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Marrakech: 4 Days Morocco Tour

If Marrakech is on your list of places to see, then you should prepare yourself well for this 4 Days Morocco tour. The Red city of Marrakech is full of wonders and magical places, you will have an amazing time if you know what to do and where to go. 

I spent a week there and prepared a complete itinerary for a 4 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga Desert. Here’s all the information you need for a nice stay in this amazing city.

Morocco has never really been on my list of places to visit, but as soon as I saw really cheap tickets, I decided to buy them and see what this country has to offer. I saw a lot of pictures on Instagram from Marrakech. It seemed like a very lively and colorful city. 

As it was my first time on an African continent, I decided to prepare myself properly for a 4 Days Morocco tour to the Merzouga desert when I will be there. So I did some research, I drew up a plan for a week and I followed it. I think the next route to Marrakech will be very useful for those who come to the Red City for the first time. 

I really recommend you don’t miss your tour with this  Marrakech Tour Company which is a tour operator that can customize your Morocco tour, even if you wanna start from Marrakech, Casablanca, Fes, Agadir, Ouarzazate, Tangier, Errachidia, I was enjoyed my time with this agency, Hassan is a tour guide and also works as a driver, he was very nice, helpful, with us. 

Marrakech is every traveler’s dream. If you give it a chance, it will mesmerize you with its scents, sounds, food, and colors. It will surprise you, I can assure you. Calm down and get accustomed to peddlers, the noise, and the traffic. Once you stay in this city. you will love it. Here’s what you should know before your 4 Days Morocco tour and your plan for a few days.

Itinerary for 4 Days Morocco tour, Marrakech

If you’re wondering how much time you spend in Marrakech, I would say that three or four days is enough to see most of the highlights of Marrakech, but I strongly recommend taking more time if possible.

It is one of those destinations where the most interesting and intriguing features are found on the ground: simply by strolling through its streets at different times of the day and night to see what you can find.

But if you don’t have time , it is very easy and slow.

Here’s how to make the best possible use of 4 days in Marrakech.

Day 1: the Jemaa El Fna square and Medina.

Start the morning in the Moroccan way: a mint tea or a continental breakfast in one of the sidewalk cafes near Djemaa el-Fna (the main square). 

Take your time and take a good look. During the day, there are many street shows. There are monkeys, snakes, live Berber music, and henna artists. You can also buy spices and herbs, or sweets (although I think they are all a bit expensive). 

Then there is the Koutoubia mosque – the largest and oldest mosque in the country. It is 77 meters long. Next to it, there are ruins of a mosque that had been there before.

The name is based on the Arabic word Kutubiyyin, which means bookseller because once upon a time, the area around the mosque was full of booksellers.

It’s not the largest mosque you’ll ever see, but it’s the largest in Marrakech – and a rule that says no nearby building can be higher than a palm tree keeps it majestic on the red city’s horizon.

Just after the mosque, you will find a beautiful park, where you can sit down and buy mint tea from a local seller.

You can also jump directly into the heart of Marrakech with a visit to the treasure of the souks of the medina.

If you go early in the day, the hustle and bustle is less overwhelming and there are fewer crowds (and nuisances). Follow Semarine Street or Mouassine Street in the heart of the markets – this last road is less hectic.

If you want to discover the Souks and the Medina as a local, you can rent a guide that will show you the true side of it and take you to the most unique places. Check out with Marrakech Tour Company!

You will pass meat chickens next to their slaughter mates, colorful piles of textiles, colorful ceramics in all the models you can dream of, cubes of intoxicating spices, and cubicles dripping with trinkets and charms.

The souks of Marrakech are a trip to the past of the city and you can not go without spending time getting lost in the fibrous labyrinth of the medina.

In the evening, return to the main Square of Jemaa El fna. You can eat something at a street stand, then see the top square of one of the nearby restaurants.

For dinner, Some restaurants near the square are my favorite Instagrammers on the roof. The view is great, but the portions are small – you may have to go somewhere else for dessert!

Day 2: The Saadian Tombs and other Historical places

For your second day in Marrakech, enjoy your breakfast before going out of your accommodation.

Now you should have a good idea of the pace of the city – and maybe you want some rest. Head to the tombs of Saadian, one of the main attractions of Marrakech today.

The Saadian Tombs belong to these sites in Marrakech where one can see the greatness of the heritage left by the kings who ruled Morocco.

Sultan Ahmed al-Mansour ed-Dhabi built the House of Twelve Columns as a mausoleum for himself and his family.

The sultan imported Carrara marble from Italy for the construction of his impressive mausoleum.

He also dedicated a mausoleum to the princes in the Three Niches Chamber and the tombs in the garden to the servants, soldiers, and wives of kings.

The funeral complex also contains a mausoleum for al-Mansour’s mother.

Al-Mansour died in 1603 and a few decades later, Sultan Moulay Ismail built high walls to hide the burial site in order to erase the traces of his Saadian predecessors.

The tombs were finally discovered in 1917 thanks to some aerial photographs and subsequently restored by the Art Department of Morocco.

From here, head to the Bahia Palace, a wonderful 8-hectare complex with 150 decorated rooms and several gardens and patios.

The great vizier Si Mousse ordered the construction of the palace in 1860 as his residence. In the following years, the palace was enlarged and received more and more decorations until it became very luxurious. In 1911, the French obtained the palace and used it as a residence for generals and officers during the French protectorate era.

While visiting the palace you can see the luxurious apartments of the sultans, their wives and concubines, the superb decorations of the walls and ceilings, and the beautiful gardens and patios. After the interesting visit, we head to the madrasa of Ben Youssef, a former Islamic college. 

It is one of the most picturesque attractions in Marrakech – but I don’t know, as it was closed for renovation work during my trip to Marrakech.

Then walk for three minutes to La Maison de la Photographie. It is very small, but the collection of this photography museum gives an idea of the past of Marrakech from 1870 to 1960. In addition, the building is beautiful and there is a charming little cafe on the roof. 

At nightfall, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant to taste Moroccan cuisine.

My itinerary for the second day in Marrakech is full but completely achievable, I promise! Of course, you can stretch it for two days if you have more time.

Day 3: Jardin Majorelle and The Musee YSL

Joke aside, some palaces and mosques of Marrakech that have become museums, a popular water park outside the city and the Majorelle Garden are the main «attractions» tourists.

Museums of the medina include the Badii Palace (near Dar Les Cigognes).

Recently, the Yves Saint Laurent Museum (YSL) opened next to the Majorelle Garden. Apart from the souks and the Jewish Mellah, my only tourist activity during my visit to Marrakech was to visit the gardens and the new museum and see what it was about.

¡Well! If you have an interest in the gardens, if you are a fan of Yves Saint Laurent (YSL), or if you want to take some selfies in a pleasant atmosphere, the Majorelle Garden is recommended. It is a large succulent garden, and the colors that contrast with the striking Berber blue walls make for some beautiful photos. We haven’t eaten there, but the coffee gets good reviews. 

A combined ticket allows access to the gardens, the Berber museum in the garden, and the Yves Saint Laurent museum (YSL).

We thought we had bought the combo tickets, but when we tried to enter the Berber Museum, they sold us a ticket that did not include the ticket. The moral of the story- check and check again what is given to the ticket window.

Jacques Majorelle was a French painter. The two-and-a-half-acre garden and villa, described as a Cubist villa, was the home of Majorelle and his wife for many years until their divorce in the 1950s. In the 1980s, Yves Saint Laurent and his partner, Pierre Berge, bought and restored the property, living there as their home in Marrakech.

Dedicated to the life and work of Yves Saint Laurent, this museum, built right next to the Majorelle Garden, opened its doors in October 2017. One of the two museums is dedicated to the work of YSL, the other is in Paris if you ask, the museum houses a fashion collection, has a large bookstore, a special exhibition room, and a theater.

At the time of my visit, the special exhibition was made by Majorelle of Morocco. The theater shows a video in the loop of YSL modes and awards. Many of the dresses in the collection can be seen on the podium in the video. The video gave life to the entire collection and offers a perspective on the life and work of Yves Saint Laurent. For me, the video was the highlight of the visit.

Day 4: Day Trip from Marrakech to Ourika Valley

If you are not leaving Marrakech for a desert tour, a pleasant day trip for a glimpse of life outside the city is the Ourika Valley at the base of the Atlas Mountains, just a 35 minutes drive from Marrakech.

The Ourika Valley is one of the most beautiful valleys in Morocco and a very popular attraction for tourists and locals. Only 65 kilometers from Marrakech, it completely changes the landscape from a view of arid brown to a green valley and vibrant colors.

Many argan oil cooperatives operate in the valley because it is rich in argan trees, and you can visit one of them to see the workers process the argan nuts and extract oil for cosmetic and culinary purposes. The valley itself offers many opportunities to take small walks and cross Berber bridges to get from one side of the valley to the other.

If you are sporty enough, you can reach the seven waterfalls of Setti Fatma, and of course, a local guide can walk through the valley and help with small obstacles here and there. Choose a good restaurant and have a good lunch next to or even in the middle of the river with your feet in the water.

After a 30-minute journey through the fertile Haouz aircraft, you will arrive in the city center of Tnin Ouika, where you will stop to visit the weekly Berber outdoor market. It works every day, but Mondays are much busier and more lively.

From there, you will continue to Setti Fatma. Along the way, stop in a Berber house where you can share a cup of mint tea with the locals before continuing to the Berber village of Setti Fatma.

Upon arrival, enjoy a guided hike to the village waterfalls (local guides available for rent). Return to the village where you can have lunch (for leisure) in one of the local cafes near the creek.

You can use your return to Marrakech at night for souks and complete any purchases or take pictures. Improve your culinary skills in a Moroccan cooking class or visit a traditional hammam.

Multi-day trip from Marrakech

If you have more than four days and want to see more of Morocco, some of the best day trips in Marrakech are the Ouzoud Falls, the Atlas Mountains, Agadir (for surfing), and, of course, a trip to the desert of Merzouga – This tour takes you quad through the palm groves.

Discover more multi-day tours from Marrakech with Marrakech Tour Company.

What to drink and eat during your 4 days Morocco tour?

Moroccan cuisine is delicious. Be sure to try all the local specialties: bubbling Kefta tagine served with freshly baked bread, Couscous, salted olives, and French pastries from the many bakeries. And, of course, you can’t go to Marrakech without drinking mint tea wherever you go. They use a lot of sugar – be warned.

Average prices in Marrakech

The cost of food and drinks in Marrakech varies depending on the part of the city you are in.

In Gueliz, I had a continental breakfast with freshly squeezed orange juice and a hot drink for 25 MAD. I paid more than that for an orange juice on the roof of a terrace near Djemaa el-Fna square. However, you can pick up a delicious orange juice from a trolley on the 4th for 4MAD.

Basically, you pay for comfort and location! In a typical restaurant in Marrakech, a tajine costs around 75MAD.

Bottled water costs about 5MAD for a 1.5-liter bottle. I didn’t drink tap water in Marrakech, but I brushed my teeth with it and had no problems.

Where to Stay in Marrakech

Of course, the best type of accommodation in Marrakech is a traditional riad. I think I should put a warning here: because I was in Marrakech for work, in fact, I stayed in the modern part of the city. However, I would stay 100% in a riad when I return to Marrakech because I feel I have missed an important part of Moroccan culture.

Arrive in Marrakech

You can fly from the main UK airports to Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK).  The Arrivals Hall is more elegant than the one in Dubai! I booked a private car transfer from the airport to my accommodation, which made getting there stressful.

My advice is to look for cheap flights to Morocco on Skyscanner.

Essential info for a 4 Days Morocco tour

Traveling in Morocco? The Marrakech Tour Company guide is intended to help. In some places, WiFi is not good, so a paper book is always useful!

I hope this 4 days Morocco tour from Marrakech is helpful! I really want to return to Morocco someday in the near future and remain in a riad. I left with an excellent impression of the city and felt much safer as a solitary traveler than I really expected. 

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