One of Morocco’s most famous cities, Marrakech provides ample opportunities for tourists to enjoy themselves. The culture is strongly influenced by Arab and Islamic cultures and that is evident in the architecture and religious buildings you can find here.
Marrakech is the fourth largest city in Morocco, behind Casablanca, Rabat and Fes and has been inhabited since the New Stone Age or Neolithic era.
You can find Marrakech just north of the Atlas mountain range.
With all that in mind we present to you our list of the top five free things to do in Marrakech:
5. Jemaa el Fna
First up on our list of free things to do in Marrakech is the Jemaa el Fna Medina (which means ‘town’ or ‘city’ in modern day Arabic)
In North African cities it is common to find and ancient medina quarter and Marrakech has one of the most extensive of these in the world.
The Jemaa el Fna is a UNESCO world heritage site so definitely worth checking out whilst in Marrakech. Come here just as the sun is setting for the best experience as this is when all the locals congregate at the square.
4. Menara gardens
Next up on the list of free things to do in Marrakech is the Menara Gardens.
As you can see from the photo the Menara gardens are a great place for a scenic view of the Atlas mountains. They are also a popular spot for taking a picnic or just to get away from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech city and its marketplaces.
The gardens themselves mainly consist of orchards and olive trees. To find out more check out the Menara Gardens website (bear in mind it is written in French).
3. Marrakech Ramparts
The Ramparts of Marrakech (i.e the defensive walls surrounding the city) stretch for roughly 12 miles around the city.
Originally built with specific red/orange clay by the Almoravids in the 12th century.
The walls were built with defense in mind are for that reason it is easy to see why they are 19 foot tall! There are 20 gates and 200 towers along the ramparts which are decorated with floral patterns.
2. Cyber park
Arsat Moulay Abdeslam Cyber Park, or simply Cyber Park as it is more commonly known, is number two on our list of free things to do in Marrakech.
This another place on the list that provides a refuge from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech city life. You can chill out in the shade of the trees near to water fountains.
The garden is 8 hectares in total size and has an air conditioned cyber cafe which you do have to pay for, as well as free outdoor kiosks.
A mix of nature and modern convenience cyber cafe is conveniently located in the city centre.
1. Koutoubia Mosque
The final item on our list of free things to do in Marrakech is the Koutoubia Mosque.
As mentioned earlier the Arabic and Islamic influence and architecture style is evident throughout Marrakech and Koutoubia Mosque is certainly no exception to this.
There are six interior rooms for each floor of the mosque and the prayer room is in a T-shape.The mosque has been described as “one of the unsurpassed creations of Islamic art“.
You do have to be a Muslim to enter the mosque but it is perfectly acceptable for non-Muslims to take pictures of the mosque and surrounding landscaped gardens.
That concludes our list of the top five free things to do in Marrakech, if you have anything to add feel free to leave a comment!