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Things to see in Marrakech

Tourist Offices

Office National Marocain du Tourisme (ONMT)

Address: Avenue Mohammed V, Place Abdel Moumen Ben Ali, Guéliz, Marrakech,
Telephone: +212 524 436 131.
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 0830-1630.

Website: http://www.marrakech.travel

The city's principle tourist office is located a little way west of Marrakech's walled Medina, accessible via Avenue Mohammed V from Jemaa el Fna square. The office offers guided tours, maps and event tickets, and can assist tourists with accommodation booking.

Attractions

El Badi Palace

You'll need your imagination to get the most from El Badi Palace. Translating as the 'incomparable', the complex was once Marrakech's grandest structure. Today, all that remains is its atmospheric ruins. A walk around the site's sunken gardens is still rewarding, with a chance to see the restored 12th-century marquetry minbar (pulpit), housed in the tiny on-site museum, a highlight for most.

Address: off Place des Ferblantiers, Bab Berrima, Marrakech,
Telephone:
Opening times:

Daily 0800-1700.

Website:
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Koutoubia Mosque

From any approach, the first sight of Marrakech is of the minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque, the city's tallest building which dominates the skyline and acts as a handy reference point for lost travellers. Though the mosque is accessible only to Muslims, the surrounding gardens are a popular relaxation spot for both locals and tourists; an oasis of calm next to the chaotic Jemaa el Fna.

Address: , Avenue Mohammed V, Marrakech,
Telephone:
Opening times:

Mosque and minaret closed to non-Muslims; gardens open sunrise-sunset.

Website:
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Marrakech souks

Nauseating, mystifying, claustrophobic and chaotic, Marrakech's souks are a ferocious attack on the senses, yet the city's most memorable attraction. Despite touts offering tours to the tanneries (a favourite hangout for local glue-sniffers), the best souks are found through an arch north of the Jemaa el Fna. Spend an afternoon absorbing the madness, window-shopping for hand-carved woodwork, sparkling jewellery and mysterious potions that ward off jinn (evil souls).

Address: , , ,
Telephone:
Opening times:

Daily approximately 0900-1930.

Website:
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Bahia Palace

The 19th-century Bahia Palace grants visitors an intimate glance into the lives of royalty. Though still used by the king to entertain privileged guests, dozens of rooms are open for public viewing, including the former residence of the Grand Vizier's four wives and his royal harem of no less than 24 concubines. Expect striking stuccowork and marvellous mosaics.

Address: , 5 Rue Riad Zitoun el-Jedid, Marrakech,
Telephone:
Opening times:

Daily 0800-1700.

Website: http://www.palais-bahia.com
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Musée Dar Si Said

Among Marrakech's best museums is this former mansion belonging to 19th-century royal chamberlain Sidi Said. The museum tells the tale of Morocco's past using weaponry, tools and musical instruments. The route through the museum mazes through cramped corridors, courtyards and finishes in the magnificent domed wedding chamber – a grand setting that complements the ancient exhibits.

Address: near Bahia Palace, Off Rue Riad Zitoun el-Jedid, Marrakech,
Telephone: +212 524 389 564.
Opening times:

Wed-Mon 0900-1200 and 1500-1800.

Website:
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Jardin Majorelle

A masterpiece that mixes Matisse colours with nature, the Majorelle Gardens were designed by French artist Jacques Majorelle over a 40-year period. Adored by celebrated fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, who saved the plot from becoming a hotel in 1980, the gardens house exotic foliage from around the world, including giant cacti, bamboo and banana trees, beneath which coy ponds shimmer serenely.

Address: , Rue Yves St Laurent, Marrakech,
Telephone: +212 524 313 047.
Opening times:

Daily 0800-1800 (May-Sep); daily 0800-1730 (Oct-Apr).

Website: http://www.jardinmajorelle.com
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Menara Gardens

With its backdrop of the Atlas Mountains, it is no surprise that the Menara Gardens, which date back to the 12th century, are one of the most photographed places in Morocco. 30,000 olive trees are set around a magnificent reflecting pool filled with leaping fish. The gardens are a snapshot of tranquillity, albeit an oversubscribed one.

Address: , Avenue de la Menara, Marrakech,
Telephone:
Opening times:

Daily 0600-1800.

Website:
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: Yes

Musée Tiskiwin

Near the Musée Dar Si Said is a beautiful double riad containing the private collection of folk crafts belonging to Dutch collector Bert Flint. This small, dusty, and appealingly quirky museum leads visitors on a journey from Tuareg artefacts of the Sahara to the talismanic Berber adornments of the Atlas Mountains.

Address: near Bahia Palace, 8 Rue Dar Bahia, Marrakech,
Telephone:
Opening times:

Daily 0900-1230 and 1430-1800.

Website:
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Saadian Tombs

One of the most visited sites in Marrakech, and a must for history buffs, the Saadian Tombs were discovered and opened to the public in 1917. The principal structures of the tombs date from the late 16th century. An enclosed garden is overlooked by two separate mausoleums, with over 100 mosaic-decorated graves scattered inside lavishly decorated chambers.

Address: , Rue de la Kasbah, Marrakech,
Telephone:
Opening times:

Daily 0900-1645.

Website:
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

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