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24 Hours in Marrakech, Morocco

November 1, 2016

Marrakech has an energy unlike any place I’ve ever been. Stepping into the souks will set the tone for your entire visit. The character of these streets is quintessentially Morocco: vibrant, busy, and culturally unique. You can have any adventure you want here – there’s so much to see within the winding streets and in the outskirts of town. If Morocco is on your mind, read on for our day guide to this amazing city…

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9:00am

Breakfast time. Staying in a Riad is like stepping into a hidden oasis. Riads are typical accommodation in Marrakech, and are often tucked away from the bustling streets of the town. We stayed at Riad Yamina, where I started my mornings with a traditional Moroccan breakfast while planning out the day.

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A typical spread at Riad Yamina

10:00am

To experience Moroccan architecture at its finest, I recommend visiting Hotel Mamounia, a palace-hotel that dates back to the 12th century and has hosted the likes of Yves Saint-Laurent and Ray Charles. I could spend hours wandering the gardens of this incredible property. Dress appropriately (no shorts or sandals) and get lost here.

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The pool at Hotel Mamounia

In the gardens on the grounds of Hotel Mamounia in Marrkech Morocco

In Hotel Mamounia’s garden

11:30am

Next to Hotel Mamounia is the Koutoubia Mosque, the largest mosque in Marrakech. It’s perfect for a quick visit to admire the architecture of the tower and its surroundings. Note: you can only step foot inside if you are Muslim.

12:00pm

I suggest wandering through Jamaâ el Fnaa square mid-day. It hosts food stalls, snake charmers, street vendors, and much more. I treated myself to an orange juice here and it was the best I’ve ever had!

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Sipping fresh orange juice in the square

12:30pm

Lunch time. Getting hungry? Make your way through the souks en route to Café Zaza, which serves traditional Moroccan food and has an excellent rooftop view in the heart of the Medina.

2:00pm

After filling up, I suggest paying a visit to Ben Youssef Madrasa, an old college dating back to the 14th century with some of the most beautiful tile work I’ve ever seen. You’ll feel like you are stepping back in time wandering through the grounds.

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Exploring Ben Youssef Madrasa

3:00pm

Visiting the souks is an experience in itself, and is not to be missed! There are gems to be found in these busy markets. Take home a traditional Moroccan wedding blanket or some hand-painted bowls – but don’t forget to haggle. I typically paid 1/3 of the price that was originally given for anything we bought.

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Exploring one of the many souks in Marrakech

4:30pm

For a late afternoon pick-me-up, why not indulge in some traditional Moroccan tea? There are plenty of options to choose from, and it also doesn’t hurt to retreat to your Riad if your hands are full from successful bargaining at the souks…

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Moroccan tea at our Riad

6:00pm

If you haven’t wandered the streets enough yet, this is an ideal time. Getting lost here is inevitable, but there’s something to see around every corner! You could also grab a pre-dinner drink from the bar at Nomad Restaurant and watch the sunset over the pink rooftops.

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Don’t miss rooftop views of Marrakech

7:00pm

Dinner time. Enjoy a leisurely dinner and tasty Moroccan cooking at Naranj. It’s a new restaurant not far from the square which features Moroccan food with a Lebanese spin, and beautiful interior design.

9:00pm

After dinner, I recommend exploring the bustling town at night. You never know what you’ll find – and dessert is always close by. Plus, after a day in Marrakech, you’ll be happy to retreat to your hidden riad for some much-deserved relaxation…

Riad Yamina pool in Marrakesh Morocco via Finduslost

If you’re spending more than one day near Marrakech, I highly recommend checking out our overnight glamping trip in the Moroccan desert for inspiration on stays outside the city.

Is Morocco on your list? Let us know in the comments below!
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19 Comments

  • Reply Veronica November 1, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Looks amazing 🙂 Morocco have not been on my list but now I think it actually should be, looks great!

    • Reply - Selena November 1, 2016 at 11:40 pm

      It recently moved to the top of mine and I’m so glad we went! The whole country is fascinating.

  • Reply Christina November 1, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    This is the most perfect guide! I’m planning a trip (hopefully) for next year, so am saving this for later 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply - Selena November 1, 2016 at 11:41 pm

      Thank you Christina! That’s exciting to hear – you know I’ll be following along 😉

  • Reply Brooke November 2, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    I am staying at Riad Yamina this December. I can’t wait to visit the restaurants you suggested.

    • Reply - Selena November 15, 2016 at 6:51 am

      How exciting! I’ve been wondering what Morocco is like in December. You’ll have to share pictures. 🙂

  • Reply Eva November 3, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    Great post. Can’t wait to visit in February. Did you only have one day in Marrakech? Did you find it enough? I’m looking into booking the scarabeo desert camp but I’d also love to visit Essouria but we only have 4 full days. Thank you

    • Reply - Selena November 15, 2016 at 6:54 am

      We had 3 days in Marrakech, but I could’ve done more! It depends on what you are looking for, but the city can be exhausting so you could definitely plan only a day or two if you want to keep it short.

      Scarabeo Camp was definitely the highlight of our trip. 🙂

  • Reply Salt in our Hair November 11, 2016 at 10:45 am

    My gosh, Marrakech was on our bucket list but it’s on top now! Love your photos!!

    • Reply - Selena November 15, 2016 at 6:49 am

      So glad to hear it! The city is wonderful. 🙂

  • Reply Nathalie November 12, 2016 at 7:46 am

    Beautifull pictures girl! I love it!
    I want to travel also to Marrakech!

    • Reply - Selena November 15, 2016 at 6:50 am

      Thank you 🙂

      It’s definitely worth planning a trip around!

  • Reply Morgan December 14, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Thanks Selena! Such a great guide. Very helpful for our upcoming trip for New Year’s.

    xx
    Morgan
    from http://www.twobluepassports.com

    • Reply - Selena December 16, 2016 at 5:55 pm

      Thank you Morgan. Enjoy Marrakech!

  • Reply Haydee F January 8, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    Thank you for this great guide! Heading there in March! Just wondering how you two got around; walk or taxis? Also, for hotel Mamounia, were you allowed to tour the hotel, including pool area or did u go for a spa treatment? Thanks!!

    • Reply - Selena January 9, 2017 at 11:03 am

      Hi Haydee! In Marrakech we mostly walked, but would grab a taxi if we wanted to go further outside the main part of the city. I’d definitely recommend downloading an offline map via google maps for Marrakech – there are a lot of winding streets, and this will let you figure out where you are without using data! For Hotel Mamounia, we just went in the morning (no treatment booked). As long as you are dressed appropriately (no bare legs, no sandals) they will let you in. We said we were just grabbing something to eat. A lot of people also take pictures inside, so we just asked if we could see certain rooms and they allowed us to. Have a great time, Marrakech is pretty incredible!

  • Reply Rachel Reynolds February 7, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    You have an incredible blog! I am so so so impressed! I will definitely continue to follow you throughout your travels and life in general.

    • Reply - Selena February 20, 2017 at 11:55 am

      Thanks so much Rachel! Keep in touch. 🙂

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