Best known as the Red City of Morocco thanks to its pastel-pink medina, this exciting city is one of our favorite destinations to visit year-round.
From the bustle and hustle of its medina to the enhancing quietness of its riads to its eclectic food scene, no matter your travel style, Marrakech has something for everyone.
If you’re planning a quick getaway to the cultural hub of Morocco, we’ve put together a perfect two-day itinerary with the best things to do in Marrakech that you absolutely cannot miss!
Two Days in Marrakech:
Explore the souks
The word souk translates into market and Marrakech’s medina isn’t short of them. Get lost in the medina and explore its markets, many of which have been around for centuries. You’ll find anything you could possibly need – from exquisite Berber rugs to every-day items. A favorite of ours is the spice market, where you’ll find all sorts of natural aromas.
It’s no secret that Marrakech is a haven for pretty architecture, and Bahia Palace is a perfect example of that. The stunning 19th-century palace is the star of the show, but the magnificent courtyards and gardens that surround it are a treat to see as well.
Ben Youssef Madrassa
Once the top university to attend in Northern Africa to study law and later reopened as a museum. Nowadays, it’s a must-visit attraction in Marrakech, but also one of the best photography spots in the city. The structure is decorated by breath-taking mosaics that you won’t be able to get enough of!
The Saadian Tombs
Visiting the Saadian Tombs is a unique experience and a must on your Marrakech itinerary for architecture lovers.
Filled with mausoleums and lavish sculptures, this unique burial ground was built during the Saadian dynasty. To date, it is believed to contain at least sixty members of the Saadi royalty, including that of the sultan’s son.
Dine at Jemaa el Fna
Jemma el Fna is the heart and soul of Marrakech. During the day, the plaza is pretty quiet, and you’ll spot couples hanging out at the benches or street vendors selling orange juice.
At night, however, the place turns into a massive meeting point of musicians, magicians, and all sorts of characters. Enjoy the scene while dining at the many open-air food stalls that pop up after dusk – this is one of the best spots for foodies in Marrakech!
DON’T take pictures with any of the animals here! They’re kept under cruel conditions and by paying for a picture, we are supporting animal abuse.
El Badi Palace
It took twenty-five years to build El Badi Palace, and as soon as you step into it, you’ll quickly see why. Once a royal residence, this stunning palace is made up of over three hundred rooms and dungeons. Trust us, you’re in for an architectural treat here.
Jardin Majorelle & Yves Saint Laurent Museum
Designed by French painter Jacques Majorelle and later purchased by world-famous fashion designer, Yves Saint Laurent, it’s a no-brainer that Jardin Majorelle has become one of the most popular attractions in Marrakech. Decorated by exquisite cacti and succulents contrasting the bright blue hues of the property, it’s also one of the best places to visit in Marrakech if you’re into photography.
Right next to Jardin Majorelle sits the newly-opened Yves Saint Laurent Museum, a place built to celebrate the designer’s work and the influence the city of Marrakech had on it.
Experience a Moroccan Hammam
Finish your trip to Marrakech by relaxing at an authentic Moroccan hammam. This spa-like treatment is a must on any Morocco itinerary and Marrakech just happens to boast some of the most beautiful and relaxing ones! A professional therapist will wash you and scrub your skin inside a sauna until all the dead skin falls off. Afterward, you can either hop into a hot spring or book a massage. Trust us, you’ll never feel as clean as you will just after stepping out of a hammam!