THE 40 BEST PLACES TO TAKE PICTURES IN MARRAKECH
Planning a trip to Marrakech? Or just in the mood to daydream? We totally get how chaotic traveling can be and wanted to make exploring the city as easy as possible. Honestly, who has extra time to plan photo-opps anyway? Our Photoguide covers the best places to take pictures in Marrakech – from the Ben Youssef Madrasa to the world’s most stunning Riads, we promise you won’t miss a snap. Whether you’re a travel blogger or traveling gypsy, explore over 40 locations (and their location coordinates) in our Photoguide to Marrakech. Enjoy and have a mint tea for us! xx
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We know this is common sense, but we have to say it anyway – please keep in mind that our Photoguides include some of the coolest photo-opps in a city, some of which may be at a hotel, business, restaurant or even near a private home. If that’s the case then you may need to book a hotel room, order something at a restaurant or even arrange a shoot in advance to be able to take photos in that location. If it’s near a private home please be respectful and treat the situation like you would want to be treated if your house was an Instagrammer’s dream.
We also sometimes include locations that are museums or art installations, which keep in mind can change at their discretion – but usually they’ll replace it with something along the same vibe so you’ll still get the shot. Like any good traveler, it’s always a good idea to double check if a location, monument, or museum is open before heading there. One time we traveled to Fez, Morocco to see the ancient leather tanneries only to find out it was closed…for the first time in close to 1000 years LOL! So trust us, if you don’t want to take the risk just double check before making the trek. We hope you enjoy using our Photoguides and if you love them as much as we do, please leave a comment at the end to let us know! Safe travels xx
Address: Rue Yves St Laurent By A-Maps، Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Coordinates: 31.64174, -8.00283
Sidewalkers: Dela Fard | @delafard + Chelsey Rouen | @chelseyroo + Julia Schaffner | @desbelleschoses
Marrakech, Morocco is a vibrant, beautiful and culturally intricate oasis in the desert of northern Africa. Between the dreamy riads, colorful souks and stark Sahara, the warmth and authenticity of this place will leave you breathless. The people are kind, the tea is delicious and the Moroccan rugs are beautiful- what more could you want?
The Jardin Majorelle was created by the artist Jacques Majorelle in 1937, and was his personal home and workshop until it opened to the public in 1947. The beautiful blue color was so distinct that it became known as ‘Majorelle blue’. It was known to ‘evoke Africa’, as the intense color brought out the lush green of the leaves in the garden. In 1966, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé first visited the Jardin Majorelle, fell in love with the setting, and visited daily during their trips. When developers were planning to build a hotel in place of the garden, they did everything they could to stop the project, and in 1980 purchased the property. They moved in and undertook the property’s restoration, building themselves an oasis and finding ‘an unlimited source of inspiration’ for their work.
Ben Youssef Madrasa
Address: Rue Assouel, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Coordinates: 31.63197, -7.98661
Sidewalkers: Chissy Huang | @chissyhuang + Alexandra Pankratova | @pankratova916
Ben Youssef Madrasa is the largest Madrasa (college for Islamic studies) in all of Marrakech, and a place you won’t want to miss on your next trip to Marrakech. Built early in the 14th century, you know its walls must have an interesting story to tell. One of the most beautiful places to take photos in Marrakech, Ben Youssef Madrasa is now a historical site full of intricately carved doorways and brightly tiled walls. Considering the décor and history combined, it’s no surprise that Ben Youssef Madrasa is one of the most visited sites (and one of the best for the classic Marrakech Insta) in the entire city.
Marrakech Souk / Medina
Address: Derb Fhal Zefriti nº6,، LKsour، Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Coordinates: 31.63362, -7.98494
Sidewalkers: Jules | @finding.jules + May | @mayandtravel + Leah | @leahliyah + Jessica Stein | @tuulavintage + Nicola Easterby | @polkadotpassport + Selena | @finduslost + Dela Fard | @delafard + Keir Alexa | @keiralexa
The Medina is the first thing many people think of when they think ‘Morocco’. The maze of covered stalls is an easy place to get lost, so make sure you have someone with you who knows their way around! Classic purchases here include beautiful Moroccan rugs, straw bags, leather poufs, lanterns, leather goods, pottery, and colorful glassware. Moroccan rugs are fairly expensive in the western world, so your visit may be a great time to stock up on interiors and bring the Moroccan vibe back home with you. We suggest you do some research on the goods you want (and the look of the products you want) ahead of time. If you’ve ever been to a market in a foreign country you know it can get overwhelming quickly, when there are so many options and tons of shopkeepers vying for your business! It also helps to do some research on price beforehand. Even if something sounds cheap to you, you’ll want a frame of reference to know if you’re getting a good deal!
Address: Avenue Imam El Ghazali, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Coordinates: 31.62175, -7.98155
Sidewalker: Lee Litumbe | @spiritedpursuit
Bahia (“Brilliance”) Palace was built in the late 19th century by Si Moussa, a grand vizier of the sultan. The palace includes a 2-acre garden and rooms that open to a gorgeous, tiled courtyard.
Le Jardin Secret
Address: 121 Rue Mouassine, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
Coordinates: 31.63075, -7.9895
Sidewalker: Leonie Hanne | @leoniehanne
La Maison Marrakech
Coordinates: 31.65045, -8.05405
Sidewalkers: Tara | @taramilktea + Hannah Podbury | @hannahmatcha
Hotel Selman Marrakech
Address: Km5 Route d’Amizmiz، Marrakesh 40160, Morocco
Coordinates: 31.57373, -8.01848
Sidewalkers: Marina | @marinacomes + Kristina Krayt | @kristabelkrayt + Asiyami Gold | @asiyami_gold
The Selman Marrakech has a beautiful, 80-meter-long swimming pool and boasts 2 bars and 3 restaurants. The hotel is home to several Arabian thoroughbreds, as there is a stable on property. There are various experience options to choose from, which are sure to make your stay memorable.
Four Seasons Resort Marrakech
Address: Avenue de la Ménara, Marrakesh, Morocco
Coordinates: 31.61937, -8.01707
Sidewalkers: Jessica Wang | @notjessfashion + Meryem | @flashbeaute + Wendy Swan | @wendyswan
The luxury hotels in Marrakech are second to none, with exotic buildings, beautiful courtyards, lush gardens and many corners for photo ops. Each luxury option has its own draw, and there are so many to choose from you may just have to visit all of them!
Hotel Royal Mansour
Address: Rue Abou Abbas El Sebti، Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Coordinates: 31.62516, -7.99834
Sidewalkers: Amelia Liana | @amelialiana + Michelle Salas | @michellesalasb + Tina Lee | @ofleatherandlace + Alice Reins | @alice.reins
Address: 209 rue Ank Jemel، Bab Taghzout، Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Coordinates: 31.63571, -7.98959
Sidewalker: Angelica Blick | @angelicablick
A riad is a traditional Moroccan home with a garden or courtyard in the interior space. There is a huge selection of riads for your trip to Marrakech, if you’d prefer a more private house to a larger hotel. A few of these riads (noted below!) can be found for rent on Airbnb. Your own private riad can be the perfect place for your Moroccan style photoshoot. You’ll be able to set the scene exactly as you want, including the beautiful poufs, leafy greens and Moroccan mint tea set. Just add a flowy dress into the mix and you’re golden! Riads will oftentimes offer dining options as well, so you can eat your breakfast in the pool or on the rooftop, overlooking the city. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a perfect Insta shot, and simply enjoy the gorgeous scenery!
Address: 52 Marokko, Derb Dabachi, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
Coordinates: 31.62587, -7.98426
Sidewalkers: Nicoline Patricia Malina | @npmalina + Stella | @stella_ycy + Sabine Rosalie | @sabine_rosalie
Address: 1 Driba Jdida, Sidi Ben Slimane، Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Coordinates: 31.63714, -7.9929
Sidewalkers: Michele Krusi | @thefashionfraction + Maria Fagerstrom | @mariathepilot + Mina Fucsia | @minafucsia
Es Saadi Palace
Address: Rue Ibrahim El Mazini, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
Coordinates: 31.62138, -8.00515
Sidewalkers: Leonie Hanne | @leoniehanne + Agnieszka Trolese | @tasteandtravel_pl + Dela Fard | @delafard
Es Saadi is a sprawling resort and casino, with options to stay in a private villa or within the larger hotel building. The colorful walls and numerous pools make it a great option for your next Instagram setting.
Le Riad Berbere
Address: 23 Derb Sidi Ahmed Ben Nasser Kaat Benahid، Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Coordinates: 31.63123, -7.98469
Sidewalker: Lisa Smith | @lisadanielle__
Coordinates: 31.60815, -7.93412
Sidewalker: Madeleine | @pilotmadeleine
Address: Route de Bab Atlas, No.88/69, Province Syba,، Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Coordinates: 31.66369, -7.87163
Sidewalkers: Dela Fard | @delafard + Lauren K | @wanderlustwithloz + India Weber | @indiasinsights + Madeleine | @pilotmadeleine
The Palais Namaskar is a more modern option when it comes to luxury Moroccan hotels. The beautiful domes and archways surrounding the pool make for a great Instagram shot. Early and late in the day, it’s fun to get creative with the lighting in the completely still pool. The walkways running through the pool also offer a great setting for your next shot.
Address: 1 Derb Aarjane, Medina، مراكش 40000, Morocco
Coordinates: 31.62863, -7.98745
Sidewalkers: Carol Palhano | @carolpalhano + Lisa Homsy | @lisahomsy
Atay Cafe – Food
Coordinates: 31.6326, -7.9884
Sidewalkers: Michele Krusi | @thefashionfraction + Livia Brasil & Micheli Fernandes | @liviabrasilc & @micheli_fernandes + Tina Lee | @ofleatherandlace
Address: Derb Chtouka, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
Coordinates: 31.61293, -7.98728
Sidewalker: Michele Krusi | @thefashionfraction
Cafe Des Epices
Address: 75 Derb Rahba Lakdima, Marrakesh Medina 40000, Morocco
Coordinates: 31.62901, -7.98733
Sidewalkers: Paula Ordovas | @mypeeptoes + Rosa Crespo | @rosacrespo + Elena Bueno Segura | @elee.bs
Address: Route De L’Ourika، مراكش 40000, Morocco
Coordinates: 31.56332, -7.98084
Sidewalker: Julia Rosenbusch | @ju.hu.lia
Address: Derb Moulay Abdullah Ben Hezzian, 2, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
Coordinates: 31.62722, -7.99296
Sidewalkers: Deddeh Howard | @secretofdd + Alexandra Lhermite-Schwass | @whatalexloves
Address: 12 Derb El baroud, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Coordinates: 31.63809, -7.99215
Sidewalker: Tina | @tina_del_mar
Address: 403 Rue de La Kasbah، Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Coordinates: 31.61696, -7.98883
Sidewalkers: Asiyami Gold | @asiyami_gold + Micheli Fernandes | @micheli_fernandes
La Sultana Marrakech is a more intimate luxury option, which is known for its personalized service for guests. The building stands where a granary once was, which supplied the royal family. The beautiful brick archways and outdoor pool are definitely a place you’ll want to take your next Instagram photo; the exotic setting can’t be beat. The hotel notes beautiful hidden corners and rooms, where guests can relax or take their tea.
Riad La Pause
Address: 48 Derb Toudgha, Marrakech, Morocco
Coordinates: 31.45051, -8.17746
Sidewalkers: Michele Krusi | @thefashionfraction + Tara & Leonie Hanne | @taramilktea & @leoniehanne
Address: Désert Agafay، Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Coordinates: 31.4339, -8.202
Sidewalker: Tara | @taramilktea
The Scarabeo camp is the most popular glamping option outside of Marrakech. The hotel setup offers 15 tents for accommodations, which include huge beds, Moroccan lounge areas (traditional rugs, pillows and blankets), wooden writing desks and separate shower tents. This camp is a great way to indulge in the untouched desert. The camp provides local dining options on a family-style, communal table. There are additional activities available for extra cost as well, if you’re wanting to trek, do yoga, ride a camel, or get a massage. This setting cannot be beat.
Riad Palais Sebban
Address: 43 Derb My Abdellah Ben Hssein,, Rue el Ksour, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Coordinates: 31.62699, -7.9924
Sidewalker: Tina Lee | @ofleatherandlace
Address: Derb Sidi Lahcen O Ali, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Coordinates: 31.63227, -7.99566
Sidewalkers: Amelia Liana & Hannah | @amelialiana & @hannah_mollyrose + Leonie Hanne | @leoniehanne
Address: Avenue Bab Jdid، مراكش 40040, Morocco
Coordinates: 31.62183, -7.99761
Sidewalkers: Michele Krusi | @thefashionfraction + Aggie Lal | @travel_inhershoes + Ciara | @hey_ciara +Nina Zadeh | @nina_zadeh
La Mamounia may be the most popular hotel to photograph in all of Marrakech. If you’ve seen Morocco on your Instagram feed, we guarantee you’ve seen La Mamounia. Many people come to the hotel just for the spa services, which include access to the Instagram famous indoor pool. The spa is supposed to be one of the best and most decadent experiences you can have in Morocco.
One big draw to the spa is their tradition Hammam. A Moroccan Hammam is similar to a Turkish bathhouse, and is a mainstay in Moroccan culture. It is common to see this communal steam room in middle eastern spas.
For your next Instagram shot, head to the classic hallway of black and white tiled pillars, which is one of the most photographed spaces in the city. Add a flowy dress to the mix, take a twirl and you’ll get a stunning shot easily.
La Mamounia is attached to its magnificent gardens, which were gifted to Prince Al Mamoun as a wedding present in the 18th century. The gardens are a beautiful place to wander on a hot Moroccan day.
La Mamounia Gardens
Coordinates: 31.61994, -7.99667
Sidewalker: Helen Lindes | @holacom
El Badi Palace
Address: Ksibat Nhass, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
Coordinates: 31.61823, -7.98586
Sidewalkers: Saida | @s_a_i_d_a_ + Jenn | @paticalienteporelmundo
ven though El Badi Palace is in ruins, it is a beautiful and historical site to visit while in Marrakech, Morocco, and makes for a few stunning photos. The palace took fifteen years to build, and was completed in 1593. The palace is said to be the best craftsmanship of the Saadian period, and declined after the fall of the Saadians. Only the ruins of this grand building remain, but today the complex also includes a museum.
Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech Museum
Address: Rue Yves St Laurent, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Coordinates: 31.642679, -8.003222
Sidewalker: Daniela Bolivar | @danibolivar
Address: 25 Znikt Rahba، Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Coordinates: 31.62838, -7.9864
Sidewalkers: Ella Dvornik | @elladvornik + Vicky Zuehlke | @vickyzuehlke
The Museum of Marrakech is a great place to go and learn about Moroccan history, people, culture and art. We recommend visiting the museum early in your trip to get a good idea of the culture you’re witnessing throughout your Moroccan journey.
High Atlas Mountains
Address: 25 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris, France
Coordinates: 48.86619, 2.30421
Sidewalkers: Ella Dvornik | @elladvornik + Beatriz Marinho | @beatrizmarinho
The Atlas Mountains extend more than 1,200 miles from Morocco, through Algeria and Tunisia. The rim of the Atlas Mountains separates the Mediterranean basin to the north, and the Sahara Desert to the south. A day trip to the Atlas Mountains is peaceful and stunning!
Coordinates: 32.01529, -6.71975
Sidewalker: Sole | @betravely
Ouzoud Falls is a day trip away from Marrakech, so it’ll take a rental car or guided tour to get there. It’s a popular day trip for tourists so you’ll want to plan in advance to miss the crowds!
Jardin el Harti
Address: Guéliz By A-Maps، Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Coordinates: 31.63069, -8.01005
Sidewalker: Jana Wind | @bekleidet
Address: Bab Agnaou, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Coordinates: 31.61755, -7.99068
Sidewalker: Damla Tezcan | @damratezcan
Address: Sidi Yahya La Palmeraie, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Coordinates: 31.66061, -7.97893
Sidewalker: Agathe De La Fontaine | @agathe6
Address: Rue el Ksour, Derb Sabai, 13, Marrakesh Marrakech 40000، Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Coordinates: 31.62821, -7.99491
Sidewalkers: Sofia Reis | @mexiquer + Yoa Cervantes & Maria Vitoria | @yoacervantes & @vitoriaserozini
Koutoubia Mosque is the largest Mosque in Marrakech, and well known for its tall minaret (tower). The mosque was built in 1184, and named for the Arabic word for book, koutoub (there was a book market nearby). The building consists of six rooms, one above the other, connected by a ramp. The building is in the Almohad style.
Berber Cultural Center
Address: N8, Imintanoute, Morocco
Coordinates: 31.1667, -8.85
Sidewalker: Sabina Trojanova | @girlvsglobe
The Berber cultural center is at the foot of the Atlas mountains, a ways outside of Marrakech. At the center, you can learn all about the indigenous Berber people who call northern Africa home.
The Sahara Desert
Sidewalkers: Larisa Costea | @larisacostea + Micheli Fernandes & Livia Brasil | @micheli_fernandes & @liviabrasilc + Micheli Fernandes | @micheli_fernandes
The Sahara Desert is a beautiful and wild landscape that you should see at least once in your lifetime! Marrakech is the perfect jumping off point to see this beautiful desert.