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6 Days in Marrakech – Best Morocco Travel Itinerary & Map

Today I want to share my travel itinerary for 6 days in Marrakech with you. Just under a week in this part of North Africa is a great amount of time to see the city and visit nearby places like Essaouira and the Agafay Desert. From spice-laden food to buzzing souks, beautiful riads, and rooftop terraces, there are lots of fun things to do and see in and around Marrakech. Read on for my itinerary. I’ve included a map, too.

6 Days in Marrakech

6 Days in Marrakech

My other half and I have booked a trip to North Africa to spend 6 days in Morocco using Marrakech as our home base. I’ve been to this famous city twice before (as well as Tangier, Casablanca, and Rabat), but this is his first time.

I’ve planned a fun itinerary for our 6 days in Marrakech, and we’re looking forward to spending the better part of a week exploring some of the most popular destinations in the city and the surrounding area.

I hope this itinerary helps you plan a trip of your own. You can adjust it to fit your interests and travel style, but it should give you a solid overview of what you can do in 6 days in Marrakech and the environs.

Marrakech street

Day 1: Marrakech

After a late morning flight from London, we arrive in Marrakech at 3pm. A taxi we’ve pre-booked through our riad whisks us off to the heart of the historic medina.

A porter meets us in the old town, loads our bags into a big wheelbarrow, and leads us down a side street to our home for the night, Riad Siwan.

Conveniently located between the grand Bahia Palace and the famous Jemaa el-Fnaa square, this place has been meticulously restored.

Marrakech riad

It has beautiful rooms, a central courtyard, and a rooftop terrace with amazing views over the city. If you want to follow in our footsteps, you can book your room here.

After getting settled in, we start our trip by sipping classic mint tea on the roof terrace at Riad Siwan. It’s the perfect manner of easing ourselves into life in Morocco, and a delicious way to kick off our 6 days in Marrakech.

When we’re done, we take in the views from the highest point on the roof before heading out to enjoy our first evening in the Red City.

Marrakech riad courtyard

After walking around a long shopping street called Rue Riad Zitoun el Jdid, we head up to a rooftop bar in Marrakech called La Pergola.

It’s perched atop Riad Monceau, and its abundance of greenery, murals, and cocktails make it a colorful place to have pre-dinner drinks.

When we’re finished with our cocktails, we make our way over to another rooftop for dinner. We’re dining on the terrace at Nomad, a stylish restaurant with modern Moroccan food and amazing views over the medina.

Marrakech rooftop restaurant

We tuck into zucchini fritters and spicy crispy monkfish as we watch the sunset turn the sky pink overhead.

After dinner we walk around the night market in the Jemaa el-Fnaa. From stalls selling fresh-squeezed orange juice to henna tattoo artists and street performers, this place is buzzing with activity.

Along with the nearby souks, it’s a fun spot to wander around and soak up the evening scene on our first night in Marrakech.

Jemaa el Fnaa

Day 2: Marrakech and the Agafay Desert

The next morning we continue our itinerary for 6 days in Marrakech with breakfast on the rooftop at Riad Siwan. It’s sunny out, and the feast we’re presented with is both delicious and filling. We can’t think of a better way to start the day.

After checking out of the riad, we do some sightseeing in Marrakech. We’re not far from the Bahia Palace, so we walk over for a visit.

One of the most important historic buildings in Marrakech, this 19th-century palace is home to a series of rooms, courtyards, and gardens decorated with intricate paintings and mosaics.

Bahia Palace

There’s stunning stucco work all around, and the floors are paved with marble and tile.

We tour the palace, then spend time walking through Mellah, the historic Jewish quarter of Marrakech. We explore the spice shops with their tall cones of many colors, letting the scents and sounds fill us with the atmosphere of the place.

From Mellah we walk over to a Lebanese restaurant called Naranj for lunch. We settle in at a table on the rooftop terrace and tuck into a delicious meal of fresh juices and succulent octopus as we enjoy great service and a beautiful atmosphere.

Rooftop restaurant in Marrakech

After lunch we head back to Riad Siwan to pick up our bags and depart for the Agafay Desert. We’ve booked an overnight tour with GetYourGuide, a company I use a lot on my travels. We’re excited to see a new-to-us part of Morocco.

A van meets us at La Place des Ferblantiers (Tinsmiths Square) and takes us to a tented camp around 20 miles (30 kilometers) outside of Marrakech.

We’re shown to our tents, which are far bigger and more luxurious than we expected. Not only do we have a king-size bed, but also our own bathroom and shower. The decor is to our liking as well.

Agafay Desert camp

After getting settled in, my other half and I split up to enjoy different activities for the rest of the afternoon. He goes off on an ATV tour, and I head out on a camel ride.

My trusty steed takes me through the desert with a local guide and one of the camp’s resident dogs. Along the way I enjoy beautiful scenery and peaceful surroundings as the sinking sun starts to paint the desert in golden-hour hues.

Back at the camp, my other half raves about his quad bike ride as we walk up a hill to watch the sunset. It’s a fun way to experience the magic of the Moroccan desert and chat with fellow camp guests from all over the world.

Camels in Morocco

When night falls we settle in at a big outdoor seating area for dinner. With rugs and pillows all around, it feels like it’s straight out of One Thousand and One Nights.

We sit on pouffes at a low table as servers bring around a feast of soup, tagines, and fresh fruit.

Soon the entertainment starts. We’re treated to everything from traditional Berber music to an impressive fire dancer. At the end the night turns into a dance party for all the guests to get up and join in. It’s a great way to end our second night in Morocco.

Desert camp in Agafay, Morocco

Day 3: Agafay Desert and Marrakech

The next morning our 6 days in Marrakech continue with a big breakfast at the tented camp in the Agafay Desert. We tuck into a buffet of French viennoiserie treats and local breads before being served piping hot eggs in clay tagines.

After breakfast our Agafay Desert tour ends as a van takes us back to Marrakech. We arrive at Tinsmiths Square and a host from our next accommodation, Riad Dar One, greets us.

He guides us past the Bahia Palace and through a narrow archway to get to our home for the night in Mellah.

Riad rooftop in Marrakech

Riad Dar One is not only beautiful, but it also offers great value for money. It’s arranged around a central courtyard, and the stylish rooms fill the floors between the plunge pool on the ground level and the roof terrace at the top.

We settle into our spacious room before heading to lunch. We’ve chosen a place called Kosybar in Tinsmiths Square at the suggestion of our host at the riad.

Kosybar has a beautiful multi-floor restaurant topped with a roof terrace overlooking the square and the famous Koutoubia mosque in the distance. We sit outside and tuck into Moroccan salads and tagines as we watch the world go by below.

Marrakech restaurant

After lunch we continue our itinerary for 6 days in Marrakech with some sightseeing. Our first stop is the ruins of the El Badi Palace. This historic number was built in the 16 century for Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur of the Saadian Dynasty.

Designed to show off the sultan’s wealth and power, it’s an impressive example of traditional Moroccan architecture. Today visitors come from all over the world to see its remains, walk through the underground rooms, and take in the sunken gardens.

Leaving the El Badi Palace, we stroll past horse-drawn caleches to get to the Saadian Tombs. This historic royal necropolis adjoining the southern wall of the Kasbah Mosque is home to some of the most beautiful architecture and design in Morocco.

El Badi Palace

Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur transformed this place into a stunning burial complex in the 16th century. The result is a veritable work of art that’s one of the top visitor attractions in the city.

After seeing the tombs, we spend the afternoon shopping. We walk down the long streets in the medina and through the tangle of souks near the Jemaa el-Fnaa. There’s everything from home goods to earrings and spices here, and it’s a feast for the senses.

We arrive back at Riad Dar One in need of a rest. We head up to the roof terrace to share a pot of mint tea, soaking up the tranquility after the buzz of the souks.

Moroccan mint tea

Afterwards we head to dinner at L’Mida, a restaurant with stylish decor and a cool rooftop terrace. We tuck into Moroccan dishes with a modern twist as we toast to another great day in the city.

When we’ve finished eating, we hop in a taxi and head to Barometre Marrakech. The first restaurant and bar dedicated to mixology in the city, it’s famous for its cocktails.

I try the Marrakech Market, a drink made with orange and cinnamon infused whiskey, saffron syrup, and Cointreau. It’s served in a smoked clay pot with local dates on the side, and it’s every bit as delicious as I hoped.

Marrakech rooftop mural

Day 4: Essaouira

The next morning we continue our 6 days in Marrakech by waking up early and enjoying breakfast at Riad Dar One before getting picked up in Tinsmiths Square for a day tour to Essaouira. As with our desert tour, we’ve booked it through GetYourGuide.

It’s a 3-hour drive from Marrakech to Essaouira, and we make two stops on the way. The first is at a shop on the outskirts of Sidi Mokhtar where we’re able to get coffees and use the restrooms.

The second is at the Cooperative D’Argan Marjana, a female-run argan oil workshop. We’re given a tour by a guide, who explains the oil-making process as we watch local women making it.

Essaouira gate

We then go through the shop, where we pick up everything from lip balm to cooking oil and aftershave.

We arrive in Essaouira shortly after, and we’re given 4 hours to explore. Like Marrakech, there’s a historic medina here with shops and markets. But this is a coastal city, so there are also beaches and a big fishing port.

We start our day trip to Essaouira in the medina. We browse the wares in the shops, enjoying how much calmer and quieter it is here than in Marrakech.

Essaouira arch

We then walk up to the city’s 18th-century ramparts, taking in the views of the Atlantic Ocean from the top. This city is known for being windy, but it’s not as blustery as we feared.

Back down in the medina, we stop for tea and cake at a cute cafe called Sisterhood. Afterwards we wander down Avenue de l’Istiqlal to check out the local food market and adjacent fish market.

All the produce gets our stomachs growling, so we walk over to the port for lunch. We’re amazed by how many fishing boats are here, and by how many local vendors are selling fresh fish and seafood right on the waterfront.

Essaouira boats

We settle in at an open-air restaurant where you can have the chef cook what you’ve bought from the stalls. Soon we’re tucking into a local feast of giant prawns, sardines, and a whole fish.

With a front row view of the boats and the beach, we couldn’t think of a better place to have lunch in Essaouira.

Our meal complete, we spend the rest of the afternoon walking along the beach and shopping in the medina. We pick up a pretty ceramic bowl from one of the shops as a souvenir, and dip our toes into the Atlantic on the sand.

Essaouira cafe

On the way back to Marrakech, our Essaouira tour stops at the same rest stop we visited on the way out. The scenery flies by, and soon we’re at Riad Dar One getting ready for dinner.

We’ve booked a table at a restaurant called Sahbi Sahbi in the Gueliz district. This modern place serves “Moroccan cuisine by empowered women”.

It’s a great place to try local specialties like pigeon pastilla and lamb tangia, as well as Moroccan salads and a chermoula prawn tagine. The service is excellent, too.

Marrakech garden bar

Afterwards we walk down the street to an outdoor courtyard bar called Petanque Social Club. Hidden behind an unassuming door, this place is straight out of an evening fairy tale.

We settle in at a table under a tree and enjoy delicious cocktails and equally good people watching.

Day 5: Marrakech

The next morning our 6 days in Marrakech continue as we tuck into breakfast at Riad Dar One before heading over to the Kasbah for some indulgent spa treatments.

Marrakech spa doors

We’ve booked them at Les Bains de Marrakech, a place I enjoyed so much on my first trip to the city that I can’t help going back.

We’re welcomed by friendly staff and whisked off to a tranquil haven away from the bustling medina. For the next two hours we enjoy hammam scrubs and massages in beautiful Moroccan surroundings.

After our spa experience we walk over to a local place called Cafe Clock for lunch on the roof terrace. My vegetable pastilla and his traditional harira soup hit the spot as we take in the colorful surroundings.

Koutoubia, Marrakech

After lunch we take a big walk through the Porte Bab Er Robb gate and up into the Parc Lalla Hasna gardens by the Koutoubia mosque. From the park we hop in a taxi to get to the famous Jardin Majorelle (Majorelle Garden).

This artistic botanical garden was created by French artist Jacques Majorelle over a 40-year period starting in 1923. The site also features a unique Cubist villa that was designed by architect Paul Sinoir in the 1930s.

But what it’s famous for today is that it was purchased and restored by fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent and his partner Pierre Berge in the 1980s.

Jardin Majorelle

The gardens are gorgeous, and the villa now houses the Berber Museum. Down the street there’s a contemporary building that’s home to the Yves Saint Laurent Museum.

We’ve pre-booked tickets, and we enter the gardens at our designated time. We walk along the paths, admiring the design and the meticulous attention to detail.

We tour the small Berber Museum and the Yves Saint Laurent Museum, learning about both Moroccan culture and fashion design as we go. Afterwards we do some shopping in the design-led boutiques along the street outside.

Marrakech cafe

In the evening we get drinks at Grand Cafe de la Poste in Gueliz. I’ve come here on every trip to the city, and I love its French-style atmosphere and historic vibe. We settle in at a table on the patio and enjoy aperitivo as we discuss the highlights of our day.

From Grand Cafe de la Poste we take a taxi to La Mamounia. This famous hotel in Marrakech is home to a range of restaurants, bars, and gardens, and we spend some time exploring before our dinner reservation at Le Marocain.

This traditional Moroccan restaurant at La Mamounia has an amazing courtyard, beautiful interiors, and a sweeping terrace.

Marrakech hotel

We sit at an outdoor table and enjoy a multi-course meal of everything from roasted king prawns to royal couscous with lamb, kefta meatballs, and merguez sausage. It all goes down a treat as the sun sets in the garden around us.

Day 6: Marrakech

The next morning we continue our itinerary for 6 days in Marrakech with some last bits of sightseeing and shopping. After breakfast at Riad Dar One, we walk through the Jemaa el-Fnaa and the souks to get to Le Jardin Secret.

This secret garden is surrounded by a 19th-century palace complex. Inside there are two courtyards with traditional Islamic gardens, a shop, a cafe, and a roof terrace.

Le Jardin Secret, Marrakech

It’s a beautiful place to explore, and it offers a peaceful respite from the streets outside.

From Le Jardin Secret we walk through a tangle of narrow streets lined with shops and tangia stalls to get to the Ben Youssef Madrasa.

An important cultural heritage site, this Islamic school was built by Sultan Abdullah Al-Ghaleb Assaadi between 1564 and 1565.

Ben Youssef Madrasa

The Ben Youssef Madrasa is one of the most popular places to visit in Marrakech, not least because of its stunning interior courtyard. The zellige tiles, geometric and floral motifs, and carved cedar doors and ceilings are awe-inspiring.

We spend a while walking through the courtyard and along the corridors on the floor above it, then head back outside to make two important stops. The first is at a spice shop called Herboriste des Amis, where we pick up some Moroccan cooking spices.

The second is lunch. We stop at a little street food stall called Sabich, which sells delicious pita sandwiches. Our falafel goes down a treat as we sit at a tiny table in the medina.

Marrakech spices

After lunch we walk over to the next place on our sightseeing itinerary: Dar El Bacha. This place is as famous for its architecture, history, and design as it is for its coffee shop.

Dar El Bacha is an early 20th-century palace in the medina. It’s one of the finest examples of riad architecture in Marrakech.

It also houses the Museum of Confluences and Bacha Coffee. The latter is a beautiful cafe that serves fine 100% Arabica coffee from around the world. Bacha Coffee is so popular people wait hours to get in.

Marrakech coffee shop

We tour the museum and pop our heads into the cafe (it’s truly stunning), wishing we had time to go in for a coffee.

But our stay in Marrakech is coming to an end, so we shop our way back to Riad Dar One, picking up souvenirs and gifts as we go.

Back at the riad, we collect our bags and hop in a taxi we’ve pre-booked to take us to the airport.

Marrakech sunset view

6 Days in Marrakech

I hope you’ve found my itinerary for 6 days in Marrakech helpful for understanding how you can spend your time in this part of Morocco. It’s an amazing place, and 6 days is enough time to see the highlights and explore the desert and coast near the city.

Marrakech Itinerary Map

As promised, I’ve created an interactive Google map of our Marrakech itinerary. You can see it here. I hope it helps you plan a great trip to the city!

Marrakech rooftop restaurant view

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