Marrakech is quickly becoming an Instagram hotspot – girls in floaty dresses looking pensively at lanterns in the souks or standing in front of beautiful zelij in a palace fill our Instagram feeds and make us want to book a Morocco vacation pronto.
Having just returned from my Marrakech trip, here are my choices for the most beautiful places in Marrakech for getting those gloriously instagrammable shots.
Marrakech is known as the “garden city” with some of the most beautiful gardens scattered throughout the red city.
Le Jardin Secret
Le Jardin Secret can be found just outside the souks between Mosque Mouassine and Mosque Ben Youssef in the Medina (and not to be confused with a riad of the same name), just down the street from the beautiful Riad L’Orangeraie.
The garden dates back to the 16th century, with the current style dating back to the 19th century. Restoration began in 2008 and the gardens opened to the public in 2016 – there are many photo opportunities here!
Going early in the day is best – we went at around 11am and wish we had gone a bit earlier! Arriving at 10am means you can make it before the crowds and before the sun is too harsh overhead.
Entrance fee: 50 dirhams, 30 dirhams for under 18s, students with valid ID, Moroccan citizens residing in Morocco
Jardin Majorelle is one of the most visited sites in Marrakech with two and half acres of botanical garden and landscape garden. Originally designed by painter Jacques Majorelle, it was purchased by Yves San-Laurent and Pierre Bergé in the 1980s and opened to the public. There is so much to see in the garden, including the beautiful Cubist villa in Majorelle blue.
You definitely need at least an hour or two to fully appreciate the gardens, so don’t come too late (like we did)! I would recommend either to arrive early morning (around 8 – 10am for the best light) or early afternoon (2 – 3pm) for optimum visit time.
Entrance fee: 70 dirhams, 35 dirhams for university students with valid ID, FREE for accompanied children under 12
While there are a few palaces in Marrakech, the Palais de la Bahia or Bahia Palace is definitely my choice as the most beautiful and definitely the most instagrammable!
The aptly named Palais de la Bahia, or “palace of the beautiful”, is a palace and gardens located in the Medina and is definitely one of the most beautiful places in Marrakech. Built in the late 19th century, it was intended to capture the best of Islamic and Moroccan styles.
Once again, an early visit is best to get photos with good lighting as well as without too many other people there!
Entrance fee: 10 dirhams
Now, Morocco knows how to do accommodation. I now want to design my future home based on where I’ve stayed…
Es Saadi Marrakech
I had the most incredible time staying at Es Saadi Marrakech Resort – we stayed in the Palace (there is the Palace and the Hotel, both amazing!) and OH MY GOSH THE DECOR IS INTERIOR GOALS! Their inside pool is what dreams are made of (particularly if you dream of marble, which I often do) and the villas make me want to move in
particularly since I could fit my entire flat inside one of the rooms.
Mövenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech
If you’re looking for a place where everything is gorgeous and there are more pools than one can count (okay, I exaggerate, but still), where you could visit a new restaurant every night JUST IN THE RESORT and probably still run out of time… then the Mövenpick Hotel is definitely for you. For real.
Unfortunately, La Mamounia were fully booked during my stay in Marrakech but I AM STAYING NEXT TIME. It’s pretty much insta famous for its pool and hallway – what’s not to love?!
La Maison Arabe
Not only an absolutely stunning property, but they also offering cooking classes! La Maison Arabe is definitely on my list for my next trip to Marrakech (even if it’s just so I can live on tagine once I’m home too…)
My top choices for cafes in Marrakech are those with great food AND are great viewpoints for watching sunsets.
This is definitely my number one choice for sunset shots! With a gorgeous viewpoint of Ben Youssef, plus delicious tagine AND incredibly instagrammable cushions, you’re sure to get a great photo here.
NOMAD ticks all the boxes – a great view for sunset (bonus points if you reserve a table on the terrace!), delicious food (the pastilla and tagine are amazing), Instagrammable decor AND you can even pay by card (a rarity for Morocco). Yes, please!
Café des Épices
Located close to NOMAD, Café des Épices definitely is one of the most beautiful places in Marrakech for capturing both sunset AND the hustle and bustle of the souk down below. It’s a great place to people watch and possibly my favourite place for tagine…
If you are looking for somewhere to learn about the history of the city while getting some beautiful Instagram shots, then Marrakech Museum is for you!
Entrance fee: 50 dirhams
Museum Dar Si Said
Personally, I think Dar Si Said is one of the most beautiful places in Marrakech – it is the Museum of Moroccan Arts and is housed in a former palace. It’s not too far from Bahia Palace, so perfect to do on the same day!
Entrance fee: 10 dirhams
I often think that religious buildings are some of the most beautiful places, and the mosques in Marrakech are no different!
While non-muslims are not allowed inside Koutoubia Mosque, you can still explore the outside. Located near Jemaa el-Fna, Koutoubia is the biggest mosque in Marrakech.
NOTE: Madrasa closed for refurbishment until 2020
As with Koutoubia Mosque, non-muslims are prohibited from entering Ben Youssef Mosque. Located in the Medina, Ben Youssef (and the Madrasa) is definitely one of the most beautiful places in Marrakech. Sadly the Madrasa (also written ‘medersa’) is closed (as of December 2017) for refurbishment until 2020. Put it on your list for then!
More Beautiful Places in Marrakech
The souks, or markets, are an amazing place to explore and are perfect for getting a gorgeous Instagram shot! Whether it’s in a carpet store, posing with some lanterns or just of the vendors getting their stores ready, you’re sure to get a great shot. Just be careful – some vendors may try and get you to pay if you take a photo of their store! I would recommend either asking permission first or only getting a photo in a store where you bought something.
It’s practically impossible to walk down a street in Marrakech and NOT take a photo of at least one door – there are so many beautiful doors and entrances!
Jemaa el Fna
Jemaa el Fna (also written Jemaa el-Fnaa, Djema el-Fna or Djemaa el-Fnaa, just to confuse you) is the central market square in Marrakech. Let’s just say… it’s a bit crazy. Just be careful of your bags and avoid any people with monkeys/apes (they will try and get you to pay for looking and will definitely make you pay if you take photos). However, it’s a great place for street food and watching the hustle and bustle of the markets!
Marrakech is an incredible city to go to and I haven’t even skimmed the surface of the amazing places you can see there! It’s definitely worth a visit or two (or three, or four)…
If you’ve been to the city – have I missed any of the most beautiful places in Marrakech? Let me know in the comments!
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