Trip from Marrakech to Atlas Mountains and The Ancient Ait Ben Haddou

This day trip takes you from Marrakech to Ait Ben Haddou right across the chain of the high Atlas Mountains and over the famous 'Tizi N'Tichka' passes 2,260 meters high, the highest in the whole of Africa. All along the road you can see the Berber villages perched on the side of the mountains, sometimes hardly distinguishable from the mountains themselves. As you reach the far side of the mountains the landscape changes dramatically, becoming semi-arid and desert-like. Here is the Kasbah architecture with turrets on all the buildings, adorned with grilled windows and soft peach colored walls. These traditional houses are made of adobe, highly suitable for the climatic conditions of the south. Following you journey through the beautiful valleys you will arrive to the ancient Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou, which is a UNESCO world Heritage listed site. world renowned as the Moroccan Hollywood because of the famous films which have been shot there, including the “Lawrence of Arabia”, “The Jewel Of The Nile”, “Kingdom of Heaven”, “The Mommy”, “Alexander the Great”, “Babel”, “Gladiator”, “Game of Thrones”... Discovering this amazing fortified village built from adobe, stones, you will enjoy a scenic walk with your professional guide. Watch different views, get spectacular landscapes as far as the eye can see, and admire an incredible contrast between colors. Eating around this breathtaking scenery will be enjoyable as well.

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High Atlas Mountains and 4 Valleys Day Trip from Marrakech

Experience the Berber people's authentic culture and lifestyle along your journey at the Majestic Atlas Mountains. Get the opportunity to visit four various valleys in the company of an experienced, informative, and knowledgeable guide.Start your small group full-day trip with a pickup from your Marrakech accommodation by air-conditioned, comfortable minivan or 4wd vehicle.First, you will enjoy the stunning sceneries on your way to Ourika valley about a 1-hour drive from Marrakech, which was made famous by its waterfalls. Visiting these amazing cascades, you will take a scenic hike with a local professional mountain guide for about 90 minutes round trip. Admire different landscapes and get spectacular views as far as the eye can see, also at this valley you can visit a Berber women's cooperative extracting Argan oil (the unique Moroccan oil).Continue to the second valley called Oukaimeden heading a secluded mountain road route standing at (1800 meters) above sea level. Pass through many traditional locals native areas. Explore Berber villages sizes built from adobe, stones. Watch an incredible contrast between colors like red clay, brown, yellow, blue sky, green forests, white snow... Get the chance to stop anywhere you want during a smooth drive with no rush.Arrive to Ait Fares the third valley, where you will be provided a delicious full lunch: a typical meal with a soup, salad, Berber tajine, couscous, dessert, mint tea, mineral water in a local home and eating around breathtaking scenery.Next, reach Asni the fourth valley, famous by its fruit trees (Apples, walnut, almonds, peaches...), observe the snowy summits of High Atlas Mountains. Take panoramic snapshots for the highest mountain in Morocco Toubkal (4167 meters), forests rangers lookout, Richard Branson's luxury retreat (Kasbah Tamadot).Later on, the thrilling journey concludes with a drive back different path to Marrakech via Tahanaout city, arriving at approximately 5pm.Please note the following can be done certain days:- You can visit the weekly souk (berber market) in Ourika every Monday.- You can visit the weekly souk (berber market) in Asni every Saturday.- You can visit the weekly souk (berber market) in Tahanaout every Tuesday.

$238.53 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Atlas Mountains Hot Air Balloon with Camel Ride from Marrakech

Start your experience with an early morning pickup by 4x4 vehicle from your Marrakech hotel and travel to the launch spot for your sunrise hot air balloon ride. Enjoy refreshments including pastries, coffee and tea as you watch your expert crew inflate the hot air balloon. Then, step into the basket and take to the skies! Each basket holds a maximum of 16 people and there’s plenty of room for you to sightsee comfortably as you soar up and away. Soak up the serene desert landscape as your pilot takes you over the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains on a 40-50 minute flight (depending on wind and weather conditions). After touching down at the base camp, head inside a tent with a view of the mountains to enjoy a freshly prepared Berber breakfast, including pancakes, corn bread, fruit, olives and mint tea. Follow your breakfast with a guided camel ride through the Palmeraie desert village surrounding the camp.Before leaving, you’ll be presented with a flight certificate to commemorate your Marrakech hot air balloon experience. Then, travel by 4x4 vehicle back to your hotel in the late morning, allowing you to enjoy the rest of the day in Marrakech.

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Atlas Mountains and Berber Villages Day Trip from Marrakech

Departing in the morning around 9am, drive for one hour up to Moulay Brahim Gorges, arriving at a main trailhead with streams and paths branching out in all directions, here you can ride the Camel, then continuing to Imlil valley passing through many Berber villages. From Imlil, leave the vehicle to head into the village. You will stop for a welcome glass of mint tea before continuing on a mule for 3 kilometers up to Armed the highest and the biggest village in imlil valley,Trek 1 or 3 hours to the Berber village of Ait souka, passing the hamlets of Ait mizan, Targa, and Imoula. Stop off in Tamatert. Enjoy lunch with the family in a Berber home, and marvel at the view of ancient irrigated terraced fields of barley, corn, and vegetables, surrounded by cherry and walnut trees. Continue for another 30 minutes to arrive at the home of a Berber family have mint tea with the family and see how the Berbers live. Walk down to Azroul and visit the waterfalls, then begin your return trip down the other side of the valley to Taourirt before we drive back to Marrakech.