Leisure activities in Marrakech

things to do in Marrakesh
Updated 2022-07-10 14:39

Marrakesh is one of the world's liveliest cities. Once you are on the spot, you will be able to choose from a wide range of leisure activities, whether you are alone or with your partner, or you have friends or family visiting you.

Things to do alone in Marrakesh

  • Exercise

Fitness, running and biking are excellent activities to practice when you are alone in Marrakesh. By doing so, your physical and mental health will be greatly improved. It will also help you to explore the city and enjoy the fresh air for free. Otherwise, you can join any club of your choice in the area.

  • Visit the Palmeraie

The Palmeraie is a small area with around 100 000 trees, most of which are palm trees. It is a 100% natural land that produces tons of dates and some vegetables. Exploring this area is a must for visitors. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy a Camel ride and/or a Quad bike.

  • Learn the local cuisine

Many chefs in Marrakesh offer affordable cooking classes, so it might be an excellent opportunity to get to know more about Moroccan cuisine. You can easily book a seat online to explore this unique art.

  • Go shopping

In Marrakech, you will find all types of Souks where you can shop for a range of products, including clothes, spices, leather, dishes, etc. In these souks, you can get many souvenirs as well as whatever you wish. Keep in mind that you should bargain on everything you want to buy.

  • Have a Hammam/Spa day

For a true and authentic experience, you can go to any local Hammam. Remember to have your clothes, a soft kessa glove, black soap, your shampoo and shower gel with you. Inside the local Hammam, you will find women who offer full-body exfoliation for around 100 Dhs. The total cost of a Hammam experience can be around 120 Dhs. You can also book a spa online via their website. Luxurious spas, be they Oriental or Turkish, are much more expensive but are definitely worth a try. Besides, spas offer many things other than Hammam, such as a massage, hair styling, pedicure, etc.

Things to do in Marrakesh with your partner

  • Eating out

If you want to have dinner out with your partner in Marrakesh, Jemaa el Fna is the right place for you. As soon as the night falls, this square turns into a lively place. It is crowded with merchants, food and juice sellers, snake and monkey trainers, henna artists, different local musicians, street theatre, as well as visitors. The whole view of this square is very touristy, but the atmosphere that comes up at night is really exceptional. Other than that, you can book a table online at any fancy restaurant of your choice.

  • Visit the Koutoubia

By visiting the Koutoubia Mosque, both of you will be fascinated by the beauty of its forms, its architecture as well as its high minaret. It is the most famous religious monument of Marrakesh, with a beautiful garden where you can sit or walk around while enjoying true historical nature.

  • Go to the museum

The museum is located in 'Dar Mnebhi Palace', in the center of Marrakesh. It was built at the end of the 19th century, and represents the perfect example of classical Andalusian architecture.

  • Hot air balloon flight over the city

If you want to enjoy the beauty of Marrakech from a whole new angle, you should book a hot-air balloon flight over the region. Besides offering stunning views and plenty of photo opportunities, these flights also provide a unique insight into rural life in Morocco, with an incredible contrast between the city and the Atlas Mountains and the desert.

Things to do in Marrakesh with friends or family

  • Walk around Medina

Medina is the true mirror of the history of Marrakesh. The whole area is enclosed in big walls made from old red sandstone. It is home to several Riads and captivating historical places. There are also Souks where you can explore beautiful crafts and other handmade things.

  • Visit the Majorelle Garden

The Majorelle Garden is another highly visited place in Morocco. It was originally established by the famous painter Jacque Majorelle and was later bought by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé. This place contradicts the whole area of Marrakesh in a way that one cannot get in there without being fascinated by its unique beauty. In other words, you will be under the impression of being in a live painting; from its sole colors to the exotics plants, the full view is evocative and unforgettable. The entrance fee is around 70 Dhs.

  • Go on an excursion

To go on an excursion, you can either book online or go directly to any local agency that specializes in trip planning. These agencies usually organize many activities such as camping in the Sahara Desert, quad biking, and a visit to Ourika, among others. Count around 400 Dhs per person.

  • Explore Agafay Desert with a quad bike

One of the most attractive spots in the Sahara just outside Marrakech is the Agafay Desert, which is a beautiful area for quad biking, sand-boarding, and camel riding. Travelers to Morocco can find plenty of information about this desert, but if you want to explore the area a bit more, there are many tours offering excursions to the Atlas Mountains and the beautiful Takerkoust Lake.

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