If a holiday for you is less bathing on the beach and more scaling mountains, then you’ll love Marrakech’s excursions. Take the Atlas Mountain 4x4 Adventure, for example. While you might be able to see the Atlas Mountains from the ground, it’s far more fun to see them up close by jumping in an off-road vehicle. You’ll travel through the Atlas Mountains’ rural terrains passing Berber villages, vibrant peaks and deep valleys. There’s no better way to give in to your adventurous side while enjoying some of Marrakech’s finest scenery.
For something a little slower paced, the Cascades of Ouzoud excursion offers one of the top sights in Morocco. These three-tiered waterfalls are over 100 metres tall and often show off a colourful rainbow in the mist that’s thrown up from the torrents of water. Once you’ve finished taking photos of the panoramic views, look up in the trees for the chance to spot some endangered Barbary apes. Native to the forests of Morocco, this is the only place outside of Asia to see these fascinating monkeys, otherwise known as magots.
Is blending in with the locals and avoiding huge tourist trails on your holiday to-do list? Then add The Taste of Riad excursion to it, too. It’s a whole evening dedicated to giving you a taste of real Morocco. You’ll head to one of Marrakech’s beautiful buildings with open courtyards, known as riads, to try some traditional Moroccan food and relax in the warm atmosphere – just like a true local.
And if you love the riad’s classic décor, find out how to replicate the Moroccan style in your own home.
By day, Jemaa el-Fna is a crowded square. But as soon as night falls, the city’s focal point really comes to life - which you can experience on our Caleche by Night excursion. You’ll travel by horse and carriage - also known as a caleche - where the evening show really begins to unfold. Soundtracked by snake charmers and their hypnotising tunes, storytellers gather crowds to share their tales. It’s also a great time to sample some authentic Moroccan food the only way you should – fresh from the chefs’ grills.
If the favourite part of your holiday is buying unique souvenirs to bring back home with you, you’ve come to the right place. On our Souks and Medina excursion, you’ll be shown one of Marrakech’s famous open-air markets, known as souks, which are a huge part of Moroccan life and can be found in every town here. You’ll even find souks in small countryside areas, where the markets are held once a week. You’ll get the chance to browse over 60,000 stalls, with everything from handcrafted tapestries to brass lanterns on display. Haggling is welcomed, so you’ll be sure to get a bargain here.
You’ll also get another chance to grab some wares at another souk, including spices and handmade gifts, on the Marrakech Discovery excursion. Plus, you’ll be given a tour of some of Marrakech’s most famous landmarks, like the Koutoubia minaret and the Jemaa el-Fna square, so you can soak up the local sights while you pick up some excellent deals.
Check out our guide on where to buy Morocco’s argan oil while you’re there.
Fancy yourself as a bit of a history buff? Marrakech has loads of it, and the History of Marrakech walking tour is the place to show it all off. You’ll discover tales of Marrakech’s past whilst wandering past iconic monuments like the Koutoubia Mosque - it’s the largest in Marrakech and can be seen from all over the city. You’ll also get to visit the grand Saadian Tombs, which are two mausoleums and 66 royal tombs all hidden away in marbled and gilded walls, with over 100 brightly-coloured graves outside in the accompanying gardens. Bahia Palace is another stop on the tour, with stained glass windows, painted ceilings and mosaic-lined courtyards.
Gardens of Marrakech is one of our most popular excursions, and with up to 850,000 people visiting every year - it’s not hard to see why. French painter Majorelle dedicated 40 years of his life to creating this garden with flowing streams, pools filled with exotic flowers and colourful birds settling down to make a home here. When the garden was abandoned after the death of Majorelle in 1962, it was skilfully restored by the late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent in 1980, whose ashes are sprinkled here. Fashion lovers will be pleased to hear an accompanying museum called Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech is due to open in 2017, which houses his art collection and inspiration. After taking in the pretty gardens and museum, you’ll take a caleche ride to Menara gardens, where you’ll enjoy olive groves and the views of the High Atlas.
The adults-only TUI SENSIMAR Medina Gardens is just five minutes’ walk from Jemaa el-Fna.
Riad Catalina is a restored 18th-century residence complete with a pretty courtyard garden and rooftop pool overlooking the Atlas Mountains. Perfect for pretending you're a Wise Master.
The gives you three nights in the heart of Marrakech, and seven on Agadir’s coast.
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