Marrakech... just the name triggers your imagination, no? Well, even if you have just one day, you can discover many aspects of this city. Here are my recommendations.
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1 Day in Marrakech: Recommendations things to do
Marrakech has a lot to offer. But if you have only one day, I recommend the following activities to get a glimpse of various aspect of the Moroccan life:
- Watch the sunrise from your hotel's rooftop
- Walk around the Katoubia
- Visit the Bahia Palace
- Explore of the Souq
- Savor a streetfood diner @Jemma El Fna Square
But if you want to do something a bit more unsual, I recommend:
Below you will find information and photos about all those recommendations.
Note: Be careful with the henne tatoo on the Central place Jemma El Fna Square. They will grab your hand and start and then make you plan a lot of money. Just refuse
Guided Tour of Marrakech
I do think that getting lost in a city is a great way to explore it.
But if you have only one day, it can be a really good idea to book a tour with a guide to learn more about everything you see.
Plus the medina can be a bit overwhelming for your sense of directions.
And if you have more days in Morocco, head to my suggestions of the best day trips from Marrakech
SUNRISE OVER MARRAKECH
Many building in Marrakech have a rooftop terrace you can access, even the hotels. I recommend you wake up early to watch the sun rise over this exotic city and to listen to the Muezzin calls.
For more photos, check the Moroccan Sunrises and Sunsets post
La Katoubia is the largest Mosque in Marrakech. From all around the center you see the minaret standing above the surroundings. Built in 1150 and Located in the medina, the mosque is the symbol of Marrakech.
The Minaret reaches roughly 70 meters in height. It has interesting details and looks superb when the night falls.
However if your are not muslims, you can only see the outside.
The Bahia Palace is one of the best buildings to visit. The shade in the garden are enjoyable especially when it gets really hot. It is Morocco after all.
The decor is full of sculpted wood, arches, and colorful mosaics. Built in the late 19th century for the sultan, it was intended to be the greatest palace of its time.
For information about history, prices and opening hours check the Bahia Palace page.
We then went on to discover some of the streets in the Souq. As it was Friday, some of the places were closed and I was happy to see those alleys in a different mood than with the busy sellers. You can spend hours and hours discover some small side streets and interesting pieces. I especially loved finding interesting doors and wall.
Don't stay in the Central area, it is for tourist. Really go exploring! Just be careful not to be lost!
STREET FOOD DINER
A classic for diner is to try some streetfood at Jemma El Fna Square; They all set up early evening and it gets really busy. It is quite impressive.
If you are wondering what to order Culturetrip listed some recommended food to try.
Where to stay in Marrakech
Marrakech Accommodation Options
You have a large choice of accommodations in Marrakech.
And everything is easily accessed walking or via a short taxi ride.
You have your classic hotels and hostels, but for something more authentic, you should consider staying in a riad.
Where to stay in Marrakech?
Your main decision is to decide if you want to stay in the Medina or outside in the new town.
If you stay in the Medina, you will be close to everything but surrounded by tourist.
If you stay outside, you can see a bit more of the Typical Moroccan city life but you will have a walk more to reach the main sights.
Marrakech Riad and Hotels suggestions
- BEST RATED - Les Nuits de Marrakech is a colorful and charming riad only 1-minute walk from Jamaâ El Fna - I have never seen an accommodation with such a high rating (and many reviews) - Check out photos and Book
- LUXURY - the Hotel Royal Mansour Marrakech is only 5-minute walk from the famous Djemaa El Fna square. After a long day sightseeing enjoy a dive in the pool and ind dining options - Check out photos and Book
- GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY - Riad Alnadine is located in the city center - Traditional riad, clean room and great hostpitality for a good price - Check out photos and Book
- HOSTEL - the Kasbah Red Castel, has a great location and a fantastic ambiance - Check out photos and Book
- or Check out the best user-Rated Accommodations in Marrakech
HOT AIR BALLOON NEAR MARRAKECH
If you prefer to get out of the city, why not try a Hot Air Ballon ride. This is a great way to see how desertic the land is.
For more photos and information, check my Hot Air Balloon dedicated article
MOROCCAN COOKING CLASS
Another option to get off the touristic beaten track, is to experience a Moroccan cooking class: tajine, bread and crepes for example!
For more photos and information, check my Cooking Class dedicated article (to be written)
Other Useful Morroco Tips
I am all about scenic places and visit. But if you want to experience a bit more of Marrakesh like a local with foods, market and hammam, head to Finding Beyond's recommendations of things to do in Marrakech.
And get ready for your trip to Morocco with tips about Money, Health, Costs etc in Amy's article full of Morocco Travel Tips