Marrakesh Sights

Most of the medina is navigable only on foot, and you may opt to engage one of the official city guides to steer you through the maze. Qualified guides can be worth their weight in gold as they shield you from overzealous merchants and share the city’s colorful history, but some push their clients towards shopping to earn a handsome commission. Make it clear at the outset if you want to shop.

The going rate for a city guide is 300 DH for a half day, 600 DH for a full day. Many apps for unguided walking tours are available online, for example at www.gpsmycity.com; if you go this route, keep an eye on your phone and bag.

Most of the medina's monuments charge an entry fee of 10 DH to 50 DH and have permanent but unsalaried on-site guides; if you use one, tip him about 30 DH to 50 DH.

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Marché Central

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The once-thriving Central Market in Guéliz was moved from its old home on Avenue Mohammed V to make way for the luxury Carré Eden shopping...

Mellah

  • Historic District/Site

As in other Moroccan cities, the Mellah is the old Jewish quarter, once a small, walled-off city within the city. Although it was once...

Menara Garden

  • Garden/Arboretum

The Menara's lagoon and villa-style pavilion are ensconced in an immense royal olive grove, where pruners and pickers putter and local...

Museum of the Palmery

  • Museum/Gallery

Signposted on the Route de Fes as you head out to the Palmery, this cultural oasis is well worth a detour. Marrakesh-born Abderrazzak...

Musée de Marrakech

  • Museum/Gallery

The main reason to come to this small but perfectly formed museum next door to the Ali ben Youssef Medersa is not the exhibitions, but...

Qoubba Almoravid

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

This is the city's oldest monument and the only intact example of Almoravid architecture in all of Morocco (the few other ruins include...

Ramparts

  • Building/Architectural Site

The medina's amazingly well-preserved walls measure about 33 feet high and 7 feet thick, and are 15 km (9 miles) in circumference. The...

Saadian Tombs

  • Cemetery

This small, beautiful 16th-century burial ground is the permanent resting place of 166 Saadians, including its creator, Sultan Ahmed...

Souks

  • Market/Bazaar

The vast labyrinth of narrow streets and derbs at the center of the medina is the souk—Marrakesh's marketplace and a wonder of arts,...

Tanneries

  • Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

For a whiff of Marrakesh life the old way, the tanneries are a real eye-waterer, not least because of the smell of acrid pigeon excrement,...

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