3 Days in Marrakech came at the halfway point of our Morocco adventure. We started in Rabat, took the train to Fes, the bus up to Chefchaouen, went hiking in the Rif Mountains and travelled through the Sahara Desert in a jeep.
By this point, we didn’t know what to expect with Marrakech. None of the cities had matched the typical expectations of Morocco so far. Some of the preconceived expectations including hassle from men and shop owners, the feeling we might be pick-pocketed, finding ourselves in dodgy alleyways in the medina or darting around crazy traffic on the roads.
Marrakech was all these things. The city was exactly as everyone described it. Hot, dusty, lots of hassle and snake charmers in the main square, Jemaa el Fna. Oh, and tourists everywhere.
However, we loved it. Maybe because it did match the typical expectations of Morocco? I don’t know. Maybe because there was greater appreciation in finding an extra sweet shop owner, or navigating the medina alleys without getting lost for 30 minutes for the first time. It could have been the greater satisfaction in finding solitude in such a busy city?
Whatever it was, I’m not sure. Out of everywhere in Morocco we visited, Marrakech is the main place I could return to.
3 days in Marrakech is a perfect amount of time to explore the city. If you have plans to visit the Atlas Mountains or anywhere else outside of the city, you’d definitely need to tag extra days on but otherwise, 3 days in the city centre is ideal.
Read on for my guide about how to best spend 3 days in Marrakech
Spend the morning at the Jardin Marjorelle
Beat the crowds and head early. This exquisite garden is like nowhere else, and together with the newly opened Musee Yves Saint Laurent, its the perfect respite from the medina. Read my guide to the garden here.
Visit the Medersa Ben Youssef
Another example of incredible architecture in Marrakech, Medersa Ben Youssef is an Islamic place of education founded in the 14th Century. As with many of the country’s mosques and medersas, it has been fantastically maintained and cannot be missed on any trip to Marrakech.
Explore the Medina
You’ll get really lost and that’s half the fun. Marrakech’s medina is huge but after a few days, you’ll have the route back to your hotel nailed (maybe..)
Speak to the shop owners, hear their stories, purchase their beautiful jewellery, lamps, clothing, spices and sweet treats.
Drop by Jemaa el Fna Square
It’s the tourist epicentre of Marrakech, and I wasn’t a huge fan. But you’ve kinda gotta see it. You can also see the Koutoubia Mosque which is one of the cities’ key attractions.
Visit La Mamounia
I’ve written a full guide on how to visit this spectacular hotel here. If it’s in your budget, then go one better and stay. For the ultimate ultra-luxury Moroccan experience, La Mamounia is one of a kind. Even with just 3 days in Marrakech, we recommend staying here.
Stop by the Places des Epices
Another square tucked into the medina, although a lot calmer and more pleasant than Jemaa el Fna. Perfect to pick up spices and other local crafts, it’s also home to the hedonistic hotspot that is NOMAD.
Factor in some downtime
3 days in Marrakech could still be surprisingly tiring.
As it’s likely you’ll be staying in a riad in the medina where a number of these offer rooftops pools. make sure you enjoy some chill time listening to local music and enjoying the sunshine.
Where to Stay and Where to Eat
We stayed between two beautiful Riads, both located right by each other at the edge of the medina. The first, Riad Attika was small but perfect for a 2 night stay, then for our final night we updated to the swish Angsana Riads where we stayed in an amazing Heritage Suite Room.
We ate in some brilliant places across the city, but I’ve put a guide together of our absolute favourites here.
I hope this post has been useful for anyone visiting Morocco and planning on spending 3 days in Marrakech! From here, we travelled onwards to Essaouira, a lovely coastal town – read my guide here.
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