Its name comes from the Berber words meaning ‘Land of God’. It is one of the most important cities in Morocco and probably one of the most visited. The aroma, colours and veil of mystery surrounding it has attracted countless tourists and famous people such as Ives Saint Laurent, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Gore Vidal, Kerouac and Mario Visconti. During the city’s golden era, the Riads (mansions) or the palaces in the city were where the people congregated, celebrating huge parties until the break of dawn. Today, we can appreciate part of its legacy, as the soul of a captivating and seductive city remains. Among its main attractions, we can undoubtedly recommend its food, luxury complexes and numerous golf courses.
Jemaa el-Fnaa Square
This is the most emblematic part of the city and it has two different atmospheres – one during the night and the other during the day. Therefore, it’s well worth your while visiting it on both occasions. During the day, you can find monkey tamers and snake charmers, as well as dentists exhibiting teeth they have removed. The square is dominated by stalls offering fresh juice and selling spices. When night falls, the square changes, filling with food stalls and shows of all kinds. The square becomes one giant kitchen, full of hustle and bustle. You won’t believe the amount of people, no matter what day of the week it is. Admiring the sunset from one of the bars with a terrace which surround the square is one of the most pleasurable experiences in this city.
The Majorelle Gardens
These are the most beautiful the city has to offer. They were designed by the French artist, Jacques Majorelle in 1920 and were renovated by Yves Saint Laurent in 1980. The garden boasts species from all around the world, with the bamboo plants, cacti and banana plants which surround the fountains contrasting perfectly with the intense blue of the buildings.
The souk (Arab marketplace)
Getting lost in here and negotiating your way to the end is one of the most traditional past times in Marrakesh. Wandering through its mazy streets, tourists find themselves having to dodge all types of vehicles, such as scooters and horse-drawn carts. The craft work on offer in the stalls attract your wandering eye, including products such as rugs, slippers, metal lanterns, jewels, jillabas, jewellery, spices and cosmetics. Don’t miss your chance to buy some of the famous argan oil. Don’t forget to visit the Secret Garden, taking time out from the bustle of walking through the Medina. This is a complex with Islamic architecture dating back over 400 years, providing an area to appreciate some much-needed peace and quiet. The buildings from the Saudi dynasty were remodelled during the last century and are surrounded by a beautiful garden. You can also find magnificent restaurants on the terraces of the souk. The Terrace of Spices is a must-see, where the country’s cuisine takes on a more contemporary and sophisticated look.
Hotel ONA Marrakech
The Ona Marrakech Ryads & Spa, a luxury hotel which was reformed as recently as 2018, is the perfect place to stay while you visit the city and its surroundings. Located in the north of the city just a few minutes away from the Palmeraie Golf Club, its location offers you stunning views of the enchanting Atlas mountain range. The hotel consists of 13 ryads distributed around a large garden with a 1,200-square metre outdoor swimming pool with a snack bar. It also boasts a 1,400-square metre spa with aerobics room and gym equipment. As well as offering different types of food, with Moroccan cuisine and tapas, it also has a large buffet offering international food with show cooking. You can enjoy a drink, ranging from teas to the best cocktails, while you listen to the live music on offer every night at the complex.
Marrakesh is surrounded by 10 golf courses. We recommend those with more than 18 holes which have the most positive player reviews
Created by Hadj Thami El Glaoui Mezouar in 1927, the Royal Golf of Marrakech is currently one of the most beautiful international golf courses and is certainly one of the most popular golf courses in the world in the prestigious city of Marrakech. With golf players as prestigious as David Lloyd George, Ike Eisenhower and Winston Churchill, the Royal Golf of Marrakech allows golfers from all over the world to
“play in a historic and legendary journey”. This magnificent legendary course, populated by more than 15,000 different trees (palms, oranges, eucalyptus, pines …) offers an unforgettable walk in a park of exceptional beauty that adds to the pleasure of the game. Not far from the center of Marrakech and ideally located in front of the Amelkis golf course, at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, this unique 27-hole golf course consists of an 18-hole historical course called the Old Course, a par 72 5 937 meters opened and inaugurated in the year 1933, as well as a 9-hole course named “Ménara”, a course Par 36 of 3,072 meters, which opened its doors in 2008
Samanah Golf Club
The Samanah Golf Course is an 18-hole, par 72, 6700-meter championship course, which meets the USGA standards. An exceptional course, adapted to all levels of play, without unnecessary pitfalls but nevertheless selective. Located just 15 minutes from Marrakech, the domain of Samanah Country Club extends over a park of 300 hectares and enjoys one of the most beautiful views of the majestic Atlas Mountains. More than 100 hectares are dedicated to golf, with a world class course specially designed by the famous architectural brand of 400 courses: Nicklaus Design.
PalmGolf Marrakech Ourika
PalmGolf Marrakech Ourika offers a true golfer’s paradise combining performance and pleasure, stunning views at the Atlas Mountains snowy peaks. Managed by Troon Golf, world leader in golf management, PalmGolf Marrakech Ourika offers wonderful practice facilities and superior service on the golf course as well as the clubhouse.
Fairmont Real Palm Golf & Country Club
There are very few places that combine the luxury of spaciousness with simplicity, availability and discretion. With the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and snowy peaks in the background, the 18-hole golf course covers 75 hectares of natural space offering a true
“commune with nature”. The golf course was designed by American architect Cabell. B. Robinson, who closely observed the environment and landscape, taking into consideration the Wadi river that runs through the area, every tree and every hill, combining all the shapes and hues of a generous nature, to create a respectful course bordered by bougainvillea and oleanders. The warm rays of the setting sun provide the final touch to this perfect picture of authentic Morocco.
PalmGolf Marrakesh Palmeraie
Located in the centre of the Palmeraire Resort, the PalmGolf Marrakesh Palmeraie, designed by Robert Trent Jones, is one of the most beautiful golf courses in Marrakesh. Sprawling over 120 hectares and featuring 11 lakes, this 27-hole golf course hosts some of the largest professional tournaments.