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Things to do in Medina, Marrakech

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Marrakech: Street Food Tour by Night

1. Marrakech: Street Food Tour by Night

Start your tour in Mellah with an introduction to the history of the city's market. Take a stroll through the market where stalls groan under the weight of fresh fruit, meat, poultry, and vegetables. Watch artisans make a local pastry and get a glimpse of how locals haggle in the market. Start experiencing new flavors and enjoy tastings of local foods such as sweet pastries or the traditional charcoal-baked tagine. Ask your local guide about the different types of tagines and the secrets of cooking this traditional Moroccan dish. Receive a local recipe as a unique souvenir for you to take home. Before moving to your next stop, refresh with a delicious almond drink that locals adore. Head to the souks and explore some of the side streets to discover food stops often missed by travelers. Marvel at the vendor's stalls and be amazed by the colors and flavors that you can find there. Try some of the wares on offer including juicy olives and sweet dates.  Continue to the maze-like streets of the Medina and see how a méchoui maker prepares the roasted whole lamb or sheep in a pit oven. Visit a hidden restaurant to try even more delicious foods such as tangia and kofte served with freshly baked bread. Take in the smells of saffron, cumin, and fresh herbs as you enjoy exotic flavors. Sample three different types of salads made from fresh local ingredients. Enjoy a magnificent view from the rooftop of a cozy cafe. End your tour in Moroccan style and sip a glass of mint tea together with a local. Admire the beautiful courtyard and the traditional Moroccan decorations such as rugs, mosaic lamps, and fountains. Learn about the tradition and habits of drinking tea, while listening to the local stories from your host.

Marrakech: Traditional Moroccan Cooking Class & Market Visit

2. Marrakech: Traditional Moroccan Cooking Class & Market Visit

You will meet Khmisa and Kawtar, who will host you for a meal at Khmisa's place in the heart of Medina. Enjoy Moroccan traditional cuisine together with the chefs. You will be welcomed with traditional mint tea. First, you will discuss with the chefs the menu choices for you, which will be composed of the most typical best Moroccan dishes. Then you will go with Chef Khmisa to the Old Souk. The walk through the souk to buy the fresh ingredients will allow you to learn more about Moroccan culinary culture. Once back home from the market, you will start the preparation with the chef. You can sit and enjoy the meal with your group, or if you’ve chosen the private tour option, dine with your close friends and family and take in the home-cooked food.

Marrakech: 3-Hour Colorful Souks Tour

3. Marrakech: 3-Hour Colorful Souks Tour

Explore Marrakech's colorful open-markets on a 3-hour private tour. Witness the commercial life of the city as you meander through the labyrinthian souks with a passionate guide. The souks of Marrakech are certainly the most colorful and the liveliest in Africa. Meet new friends and gain a better understanding of Moroccan culture through different visits and discussions with artisans and shopkeepers. This market is among Morocco's most famous and the stalls display colorful and richly-varied wares. Shop for hand-crafted slippers, traditional woodwork, brass, iron, and bronze handicrafts, jewelry, kaftans, carpets, spices, and pottery.

Marrakech: Full-Day Guided City and Gardens Highlights Tour

4. Marrakech: Full-Day Guided City and Gardens 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. Relax on the drive back to your hotel or riad at the end of your tour.

Marrakesh: Private Shopping Tour in the Souks

5. Marrakesh: Private Shopping Tour in the Souks

Enjoy a walking tour with a difference, as your guide curates a journey through the markets based on your shopping needs. Meet your local guide who has the inside track on the best vendors and stalls in the old walled city district of Medina. Tell them which items you would like to shop for. They will then create a personalized itinerary for the whole group across the 3-hour tour. Set off for your walk among the labyrinth of small alleys. Shop for small souvenirs and basic needs, or for artisanal items made the traditional way. Visit the workshops and see crafts like leather, iron or woodwork, as well as embroidery, weaving or ceramics. Let your professional guide teach you the art of negotiation with the vendors. Learn a few key phrases in Arabic as you experience shopping the traditional, local way.

Marrakech: Medina by Night Tour

6. Marrakech: Medina by Night Tour

Meet your guide in the main square outside the medina then head into the vibrant hustle and bustle of the market for a guided 3-hour tour. As the sun sets, the medina is brought to life in a new way with the stalls lit up by colorful lights and locals going about their shopping. With your guide wind your way around the medina, rest assured that you won’t get lost in the labyrinth of stalls. In the medina, feel immersed in the lively atmosphere as you listen to the buzz of shoppers bartering for bargains and smell the delicious aromas of authentic delicacies. Marvel at the array of colorful fabrics, handmade crafts, and beautiful trinkets that line the stores, and shop for souvenirs of your trip. As you wander, your guide shares fascinating insight and stories into the history, culture, and traditions of the medina and its importance to the Moroccan way of life. After a busy 3-hours of shopping and exploring the medina, head to a cozy rooftop bar for some much-needed refreshments. Sit back and relax as you sip on authentic Moroccan tea and listen to the upbeat sounds of the musicians in the medina below.

Marrakech: Bahia Palace Skip-the-Line Tour

7. Marrakech: Bahia Palace Skip-the-Line Tour

Discover the most distinctive sites of Marrakech on a 1.5hour private guided tour with a professional guide. Start the tour with a stroll through the Medina (Old Town). Then, visit the El Bahia Palace where you will enter with skip-the-line tickets. Immerse yourself in Morocco's imperial history as you explore this grandiose royal residence built for the Grand Vizier Sultan Moulay El Hassan I. The palace features fountains, pleasure gardens, extraordinary living quarters, and several shady courtyards which are closed to the public. However, visitors can enter the apartments of the Vizier's favorite concubine and the council chamber. Admire the illuminated cedarwood ceiling and tiled walls, then marvel at the expansive marbled central courtyard with its many fountains and zelliges.

Marrakech: Medina Nightlife Walking Tour with Tastings

8. Marrakech: Medina Nightlife Walking Tour with Tastings

Join a certified tour guide and experience the overwhelming magic of Medina nightlife on this walking tour. Explore Jemaa el-Fnaa square and marketplace and learn local traditions and customs while taking in the surrounding sounds and smells. Taste Moroccan tea and other specialty products. After sunset, step into a lively and colorful souk (market), filled with musicians, dancers, and acrobats. Experience an exciting nighttime atmosphere, surrounded by the clamor of customers bartering for discounts and the smells of exquisite fragrances. Shop for souvenirs and marvel at the collection of colorful fabrics, handmade crafts, and one-of-a-kind trinkets that line the boutiques. As you stroll, listen as your guide gives intriguing information and anecdotes about medina's history, culture, and traditions. Conclude your tour by heading to a rooftop pub for some much-needed drinks. Sip on traditional Moroccan tea and taste olives and dry fruits (both included). Sit back and relax with the cheerful sounds of musicians in the background. 

Marrakech: Private Full-Day City Tour

9. Marrakech: Private Full-Day City Tour

Discover the old city of Marrakech with its labyrinthine streets, famous markets, and the Majorelle Garden on this tour. Visit the famous Palais de Bahia, a beautifully decorated palace full of enchanting inner rooms and elaborate mosaic walls.  With a distinctly different architecture from the rest of the medina, walk through the Jewish Quarter. Discover the incredible Saadian tombs and the Medersa Ben Youssef, an old school of Quranic study with beautiful Arabian-Andalucían architecture. Admire the wood carvings and visit the tiny students' rooms, then see the Koutoubia Mosque, an icon of Marrakech and a point of orientation for tourists. Head to the world-famous Jemaah el Fna square with its countless orange juice stands, snake charmers, traditionally-garbed water sellers and henna women. Enjoy a refreshing midday pause on one of the terraces with a panoramic view and take in the sights of the colorful crowds below. Then continue on to the incredible Majorelle Garden and make your way through this oasis of calm in the midst of the bustling new city at your leisure. Visit the Berber Museum housed in the bright blue villa and learn about the history and traditions of Berber people and see some of their beautiful traditional clothing. 

Marrakech: 3-Hour Biking Tour

10. Marrakech: 3-Hour Biking Tour

In the Medina of Marrakech it is not always easy to find your way. This is why it is best to have a biking guide to show you the best places of the area, making you feel like the area is yours. Just biking through Marrakech itself will make you feel like a sultan as you discover the inside of this ancient and imperial city. Biking along the medieval red-clay city walls in particular is sure to make your Marrakech visit an extraordinary experience. Throughout your tour you will pass by various monuments and interesting buildings which might be worthwhile to explore in depth once you have finished your first exploration of the city. At the conclusion of your experience, you will return to your point of origin.

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based on 1,163 reviews

everything was great; the bicycle was excellent, of good quality, beautiful, new, clean, unbeatable. Our guide Abdu very kind, all the time he took care of us, he gave us advices about the city and its surroundings, the route very well covering importante places; it was a very small group so I really enjoyed it and recommend it for all people who like cycling.

Great tour! Ismail was an excellent guide and he took us to some amazing Souks that we would never be able to find by ourselves. For us it was not so much about shopping, but to understand the stories behind. We never felt pressured to buy anything and Ismail was always there to help negotiate if we needed him. Highly recommended!

our super good guide Salah made us discover improbable places that we would never have discovered on our own.

A great way to get introduced Moroccan food and culture. We did the tour on the first day of our visit.

A friendly and informative moment with an excellent dinner as a bonus!