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Marrakech is one of the most beautiful, classic, and enchanting cities in the world. It is also one of the four imperial cities of Morocco (along with Fes, Meknes, and the current capital Rabat). The playful fusion of both Western and modern traditions makes this a wonderful vacation spot for all to visit, especially if you enjoy being surrounded by beautiful architecture throughout your trip. Devouring delicious local food or shopping at famous markets (souks) just feels better in the shadow of such historic North African buildings.
The Top 5: What to Do in Marrakech
1. Jemaa el Fna Square:
Free music and awesome talent converge at this site. Go over to the Jemaa el Fna around in the evening to listen to some amazing original musicians with serious talent. Music is a huge part of Moroccan culture, so take some time out to appreciate it. The literal translation of Jemaa el Fna is “place of the dead,” but don’t be fooled by the name. This is probably one of the liveliest places in Marrakech.
2. Saadian Tombs:
Over 100 extravagantly decorated mosaic tombs are located here, including those of members of the royal family. To avoid long lines, try and get there early.
Marrakech is renown for its souks. This is where Marrakech comes alive. The beauty and excitement seen at these souks will be hard to replicate elsewhere. Enjoy shopping outdoors and devour awesome and authentic Moroccan food.
4. La Maison Arabe Cooking Workshop:
Spend an afternoon learning how to cook authentic Moroccan food with your own personal chef. Great for individuals, couples, and families. This is a great way to master cooking with Moroccan spices.
5. Whitewater Rafting:
For adrenaline junkies, white-water rafting in Marrakech is extremely popular and loads of fun. Different packages are available, so take some time out and enjoy the aquatic nature of Marrakech.
When to Go
The most popular time for tourists to visit Morocco is the summer, July and August, when it is very hot and dry. If you want to avoid the heat and the massive number of tourists, September through October and April through June are your best bets. It can be cold and wet during the winter (November through March), especially along the coast and in the hills, so we don’t recommend going then, unless you like layers and rain gear. The climate varies throughout the country, so be sure to check the weather forecast for the specific regions you are planning to visit.
Be sure to note when Ramadan falls as you plan your trip. Many restaurants and public facilities are closed during the day for the duration of the holiday.