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Bahia Palace In Marrakech – A Complete Guide

The majestic 19th century Bahia Palace, with its stunning stuccos, paintings and mosaics is a ‘must-see’ of Marrakech.

Covering almost 2 hectares, the palace comprises of a number of inner courtyards and gardens. Around which are a labyrinth of elaborately decorated rooms and chambers.

Here’s a guide for visiting. 

How To Get To Bahia Palace

Bahia Palace is located in the southern part of the Medina, the historic old walled city in the centre of Marrakech.

On Foot

Marrakech is quite a large city, most of the main attractions like Bahia Palace are within walking distance of the Medina.

It’s about a 15 minute walk from the city’s central square Jemaa El Fna. Or 30 minutes from Bab Doukkala, the main northwestern gate of the Medina in the city centre.

Bus

Buses 3, 5, 6, 7, 16 and 66 all head in the right direction.

With the closet bus stops to Bahia Palace being at Jemaa El Fan, Bab Ghmat or Sidi Mimoun. All within about a 15 minute walk.

Taxi

Taking a taxi in Marrakech is pretty straight forward and there are two types of taxi, Petit and Grand.

Petit taxis take up to 3 people and only travel within the city and Grand taxis take up to 8 people and have set routes within Marrakech and between cities.

Most journeys within Marrakech should cost less that 20 Dhs during the day.

Car

Although it is of course possible to rent a car in Marrakech, driving around the city is not really recommended.

This is due to the fact that it is incredibly busy with pedestrians, scooters, caleches (horse-drawn carriages) and donkey carts.

In addition, only bicycles, carts and motorcycles are allowed around the alleyways of the historic old city centre.  

Tour

For those short on time, or those that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

In fact, we would recommend booking a Bahia Palace Guided Tour so that you can really immerse yourself in its history.

Bahia Palace Entrance Fee

Entry is 70 Dh per person.

Bahia Palace Marrakech

Bahia Palace Opening Times

Open every day from 9am – 5pm.

Bahia Palace Marrakech

Best Time To Visit Bahia Palace

The best time to visit Bahia Palace on your Marrakech itinerary is probably in the spring (March to May) when temperatures are pleasant, without being unbearably hot.

Or, alternatively the temperatures in the autumn months (September to November) are similar.

Bahia Palace is a very popular tourist attraction in Marrakech so, as always, get there early if you want to avoid the crowds! Especially if you want to get some good photos.

There’s not a lot of written information around the palace, so don’t forget you can book a Bahia Palace Guided Tour to learn more.

What To Pack

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

Lightweight Rain Jacket

Bahia Palace Marrakech
Bahia Palace Marrakech

Bahia Palace History

Bahia Palace was built by Grand Vizier Si Musa in the 1860s. Descended from a family of slaves who served the royal government, he climbed to the highest of offices.

Following his death, the palace continued to be developed and embellished by his son Ba Ahmed Musa who succeeded his father in 1894.

Ba Ahmed died in 1900, following which the palace became royal property and Sultan Abdelaziz is said to have ordered the palace to be looted for valuable items.

in 1908, warlord Pasha Glaoui was so impressed with the palace that he claimed it as a venue to entertain French guests.

When Morocco became a French protectorate (1912 to 1955), Bahia Palace became a residence for French officers posted in Marrakesh.

Once Morocco gained independence in 1956, the palace was again used as a royal residence for King Mohammed V. Later, under King Hassan II, being transferred to the Moroccan Ministry of Culture who turned it into the popular tourist destination it is today.

The palace is still occasionally used by the king of Morocco to receive foreign dignitaries or host events.

Bahia Palace Marrakech
Bahia Palace Marrakech

What To Expect At Bahia Palace

The entrance to Bahia Palace totally belies what you find once you enter the grounds, so don’t let the exterior put you off!

The palace comprises of a number of inner courtyards and riad gardens (interior gardens with a symmetrical four-part division). Around which are arranged various unfurnished but highly decorated rooms and chambers.

The palace is most famous for its stunning decor which features stucco carved with Arabic inscriptions and patterns, beautiful floored areas paved with marble and mosaic tiles.

Not forgetting the lavish cedar-wood ceilings, doors and archways painted with brightly coloured floral patterns.

There are also several cool and airy courtyards that are a delight to walk through. Some with fountains and others with gardens full of aromatic orange, jasmine, and hibiscus, as well as various flowers and plants.

The intricate craftsmanship and architecture weaves its way through the palace and gardens in a colourful display of Moroccan history.

There is said to be 150 different rooms throughout the palace, although these are not all open to the public.

Also, following damage to the palace that occurred during the 2023 earthquake in Morocco, there is some ongoing repair work.

However, the parts of Bahia Palace that are open to the public are definitely worth seeing to appreciate the spectacular Moroccan craftsmanship.

Bahia Palace Marrakech
Bahia Palace Marrakech
Bahia Palace Marrakech
Bahia Palace Marrakech
Bahia Palace Marrakech
Bahia Palace Marrakech
Bahia Palace Marrakech
Bahia Palace Marrakech
Bahia Palace Marrakech
Bahia Palace Marrakech
Bahia Palace Marrakech
Bahia Palace Marrakech
Bahia Palace Marrakech

Where To Stay In Marrakech

Luxury

Four Seasons Resort Marrakech

Four Seasons is a 3-minute drive from the Menara Gardens. 

It offers an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by palm trees, sunbeds and a rooftop terrace. A wellness centre and free Wi-Fi are available. 

Rooms and suites have a balcony with views of the garden, the pool or the mountains. They offer air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with free toiletries, a bathrobe and a bath or shower. 

A daily buffet breakfast is available at this 5-star hotel. Four Seasons have 3 restaurants that serve Andalusian, Moroccan, South Italian specialities and international delights.

Mid-Budget

Savoy Le Grand Hotel Marrakech

Offering an outdoor pool, Savoy Le Grand Hotel is located in Marrakech, 500 metres from Menara Gardens. 

The hotel has a barbecue and a free WiFi is provided throughout the property. 

Rooms come with a flat-screen TV. Certain rooms feature a seating area to relax in after a busy day. A terrace or balcony are available in certain rooms. Every room comes with a private bathroom. 

For your comfort, you will find slippers, free toiletries and a hair dryer. 

Guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. There is a 24-hour front desk, hairdresser’s, and gift shop at the property. Free private parking is available on site

Budget

Hôtel Racine

Offering an outdoor pool and sun terrace, Hôtel Racine is located in Marrakech, a 5-minute drive from Djemaa El Fna square. 

The property offers a fitness centre and a free Wi-Fi access in all areas. 

All rooms have a TV. Some units feature a seating area to relax in after a busy day. Every room has a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hair dryer. 

Guests can enjoy international cuisine at the on-site restaurant. There is a hairdresser’s, Hammam, a spa and wellness centre at the property.

For more places to stay in Marrakech, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. 

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile. 

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.