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3 days in Marrakech Itinerary and travel guide

23 Mar 2024 | Africa, Destinations, Morocco

Marrakech is a charming city located in Morocco, where the friendly locals will make you feel right at home. Although you might initially feel overwhelmed by all the impressions you encounter, it’s the perfect city to combine a city break with some adventure and relaxation.

There’s a lot to experience, so I’ve put together the perfect 3 days in Marrakech itinerary and guide to give you some direction during your stay.

3 days in Marrakesh

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3 days in Marrakech Itinerary & Travel Guide: Planning your trip

Before we get into the sightseeing tips, let’s look into the logistics of Marrakech. 

Where is Marrakech located? 

Marrakech is located in Morocco, in North Africa. The country falls within the same time zone as Belgium and many other European countries, making it super comfortable to travel to.

How do you get to Marrakech?

Marrakech is well-connected via its international airport – Marrakech Menara Airport, which is located 7 kilometers from the city center.

You can also travel to Marrakech by road from Fes or the capital, Rabat. We traveled from Brussels Airport to Marrakech. There are several airlines that offer direct flights. The travel time is approximately 3.5 hours.

Belgian citizens do not need a visa for a maximum stay of 90 days. Your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay.

You can book a taxi through your hotel to pick you up in advance – this costs approximately 150 Dirhams. Alternatively, you can book it online through Get Your Guide and receive the taxi confirmation by email. Click here to book your airport to hotel transfer.

If you don’t do this, be prepared to use your best negotiation skills to get a fair price for your transportation to the city.

When staying in the Medina in Marrakech, all the sights are within walking distance, and you can easily explore everything on foot.

If you’re staying in one of the hotels outside the Medina, it’s best to ask the hotel if they have a shuttle service to take you to the Medina, or you can rent a car. The latter option is especially a good idea if you also want to take a few day trips from Marrakech.

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When is the best time to visit Marrakech?

The best time of the year to stay in Marrakech is between October and May. During the summer months, temperatures can rise to 45 degrees Celsius, and public life comes to a halt early in the afternoon due to the heat. Take into account the month of Ramadan when booking your trip.

This is the annual religious fasting month for Muslims, and the dates vary each year, so check this before booking your trip. During this period, the opening hours of shops, restaurants, and almost all attractions may be very limited. We visited the city at the end of November and enjoyed a pleasant 25 degrees Celsius during the day. Our evenings were cooler, with temperatures around 10 degrees Celsius.

How many days do you need in Marrakech?

If you want to explore the city and also have some time for relaxation, such as visiting a hammam or enjoying the sun, then 4 days and 3 nights is enough time to explore Marrakech.

Where to stay in Marrakech? 

You haven’t truly experienced Marrakech until you’ve stayed in a typical Moroccan riad. A riad is a traditional Moroccan accommodation featuring a beautiful garden or courtyard. Some riads have a swimming pool, and a delightful breakfast is usually included in the accommodation.

We have visited Marrakech several times now and have stayed in both Riad Spa Sindibad and Riad Villa Amira & Spa, and were very satisfied with these accommodations.

Riad Spa Sindibad is centrally located and features lovely rooms, a spa, a swimming pool, and sun loungers on the roof for enjoying the sun to the fullest.

Click here for prices and availability.

Riad Villa Amira & Spa is located just outside the city center, allowing you to avoid the hustle and bustle and city noise. It also features a spa where you can indulge in a body scrub and massage.

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Prefer a hotel instead? Book the popular luxury hotel, Four Seasons Resort Marrakech.

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Now, let’s get started, here is the ultimate Marrakech 3 day itinerary

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Day 1 of 3 day Marrakech Itinerary: Explore Medina North 


Day 1: Explore the North Medina

We kick off our three-day city break in Marrakech immediately with one of Africa’s famous attractions – the mystical souks in the old Medina, featuring many cozy rooftop terraces, beautiful shops, and the tastiest restaurants.

Tip: All the narrow streets within the medina can be a bit confusing! Make sure you don’t get lost by downloading the map of Marrakech on Google Maps in advance before you depart. The medina in Marrakech is a cultural UNESCO World Heritage site in Morocco.

Adapt your pace to the flow of the crowd, put your worries aside and enjoy this charming chaos. The charm more or less disappears when the sun sets and the music mutes rapidly. Religious prayers, through several low male voices, take over the noise of the souks.


Place Djemaa El Fna

Kickstart your city trip right away with a highlight in Marrakech, Jemaa El Fna Square.

The central square – which has been the meeting point between East and West for over a thousand years. You’ll find numerous stalls with fresh food and drinks. Enjoy one of the delicious freshly squeezed fruit juices!

This square is quite an experience, but you don’t want to spend too much time here. Note that taking photos of the stalls and people is usually not allowed without paying.

A quick warning: during your stay in Marrakech, you will be approached by many traders trying to convince you to buy their goods or take photos with one of their captive animals. Please do not support these practices and do not take photos with any of the chained monkeys or snake charmers. These animals are drugged and abused – you definitely do not want to endorse or support such practices!

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Marrakesh Museum

After indulging all your senses with your visit to Place Djemaa El Fna, it’s time to immerse yourself in some culture and learn more about this fascinating city. The Marrakesh Museum is the perfect place for this.

It features traditional mosaics of Islamic patterns and designs, stonework, and wood carvings.

Place Rahba Kedima

In ancient times, slaves were traded at Place Rahba Kedima.

Nowadays, the square has been transformed into a lively place where you can buy straw handbags and hats, as well as delicious spices and beautiful decorative cushions. The perfect stop for a souvenir.

Ben Youssef Madrasa

A madrasa is an educational institution. The Ben Youssef Madrasa is an Islamic college in Marrakesh that has recently reopened after years of renovations. It was founded in the fourteenth century and rebuilt in 1565, on the orders of Abdallah al-Ghalib.

It has housed more than 130 rooms and over 900 students.

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Dar El Bacha Museum

Dar El Bacha, also known as the Museum of Confluence, is an iconic monument in the city of Marrakech. It is a magnificent palace from the 18th century and symbolizes the rich history and culture of the city.

The architecture of Dar El Bacha Marrakech is truly unique. The palace consists of various buildings interconnected by a series of courtyards and gardens. The walls are adorned with beautiful mosaics and colorful tiles, giving the palace a vibrant and striking appearance.

Here you will also find one of the best tea houses in Marrakech.

Le Jardin secret

Nestled in the heart of the medina, this beautiful garden is a tropical paradise where you can escape the hustle and bustle happening just outside the door. Le Jardin Secret is part of the grand Arab-Andalusian and Moroccan palaces.

As a visitor, you can explore the gardens and buildings, full of Islamic art and architecture.

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Places to Eat in and Around North Medina

Pay a visit to Le Jardin. As the name suggests – a beautiful garden where you can drink and eat in peace. Be sure to try one of their fresh fruit juices while enjoying the chirping of birds around you.

For a romantic dinner with sunset views, head to Shtatto. On your way to the rooftop terrace, you’ll come across all sorts of chic designer shops. Sample contemporary Moroccan cuisine at the trendy restaurant Nomad. Making a reservation here is a must.

What to Buy in North Medina?

You can spend a lot of time shopping in the many souks in the medina. Almost everything is crafted by hand, and you’re sure to find handmade treasures.

Make sure to visit the woodworkers and admire their craftsmanship on Rue Derb Dabachi. Stop by Norya Ayron for ethically produced goods made in Morocco. During your city trip to Marrakech, a visit to Souk des Teinturiers is a must – you can see men dyeing wool in various alleyways, while they dry them above their heads.

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Day 2 of Marrakech 3 day itinerary: Visit Medina South

This neighborhood is much quieter than North Medina and offers a more cultural and historical experience.

Explore the beautiful palaces and gardens, and discover the Jewish quarter of Mellah. The Kasbah district of Marrakech is a large walled district in the southern part of the medina of Marrakech, Morocco, historically serving as the citadel and royal palace complex of the city.

Two of the most important structures still standing today are the magnificent Kasbah Mosque and the Bab Agnaou gate. The rest of the district consists of various neighborhoods and monuments. The most famous places to visit within the Kasbah of Marrakech are the El Badi Palace, the Bahia Palace, and the Saadian Tombs.

Palais El Bahia or Bahia Palace 

Palais El Bahia or Bahia Palace With its 160 rooms, Palais El Bahia is one of the largest palaces to explore in the Marrakech region.

When the Moroccan king is in the country, he still stays in this palace. So, when the palace is closed to visitors, you know the king is present. And if that’s the case, you can still explore the building from the outside and take beautiful photos!

Keep in mind that it is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Marrakech, so make sure to be there at opening time for the most enjoyable experience.

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Place des Ferblantiers

This is a delightful square to hang out in. Craftsmen continuously hammer on their handmade lamps, and you’ll spot many storks along the way. An essential stop during your weekend in Marrakech.

Saadian Tombs

Like the entire medina, the Saadian Tombs are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The historic tomb complex consists of two beautiful mausoleums and is now one of the most popular attractions in Marrakech.

The complex contains the graves of seven sultans and 62 family members of the Saadian dynasty in total. Sultan Ahmed El Mansour was also buried at this marvelous place.

The tombs were accidentally discovered in 1917 and have now been beautifully restored. The staff and slaves of the sultan lived in the Kasbah district, and they had their own city gate with direct access to the royal palace.

El Badi Palace

About a 5-minute drive from South Medina lies El Badi Palace.

This palace complex was once very luxurious and later became a deserted place after the sultan’s death. Although the palace now lies in ruins and has been stripped of all its grandeur, it is still an attraction worth visiting because of its architectural beauty and size.

The literal translation of El Badi Palace is ‘incomparable palace’. Formerly, the palace had over 300 rooms adorned with gold, turquoise, and crystal. The enormous ruined courtyard gives you an idea of the splendor of the building.

If you decide to visit El Badi, don’t forget to climb the walls for one of the best views of Marrakech.

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Koutoubia Mosque

Located in the southwestern part of the Medina, this 12th-century mosque is the largest in the city. Its minaret stands at 70 meters high and is easily recognizable as you wander around this part of the medina.

Keep in mind that non-Muslims are not allowed to enter the mosque; your best chance to catch a glimpse of the beautiful mosque is on Fridays when the doors are open for prayers.

Behind the Koutoubia Mosque stretches the palm tree-lined green area of the Koutoubia Gardens, a beautiful place to escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy a leisurely stroll.

Mellah Marrakech

Mella has a rich Jewish history and traditions. Mellah was once home to many Jewish families in Marrakech. It’s a wonderful experience to wander through the Jewish quarter of the Mellah and learn more about this important part of Moroccan and Jewish history.

Stroll through the many spice stalls in the Jewish quarter of the Mellah. The pointed mountains of spices are true works of art.

Bab Agnaou

The city gate Bab Agnaou is one of the oldest gates in the kilometer-long city walls around old Marrakech.

La Mamounia

This beautiful world-famous hotel is a blend of Moroccan architecture and Art Deco – and it’s a must-visit during your stay in Marrakech.

Enjoy a drink on the terrace overlooking the beautiful garden (which is often used as a filming location). Or splurge and indulge in pure luxury. 

More information and prices can be found here.

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Where to Eat in South Medina?

  • Enjoy a typical Moroccan mint tea on the top floor of Café de France. If you’re not a fan of sweet drinks, ask the waiter to put in less sugar. Here, you can enjoy a beautiful view over the lively Djemaa El-fna square.
  • Head to Un Déjouner à Marrakech for your lunch. Like many other restaurants in the area, they also have a pleasant rooftop terrace.
  • Visit Backchich Café for Senegalese Moroccan cuisine.
  • Go to Le Tanjia. As the name suggests, this restaurant specializes in the regional dish tanjia, a delicious stew of meat and spices.
  • Kosybar is a super trendy spot where the chef prepares a mix of international dishes for you.
  • Drop by Kif Kif café when you’re thirsty and craving coffee or tea.

What to Buy in South Medina?

The most charming shopping streets in South Medina are:

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Day 3 of 3 days in Marrakech Itinerary: Explore the New Town 

On your last day, you’ll discover plenty of fun Marrakech attractions.

Such as the neighborhoods of Guéliz and Hivernage. You’ll immediately notice the clear spatial layout and wider streets, full of offices and restaurants.

Explore the botanical garden and the various museums, also discover the vibrant nightlife of Marrakech in this part of the city.


Le Jardin Majorelle

Le Jardin Majorelle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Marrakech.

Therefore, visit this place at the earliest possible time slot for the best experience. Keep in mind that you cannot buy tickets at the door, only online! This famous botanical garden was created in 1924 by the French artist Jacques Majorelle.

The blue villa Saf Saf, purchased by fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, immediately catches the eye among the beautiful green foliage. After the death of Yves Saint Laurent, a memorial was placed at the back of the garden, and it is now open to the public.

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MACMA Museum

This museum is a must-see for all lovers of modern and contemporary art. In the same building as the museum, you’ll find a permanent collection and temporary exhibitions.

There are workshops for visitors to learn more about Moroccan crafts and the creation of mosaics from recycled materials. Be sure to also visit the Marrakech Museum of Art and discover the culture during your stay in Marrakech.

Théâtre Royal

One of the main and iconic places for cultural life in Marrakech. This theater offers a wide range of cultural activities, from live performances to exhibitions.

The Yves Saint Laurent Museum

A tribute to Yves Saint Laurent, who was inspired by Marrakech for his collections and lived and worked in the city. Purchase a combination ticket if you plan to visit both the museum and Le Jardin Majorelle, as this is slightly cheaper than buying separate tickets.

The exhibition space of the Saint Laurent Museum spans two floors and the exhibitions change regularly, so you’ll have plenty of new things to see when you come back for your second visit. 

Place du 16 Novembre

A modern square with beautiful fountains.


Evening entertainment in Marrakech can be found in Hivernage. The wide streets offer plenty of options for bars and restaurants in this neighborhood. Several taxi drivers gather here, making it easy to get home. Nearby, you’ll find the Royal Theater, the Menara Gardens, and the El-Harti Park with fountains and a rose garden.

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What to Eat and Drink in the New City?

  • Have you had enough of Moroccan cuisine? Enjoy delicious fresh sushi and Thai stir-fries at Katsura. They also deliver to your hotel if you prefer a cozy night in…
  • For a luxurious experience, head to Grand Café De La Poste.
  • 68 Bar à Vin is a lovely place where you can enjoy a good glass of wine or a tasty gin and tonic, well hidden behind a black curtain.
  • Craving something different? Mamma Mia is a beautiful Italian restaurant.
  • Go to Kaowa Snack & Juice Bar for a fresh smoothie or a healthy lunch.

What to Buy and Shop in the New City?

  • Avenue Mohammed V is a major shopping street – be sure to stroll through one of the many side streets for a more unique shopping experience.
  • Make sure to check out 33 Rue Majorelle and browse through a variety of colorful accessories, from notebooks to stuffed animals.
  • For lamps, you absolutely must visit the world-famous store Yahya Création.
  • Feel like you’re in Ibiza at KIS Boutique.
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More Marrakech 3 day itinerary ideas

You can easily swap some of the activities listed above to any of these day trips, or laid back time!


You haven’t truly experienced Marrakech until you’ve been pampered in a hammam.

Hammam literally means bath. Here, your entire body is cleansed and impurities are removed. In a hammam, you are first taken to a steam room for cleansing, followed by a bath and a vigorous scrub.

Les Bains de Marrakech Maroc, the Royal Mansour, or Heritage Spa are perfect places to enjoy a traditional Moroccan hammam. A hammam usually lasts about 45 minutes and costs approximately 220 to 450 dirhams.

It is slightly more expensive in luxury hotels, where you can often add spa treatments to your session.


Agafay desert

Agafay Desert One of the best and closest day trips from Marrakech is a visit to the stunning Agafay Desert.

Just 45 minutes from the city, you can enjoy this rocky landscape. The Agafay Desert is best described as a landscape of many contrasts. In addition to taking a quad ride, the Agafay Desert is particularly known as one of the best places for glamping near Marrakech.

In recent years, numerous luxury desert camps have emerged, providing a unique and magical experience in the Moroccan desert. 

The most luxurious glamping spot in the Agafay Desert is the Agafy Luxury Camp.

You can find more information and prices here.

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Atlas Mountains on a day trip

Discover the Atlas Mountains on a day trip The breathtaking Atlas Mountains are just an hour’s drive from the city.

Here, you can take one of the beautiful hikes or spend an unforgettable night in the mountains. If you are looking for a guided hike, here is a full-day tour with a local guide (including a round trip).

A hot air balloon ride over the Atlas Mountains is a romantic way to spend your itinerary in Marrakech. Book this unforgettable experience here.

A hot air balloon ride over the Atlas Mountains is a romantic way to spend your itinerary in Marrakech. Consider booking this experience here.

Visit the Ouzoud Waterfalls

If you’re looking for a lusher landscape, then a day trip to the Ouzoud Waterfalls is the perfect excursion!

Located just 2.5 hours from Marrakech, these impressive waterfalls are situated in the Middle Atlas Mountains. It’s no wonder it’s one of the most unique day trips from Marrakech. The Ouzoud Waterfalls stand at a height of 110 meters over multiple levels and consist of several layers.

You can park your car at one of the designated parking lots at the top of the waterfalls. Then, you can walk around the entire waterfall and even descend, where you can go swimming in the cool river.

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Marrakech La Palmeraie

Take a quad ride in la Palmeraie, which is just outside the city. There are hundreds of palm trees here, and from June until the October harvest, you can see the beautiful orange date bunches hanging around.

Feel free to take a look at this tour here.


Aït-Ben Haddou and Ouarzazate

One of the most beautiful day trips from Marrakech, just a 3.5-hour drive away, is Aït-Ben Haddou and Ouarzazate.

These historical sites are located in the Atlas Mountains and have served as the backdrop for some of the most famous TV shows and movies, such as Game of Thrones and Gladiator.

Aït-Ben Haddou is a village from the 11th century, stroll through the streets and enjoy the beautiful view from the top.

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Marrakech Travel Tips 

Here are some travel tips to keep in mind when planning your trip to Marrakech or Morocco in general.

Explore the city

The first thing you should do when visiting Marrakech is to explore. Walk around, take photos, buy souvenirs from the locals – anything that sounds fun is good for you!

It is advisable to hire a guide who can tell you about various landmarks and things worth seeing from a historical perspective, especially if you are going hiking in the Atlas Mountains.


Weather in Marrakech

The weather in Marrakech can be warm year-round, so dress appropriately with light clothing and plenty of sunscreen.

Pack light and wear layers so you can adapt to the weather as you go. The temperature often fluctuates dramatically from one day to the next, and even within one day. You may also want to invest in a scarf or shawl that doubles as a blanket or towel if your hotel does not provide these amenities directly.


Respect the culture

Be respectful of people’s culture by covering up when visiting mosques or religious sites – this applies to both women and men!

Generally, consider what culturally appropriate clothing is, regardless of how hot it is outside.


Be alert for scams

Be vigilant while exploring the streets of the city or shopping areas, so you don’t get scammed. Avoid unnecessary wandering in the medina during the evening or at night.


Travel insurance

As always with travel, insuring your trip is essential. Ensure medical and trip cancellation coverage in your insurance policy.


Alcohol in Marrakech

In Marrakech, bars or restaurants serving alcohol are very limited. There are several bars and restaurants offering liquor – but keep in mind that you’ll enjoy your cocktail in bars shielded from public view, or even behind closed doors where hardly anyone sees you.


Favorite dishes in Marrakech

Lamb or beef tagine (both delicious!), couscous (perfect for lunch), harira soup (to brave the heat!)

Marrakech is one of the most popular destinations for vacationers in Morocco. Known as the “Red City” due to its red walls and buildings, Marrakech is a beautiful place to visit. I hope this post has inspired you to start planning your trip to this majestic city in Africa!

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