Destination guide

A magical land of marketplaces, mountains, and mosques

Tucked away in western Morocco, Marrakesh offers up a majestic landscape, where the minarets of mosques dominate the skyline and the snow-capped peaks of the Atlas Mountains serve as a dramatic backdrop. Leave the comfort of your Marrakesh vacation rental and get lost in the labyrinth located behind the fortified city's 12th-century walls, where bazaars feature vendors peddling everything from textiles and pottery to jewelry and spices. Wander aimlessly through Marrakesh's maze of alleyways and eventually you'll stumble upon a whole new world of treasures, including renowned museums, lavish palaces, and lush gardens.

Things to do

Fall under the spell of snake charmers and sultans

Behind the fortified walls of the city lies Jemaa el-Fnaa, a beloved African square known as a hub of activity. Spend the day people-watching as street performers, from snake charmers to acrobats and magicians to musicians, entertain both locals and travelers alike. If you're in the market for more high-brow attractions, the Museum of Marrakesh offers art exhibits on the rich history of modern and traditional Moroccan cultures. History buffs should also make time to visit El Badi Palace, the ruins of a 16th-century sultan's palace, and the 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque, the largest one in the city.


Shop till you drop, then have fun at the festival

Think you drive a mean bargain? Put your haggling skills to the test at 1 of the city's many souks, or bazaars, where merchants sell items, from leather goods to local foods. After an afternoon of bartering, enjoy a peaceful stroll through the 12th-century Menara Gardens, home to lakes, orchards, and olive groves. If you book a Marrakesh vacation rental in July, you'll experience the city during its busy festival season, which includes the National Folklore Festival and the Marrakesh Festival of Popular Arts, the latter of which highlights famous Moroccan artists, including renowned dancers, musicians, and actors.


A North African forecast—sunny skies and soaring mercury

You may find it difficult to leave the comfort of your Marrakesh vacation rental during summers filled with scorching, dry heat and daytime highs that can exceed 100 degrees. Things start to cool off in the autumn as temps dip into 60s. Just remember to pack your umbrella if you're visiting in November, Marrakesh's wettest month. Winter brings mild daytime temperatures, averaging around 54 degrees, but clear skies can make 40-degree evenings feel particularly biting. Spring offers mild temperatures, with highs ranging from the mid-70s to the low 80s.

Natural features

Ain't no mountain high enough, ain't no valley low enough

Home to a diverse landscape, Marrakesh offers something for everyone. If you enjoy peaceful pockets of green space hidden away inside bustling metropolises, Marrakesh features numerous gardens. Spend your day sauntering through lush grounds filled with palm trees, succulents, olive groves, and orchards dotted with orange, fig, and pomegranate trees. Nestled between the High Atlas Mountains and a vast desert landscape, the Ourika River Valley lies just 19 miles south of Marrakesh. The region is popular with daytrippers who wish to visit quaint desert villages or tackle foothill hiking trails lined with waterfalls.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Marrakech

Fly into Marrakech (RAK-Menara), the closest airport, located 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from the city center.

If you'd rather travel by train, the main station serving the city is Marrakech Central Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around Marrakech?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,670 vacation rentals near Marrakech. From 393 Villas to 584 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Marrakech for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Marrakech?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Marrakech:

  • Medina: 560 vacation rentals
  • Gueliz: 487 vacation rentals
  • Mouassine: 405 vacation rentals
  • District of Annakhil: 439 vacation rentals
  • Sidi Bou Amar: 378 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Marrakech?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Marrakech. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Marrakesh Museum: 1,657 vacation rentals
  • Bahia Palace: 1,659 vacation rentals
  • Dar Si Said Museum: 1,660 vacation rentals
  • Amelkis Golf Club: 1,659 vacation rentals
  • Dar el Bacha Palace: 1,654 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Marrakech listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Villas in Marrakech?

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  • Houses: 584 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 392 rentals available
  • Cottages: 4 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Marrakech?

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