Morocco Diaries: 3 Days in Marrakech

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?

3 days in Marrakech

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.

3 days in Marrakech

3 days in Marrakech

3 days in Marrakech

3 days in Marrakech

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.

3 days in Marrakech

3 days in Marrakech

3 days in Marrakech

3 days in Marrakech

3 days in 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.

3 days in Marrakech

3 days in Marrakech

3 days in Marrakech

3 days in Marrakech

3 days in Marrakech

3 days in Marrakech

3 days in Marrakech

3 days in Marrakech

3 days in Marrakech

3 days in Marrakech

3 days in Marrakech

3 days in Marrakech

3 days in Marrakech

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.

3 days in Marrakech

3 days in Marrakech

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.

3 days in Marrakech

3 days in Marrakech

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.

3 days in Marrakech

3 days in Marrakech

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.

3 days in Marrakech

3 days in Marrakech

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.

3 days in Marrakech

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.

Feel free to ask any further questions in the comments section below! 🙂

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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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