Of all the many attractions and places to visit in Morocco, Marrakech stands out as a beacon of beauty, charm, intensity and colour, and activity so vibrant that it’s easy to become swept up and never want to leave. It’s a gleaming North African jewel that must be experienced at least once in your lifetime, and the perfect place to base yourself in this fascinating country of ancient customs and traditions before fanning out and seeing much more for yourself.
You can easily take day trips from Marrakesh and experience wider Morocco, including going on Marrakesh desert tours that will give you a real sense of the breathtaking beauty of the majestic Sahara Desert.
This is our guide to Marrakech, an enchanting city where Africa, the Middle East and Europe merge and whose history stretches way back in time to 1062, when it started life as one of Morocco’s four Imperial Cities.
Medinas, mosques, markets — Marrakech has got them all, and so much more, including serene palaces, beautiful gardens and luxury hotels where your every whim will be catered for.
Ancient Ways: The old streets of Marrakech. (Photo: Rosa Frei Photography)
Serene Tranquility: Bahia Palace in Marrakech.
Among the many other attractions in Marrakech are the enchanting Jardin Majorelle botanical gardens famous for their lavish use of blue and that provided inspiration for Yves Saint Laurent; the stunning Madressa ben Yussef Islamic site and its ornate architecture; and — to get a flavour of the history and creativity of this timeless land — the opulent Dar Si Said Museum.
Oasis: A luxury camp in the Sahara Desert.
The experience and thrill of a lifetime awaits not far from Marrakesh, when you set off on Marrakech desert tours and witness the arresting sights and solitude of the largest hot desert in the world — the enormous Sahara, covering most of North Africa and lining the eastern parts of Morocco.
Morocco desert tours have become incredibly popular in recent times, and you can head out from your hotel in Marrakesh with a sturdy 4×4 that’s more than capable of dealing with the challenging desert terrain and has all the modern comforts you’re used to.
Stay for a few days or up to a week or more in the Sahara and feel the majesty of this special part of the planet. You can go trekking among the enormous dunes or hop on a camel and do it the Berber way. At night you’ll retire to your very own luxury camp set up for you by experts from a local tour company, such as Desert Majesty, and you’ll be served delicious food and drinks as you relax and dine under the stars — a unique and incredible Morocco desert tours experience that you will never forget.
Getting around the centre of Marrakech is easy on foot, and you can always hop into a local taxi. If you have data on your phone, Google Maps is a great option to help you out so that you don’t get lost in the swirl of life and business maelstrom.
If you know some French, you’ll find it easier in Marrakech, as well as some Spanish, as these languages are spoken alongside Arabic and Berber — and English, in the more touristy areas.
As for cash, you can use either the local dirham currency or US dollars or euros. You can visit the city any time of year as it’s mostly warm, although it gets hot during the summer months — and as Morocco is a conservative country, remember to dress modestly and mostly keep covered. You will find Moroccans warm, friendly and inviting, and ready to help you with almost anything.
Marrakesh is an ideal place to stay in Morocco to explore the grandeur of the Sahara Desert. Contact Desert Majesty now and book your Sahara desert trip from Marrakech.