What you should not miss on your Morocco trip / Marrakech Travel Guide / Marrakech Tips
When I say Morocco, do you also see desert, camels and a red glowing sun in your mind’s eye? Bazaars and narrow streets full of people, lamps everywhere, colorful fabrics and the scent of spices such as cardamom, turmeric and saffron. That literally calls for the next trip, and so that you don’t miss anything, there are a number of Marrakech tips for you below.
Warm temperatures – even in winter
It has many names, the former capital of Morocco: the pearl of the south, the red city or the ocher city. Marrakech is a great travel destination not least because of the constantly warm temperatures, which range between 18° and 37°C throughout the year.
We have summarized all information about the best travel time for Morocco in a separate article. So if you want to beat the German winter and soak up the sun even in the cold months, Marrakech is a perfect option for you.
Travel deals at low prices
Should I tell you directly about the small prices that await you when booking or would you rather take a look at all our great Marrakech deals yourself? The short trip including flights and hotel, for example, is available for less than €100 per person. But even if you prefer to relax with all inclusive in the 5* complex or experience the extra portion of fun in the water park, Marrakech is the perfect travel destination for you.
But now enough of the introductory words. Let’s take a closer look at which sights there are to discover and experience in Marrakech.
Medina of Marrakech
In the medina, the old town of Marrakech, numerous souks await you and entice you with their colourful, diverse range. If you want to get to know the lively side of Marrakech, then you should definitely plan a visit. It is not for nothing that Marrakech’s medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The souks in Marrakech
The Souk El Had d’Agadir is said to be the largest bazaar in Africa, but it’s far from the only one in Marrakech. The range of goods that awaits you here is correspondingly large: for example spices such as cumin, Ras el Hanut, Moroccan pepper and nutmeg, to name just a few. Or how about pure argan oil? This is great for skin and hair.
You can also have your skin beautified with henna paintings. Would you rather make your home more beautiful? Then take a look at the brass lamps or all the ceramic things, they also make great souvenirs. Of course there is also a wide range of leather goods and jewelery – there is something for everyone.
Important: Always act nicely! It may not be easy for some at first, but it’s simply good manners – and you’re sure to find a bargain or two.
Djemaa el Fna in Marrakech
Djemaa el-Fna in Marrakech or the Square of the Beheaded, that’s how you could translate it into German. Doesn’t sound that nice at first, but it only testifies to its long history: in the distant past, this was actually the official execution site for criminals, but those days are long gone.
The Djemaa el-Fna is the central square of the medina, where jugglers and snake charmers cavort during the day. In the late afternoon, the food stalls are set up and you can taste the real Morocco for little money.
By the way: this square is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was the first place ever to be included in the list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Hammam in Marrakech
For those who don’t just mean sightseeing but also relaxation, just doing nothing and enjoying life, should treat themselves to a visit to the hammam on their Marrakech trip.
The Hammam is a Moroccan bathhouse, segregated by gender. In Marrakech there are a variety of possible options, from super cheap to total luxury, everything is included. So decide for yourself what appeals to you the most and spend a relaxing day thanks to Arabic traditions.
Gardens in Marrakech
While desert sands might be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Morocco, Marrakech is also home to a variety of beautiful gardens – green oases amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.
For example there is the Menara Gardens, 100ha in size and laid out as an olive plantation in the 12th century. There is no entrance fee, and of course there are both hawkers and stands with refreshments and culinary delights waiting for you here.
You have to go about 3km out of town, you can either rent a car or take the public bus that stops at the market square. You can also join a tourist group or walk, although the latter may not be the case in midsummer. At almost 40°C degrees, a few kilometers can become incredibly long…
I also have to tell you about the Jardin Majorelle. Named after the painter Jacques Majorelle, who spent a full forty years creating this garden. Here you walk amidst exotic trees, along bubbling streams, to ponds on which lotus blossoms float. Can you see it in front of you?
Located in the Guéliz district, the garden was restored by fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and is best known for its cobalt blue color. The pavilion, the water basin and many of the planters shine in this impressive colour. The overall picture is complemented by strong yellow and red, which together create a very special atmosphere. So you shouldn’t miss it either.