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Marrakech Travel Guide: How to Spend 3 Days in Marrakech

Marrakech is a wonderful destination to visit if you’re looking for an enticing and eclectic place to visit. The city is packed with cultural attractions, interesting food and a has a truly invigorating atmosphere. Marrakech is a brilliant city to explore, either as a city break, within a wider two week Morocco itinerary or as a winter sun holiday.

We recently spent three days in Marrakech at the half way point of our two week adventure in Morocco. We’d started in Rabat, taken the train to Fes for a few nights, before heading onto Chefchaouen, where we went hiking in the Rif Mountains. After this, and before arriving in Marrakech, we explored the Sahara Desert in a 4×4.

By this point, we didn’t know what to expect with Marrakech. None of the cities had matched our preconceptions of Morocco so far. Some of the preconceived expectations included 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.

But Marrakech was all these things. The city was exactly as everyone described it. Hot and dusty, with lots of hassling. There were snake charmers in the main square, Jemaa el Fna. Oh, and tourists everywhere.

However, we loved it. Maybe because it did match our 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 the first time. It could have even been the greater satisfaction in finding solitude in such a busy city?

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Visiting the Medersa

Whatever it was, I’m not sure. Out of everywhere in Morocco we visited, Marrakech is the main place I could return to.

Two or three days in Marrakech is the perfect amount of time to explore this city, which is an absolute must-visit on any Morocco itinerary.

If you have plans to visit the Atlas Mountains or anywhere else outside of Marrakech, you’d definitely need to add days on but otherwise, three days to explore Marrakech is ideal!

The Best Things to do in Marrakech

Spend the morning at the Jardin Marjorelle

Beat the crowds and head to Le Jardin Marjorelle early. This exquisite garden is like nowhere else, and together with the newly opened Musee Yves Saint Laurent, it’s the perfect respite from the medina. Read my guide to visiting the Jardin Majorelle here, including information on the best photo spots.

These gardens are also known as the Majorelle Garden or the Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) garden

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Le Jardin Majorelle
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Wandering the gardens

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 Morocco’s mosques and medersas, it has been beautifully maintained and cannot be missed on any trip to Marrakech. You can easily spend an hour or two exploring the building, with its upper and lower terraces and central fountain.

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Exploring the medusa

Explore the Medina

Marrakech’s medina is a beast. You are absolutely certain to get completely lost, but that’s half the fun. The medina is huge but after a few days, you’ll have the route back to your hotel nailed (maybe..).

Top tip: Download your route on Google Maps before you leave, and you’ll be able to use the app without Wifi as you walk around!

Hours can be spent wandering the tiny laneways of the medina. Take the time to speak to the shop owners, hear their stories, purchase their beautiful wares, such as jewellery, lamps, clothing, spices and sweet treats.

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Wandering the streets of Marrakech
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Wandering the stalls in Marrakech
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Spices in the market
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Looking at the edge of the medina
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Sites to see in Marrakech
Sightseeing in Marrakech
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Exploring the city

Drop by Jemaa el-Fna Square

This square is the beating heart of Marrakech. The Jemaa el-Fna Square was certainly not my favourite area of Marrakech, but you’ve kinda gotta see it on a visit to the city. It is also nearby the Koutoubia Mosque which is another of Marrakech’s must-visit attractions.

The atmospheric square is home to snake charmers, working donkeys, scammers, musicians, artists – and anyone who can make a quick buck from a tourist. Enjoy it, but stay vigilant and be wary!

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Wandering the main square in Marrakech
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Eating on a rooftop in Marrakech

Visit La Mamounia

For the ultimate opulent experience, visiting La Mamounia as a day visitor is one of the best things to do in Morocco. I’ve written a full guide on how to visit the spectacular La Mamounia hotel and spa as a day visitor here. If it’s in your budget, then go one better and stay – it is without a doubt one of the best luxury hotels in Marrakech, and even Morocco.

For the ultimate ultra-luxury Moroccan experience, La Mamounia is one of a kind. Even with just three days in Marrakech, we recommend staying or visiting here.

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One of the most delightful places to swim!
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Enjoying the outdoor pool

Stop by the Places des Epices

Places des Epices is another lively and atmosphere square tucked into the medina, although it is a lot calmer and more pleasant than Jemaa el Fna. This area is perfect to pick up spices and other local crafts, it’s also home to the hedonistic hotspot that is NOMAD. This is one of the best restaurants in Marrakech – I’ve written a full guide on where to eat in Marrakech here.

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Enjoy a hammam or pool time

Spending two or three days in a city like Marrakech can be surprisingly tiring. The frenetic pace and noise of the city can wear down even the hardiest of travellers.

Much of the traditional types of accommodation in Marrakech are in the form of riads – something I’d highly recommend staying in for an authentic experience. Many riads in Marrakech have pools, either on the ground level or on the rooftop. Spending time cooling off and relaxing here is a not a bad idea in the city like Marrakech.

Another of the best things to do in Marrakech is to experience a traditional hammam. With designated women and men’s sides, a hammam is a social activity and you will definitely have interesting local women stare at you. Aside from this, you take a good scrub down and have a bath in the public bathing areas – it’s a highly relaxing experience.

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3 days in Marrakech

Where to Stay

Marrakech has a huge wealth of accommodation across the city. From traditional riads to modern hotels, you will definitely find something to match your budget. Here’s my pick of the best budget, mid-range and luxury roads and hotels in Marrakech to choose from.

Budget riads:

Mid-range riads:

Luxury riads:

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 were upgraded to the swish Angsana Riads where we stayed in an amazing Heritage Suite Room.

We also ate in some brilliant places across the city, but I’ve put a guide together of our absolute favourite cafes in Marrakech here.

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Atay Cafe’s gorgeous roof terrace

Marrakech Travel Guide

Have you been to Marrakech before? I hope this guide to spending a few days in Marrakech was useful. Feel free to ask any further questions in the comments section below! 

If you are planning a longer trip around Morocco of a week or two, you might find some of my other blog posts useful. I’ve written detail guides to RabatChefchaouenFes,  Essaouiravisiting the Sahara Desert in Morocco and enjoying a beach break in Taghazout and Paradise Valley

I’ve also written some more specific blog posts on visiting Le Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech,
visiting La Mamounia for the day and a guide to some of the best places to eat in Marrakech.

Wanna see more? Check my Instagram here, my Facebook here or my Twitter here!

Disclaimer: This visit Marrakech in Morocco was entirely paid for by myself and there was no involvement from the tourism board or any local companies. This is an independent guide.

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20 Comments

  1. Corina
    February 27, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    Great info. Did you feel unsafe anytime there ?

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 3:40 pm

      Nope, not in the slightest!

  2. Tee
    March 2, 2018 / 1:18 pm

    I have to visit Morocco. The culture looks so relaxing. I’m glad you got to enjoy it

  3. Elizabeth O
    March 2, 2018 / 2:05 pm

    It looks like you had a wonderful time. The colours and culture in all your photos looks incredible. So vibrant and relaxing too. Great diary of your travels.

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 3:40 pm

      Thanks Elizabeth! Sure did have a lovely time!

  4. Sue Tanya Mchorgh
    March 2, 2018 / 11:37 pm

    It sure looks like you had a wonderful time . The colours look so So vibrant and relaxing . I can’t wait to visit.

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 3:40 pm

      How exciting Sue! When are you heading there?

  5. Journa Ramirez
    March 3, 2018 / 12:34 pm

    Nothing can beat a wonderful vacation.. especially if you’re staying in a beautiful place. So happy to know all your experiences, this should be on anyone’s bucket list!

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 3:39 pm

      You’re right!! 🙂

  6. March 4, 2018 / 1:20 pm

    The infrastructures are so beautiful! The recent movie review I did (Red Sea Operation) was filmed in Morocco too! I wonder if you get to see the nice view and set too!

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 3:39 pm

      No way! That’s cool! So many films are set in Morocco – I didn’t realise 🙂

  7. March 4, 2018 / 1:20 pm

    I’ve always wanted to visit Morocco! Loved the way you put together this post, and the city seems so colourful too!

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 3:37 pm

      Thanks Nandini!

  8. Maki
    March 4, 2018 / 9:33 pm

    Looks amazing. Def on my bucket list. Thanks for info. Does it get cold at night in desert ?

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 3:36 pm

      Quite cold yes! You would need layers 🙂

  9. March 4, 2018 / 9:35 pm

    You look lovely and the pictures are amazing! I’ve always wanted to visit Marrakesh and your pictures make me want to go!

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 3:36 pm

      Ah, thank you! It really is a beautiful place!

  10. March 6, 2018 / 2:06 pm

    And what an exquisite garden and overall excursion this was! Love the architecture and the amazing colors in your photos!

    Thanks for sharing!

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 2:18 pm

      Hi Julie,

      You’re welcome! It is such a colourful beautiful spot!

  11. Malcolm
    May 24, 2018 / 10:08 am

    Your pics are so lovely! Really I want to take my girlfriend here…

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