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12 Must-Have Experiences in Marrakech

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by Amanda Ponzio-Mouttaki Oct 10, 2016

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.

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.

These spots are all taken directly from travelstoke®, a new app from Matador that connects you with fellow travelers and locals, plus build trip itineraries with spots that integrate seamlessly into Google Maps and Uber. Download the app to add any of the spots below directly to your future trips.

1. Check out the iconic Mosquée de la Koutoubia

 Mosquée de la KoutoubiaMarrakech, MoroccoThe most iconic site in the city. Non Muslims can’t enter but take a walk around the building as well as the lovely garden adjacent. #free

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

 Kaftan QueenMarrakech, MoroccoMy favorite shop for unique Moroccan inspired pieces. Specializes in women’s fashion with some shoes and jewelry as well. #clothes

5. Enjoy a story-telling night at Café Clock

 Cafe ClockMarrakesh, MoroccoGood food but also great cultural activities on a regular basis. Check out their weekly storytelling nights and music jam sessions!

6. Check out the city from a vintage sidecar

 Insiders ExperienceMarrakech, MoroccoBuzzing around the streets and Palmerie and experiencing a different side of the city in a vintage sidecar? Yes please!

7. Stop for a meal at Maison mk

 maison mk (foodie hotel & spa)Marrakesh, MoroccoFabulous place to stay, eat and be pampered. A must for foodies!

8. Relax at Riad Snan13

 Riad Snan13Marrakech, MoroccoA beautiful Riad in the medina with fantastic staff and rooms!

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

10. Learn more about Morocco’s cuisine with Marrakech Food Tour

 Marrakech Food ToursMarrakesh, MoroccoA great way to eat authentic Moroccan food with the guidance of locals who love food too!

11. Enjoy the view from the Maison de la photographie de Marrakech

 Maison de la Photographie de MarrakechMarrakesh, MoroccoA small photography gallery in the medina with a great terrace view. See the display and stay for a coffee. #photography #gallery

12. Get some authentic Moroccan food at Dar Moha

 Dar MohaMarrakech, MoroccoA great mix of classical Moroccan food and Moroccan inspired dishes. #fine-dining

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