WHAT TO DO IN MARAKESH

While many visits to Marrakech revolve around the imposing Koutoubia mosque, or Jemaa el Fna, the bustling central square filled with snake charmers and inspirational holiday experiences, there’s plenty to do beyond these landmarks near to our hotel. For those willing to delve deep into the narrow streets around the square or into the desert and mountains outside the city, Marrakech rewards with stunning scenery, unforgettable flavors, and luxurious indulgences.

ACTIVITIES

Have the best orange juice of your life

Explore the ruins of the El Badi Palace

Take a Caleche Ride

Unwind at the Menara gardens

Have a glass of mint tea

Binge on street food

Marvel at the Koutoubia Mosque

Check out the Atlas Mountains

MARAKESH MEDINA

Navigate Marrakech’s labyrinthine medina and visit other city highlights with a local guide on this half-day walking tour. Visit the grand Bahia Palace and hear fascinating stories of Morocco and slaves from your guide.
Head into the medina to sample some freshly baked bread and admire photographs of Marrakech from a century ago and learn more about the city’s rich culture at the Photography Museum of Marrakech.

MUSEE DE MARAKESH

Maybe the rumours are true of a curse on the Mnebhi Palace, now home to Musée de Marrakech. Its low walls and inner courtyard left no place to hide for Mehdi Mnebhi, defence minister during Sultan Moulay Abdelaziz’s troubled 1894–1908 reign. While Minister Mnebhi was away receiving a medal from Queen Victoria, England conspired with France and Spain to colonise North Africa.

JARDIN MAJORELLE

Other guests bring flowers, but Yves Saint Laurent gifted the Jardin Majorelle to Marrakesh, the city that adopted him in 1964. Saint Laurent, and his partner Pierre Bergé, bought the electric-blue villa and its garden to preserve the vision of its original owner, landscape painter Jacques Majorelle, and keep it open to the public.

MAISON DE LA PHOTOGRAPIE

When Parisian Patrick Menac’h and Marrakshi Hamid Mergani realised they were both collecting vintage Moroccan photography, they decided to open a gallery to show their collections in their original context. Together they ‘repatriated’ 4500 photos, 2000 glass negatives and 80 documents dating from 1870 to 1950; select works on view here fill three floors, organised by region and theme, and include a rare, full-colour 1957 documentary shot in Morocco. Most works are editioned prints from original negatives, and are available for sale.

HAMMAM DAR EL-BECHA

The city’s largest traditional hammam, with star-shaped vents in the vast domed ceiling, is the public hammam of choice for women, who get prime afternoon/evening hours here.

PALAIS DE LA BAHIA

Imagine what you could build with Morocco’s top artisans in your service for 14 years, and here you have it: La Bahia (the Beautiful) has floor-to-ceiling decoration begun by Grand Vizier Si Moussa in the 1860s and embellished from 1894 to 1900 by slave-turned-vizier Abu ‘Bou’ Ahmed.

The Bahia Palace is a palace and a set of gardens. It was built in the late 19th century, intended to be the greatest palace of its time. The name means “brilliance”. As with other buildings of the period in other countries, it was intended to capture the essence of the Islamic and Moroccan style.