Snake charmers, soothsayers, story-tellers, magicians, musicians, merchants, and jugglers, all surrounded by curious spectators and the aroma of open-air food stalls -- these medieval storybook images combine to create one of the world's greatest spectacles that has survived modernization. No other urban space on earth is as lively or spectacular, a place that only when seen can it be believed. 

Marrakech has long been a hip destination for both bohemian and hedonistic travelers. It is now a glamorous hideaway for those seeking asoulful, exotic destination unlike any other.

Set against the backdrop of the Atlas Mountains, and with the desert outside its red ramparts, this seems like an imagined city. Then there's Jemaa El Fna Square, known for being one of the greatest human spectacles on the planet, filled with snake charmers and belly dancers. On top of that there are the intoxicating sounds, sights, smells, and spices of the souk, and you know you won't ever experience another city like this one.

Even accommodation is original and special, with homes renovated into charming, romantic, and stylish hotels ("riads"). They're the perfect way to end the day after savoring the city and capturing all of its intriguing scenes.

Top 10 Sights and Attractions

  1. The spectacle in DJEMAA EL-FNA market square.
  2. The seductive medina SOUKS.
  3. The landmark KOUTOUBIA MOSQUE.
  4. The views from MENARA GARDENS.
  5. The romantic ruins of EL-BADI PALACE.
  6. Art and charm at the Jardin Majorelle.
  7. The fascinating Moroccan artifacts of DAR SI SAÏD.
  8. The lavish EL BAHIA PALACE.
  9. BEN YOUSSEF MEDERSA's courtyard.
  10. A daytrip to ESSAOUIRA.

Where to Stay

Look for the hotel or hostel that best matches your budget, type of trip or personality. Here you can guarantee a room but you do NOT pay anything at the time of booking. Payments are only made at the hotel and there are no booking fees. Most hotels allow cancellations with no penalty if done up to 24 or 48 hours in advance. You'll see that information at the time of booking and again in the confirmation email.

Eating and Drinking

Old palatial homes in Marrakesh are not only turned into beautiful and romantic hotels, but also into some fantastic restaurants. You have to treat yourself to a traditional meal at one of them at least once. Most are romantically lit by candles, and while they can sometimes go overboard with the décor, many are still an experience to remember. However, although Moroccan cuisine is gaining fans around the world, restaurants in Marrakech are often more memorable for their atmosphere than for the food. You'll eat quite well, and there are many excellent dining options in the city, just don't expect the Michelin star experiences of Paris or New York. But who needs outrageously expensive degustation menus when you have some wonderful sights and smells to offer? 


Shopping in Marrakech means browsing the souks for the local crafts still made in small workshops not far from Djemaa El-Fna Square. The streets that cross Mohammed V Avenue have a number of interesting boutiques, especially Rue de la Liberté, with the highest concentration of chic shops in the city. In fact, it's in that Gueliz district's wide avenues that you'll have most of Marrakech's galleries and shops.