Top Destination -World- Marrakech, Morocco

An insider's guide to the best things to do and attractions in Marrakech, including the best Souks, Hamman and day trips

Wherever you go in Marrakech, count on adventure, dust… and mint tea. You can’t miss the Djemaa el-Fna – anyone who looks lost is pointed in that direction – and wandering the maze of souks and fondouks around Ali ben Youssef Medersa. Contrary to the claims of taxi drivers, Jardin Majorelle is within walking distance of the Medina – though you may want a reviving hammam afterwards.
Top sights
Djemaa el-Fna

Unesco designated it a World Heritage site (1 on map), but this lopsided square isn't a monument: it’s mayhem. Snake charmers, acrobats and potion peddlers are only the opening acts. At sunset, 100 chefs and their portable grills reignite the world’s fiercest barbecue competition. Amid swirls of kebab smoke, the performers arrive.

At the south-west end are cross-dressing belly dancers and woefully amateur boxers; in the north-east corner are animated storytellers and starry-eyed astrologers; between the two are Berber jam sessions, unwinnable carnival games and the odd dentist. Halqa (street theatre) has taken place nightly here for 1,000 years, yet the show never gets old.