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How to spend a long weekend in Marrakech, Morocco 

Marrakech, Morocco

London Southend Airport recently announced Marrakech, Morocco as one of our latest destinations! You can picture it already – a camel ride through the desert, that first bite of street food at a bustling bazaar, sitting in a rooftop garden as you enjoy an evening meal and get ready to do it all again the next day.

You’ve got the vision – we’ve got the specifics. To help you get oriented and plan your long weekend in Morocco, we’ve put together a special Travel Hub list of the unforgettable historic sites, incredible eateries and adventurous outdoor activities for you to pick and choose from. 

Let’s get started! 

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Unmissable sites 

There’s nowhere quite like Marrakech – but with history around every corner, it can be hard to tell where to start. Not to worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the must-see sites to visit on your trip to Marrakech.

Jemaa el-Fnaa

Is a gorgeous traditional market square in the  heart of the centre. If you booked your flights picturing street performers, bustling food stalls and tables packed with trinkets, Jemaa el-Fnaa should be top of your list.  

Koutoubia Mosque

Koutoubia is Marrakech’s largest mosque, founded all the way back in the 12 century. It’s worth noting that non-Muslims aren’t allowed inside. However, the 250 foot-tall minaret and large, beautiful gardens are well worth a visit. The mosque is a vital part of Marrakech’s local history (and modern skyline) that you won’t want to miss. 

Bahia Palace

This 19th century palace is serene, clean and needs to be seen. From its grand courtyard to its stunning gateways and gardens, Bahia Palace is a beautiful piece of architecture, and a nice escape from the hustle and bustle. 

Saadian Tombs

The Saadian Tombs are the historic royal necropolis of Marrakech, just south of the Kasbah Mosque. They’re ornate, intricately decorated and open to visitors, but be respectful! 

This ancient Islamic college is a testament to Moorish design, and with its intricate tile work and carvings gives a great insight into the technical skill of its designers. 

El Badi Palace

Although it has fallen into ruin, El Badi Palace – meaning “the Palace of Wonder” – gives tourists a glimpse into the opulence of the Saadian dynasty behind its design. The large courtyards and remnants of grand structures are fascinating and a must-see for anyone interested in the region’s history.

Dar Si Said Museum

This museum is housed in a 19th-century palace and showcases Moroccan carpets, pottery and jewellery. If you’re a fan of arts and crafts, prepare to get your mind thoroughly blown. 

Food and drink

Feeling hungry? I know I am. But that’s not particularly useful here because I’m not currently in Marrakech. If you’ve read this far, however, then you probably will be! That’s why we’ve put together a list of great places to get some grub when you’re in the city.

Café des Épices

You’ll find the Café des Épices in the Medina. It’s a great spot to enjoy some traditional Moroccan dishes – and also gives you a great view of the market! 


Also in the Medina, Nomad is known for introducing a modern twist to traditional Moroccan cuisine, providing a rooftop dining experience with spectacular views of the city.

Al Fassia

Al Fassia has two locations, one at the Guéliz and another at the Aguedal in Marrakech. This highly recommended restaurant is run by women, and is famous for its authentic Moroccan dishes and warm hospitality.

Le Jardin

A beautiful garden café serving a mix of Moroccan and international dishes. Le Jardin is housed in an open-air 16th century building. Now that’s an experience! 

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Café Clock

A cultural café offering not just food but also cooking classes, storytelling evenings and other cultural activities. There’s even a camel burger on the menu! 

Comptoir Darna

A fancy interior with a lively restaurant and bar known for its delicious food, traditional music and belly dancing shows. It’s perfect for a fun night out in Marrakech! 

Street Food in Jemaa el-Fnaa

For a true taste of the city, try the various street food stalls in Jemaa el-Fnaa. From grilled meats to snail soup, there’s something for every adventurous eater.

Outdoor activities

Take a day trip to the Atlas Mountains

Looking to stretch your legs and enjoy some breathtaking scenery, Berber villages. Take a day trip from Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains that stretch across Morocco. 

Relax in the Majorelle Garden

This stunning botanical garden created by French artist Jacques Majorelle and later restored by Yves Saint Laurent. It’s a tranquil oasis in the middle of a busy city.

Ride a camel in the Palmeraie

You can enjoy a traditional camel ride in the Palmeraie, a palm grove just outside Marrakech. It’s a fun way to explore the desert landscape – and great for that iconic Instagram photo for your friends back home!

Get a birds’-eye view from a hot air balloon

So you think you’ve seen everything Marrakech has to offer… from the ground. Get a bird’s-eye view of the city and the surrounding countryside with a hot air balloon ride. It’s a memorable way to start the day – and there are plenty of different companies to choose from. 

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Quad biking and horse riding

For an adrenaline rush, try quad biking in the desert areas around Marrakech. It’s an exciting way to see the rugged terrain. You can also go horseback riding if that’s more your pace, exploring the scenic landscapes around the city.

Visit to the Agafay Desert

Unlike the Sahara, the Agafay Desert is rocky but offers similar experiences like camel rides, quad biking and luxury desert camps.

Shopping in the Souks

Spend time wandering through the markets of Marrakech, known as Souks. It’s an essential part of the Marrakech experience – but you probably knew that already.

Marrakech is a city full of history, culture and adventure. Whether you’re exploring its historic sites, indulging in delicious food, or engaging in exciting outdoor activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

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