El Badi Palace

El Badi Palace: Our most recommended tours and activities

Bahia & Badii Palaces & Saadian Tombs Skip-the-Line Tour

1. Bahia & Badii Palaces & Saadian Tombs Skip-the-Line Tour

Discover this medieval desert enclave's beautiful and spectacular treasures on a guided walking tour.  Stroll through the old Marrakech medina with an expert local guide as you discover an array of hidden gems. Benefit from skip-the-line access to the Bahia & Badii Palaces, then pay an optional visit to the Saadian Tombs. Begin your walking tour by passing the ruins of Sultan Ahmed El Mansour's 16th-century Grand Badi Palace. Catch a glimpse of the former affluence of this majestic city. Learn about how, at the height of its glory, the palace was considered the 8th wonder of the world. Then, continue your tour to the Bahia Palace - the jewel in the crown of Marrakech and a monument of breathtaking magnificence. Enter the monument with skip-the-line admission.  As you explore inside, find out how it was constructed in the latter part of the 19th century and took the most skilled workers and artisans 6 years to complete. Finally, pay an optional visit to the Saadian Tombs, sealed for centuries until their rediscovered in 1917. Hear about how the tombs date back to the time of the sultan Ahmad al-Mansur. See the two main mausoleums within the enclosure, consisting of 66 tombs with 100 more lying outside the gardens.

Marrakech: Full-Day Guided City Highlights Tour

2. Marrakech: Full-Day Guided City Highlights Tour

Spend a full day visiting the most iconic attractions in Marrakech. Following a pickup from your accommodation, explore one of Morocco's largest and most beautiful mosques — Koutoubia.   Continue the tour to the Bahia Palace and admire its beautiful gardens filled with fruit trees and sweet-smelling flowers. Then, head over to the peaceful enclosure in the Kasbah to see the cedar wood domes and marble columns of the Saadian Tombs. Next, get ready to see Morocco's most famous souks and experience the daily hustle and bustle of the city before visiting Djeemaa El Fna, Marrakech's bustling marketplace filled with merchants from the Souk region. After soaking up the colorful atmosphere of the market, there'll be free time for you to have lunch and join in for the second part of the tour. After your lunch break, visit the Majorelle Gardens, designed by the French artist Jacques Majorelle. Enjoy this haven of peace in the city of Marrakech and explore the magnificent tropical garden with its fountains, pools, bamboo forests, cacti, and much more. Then make your way to the Menara Gardens, the famous summer residence of Sultan Abderrahmane, and gaze in awe at the beautiful orchards and olive groves. End your journey by visiting the secret garden which is an outstanding example of Islamic art and architecture. It's part of the great tradition of stately Arab-Andalusian and Moroccan palaces.

Marrakech: Private 1-Day Tour of the Medina and Souks

3. Marrakech: Private 1-Day Tour of the Medina and Souks

Learn about the history and culture of Morocco on this guided tour of Marrakech. On this 2-part tour (both parts lasting 3 hours), you will explore the medina and the souks, and enjoy a delicious lunch at a stylish riad inbetween. To start off the tour you will explore the southern medina with its stunning historical buildings. Visit the magnificent Bahia Palace and the tombs of the former Saadi dynasty. Stroll through the Jewish Quarter, past the Mellah, and across the market of Mellah. If there is enough time, you can also see the ruins of El Badi Palace with the historical pulpit of Koutoubia Mosque. Enjoy lunch at the stylish Riyad El Cadi. Discover the classic architecture of Moroccan homes: a house surrounding a courtyard with a beautiful garden, which is sheltered from the busy streets. Depending on the season, you can eat on the sunny roof terrace or in the cool shade of the citrus trees. Enjoy a salad and a main course, prepared in advance according to your tastes. After lunch you will continue on to the artisan neighborhood of the city. See metal welding, leather workers, woodworkers, and henna women at work. Visit vegetable markets, communal ovens, and a traditional Berber pharmacy where you can find natural remedies for many ailments and medical conditions. At the end of the tour you can admire the beautiful architecture of the Ben Youssef Madrasa.

Marrakech: Private Food Tour – 10 Tastings with Locals

4. Marrakech: Private Food Tour – 10 Tastings with Locals

Eat your way through Marrakech's culinary scene on a private food tour. Go on a delicious journey as you try 10 of the best food items loved by the locals: from savory to sweet and local drinks; this tour leaves every foodie satisfied. Enjoy a bite of the ultimate classics mix of dates and vegetable Tanjia, and taste them in their authentic, local flavor. Each tasting is typical of the local cuisine and hand-picked by a local guide passionate about food.  Visit El Badii Palace, Mellah fruit and vegetable market, and Koutoubia Mosque, plus other remarkable spots in between food stops and learn about their history and cultural relevance from your knowledgeable guide.

Marrakech Historical Tour

5. Marrakech Historical Tour

The tour starts by the archaeological site of the Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret. Through the historical Bab Agnaou gate, you'll see the Saadian Necropolis of the 16th century. From here, walk through the 12th-century Kasbah with its food markets, and visit the remains of the ruined 16th-century El Badi Palace. Then enter the 19th-century Bahia Palace, created by the local artisans with wood, plaster and tiles, and considered a home of the then Moroccan Prime Minister. The exploration ends in the Jewish Quarter, before returning to your hotel or hostel.

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What people are saying about El Badi Palace

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 128 reviews

Very interesting experience - palace was amazing - guide's knowledge outstanding. Only negative was the meeting point - guides were late and we were concerned that we might not be in the right place

Abdu is an awesome guide. He is funny and provides information not only about places history but his is own view as a Muslim born and raised in Marrakech. I loved it

Salah is an amazing guide. Magnificent visit, he shared his culture and the history of Marrakech with us.

Mo is a very helpful and forgiving guide. He doesn't neglect his personal concerns. Was great!

We learned a lot about the culture and life in Marrakech. We recommend!