Marrakech, known as the Red City due to the red clay earth deposits that have been used to build homes and buildings for centuries, is a complete sensory experience — the city is bright with colors and always buzzing with activity. Just over a million people call Marrakech home but millions more visit every year making it one of Morocco’s most visited cities.
12 Must-Have Experiences in Marrakech
GPS and maps don’t help much when you’re navigating the streets and many tourists lament not knowing just where to go to experience everything Marrakech has to offer. Whether you’re coming for a day or a week, you’ll want to visit a few of these places.
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1. Check out the iconic Mosquée de la Koutoubia
2. See the city from above
Ciel d’AfriqueMarrakesh, MoroccoGoing for a hot air balloon ride is an absolute must while in Marrakech. Ciel d’Afrique is the oldest company in Morocco, having operated for 30 years and has a wonderful reputation due to their staff who is extremely attentive. The tour includes breakfast (a buffet of Moroccan bread in 3 different styles, olives, eggs, local mint tea, and coffee). Our balloon had a capacity of 6 and was very comfortable and safe. The basket is plush and cozy, providing extra support. Our pilot, Pierre had a great sense of humor and was a true professional. The ride lasts for about 60-70 minutes. You will enjoy sweeping views of the Atlas mountains and the arid countryside lined by palm trees and olive gardens. #morocco #marrakech #cieldafrique #balloon
3. Order tangia at Mechoui Alley
mechouiMarrakech, MoroccoThis is where Moroccans visiting Marrakech go to eat. Existing for generations you can order tangia (a specialty of Marrakech), mechoui or roasted sheep head. So authentic and delicious! #cheap-eats
4. Shop for some local and unique pieces at Kaftan Queen
5. Enjoy a story-telling night at Café Clock
6. Check out the city from a vintage sidecar
7. Stop for a meal at Maison mk
8. Relax at Riad Snan13
9. Get a cool souvenir at the Tombeaux Saadiens
Tombeaux SaadiensMarrakech, MoroccoThis is a graveyard for the past Saadian dynasty rulers. Hidden in a little corner you’ll find a man who will chisel your name into a tile for 10dirham. A fun souvenir. #souvenirs #history