Combining an ancient city with modernity, Marrakech is a fascinating and intriguing destination. Known to be Morocco’s cultural centre, this loud, bustling imperial city is sure to provide you with an unforgettable trip.
With so many things to see and do in this crowded city, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. So, if you’ll be jetting off on a Moroccan adventure this year, here you’ll discover some of the top sights in Marrakech you won’t want to miss.
One of the best things about this unique and vibrant destination, is the sheer number of attractions and sights there are to take in. Some of our favourites include…
Take a breather in secret gardens
One of the newest attractions you absolutely won’t want to miss on your trip to Marrakech is the mystical Le Jardin Secret. For the very first time, the complex is open to the public. Allowing you to get an exclusive look into the stunning Islamic architecture and art. The building actually dates back over 400 years, to the Saadian Dynasty. Some of the most senior political figures of Morocco have stayed within the palace, making it a truly fascinating attraction.
The highlight of Le Jardin Secret is unquestionably its breathtaking gardens. Split into an Islamic and an exotic garden, a trip to this surprising oasis gives you a brief respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. The Islamic garden has been laid out in accordance with geometrical rules, creating a quiet, peaceful and sacred space. When the sights and sounds of Marrakech become a little too overwhelming, a trip to these secret gardens is exactly where you need to go.
In fairness, it’s pretty hard to miss the Jemaa el-Fna! Otherwise known as the main square in Marrakech, the Jemaa el-Fna is a hive of activity. The main square is thriving from mid-morning, though it really comes alive after sunset. Once used as an execution site, it’s now a real entertainment plaza with so many things to see everywhere you look.
As you wander through the plaza, you’ll come across snake charmers, street vendors, a huge market stocked full of exotic goodies, cafes, restaurants and performers. In the evenings, you’ll get to enjoy the nightly carnivals featuring slapstick comedy, live music, acrobatics and henna tattoo artists.
A trip to Jemaa el-Fna is a real shock to the senses, making it an experience you’ll never forget.
The 19th century Bahia Palace is another great attraction which takes you away from the madness of the city; enveloping you in a serene, tranquil bubble. It is one of Morocco’s most masterful pieces of architecture, featuring floor to ceiling decorations throughout. Only a small selection of the 150 rooms are open to the public. But the rooms you do get to see are breathtaking monuments of the country’s cultural heritage.
Unsurprisingly, the palace has a fascinating history. Therefore, it is recommended you take a guided tour to discover more about its origins.
These are just a handful of some of the best attractions you won’t want to miss on your Marrakech holiday.
Food and drink
Moroccan cuisine has really developed over the years, now combining a mixture of delicious Arabic, Mediterranean, Berber and Andalusian flavours. Wherever you turn, you’ll be greeted by mouth-watering local cuisines. So, which ones should you add to your must-try list?
First up, you won’t want to miss trying out the home-grown olives. Did you know that Morocco is actually the second biggest producer of olives in the world? They’re featured on tables across the country’s restaurants and you won’t find them fresher anywhere else.
Another local delicacy you’re sure to fall in love with are the tagines. These melt-in-the-mouth stews are absolutely delicious, and there’s lots of different varieties to choose from. They largely consist of meat, vegetables and dried fruit, coated in a tasty liquid.
When you’re staying in one of the world’s most intriguing and vibrant destinations, why settle for anything less than amazing accommodation? We have a great selection of luxury Marrakech hotels to choose from, but some of our favourites include…
Sirayane Boutique Hotel & Spa – With its stylish interiors and chic pool area, this stunning boutique hotel is conveniently situated within easy reach of the main squares and souks of Marrakech. This contemporary hotel isn’t just visually breath-taking, it’s also the perfect tranquil retreat. Always offering a welcome break from the madness of the city. The onsite spa also allows you to indulge in some much-needed pampering, leaving you feeling utterly relaxed. Check out the Sirayane Boutique Hotel & Spa today.
Les Jardins De La Koutoubia – The exquisite Les Jardins De La Koutoubia hotel is a luxury sanctuary based just minutes from Jemaa el-Fna. Benefiting from an indulgent Carita Spa, a sensational pool area and a picturesque rooftop restaurant, it truly is one of the most spectacular hotels in the country.
TUI SENSIMAR Medina Gardens – When only the best accommodation will do, immerse your senses at the extraordinary TUI SENSIMAR Medina Gardens resort. Due to be refurbished in time for summer 2019, the resort is introducing two new bars, along with a great entertainment venue. It’s just a short walk to the Medina, and as it’s an adult only hotel. Meaning you can be sure to enjoy lots of much needed rest and relaxation. Upgrade to the Jacuzzi rooms for a truly unforgettable stay.
There is no doubt Marrakech is one of the world’s most intriguing and exciting holiday destinations. The above are just some of the top sights to experience throughout your trip. Why not browse our range of Marrakech holidays now and grab yourself a bargain getaway to this unforgettable part of the world?