My Guide Website?
Marrakech: Historical & Cultural Sightseeing Tour - half day9 Reviews
Accompanied by your local guide, explore the iconic monuments of Marrakech, including Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs & Medersa Ben Youssef. Discover the exotic medina and the vibrant Jemaa el-Fna Square.
Our Top Experiences and Tours in Marrakech:If youʻre booking your trip to Marrakech last minute, we have you covered. Below are some of the top tours and experiences!
- Explore Djemaa El Fna square with its vibrant markets full of souvenirs & goods
- Uncover the architectural wonders of the Koutoubia Mosque & the Saadian Tombs
- Be amazed by the mosaics of the stunning Ben Youssef Medersa and Bahia Palace
- Immerse yourself in rich history, culture & architecture that define Marrakech
DescriptionAfter meeting your licensed local guide who will guide you through Marrakech. You will be able to visit the following places according to time and your preferences: El Bahia Palace, “the palace of the beautiful” was built for Ahmed Ibn Moussa between 1894 and 1900 in the then-popular Alaoui style. There are 160 different rooms in the palace around little courtyards, which were, according to rumour, chiefly occupied, by an increasing number of concubines. The beautiful decorations are stucco panels, zellij decorations, tiled floors, carved cedar ceilings, shiny marble finishes (a special Marrakesh finish called tadelakt and used in all the city's riads’ bathrooms) and painted ceilings. The palace is surrounded by an eight-hectare garden. Ben Youssef Medersa, was founded by Sultan Abou el Hassan (1331–49), but rebuilt in the 1560s, under the Saadians. The school is where some 800 students learned the Koran by the heart. This is undeniably one of the most stunning and beautifully decorated buildings in Marrakesh, even in Morocco. It has very fine examples of typical Moroccan styles; zellij tiling, stucco plasterwork and carved cedarwood. (Zellij is the tiling work of small individual tiles placed together to make the most intricate geometrical designs). The Koutoubia Mosque, the city's largest mosque, derives its name from its historical association with bookshops and booksellers. Following a traditional Almohad architectural style, its tower is adorned with four copper globes. Miniature replicas of the mosque are widely sold in Morocco, attesting to its popularity. The Saadian Tombs, dating from the time of Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur, house the remains of about sixty members of the Sa’adi Dynasty. Rediscovered in 1917 and carefully restored, these tombs have become a prominent attraction in Marrakech, serving as the final resting place for members of the dynasty from the Dra’a Valley beyond the high Atlas Mountains. The bustling souks are the heart of Marrakesh, offering an array of traditional Moroccan handicrafts, spices, medicinal remedies, and local entertainment. Visitors can find iconic items like babouches, leather goods, garments, pottery, tajine dishes, and silver jewellery. Bargaining is a common practice, adding a sense of fun and excitement to the shopping experience.
IncludesLicenced English, French-speaking tour guide Free time to explore sites of interest
- You can personalize your tour on the day by choosing which route and attractions you would like to see. First Option: Koutoubia Mosque, Saadian Tombs, Bahia Palace and the Djemaa El Fna Square Second Option: Koutoubia Mosque, Le Jardin Secret, Madrass Ben Youssef and the Djemaa El Fna Square