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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: Full-Day Guided City and Gardens Highlights Tour

2. 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.

Marrakech: 3-hour Biking Tour Highlights Old & New city

3. Marrakech: 3-hour Biking Tour Highlights Old & New city

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.

Marrakech: Private 4-Hour City Highlights Tour

4. Marrakech: Private 4-Hour City Highlights Tour

The tour begins with pickup from your accommodation and heads to the enchanting and picturesque Jardin Majorelle, a botanical garden formerly owned by Yves Saint Laurent.  Stroll through the luscious trees and exotic plants of this magical oasis, admiring the view of water lilies and lotus flowers that float in the ponds. Continue the tour to the New City next, which was built by French settlers in the early 1900s. Today it is a busy hub of international brands and trendy cafés, as well as "the Champs Elysées of Marrakech". Later, visit the exquisite Bahia Palace to admire the fine Moorish architecture and gorgeous ceramic tiles. From here, stroll through the Jewish Quarter where you can get a better understanding of the important role of the Jewish culture and community in developing the unique identity of Marrakech. Arrive at the stunning Moulay El Yazid Mosque then see the Bab Agnaou, one of the 19 gates of Marrakech and the main entrance to the Royal Kasbah. Finally, wander through the fascinating labyrinths of the city's most vibrant and colorful open-air marketplace.  Wander through bazaars full of charm and character, stalls packed with mysterious potions, colorful piles of spices, exquisite rugs, and much more. The combination of sounds, sights, and smells is enough to leave even the most hardened of travelers feeling completely mesmerized.

Marrakech: Private Tour w/ Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

5. Marrakech: Private Tour w/ Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

See Marrakech at its best from the eyes of a local in just 3 hours. Check out prime landmarks like Bahia Palace, Bab Agnaou, Mellah Square and Souk and hear unique insights that only a local would know. Uncover hidden gems and city secrets along the way that will show you an authentic side of the city with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. Fully experience the local flare with an included local treat to make your city tour a complete experience.

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

6. 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 Souks Tour with Tea and Traditional Snack

7. Marrakech: Private Souks Tour with Tea and Traditional Snack

Start your private adventure in the Mellah, Marrakech's old Jewish quarter. You'll learn about its historical significance and interact with the local sellers as you navigate the spice souk. Soon you'll reach Jemaa el-Fnaa square, the heart of Marrakech. Wander around the stalls, snake charmers, musicians and other artists. Next, visit a local cooperative for women with disabilities where you'll find fabulous hand-stitched clothes made from natural fabrics. Follow your private guide through the winding alleys, admiring places often missed by travelers. After you see the many artisans at work, you'll experience Morocco's warm hospitality and share a fresh cup of tea and a "msemmen" (local pancake) with your guide. Venture deeper into the souks to see even more skilled artisans, including tile and slipper makers, or simply to admire more remarkable carpets, hand-painted ceramics and shelves of brilliantly colored products before finishing your tour back at Jemaa el-Fnaa. Pick up recommendations from your host before setting off on your own back into the hustle and bustle of Marrakech.

Casablanca: 3-Day Private Marrakech and Essaouira Tour

8. Casablanca: 3-Day Private Marrakech and Essaouira Tour

Day 1: Casablanca, Marrakech You will depart Casablanca following pickup from your accommodation at 8:00AM. From there you can relax on the 3-hour drive to Marrakech. Upon arrival, you will meet your local guide for a 3.5-hour walking tour around the Medina. You will see the stalls of the old fortified city, before going to the Palais de Bahia to discover its fantastic courtyards and mosaic walls built for Bou Ahmed. You will then stroll through the Jewish Quarter ("Mellah"), where you'll notice the difference in the architecture of the district. You can discover the hidden Saadian tombs, built during the reign of Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur in 1557, and can also go into some of the stores of the souk to purchase spices and Morocco's famous Argan oil.  You will eventually Arrive at the Koutoubia Mosque, completed under the reign of the Almohad Caliph Yaqub al-Mansur (1184–1199), before experiencing the electric atmosphere of Jemaa el-Fnaa, the busiest square and market place in Africa. You can sample some freshly-pressed orange juice as you watch the snake charmers, henna tattoo artists, and water merchants.  Next, you will stop for a tasty lunch in a restaurant with a terrace overlooking Jemaa el-Fnaa square (not included). You will then meet your chauffeur for the drive to Majorelle Garden, which has been bought and restored by the French designer, Yves Saint Laurent. You will benefit from about 1.5 hours of free time to explore the quiet oasis and villa that contains the Berber Museum, and can stroll around the botanical gardens to see cacti and other plants, along with vibrant cobalt walls in a shade now known as "Majorelle Blue". At the conclusion of your first day, you will overnight in the Medina of Marrakech. Day 2: Marrakech, Essaouira You will begin your second day by going for a camel ride. Following breakfast, your driver will bring you to La Palmeraie, an oasis on the outskirts of Marrakech. You can hop on your camel for a ride of about 90 minutes (including a short break) through the palm groves of Le Palmeraie. Afterwards, it will be time to drive to Essaouira. Upon arrival in Essaouira, you can discover the Portuguese character of the city at your own pace. You can visit the bustling fishing port and see how the freshly-caught fish are sold and grilled, walk through the lovely Medina with its blue and white houses and countless restaurants, and can also observe the crafts for sale. You will later climb the historic fort with its watchtower, and can get a glimpse of life in the 16th century. That evening, you will spend the night in a Riad in Essaouira. Day 3: Essaouira, Casablanca On your third day, you will drive along the coastline with a lunch break in Oualidia or El Jadida back to Casablanca, where you will be dropped off at your hotel or to the Casablanca Cruise port.

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What people are saying about Mellah

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based on 628 reviews

The street food tour was amazing and I would highly recommend the tour. We had a great guide, Mohammed, and we were accompanied by a lovely group of fellow travellers. Begin the tour hungry because you will end the tour very full. There are many stops to taste local delicacies and the portions are generous. It was an amazing way to explore the city at night and to taste food from stalls you may not approach or find yourself. Overall, I highly recommend this tour!

Our guide was Mohammed (Mo), he was really nice and gave us a shot history of the food and parts of the city. We wondered trough the market and tasted olives, dried nuts, local pastries, Moroccan salted and sweet pancakes with mint tea, Moroccan tomato soup and we ended with a 3 main course meal that we shared between the group (6 people, 6 tajine dishes). Nice food experience. There was a lot of food so go hungry :)

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.

Guide francophone tres sympathique et vraiment passionné par sa ville. Bon mix entre un food tour (quelques arrêts puis repas à un restaurant) et un city tour.

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