3 day itinerary Marrakech, Morocco
How to spend only 3 days in a city like Marrakech with its incredible history?
Don’t worry, with this 3 day Marrakech itinerary you can keep your step counter from exploding, beat the crowds and leave enough time to wander around the many souks to find the perfect souvenirs.
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Day 1 - Discover the beautiful history of Marrakech
Start your 3 day stay in Marrakech off easy and enjoy the amazing breakfast that is included at most riads.
Once you’re fed and watered head out to Bahia Palace. Get there when they open at 9:00 as it gets busy quickly and there’s lots of amazing photo opportunities.
You can spend hours here and admire the hand-made wood carvings, beautiful courtyard and lush orange tree gardens. If you want to learn more about the history of the palace you can hire a guide, too.
Admission: 70 DH
Head to Saadien’s Tombs next and admire the ornate tombs, architecture and tile work while wandering the beautiful gardens.
Admission: 70 DH
Traditional Hammam at La Sultana
In mid-day heat enjoy cool drinks and delicious snacks on the rooftop terrace of La Sultana, a stunning 5 star hotel. Treat yourself to a traditional Hammam, a whole body scrub after a steam sauna, leaving your skin baby soft. Relax for a while by their gorgeous interior pool sipping mint tea and listening to relaxing music.
Want to pamper yourself even more? Check out their other spa treatments and email them for an appointment.
El Badii Palace
Now that you’re feeling re-born it’s time to visit the remains of El Badii Palace. The walls of this 16th century palace are still intact and the tower offers great views over the city.
It’s best to visit El Badii either when it opens at 9:00 or just before closing at 17:00. You’ll have the palace grounds almost to yourself and can take some great photos.
Admission: 70 DH
Day 2 - Stunning gardens in the heart of Marrakech
Le Jardin Majorelle
Today breakfast will be early to beat the crowds to Le Jardin Majorelle,
a beautiful botanical garden just outside the medina walls. It was created by artist Jacques Majorelle and hosts exotic plants, water fountains and a museum about Berber culture.
Make sure to check opening hours before as they’re different during summer, winter and Ramadan.
Admission to the garden: 70 DH
Admission to the Berber Museum: 30 DH
Riad Yasmine for tea
On your way back towards the city stop at Riad Yasmine, one of the most Insta-worthy riads in Marrakech. Enjoy mint tea and traditional pastries for a second breakfast while taking in the beauty of the inner courtyard garden.
Visit the Marrakech Museum
Learn about Moroccon history at the Marrakech Museum. Admire the beautiful tile work and architecture before heading for lunch at Café Atay. Their rooftop terrace has great views over the city which perfectly complements the delicious chicken couscous and homemade smoothies.
Le Jardin Secret
On your way to Le Jardin Secret enjoy the hustle and bustle of the souks, traditional markets selling anything from leather goods over lamps. If you’re planning on bringing home a piece of Marrakech check out our guide for the best souvenirs and how much to spend on them.
Day 3 - Visit the tanneries
Start off your last day by walking out to the tanneries to see how the leather is prepared and dyed before before being made into beautiful bags, shoes and poufs. If you haven’t gotten your hands on a piece of Marrakech yet read our tips for the best souvenirs and how much to spend on them.
Once you’re at the tanneries locals will try to scam you into paying for a guide and then lead you into their friend’s, uncle’s or brother’s house.
Don’t fall for that!
You can easily explore the tanneries by yourself (as long as you can stand the smell).
La Mamounia Riad
Take a break at La Mamounia, a gorgeous 5 star hotel, and explore the vast garden where they plant lettuce and vegetables served at the hotel.
You may even run into a turtle while wandering around the park-like garden.
Dar Si Said Museum
End the day of sightseeing with a visit to the Dar Si Said Museum where you will learn everything about the history of Moroccan rugs, see some impressive handmade ones and of course enjoy the beautiful architecture.
Admisson: 70 DH
The best restaurants in Marrakech
Enjoy delicious Zucchini and Feta fritters served with a yogurt dip or homemade pastilla, a hot pastry dish filled with vegetables or meat.
Cafe Chez Zaza
Head to Café Chez Zaza for dinner. Enjoy traditional Moroccan tajine or couscous chicken while watching the sunset over Marrakech.
Le Grand Balcon du Cafe
Find yourself a spot on the rooftop terrace of Le Grand Balcon du Café Glacier to watch the sunset and end the day by watching the sunset over the Koutoubia mosque and park.
Terrasse des Epices
For dinner make reservations at Terrasse des Epices and indulge in some seriously delicious beef tangia (slow cooked beef so soft it falls from the bone).
Max & Jan
Complete your stay in Marrakech by having dessert at Max & Jan, a fabulous little spot serving chocolate mousse on their bohemian rooftop terrace.
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