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Marrakech Itinerary – How To Spend 1 – 3 Days In Marrakech

Located spectacularly between desert and mountains, Marrakech is the fourth largest city in the country of Morocco which sits at the north west corner of Africa.

This colourful city attracts millions of tourists every year looking to enjoy its fascinating history, diverse landscapes, bustling souks (markets), warm climate and tasty food.

With one of the most popular attractions being the ancient section of the city, known as the Medina, which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

With so much on offer, here’s a tried and tested 3 Day Marrakech Itinerary to help you plan your time.

How To Get Around Marrakech

Although Marrakech is quite a big city, a lot of the main attractions are close to the Medina (historic old walled city) in the centre, so easy to get to.

On Foot

The best way to get around Marrakech, especially the Medina area, is on foot.

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

Bus

There is a public bus system with an extensive network of routes which covers all the city districts. Fares for these buses typically range from 6Dh to 12Dh. 

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 Dh 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.

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.

Best Time To Visit Marrakech

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

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

The spring season is perfect for exploring Marrakech’s outdoor attractions like the blossoming Jardin Majorelle. 

Summer in Marrakech (June to August) is usually very hot and dry with temperatures reaching 37°C.

What To Pack

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

Lightweight Rain Jacket

Marrakech Itinerary Day 1

Jardin Majorelle (YSL Garden)

For the perfect start to your 3 Day Marrakech Itinerary, I recommend heading to the famous Jardin Majorelle.

Located within walking distance of the city centre, this stunning botanical garden was created by French artist Jacques Majorelle over a period of many years, starting in 1923.

Subsequently, the property was bought in 1980 by the famous Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Berge to preserve the vision of its original owner.

A series of pathways lead you past fountains, gazebos, numerous cacti, bamboos, palms and colourful indigenous plants. As well as, of course, the beautiful electric-blue Art Deco building that sits within the garden.

Within this building is the Pierre Berge Museum of Berber Arts. Here you can view amazing textiles, jewellery, carpets and other treasures created by the indigenous people of Morocco.

Jardin Majorelle is open every day from 8.30am – 6.00pm and costs 70Dh to enter. (There is an additional charge to visit the Pierre Berge Museum.)

Visit Majorelle Garden Entry Ticket to book in advance.

Jardin Majorelle YSL Gardens Marrakech
Jardin Majorelle YSL Gardens Marrakech
YSL Museum Marrakech
Jardin Majorelle YSL Gardens Marrakech

Jemaa el-Fnaa

After spending time in the tranquil Jardin Majorelle, now for something completely different!

Jemaa el-Fnaa is a large square at the heart of Marrakesh in the Medina quarter of the city. It’s been used as a market place for hundreds of years and is always brimming with activity.

A large selection of market stalls set up each morning, selling pretty much anything you can think of including spices, teas, juices, leather handicrafts, rugs and much more.

As well as the stalls holders, you will also see fortune tellers, snake charmers and storytellers all vying to grab your attention and get you part with some Dirhams. Just remember haggling is a must!

In addition, when evening falls, part of the square is transformed into an open-air restaurant with up to 50 various food stalls.

So, the perfect spot to enjoy some local cuisine at the end of the first day of your 3 day Marrakech Itinerary.

Marrakech Itinerary Day 2

Atlas Mountains Tour

For a great cultural experience away from the hustle and bustle of the city, an Atlas Mountain Tour is a must. This is a great activity for day 2 of your 3 days in Marrakech itinerary.

Located about 40 miles from Marrakech, the beautiful Atlas Mountains offer a refreshing contrast of lush green scenery compared to the dusty red clay of Marrakech.

During the drive to the mountains, you pass through valleys with villages, fruit orchards and vegetable terraces all clinging to the side of the hills in an amazing example of the Berber tenacity!

Along the Ourika River you will see the riverside restaurants and summer homes of the wealthy, who come here to escape the heat of the city.

So, from visiting Berber villages and learning about their culture to a guided walk in the mountains to see waterfalls, there is plenty to see and do.

There are a few different tours to choose from including, From Marrakech: Atlas Mountains Full-Day Hiking Trip.

Marrakech Itinerary Day 3

Bahia Palace

This is another ‘must-see’ during your 3 days in Marrakech itinerary.

Located in the southern part of the Medina, historic Bahia Palace is one of the most important architectural works and tourist attractions in Marrakech.

Built by Grand Vizier Si Musa in the 1860s, the palace was further developed and embellished after his death by his son and successor, Ba Ahmed Musa.

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

There is said to be 150 different rooms throughout the palace, although not all are open to the public. However, the parts of Bahia Palace that are open are definitely worth seeing to appreciate the spectacular Moroccan craftsmanship.

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.

We would recommend booking a Bahia Palace Guided Tour if you are interested in learning about its history.

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

Explore The Souks

You cannot go to Marrakech and not explore the world-famous souks. These bazaar like markets are the largest in Morocco and offer a bustling and colourful world of treasures.

You will find the souks located in the maze of alleyways that lead off from the main Jemaa el Fna, square.

These aromatic lanes are brimming with hundreds of stalls selling a multitude of wares. Including silk kaftans, gleaming lanterns, mirrors and teapots as well as jewellery, perfumes, spices and much more.

Wander through the labyrinth of souks for as little or as long as you want. Just be prepared for a sensory overload of colour, noise and smells!

Obviously, if you are looking for souvenirs, you will be spoilt for choice with the array of wares on offer. Remember to haggle though – it is expected!

If you’re a little nervous about visiting the souks you might prefer the Marrakech Private Souks Shopping Tour and visit with a guide.

Eat Local

Eating local is one of my favourite parts of travelling and the delicious Moroccan cuisine is famous the world over.

Probably the most well known Moroccan meal is tagine.

This North African stew can contain a variety of ingredients including meat, vegetables, apricots, dates and almonds. This hearty and flavoursome dish is definitely a taste of Marrakech.

Another staple dish of Morocco is the versatile couscous.

Whilst it resembles tiny grains of rice, couscous is made from semolina flour and water and is more like pasta. It’s usually served with stewed meat and seasonal vegetables.

For another traditional taste of Morocco, I can recommend trying the famous mint tea from one of the many vendors in the market.

This refreshing infusion of green tea leaves and fresh mint is seen as a symbol of Moroccan hospitality.

In addition, don’t miss the freshly squeezed seasonal fruit juices and vast range of dried fruit and nuts. All also on offer in the market place.

For real foodies, the Medina Tasting Tour: Experience local culture & street food! is a great option.

From the spicy and tangy flavours to the sweet and minty, you are sure to find something to your taste during your 3 days in Marrakech itinerary. 

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.