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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Agdal Garden

  • Garden/Arboretum

Some say dull scrub; others, pinnacle of romance. Stretching a full 3 km (2 miles) south of the Royal Palace, the Jardin de l'Aguedal...

Ali ben Youssef Medersa

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

If you want a little breath taken out of you, don't pass up the chance to see this extraordinarily well-preserved 16th-century Koranic...

Ali ben Youssef Mosque

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

After the Koutoubia, this is the medina's largest mosque and Marrakesh's oldest. The building was first constructed in the second half...

Chez Lamine Hadj Mustapha

  • Restaurant–Sight

Although the row of severed lambs' heads out front may not be everyone's idea of culinary heaven, Marrakshis love Chez Lamine Hadj Mustapha...

Dar Cherifa

Wind down at Dar Cherifa, an airy 16th-century riad turned café turned library turned art gallery. It puts on the occasional cultural...

Dar Si Saïd

  • Museum/Gallery

This 19th-century palace is now a museum with an excellent collection of antique Moroccan crafts including pottery from Safi and Tamegroute...

Djemâa el Fna

  • Historic District/Site

The carnivalesque open square right at the center of the medina is Marrakesh's heartbeat and a UNESCO World Heritage site. This centuries-old...

El Badi Palace

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

This 16th-century palace was once a playground for Saadian princes and visiting diplomats—a mammoth showpiece for opulent entertaining.

Koutoubia Mosque

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Yacoub el Mansour built Marrakesh's towering Moorish mosque on the site of the original 11th-century Almoravid mosque. Dating from the...

La Bahia Palace

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

This 19th-century palace, once home to a harem, is a marvelous display of painted wood, ceramics, and symmetrical gardens. Built by Sultan...

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