Exploring Morocco: 12 Places To Visit In Marrakech As A Solo Tourist

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12 Places To Visit In Marrakech As A Solo Tourist  – Not to long ago I did some exploring in North-Africa. I’ve been to Morocco before but I always wanted to explore Marrakech all by myself. In this blog I will tell you what kind of things you should be looking forward to do in Marrakech. These travel tips will show you where to eat, sleep, drink and shop if you are planning to go on a adventurous and romantic getaway in beautiful Marrakech. The tips I share is suitable for traveling with your friend/lover or traveling solo. I did the last one!

 Marrakech is not a difficult city to travel solo in. Besides, the people over there are very very friendly and generous. I immediatly felt like I was at home. Although sometimes the “male” attention gets a little bit too much… if you know what I mean he he.

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Marrakech makes an excellent introduction to Morocco whether you’re into culture, history or nature.

 
The first place I visit in Morocco was the Majorelle Gardens or Jardin Majorelle. This is definitely a must-see for anyone who appreciates fashion, art and nature. The garden was designed by French artist Jacques Majorelle, who bought the property in 1931 and then spent 41 years turning into a luxurious oasis.
Years later, it was purchased and revived by designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé. They lived there, drawing inspiration from the garden retreat and adding new species of flowers and plants. When YSL passed away in 2008, his ashes were scattered at the Jardin Majorelle and a memorial was built there in his name.
 
    
The gardens are easy to visit from both the Medina and Gueliz. Entrance is Dh25. It doesn’t take long to walk around the gardens, but I spent quite some time sitting on benches and just looking and listened to the birds singing.

     I also made my way to the Menara Gardens it is located at the west of Marrakech, Morocco, at the gates of the Atlas Mountains. This great attraction serves a beautiful oasis from soaring Moroccan temperatures and dusty streets and simply has to be visited at least once during your travels.

 If you want to enter the pavilion I think it cost between Dh5- Dh15. Which isn’t much and it’s worth it.

       
The Koutoubia Mosque is the largest mosque in Marrakesh, Morocco and it’s surrounded by a beautiful rose garden. The tower is 77 meters high and visible through the old town, so you can use it to return to the Medina if you are lost.
                                         
  The highlight of the Koutoubia mosque, is the beautiful minaret. Unfortunately, the mosque is not open for all public visitors because it’s still an active place of worship but you can enjoy a very interesting architecture from outside, especially at sunset.
The best time to visit the Koutoubia Mosque and Djemaa el Fna together is around the afternoon when most activities of  the main square begin,
                                             You can walk along the narrow streets with colorful souvenir shops.After I visited the Koutoubia Mosque I took a 3 min walk to the Djemaa el Fna square. It has been the  the main square in Marrakech for decades. During the day, the square has numerous stalls, most of which sell fresh fruit juice, water and fruit.
                                         
Visitors will also be able to take photographs of the snake charmers, but the performers usually request a small fee in exchange for a photo (they are really persistent when it comes to that).
In the evenings the food stalls have a large variety of traditional dishes to choose from and these may include meat, vegetables and fish. As a solo traveler it is safe to say that Djemaa el Fna is one of the safest and most secure attractions in Morocco. The authorities in Marrakech are aware of the importance of the square to the tourist industry, so the square is always filled with a discreet presence of policemen.

You can’t go to Morocco without going to the Hammam. It was time to sweat away my troubles and get the scrubbing of a lifetime. I went to the Hammam Ziani near Djemaa el Fna. I really recommended that one, but be warned that some of them are a bit rough and ready.
 I must say that it was not very relaxing. They vigorously scrubbed off all my dead skin. Your pores won’t know what’s hit them! You definitly feel refreshed afterwards!

 The luxurious hammams usually cost between Dh150 and Dh500 per person.

    
I also did some me time at a Moroccan riad called Imilchil. A riad is a traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden or courtyard. You should definitely visit and stay at a riad while you are there.
    
The Imilchil riad offers a small plunge pool and a rooftop terrace. You can relax by the fireplace in the seating area. The rooms and suites at Riad Imilchil combine a Moroccan and contemporary style.

The Imilchil riad is breathtaking at night!

Ok I admit, I never ate dinner at such a beautiful restaurant before!

Most people come to Dar Moha simply because of the reputation of its location, tucked inside the medina within the former residence of the Pasha of Marraekch and later fashion icon Pierre Balmain.
At the center of the property is a tiled garden with pool surrounded in white clothed tables for idyllic dinners under the Moroccan night.
A “guide” in the souk or medina would be great! They can provide a comprehensive tour of the historic areas of the medina and souk for a reasonable rate and many have built up relationships with the local community which helps visitors engage with the locals.

    Don’t be surprised by all the attention you’ll get while walking alone in the medina.
    
There are times you could feel a bit harrased but aim to enjoy the place, walk with a sense of purpose and have a positive attitude and you really will get more out of the event.
Another one of the “must see” sites of Marrakech are the Saadian Tombs. If you go on your own you might think there’s really not much to see here, and you’d be right.


I highly recommend visiting with a guide who can give you the background and history of this site. They are actually final resting places of the around sixty of the rulers and members of the Saadi Dynasty.
                                         
 
The Bahia Palace is both a palace and a set of gardens situated in the medina of Marrakech,Morocco.

Don’t expect to see the palace how it was. It’s completely empty. Admire the woodwork, the tiles,


and bring a healthy dose of imagination to think of how it might have once looked. It is a very beautiful sight. The Bahia Palace is open from 8:00-17:00 daily and the entrance fee is Dh10.
Dar Si Said Museum in Morocco is housed in an palace that is a delight to explore.
The ground floor provides the perfect starting place and it is here that visitors can get better acquainted with splendid items of ancient master craftsmen.
After exploring the second floor you might want to make your way outside to the small courtyard where you will find exquisitely decorated doors and window frames.

The entrance fee is Dh20. Most explanations are in Arabic and French, with a few in EnglishIf you wan’t to take a look at beautiful interior you should definitely. The entrance is unremarkable entering the main courtyard, where a  green tiled  pool reflects shining marble, carved cedar wood, lace-like stucco, scalloped archways and a blue rectangle of sky above.

 

After the rough-edged chaos and noise of the streets outside, the madrassa is an unexpectedly elegant and refined sanctuary.


The Madrasa is located to the north of the main souk of the medina (north of the main square, Djemaa el Fna) near to the Museum of Marrakech. Open daily from 9am – 6.00pm (7pm in summer), a combined ticket entrance fee is Dh60 which includes entrance to the Museum of Marrakech.
My overall Marrakech experience has been amazing! Stay tuned for more of my Moroccan adventures as a solo traveler!

 

Are you also planning to spend a dream vacation in Morocco? I definitley recommend travel agency Byrocco travel. They are specialized tour operators offering tailor-made tours and holidays to Morocco.

Visit their website here.

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