Planning a city trip to Marrakesh soon? Let the fun start today! Our free travel guide will tell you which sights to see, where the best shopping spots are and which local specialties you should definitely taste. Our guide is also packed with practical information and tips about public transportation, local habits, weather conditions and more.
Here are some tips from our travel guide to Marrakesh. You can download the full guide here.
The Koutoubia-mosque is the most important monument and the biggest mosque in Marrakesh. The 12th century building has 17 islands and 112 columns, a height of 69 metres and six levels. That makes it possible to welcome thousands of people at the same time. The name originates from the Arabic word al-Koutoubiyyin – librarian, because of the booksellers that sold their goods at that location in the past. You can hear it outside when the believers are praying at a large-scale, a unique experience. The mosque itself is only accessible for Muslims, but the gardens are open to the public.
This 19th century palace was built by order of the grand vizier of the sultan, for his own use. It was supposed to be the biggest palace of that time and, with a surface of 22,000 m2, they nearly succeeded. It is not that big anymore these days, because it had to give way to other facilities and provisions in the gardens. It is a beautiful reflection of the Moroccan and Berber culture, with richly decorated pillars and galleries with wooden frames in bright colours. Finally, several places are decorated with marble and ceramics.
Discover the vast stone desert and the palm gardens surrounding Marrakesh from the back of a camel. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a while and enjoy the tranquillity of the countryside. You will be completely submerged into the local culture for a few hours. The camel ride is an unforgettable experience and should not be lacking during your trip.
Several organisations offer camel tours and they usually pick you up at your hotel. Very convenient!