Marrakech: Tower of The Koutoubia Mosque and Menara Gardens

When talking about visiting Morocco, among the first things that come to your mind are the Sahara Desert and Marrakech. Let´s see a bit more about what to do in Marrakech.

Marrakech, also known as the “Red City” for its vibrant buildings and the rich cultural heritage, is a captivating destination that offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern attractions.

From its iconic landmarks like the Tower of The Koutoubia Mosque to the serene Menara Gardens, Marrakech is a city that shows you the charm of Morocco.

Tower of The Koutoubia Mosque

Photo: Tower of The Koutoubia Mosque.


With its vibrant medina, its maze-like alleys and the bustling markets, Marrakech is a treasure trove for shoppers and explorers alike. The medina is home to various historical sites, such as the Saadian Tombs, where the remains of members of the Saadian dynasty rest.

The Bahia Palace, with its stunning architecture and intricate tilework, is another must-visit attraction that shows the city’s rich heritage.

If you are wondering which is best area to stay in Marrakech, the city offers a range of accommodations to suit every traveler’s taste, from luxury hotels like ´La Mamounia´ to traditional riads that provide an authentic Moroccan experience.

When planning a trip to Marrakech, it is worth considering the weather, as the city experiences hot summers and mild winters. Actually, the best time to visit Marrakech is during spring (March to May) and fall (September to November) when the temperatures are pleasant for outdoor activities. However, keep in mind that the weather here can be unpredictable, so it is advisable to pack layers and be prepared for occasional rainfall.

Marrakech is a city that always fascinates

Saadian Tombs, Marrakech


One of the must-visit attractions in Marrakech is the Tower of The Koutoubia Mosque. Rising over the city skyline, the Koutoubia Mosque is not only a religious site, but also an architectural masterpiece. The mosque dates back to the 12th century and is evidence to the Almohad dynasty’s influence on the region.

Its towering minaret stands at 77 meters, making it the tallest structure in Marrakech. Visitors can marvel at the intricate geometric patterns and exquisite craftsmanship that adorn its façade. The minaret is particularly captivating during sunset when its silhouette stands out against the colorful sky.

And if this is not enough, here are several reasons why you should visit the Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque:

  • Architectural Splendor: The sheer beauty and grandeur of the tower are sure to leave you awe-inspired.
  • Historical Importance: This mosque is the largest one in Marrakech and has witnessed the rise and fall of various ruling dynasties in Morocco.
  • Panoramic Views: Climbing the tower grants you breathtaking panoramic views of Marrakech. The views also extend to the distant Atlas Mountains, creating a picturesque backdrop.
  • Cultural Significance: The Koutoubia Mosque holds great cultural and religious importance for the people of Marrakech. It is an active place of worship and an embodiment of the city’s Islamic heritage.
  • Central Location: This mosque is centrally located near the famous Jemaa el-Fnaa square, which is the heart of Marrakech’s medina. Its proximity to other popular attractions, makes it easily accessible and convenient to include in your itinerary.
  • Peaceful Gardens: The mosque is surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens, providing a tranquil oasis amidst the bustling city. You can relax, stroll around, or have a picnic in these serene gardens, offering a refreshing break from the lively atmosphere of Marrakech.
  • Evening Illumination: In the evenings, the tower and the entire mosque are beautifully illuminated, creating a captivating sight. The soft glow highlights the architectural details, giving it a magical ambiance.

Remember: when visiting the Koutoubia Mosque, it is important to respect its religious significance.

Jema el Fna square, in the background Koutoubia Mosque. Marrakesh


Adjacent to the Koutoubia Mosque lies the serene Menara Gardens, so you can stop by in your Marrakech tour with us. These beautiful gardens offer a tranquil escape from the bustling city. They are centered around a large reflective pool that mirrors the surrounding pavilions and the Atlas Mountains in the distance.

Stroll through the Menara Gardens and enjoy the citrus orchards, olive groves, and blooming flower beds

Menara Gardens, Marrakech

The Menara Gardens provide an ideal setting for a leisurely picnic or simply a moment of relaxation while enjoying the picturesque scenery. Immerse yourself in Moroccan culture and experience the beauty of nature just a short distance from the city center.


While Marrakech offers a plethora of captivating attractions, venturing beyond the city opens up a world of natural wonders. One popular day trip destination is the Ouzoud waterfalls, located approximately 3 hours away from Marrakech.

These stunning waterfalls cascade down three tiers, creating a mesmerizing spectacle in a green landscape. You can take a guided tour or arrange a private excursion to explore the area and witness the raw beauty of the Ouzoud waterfalls up close.

If you are looking for Morocco’s diverse landscapes, then a day trip to the Atlas Mountains is what you need. This majestic mountain range stretches across the country, offering awe-inspiring views and opportunities for exploration.

We can join you to cross the Atlas Mountains, while you take up the stunning scenery and discover the unique Berber culture.

Whether you choose to hike along scenic trails, visit traditional mountain villages, or enjoy panoramic views from the mountain peaks, a trip here will be an unforgettable experience.

Snake Charmers in Marrakech


Marrakech´s streets are filled with captivating characters and intriguing traditions. One of the most fascinating aspects of the local culture is the presence of soothsayers.

If you don´t know what is a soothsayer, let us tell you that these people, also known as fortune tellers, say they possess the ability to predict the future and offer insights into various aspects of life.

They can be found in the bustling souks and squares, and encountering a soothsayer in Marrakech can be a fascinating cultural experience that provides a glimpse into the local beliefs and traditions.

Beside the soothsayers, the snake charmers are another sight that has become synonymous with Marrakech. These performers skillfully handle venomous snakes, captivating tourists with their mesmerizing dances and fearless acts.

The snake charmers normally gather in Jemaa el-Fnaa, the city’s main square and a UNESCO World Heritage site. While the practice of snake charming has faced criticism due to animal welfare concerns, it remains an integral part of Marrakech’s cultural evidence. Observing these performances can be an exciting and unique encounter.


As you can see, Marrakech is a city that captivates all your senses with its rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning natural landscapes. From exploring the iconic Tower of The Koutoubia Mosque and tranquil Menara Gardens to embarking on day trips to the Ouzoud waterfalls or the Atlas Mountains, Marrakech offers a wealth of experiences for every traveler.

Embark on a captivating journey into the enchanting world of Marrakech, where the richness of ancient traditions goes along with the modern and will make you want more.

Menara Gardens, Marrakech

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