Marrakech. Marrakech has been on my list for a couple of years now. Especially since so many blogger have started to visit and posted pictures about their experiences on Instagram. There are so many great places to discover. I’ve already shown you a couple of impressions from our city trip in my last posts. However, some more posts are still awaiting you.
Here’s a little recap of what we’ve seen in the three days in Marrakech which I highly recommend.
above left Tombeaux Saadiens right Tower of Mosquée Moulay El Yazid
Things to do in Marrakech Do some classic sightseeing
Marrakech is rich of beautiful palaces, tombs, gardens, mosques and much more. To visit some of the classic sightseeing spots isn’t wrong. We visited the following sights and they were so interesting to discover:
- Saadian Tombs – an impressive mausoleum holding about sixty members of the Saadi Dynasti. Entrance fee is 10 Dhs
- Bahia Palace – a beautiful palace built in the 19th centruy with a stunning variety of courtyards. Definitely a must-do! Entrance fee is 70 Dhs
- Jardins de la Majorelle – this beautiful historic garden was discovered by Yves Saint Laurent and he restored and redesigned it. Absolutely worth to see. Entrance fee for the garden is 70 Dhs
- Musée Yves Saint Laurent – the new YSL museum was opened in 2017 and holds a stunning variety of photographs and works. My highlight was the magical room where some of his masterpieces were exhibit. Entrance fee 100 Dhs (combi-ticket with the Jardins de La Majorelle 180 Dhs)
- Musée de la Photographie – I absolutely loved the building of the Musée de la Photographie and it had impressive photographs of the old Medina. Entrance fee is 40 Dhs
- Medersa Ben Youssef – the old Islamic college. It was the biggest medersa in North Africa and supposedly holded up to 900 students. The interior is beautifully decorated with inscriptions and geometric patterns. In fact, the Islam prohibits a representation of humans or animals. Entrance fee is 20 Dhs the Medersa is currently being renovated until 2020!
Gardens of Yves Saint Laurent – Jardin Majorelle
Musée de la Photographie
Things to do in Marrakech Discover some luxury hotels
You would never imagine what beautiful Riads and hotels are hidden behind Moroccan doors. In Marrakech you’ll find the most beautiful luxury riads and hotels. We had the pleasure to experience two of them. Moreover, we visited some more luxury hotels, i.e. the Royal Mansour, La Sultana and Four Seasons Hotel. La Mamounia is also very famous.
above Lobby at Royal Mansour
below dinner at Four Seasons Marrakesh
Things to do in Marrakech Try some of the amazing Moroccan restaurants
I’m a huge fan of Moroccan food and I could eat a delicious chicken or vegetable tagine every day. There are a lot of great restaurants in the Medina but also outside of the old city. Here are some restaurants you should absolutely try:
Things to do in Marrakech Get lost in the Souks …
You can’t leave Marrakech without having spent a couple of hours in the Souks. They are vibrant, colourful, hectic and energetic. However, you should be able to say no all the time people want to sell you something. I’m not sure if the prices for pottery is cheaper than buying them in a regular store with fix prices. If you like to bargain you’re in the right place! Being a photographer the Souks were the perfect spot for taking pictures. The light shined beautifully through the wooden roofs.
… and eat some street food!
The food looked so good on the street and why not trying some. In the end we ended up a little fish shop and had some great fried fish. At this point speaking French is definitely a help and people would treat you differently right away speaking their second language.
Things to do in Marrakech Do some shopping – but don’t exaggerate
Lastly, you should definitely do some shopping. Unfortunately, we only had hand luggage and we only bought a couple of beautiful small tagines and some silver pieces. You’ll find a whole range of beautiful carpets, pillow covers, jewelry, clothing and much more. Some of the vendors are also shipping the items to Europe. However, be careful when you bargain. Most of the times you should start at least with half the price the vendor is proposing. Also, the technique of faking to go will decrease the price more.