When it comes to Morocco, everyone knows that there is only one place where you can discover timeless beauty and culture. Marrakech is a city filled with history, giving travelers a unique experience every time they visit.
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Bahia Palace (which roughly translates to ‘beautiful palace’) was built in the late 19th century and now forms the epicenter of the city’s culture.
One of Marakkech’s many souks (meaning markets), Souk Semmarine is a must-see. The market sells everything under the sun, from leather goods to silverware and crockery.
Maison de la Photographie
A three-story riad-turned-gallery housing the vintage Moroccan photography collection of Patrick Menac’h and Marrakshi Hamid Mergani.
Created by the French painter Jacques Majorelle, this botanical garden is home to more types of cacti than you can shake a terrarium at and has a stunning indigo-blue art deco house as its centerpiece.
Musée Yves Saint Laurent
The French designer loved spending time in Marrakech so much that he bought Jardin Majorelle in 1980. Opened next door to the gardens in 2017, the Musée Yves Saint Laurent is dedicated to Yves’s couture legacy and has a permanent display of hundreds of garments spanning his 40-year career.
El Badi Palace
The epic ruins of Sultan Ahmed al-Mansour’s once-magnificent palace, are set within sunken gardens and surrounded by epic ramparts whose decrepit towers boast panoramic views over the medina.
Musée des Confluences
The former governor’s palace and home to the notorious Thami El Glaoui, Lord of the Atlas. Now the Musée des Confluences, it houses the archaeological collection of American Patty Birch and puts on shows exploring the intersection of Eastern and Western cultures.
Riad Yima Tea Room
The home and personal gallery of Hassan Hajjaj, the so-called ‘Andy Warhol of Marrakech’. The whole place is filled with his upcycled pop art, from furniture and art objects to his sought-after photographs. It’s also a tearoom, so make yourself at home.
Hands-on workshops with Marrakchi maalems (master craftsmen) in their studios. Learn how to make your pair of babouche slippers or follow a course in tadelakt (plaster), basketry, pottery, or cooking.
Musée de Mouassine
A jewel of 16th-century Saadian architecture, this douiria (guest apartment) was built by a chorfa (noble) family and retains all its exquisite original decoration that acts as a backdrop to thoughtful exhibitions and musical events.
The Jewish quarter of Marrakech has undergone an extensive renovation program. Make sure to visit the Al Azama synagogue and the extraordinary Miara cemetery.
Souk Place des Épices
Moroccan cuisine is famous for its rich, aromatic flavors. Place des Épices is the traditional spice souk where you’ll find merchants selling everything from allspice to ras al hanout (a mix of more than a dozen spices).
A hybrid restaurant-café-cultural center where you can consider the merits of date milkshakes and camel burgers and sign up for storytelling workshops, calligraphy classes, oud lessons, and Gnaoua jam sessions.
The vast open square at the heart of the medina is one of Marrakech’s biggest attractions and is a Unesco world heritage site. Expect snake charmers, street entertainers, and over-enthusiastic henna artists at every turn.
A short journey to the west of the medina, you’ll find the neighborhood of Gueliz, the so-called 1930s ‘New Town’. There are European-style shopping malls and small homeware boutiques aplenty, plus an excellent array of bars and restaurants for a post-retail therapy pit stop.