Marrakech Monuments and Marrakech Sightseeing – What to see in Marrakech

The first thing to see in Marrakech is the Djemaa El-Fna Square in the city center. From here you can visit any other monument. Djemaa El-Fna is the symbol of Marrakech and has become a cultural space recognized by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Nearby the square is the Koutoubia – a very important mosque that is always present in the sights of the red city. The construction started about 1150 and non-Muslims may not enter. It has a beautiful minaret that is photographed by every tourist.
In Marrakech you have also to visit Ben Youssef Madrasa, Marrakesh Museum, Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs (from the 16th century and made by Ahmad al-Mansur) and the ruins of El Badi Palace.
Ben Youssef Madrasa dates back to the 16th century and used to be an Islamic college in Marrakech. It is in the center of the Medina and contains a lot of local history.

The gardens of Marrakech is another ex-libris worthy of your visit. The visits to Menara are free, but to visit Jardin Majorelle you’ll have to pay. This last one was created in 1931 by the French painter Jacques Majorelle. When he died, in 1962, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé bought the garden. Nowadays, tourists from the entire world visit it every day. If you go on a “hop on off” bus you pass right in front of this garden and also in front of the Menara Gardens. On Sundays, it is full of locals. They love to go there for a walk.

If you want to know all the gates that surround the Marrakech Medina you can go on a caleche (carriage with horses) or on a tourist bus, with comments in many languages, including, of course, English.

You should also visit the Dar Si Saïd Museum that houses artefacts from Morocco throughout the ages. The El Bahia Palace is a beautiful palace and one of the monuments to visit.