Morocco's 'pink city' is packed with attractions and activities and some of the best are those that won't cost you anything!
Here we round up nine of the best free things to do in Marrakech:
Vibrant, loud and carrying the spirit of a traditional Arabic bazaar, the souks in Marrakech are an explosion of colour, smell, sounds and tastes. Walk the narrow streets where you can expect to find ornate Moroccan-style lamps, cushions and rugs, or pick up a real-leather bag, a pair of baboushes (Moroccan slippers) or a djellaba (traditional dress), alongside many other souvenir ideas.
The stunning Koutobia Mosque is located in the southwest medina quarter of Marrakech and its 77-metre-high minaret with an intricate spire and orbs can be seen from miles around. The mosque is ornamented with curved windows, a band of ceramic inlay, pointed merlons, and decorative arches. Though non-Muslims are not allowed to visit inside the Mosque, it is worth strolling the large plaza and gardens around the building.
The heart and soul of Marrakech, Jemaa el Fna square is the place to go if you want to see what the locals get up to. Packed with food and drink stalls, serving delicious Moroccan dishes and fresh orange juice, as well as a host of entertainment including snake charmers, storytellers and belly dancers, this is the place to head for a cheap and cheerful cultural experience.
If you feel like you've had a sensory overload and need a respite from the city bustle, then step into the Cyber Park and enjoy a bit of peace, queit and urban greenery. It's very conveniently located, beautifully maintained and the parks lovely trees give the much needed shade from the hot Moroccan sun. You can also use free wifi here.
Renovated by a French team, the breathtaking Tin Mal Mosque is a must-visit attraction when you're visiting Marrakech. Quite apart from its historic and architectural importance, the Tin Mal Mosque is a beautiful monument - isolated above a lush reach of river valley. Enjoy stunning views with friendly and helpful local people on-hand to share information. It becomes a "working" mosque on Fridays but is otherwise open to tourists.
It is the wall that surrounds the Medina in the old city, with beautiful gates and wonderful architecture scattered along the wall. Not all the walls look the same; different locations have different designs at the top and the best way to take in the marvellous designs and surroundings is to cicle the walls on foot or on a rented bike.
A gem for shoppers looking to buy spices or other speciality goods like hats and baskets, this bazaar is much quieter and less crowded than Marrakech's main souks and even if you're not looking to buy it's a great place to escape to for a few hours. Here you'll find pleasant cafes serving reasonably priced and good food with delicious mint tea. It's a good place to people watch and admie local life.
This is a very cool station with an amazing frontage - if you love architecture then this is the place you want to see. It is worth taking a walk through it or maybe even stopping here for a refreshment from the juice bar or a main meal at one of the fast food restaurants. Close by you will find the opera house, theatre and a lovely park as a road divider.
If you thought the Cyber Park was relaxing, wait until you get here. Jardin el Harti is a beautiful, small and pleasant park with a scenic setting of lush greenery, blissful fountains, and two rather attractive dinosaurs in the play area by the entrance. When you're done with the picnic, take a walk through the mesmerising cacti garden which has a nice tropical feel.
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