The time has come to visit Marrakech in 3 days. This city is pure exoticism, the chaos that makes you go through its corners with fascination. It is uproar in the medina, it is haggling in the souk, color in its spices, and alleys where pack donkeys, pedestrians, motorcycles, buggies, and tourists without apparent direction cross.
The red city has palaces that were once synonymous with luxury and ostentation. Also the Majorelle Garden, with its unmistakable shades of blue, and the 4 days tour from Marrakech to Fes Menara Gardens, are perfect for watching the sunset. It has a wall with imposing access gates such as Bab Agnaou, ancient Koranic schools such as Medersa Ben Youssef, and a Jewish neighborhood where the Jewish presence is a testimonial.
You are going to enjoy a mint tea on a terrace. You will sleep in one of the best riads in Marrakech. You will relax in a traditional hammam. And, above all, you will visit Jemaa el Fna square day and night to see how its atmosphere changes. Snake charmers, dancers, tattoo artists, water carriers, and natural juice vendors await you here. Without a doubt, it is the quintessential square that makes you fall in love with this city of contrasts. Salam Alaikum!
Itinerary for Marrakech in 3 days
Before going on to detail the itinerary for Marrakech in 3 days, I leave you the article about my budget to travel to Marrakech and Essaouira. This way you can get an idea of how much the accommodation, the flight, the displacements, the food, the visa, the entrances to tourist sites, and the excursions cost. I also leave you here and my favorite places to see in Marrakech.
To make it easier to read the map, I have marked the places to see on the first day in Marrakech in salmon, those on the second day in yellow, and those on the third day in the green.
Day 1: flight to Marrakech, Jemaa el Fna square, souk, Medersa Ben Youssef and Koutoubia Mosque.
2nd day: palaces, the Jewish quarter, Saadian Tombs, and wall.
Day 3: Majorelle Garden, Menara Gardens, Gueliz and return flight.
What to see in Marrakech in 3 days
Day 1: Jemaa el Fna square and surroundings and Medersa Ben Youssef
The direct flight from Madrid to Marrakech takes 2 hours. It is best to fly first thing in the morning or late the day before to spend the night in Marrakech and take advantage of the first full day in this city of contrasts. For this itinerary, you will not need a rental car, since you can do the entire route on foot. You can compare prices and book your flight here.
First of all, check in at your hotel to leave your luggage. Then, for the first day of your itinerary through Marrakech in 3 days, I recommend you start with this free tour of Marrakech or this private tour with a guide in Spanish.
One of the sites you will visit is the famous Jemaa el Fna square. Here are snake charmers, water carriers, storytellers, dancers, tattoo artists… The atmosphere of 3 day tour from Marrakech to Fes this square is amazing. Then head to the souk and lose yourself in its narrow streets. It is the best way to know him. Do not forget to visit the souk of the basket makers, the one of the carpets, one of the tinsmiths, and the souk of the dyers, the one that I liked the most of all those that I saw during my getaway through Marrakech in 3 days.
Follow the tour to the Medersa Ben Youssef and visit the interior of this old Koranic school. You can visit the cells of those who studied the Koran here, walk through the central courtyard and look at its tiles. Then, go back to the center and eat at a local food restaurant. You can try the lamb tagine, couscous, or the pastel (my downfall).
When you finish, go to the Koutoubia Mosque, the most iconic building to see in Marrakech in 3 days. The pity is that you will not be able to enter the mosque if you are not a Muslim, but you will be able to take a walk in the adjoining square and observe the mosque from all its angles. Does it also remind you of the Giralda in Seville? They say that it also resembles the Hassan Tower in Rabat, although I find it more similar to the Giralda. And finally, go back to Jemaa el Fna square at night. It is the perfect place to dine at very cheap prices and, incidentally, realize how this square changes day and night.
2nd day: palaces, a Jewish quarter, Saadian Tombs, and wall
Your second day in Marrakech is all about palaces. On this day I recommend you start with the Bahia Palace, built at the end of the 19th century to be the most imposing palace of all time. Although the rooms were ransacked, you can see the harem, the pond in the central courtyard, and the ancient decoration on the ceilings and walls.
Continue your Marrakech itinerary in 3 days to Mellah, the Jewish quarter. 3 dias desde marrakech al desierto de merzouga The presence of Jews is testimonial, but two synagogues remain standing (the best known is the Salat Alzama Synagogue), the Miara Jewish cemetery, the Mellah market, and the narrow streets of this very humble neighborhood.
Then, go to the El Badi Palace, one of the ones I liked the most during my 3-day trip to Marrakech. Although only its ruins are left standing, just for the orange tree garden, the central patio, and the swimming pools it is worth it.
To end the day, visit the Saadian Tombs, rediscovered in 1917. Don’t leave without seeing the Twelve Columns Room in the main mausoleum, the two side rooms of the second mausoleum and the garden , where there are more than 100 servants’ tombs and soldiers of the Saadian dynasty. Very close to the Saadian Tombs is Bab Agnaou , the most spectacular gate in the wall in my opinion. It is very nice to take a walk around the wall, a plan that I recommend before dining at any local restaurant.
Day 3: Majorelle Garden, Menara Gardens, Gueliz and return flight
The end of your trip to Marrakech in 3 days is coming , but you have the whole morning to make the most of your time. The third day tour includes sightseeing until after lunch and return flight in the afternoon.
This day you will visit the Majorelle Garden , an essential thing to see in Marrakech in 3 days . Apart from the great variety of plant species from the five continents, 4 days morocco tour the blue color of the buildings and the fountains are amazing.
You will also visit the Menara Gardens to see its orchards, the large pond, the olive groves and the Menara Pavilion with the green pyramid on the roof. By the way, you will also get to know the Palmeral , an area that has more than 100,000 trees (mainly palm trees) and that is very worthwhile. You can do this tour by bus, haggling with taxi drivers or on this fun buggy tour of the Palm Grove of Marrakech .
When you finish the 3-hour carriage ride, you may have some time left to approach Gueliz , the modern area of Marrakech . Stroll down Mohamed V and Mohamed VI avenues and discover the other face of Marrakech, with international fashion stores , chic restaurants and art galleries . It is curious to see the contrast of life in Gueliz with the customs in the medina area.
Finally, say goodbye to Moroccan gastronomy by eating your favorite typical dishes. I love the chicken patty , so I had a clear choice to finish my getaway in Marrakech in 3 days better impossible before heading to the airport to take the flight back to Madrid.