Marrakech is always an exciting destination in Morocco. A city in which there are plenty of reasons to impress and amaze us. However, since you are traveling there, why not take the opportunity to explore the surroundings? Don’t you know where? Don’t worry, We give you several ideas for your excursions in Marrakech and surroundings.
1. A guided itinerary around Marrakech
A good idea to start your stay in Marrakech is to take a guided tour for this city. The truth is that the medina can be a labyrinth for all those who appear there for the first time.
An initial contact with a local guide, if possible official, is a great option to get closer to the magic of Marrakech. A) Yes, we will discover not only the emblematic Jemaa el Fna squarewith its unique flavor declared Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
We will also have the opportunity to enjoy the Koutoubia Mosque, the palaces of El Badi or that of Bahia, and the Sadíes Tombs near the Kasbah. Or even outside the pink walls, we can visit the incredible Menara garden or the Majorelle gardens, which were owned by Yves Saint Laurent.
2. Excursion to Essaouira
We propose an excursion that will take you from the dry environment of Marrakech, between the desert and the Atlas Mountains, to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. there awaits you one of the most surprising and vital cities in Morocco. We refer to Essaouira.
Its old city or medina, facing the sea, has a special charm, as well as its cafes and shops. Essaouira is known as the city of the wind, so don’t be surprised to see many surfboards there. If that water sport is your passion, you already know what your next destination is on the Moroccan coast.
3. Merzouga, one of the essential excursions in Marrakech
And from the sea to the Sahara desert. There are several areas accessible by excursions from Marrakech. But our recommendation is to opt for one that takes you to Merzouga. We are not talking about a day tripbut of several, which must include a night on the sands of the Sahara.
In this magical place, hot tea awaits you, some dunes that will make you dream and the most starry sky you have ever seen.
4. Balloon ride over the Atlas Mountains
One of the excursions in Marrakech that will leave you speechless is the one that will take you to the lowest area of the Atlas. For this, it is necessary to get up early. This is how you take advantage of the best time to see these mountains, where we were amazed to see that there is perpetual snow. One step away from the Sahara!
In short, an excursion that goes up to the heights, but that also combined with the experience of having breakfast with the Berbers and with a camel ride.
5. Excursion to the Ouzoud waterfalls
If you thought that Morocco is a dry country, doing this excursion from Marrakech will completely change your mind. The Ouzoud waterfalls are just over 150 kilometers from the big city.
To get there you will go through really arid places, but suddenly you see a big green spot. And above all, you will discover a waterfall of more than 100 meters. Awesome for photos. Take a boat ride at its base, you will love it.
6. Excursion to Ouarzazate
Of the excursions in Marrakech, possibly the most demanded is the one that takes you to Ouarzazate. The desert landscape that surrounds this monumental city is the most suggestive and inspiring. That is why it is not surprising that there is a film studio very close by where scenes from Gladiator either starwars.
But also, this excursion It is complemented by a visit to two jewels of Moroccan historical heritage, the Kasbahs of Taourirt and Ait Ben Haddou.. They are spaces that have echoes of legend and heroic characters who crossed deserts overcoming any impediment.
7. Marrakech souk tour and gastronomy workshop
At the beginning we have told you that Marrakech is a bit labyrinthine. Well, that feeling is multiplied as we enter the souks. That’s why, there are guided tours that will take us through all that network of streets where shops of leather, brass, spices, rugs, slippers abound…
A madness that is done much more comfortably with the help of a guide and without the feeling that one is completely lost.
Also, East tour around Marrakech can end with a cooking workshop in which we learn to make the typical Berber tagine. A delicacy so that later we dare to make this dish at home, surprising friends and family