Marrakesh in detail

Marrakesh is known for

Culinary Adventures

Amal Center Savour the flavours of proper Marrakshi cooking from the kitchen of this local charity restaurant.

Al Fassia Unrivalled traditional tajine cookery that reaches the epoch of sweet-savoury flavours.

Souk Cuisine Prepare your own Moroccan feast under the guidance of two Moroccan dadas (chefs).

Marrakech Food Tours Eat your way through the souqs sampling everything from tanjia (slow-cooked stew) to sardine sandwiches.

Hadj Mustapha Locals know where to go for their tanjia – follow their lead.

Djemaa El Fna Snail broth, sheep heads and offal are all on offer amid the grill-restaurants on the square.

AXS A medina bike tour made for foodies with ample stops to munch from food carts.

Rahba Kedima Head here for Moroccan spice blends to pep up your dishes at home.


Ali Ben Youssef Medersa Inspired craftsmanship makes this medersa (school for studying the Quran) manna for architecture buffs.

Koutoubia Mosque The golden-stone minaret is the city's landmark.

Saadian Tombs The glories of the afterlife weren't good enough for Sultan Ahmed Al Mansour.

Bahia Palace Tip your hat to the mâalems (master artisans) who worked their magic on this opulent residence.

Badi Palace Take in the last vestiges of splendour on the ramparts of this ruined palace.

Musée de Mouassine Reimagine the life of a chorfa (noble) family in Saadian-era Marrakesh within finely restored salons.

Zawiya Sidi Bel Abbes Gaze up at the restored arcaded entryway and facade of this revered marabout (saint) shrine.

Chrob ou Chouf Fountain The preserved, intricately carved cedar lintel is the medina's best example of public fountain architecture.

Almoravid Koubba Peek through the fence at the keyhole arches and domed cupolas of this 12th-century shrine.

Berber Culture

Musée Berbère Don't miss this stunning collection of Berber art, artefacts, jewellery and textiles inside Jardin Majorelle.

Maison Tiskiwin The vast scope of Berber art and culture is unveiled in this riad's displays.

Cafe Clock Every Sunday night from 6pm this cafe in the kasbah area hosts Amazigh bands.

Musée Boucharouite Berber rag-rugs take centre stage at this art museum highlighting lesser-known crafts.

Marrakech Festival of Popular Arts The perfect time to catch a variety of Berber folk music.

Heritage Museum Berber textiles and artefacts makes up part of the displays in this charming museum.

Dar Si Said Leatherware and textiles are exhibited in the museum's ground-floor galleries.

Djemaa El Fna Between the soothsayers and snake charmers you'll find Berber musicians entertaining the evening crowds.

Art & Crafts

Maison de la Photographie Journey into Morocco's past in this collection of vintage photography.

Ateliers d'Ailleurs Learn the skills of Moroccan crafts and be tutored by the masters.

MACMA The major names of Orientalist painting are all exhibited in this Gueliz gallery.

Galerie Rê Check out what's shaking up the Moroccan art world in Marrakesh's funkiest contemporary art space.

Dar Bellarj Old stork hospital converted into a gallery devoted to promoting local art heritage.

Souq Haddadine The medina's blacksmiths have their workshops here.

Souq des Teinturiers Rainbow-shaded skeins of yarn and powdered dyes usher you into the dyer's souq.

Ensemble Artisanal Come here for a glimpse of local craftspeople and artisans at work.

Creations Pneumatiques Collect your sustainable-art brownie points here with recycled tyre tread crafts.

Musée Farid Belkahia The work of one of Morocco's most well-known modern artists is exhibited here.


Jardin Majorelle Colourful, quirky garden of cacti, bamboo groves, lush palms and serene ponds.

Le Jardin Secret Find some quiet time amid this restored and reinvented medina garden.

Musée de la Palmeraie A peaceful cacti garden and formal Andalusian garden stretch behind this contemporary art gallery.

Koutoubia Gardens Rest up amid shady palm trees and manicured flower beds backed by the Koutoubia minaret.

Menara Gardens Head to the reflecting pool to snap the pavilion against the Atlas Mountains backdrop.

CyberPark Take a break between the medina and Ville Nouvelle amid the well-kept rose gardens.

La Mamounia Gardens The historic garden where Churchill once relaxed with his paint brushes.

Sightseeing For Free

Dar Bellarj Marrakesh’s premier arts centre.

Mellah Market This bustling market is great for a wander.

Djemaa El Fna Marrakesh’s main square heaves with pedestrians and street performers.

Koutoubia Gardens A favourite spot for a quiet break.

CyberPark This 18th-century royal garden also offers free wi-fi.