Morocco Budget Guide: How to do Marrakech on the Cheap

Morocco Budget Guide: How to do Marrakech on the Cheap

This Morocco budget travel guide features must-read tips on how to find accommodation, food and activities in Morocco on the cheap.

Marrakech is a fascinating destination, which attracts countless tourists every year. What sets Marrakech apart from other destinations is the incredibly lively local culture; a chaotic blend of souks, street performers, fine food and music.

Morocco is situated in a strategic position between Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and as a result Moroccan culture has benefited from many different influences.

From the Moorish architecture and elaborate mosques, to vibrant North African style markets; it is this heady blend of flavours that makes holidays to Marrakech so popular.


Morocco Budget Guide: How to do Marrakech on the Cheap


Morocco Budget Guide: How to do Marrakech on the Cheap

It’s not hard to enjoy a cheap holiday in Marrakech, you just have to be prepared to put the time in. For example, if you’re looking for a hotel in Marrakech, don’t go with the first advert you see!

There are many big-name hotels that will try to charge westerners the same prices they may be used to back home. If you can get past the salesmen though, you’ll be able to find a wide range of luxurious accommodations that will charge only a fraction of the price.

One great option is to hire a riad; these traditional buildings feature a number of spacious rooms that open inwards onto a central courtyard. They make a great base for groups (or even for a Marrakech family holiday), and are often cheaper to book than hotel rooms.

There are also countless Marrakech attractions which visitors can enjoy for either a nominal fee, or entirely free of charge.

One of the top Marrakech historical sites is the Koutoubia Mosque — possibly the most famous Marrakech landmark, this traditional, Almohad style mosque can be seen from right across the city, and visitors can explore it from all angles. As it is an active place of worship however, only Muslims may enter.

Morocco Budget Guide: How to do Marrakech on the Cheap

Other cultural attractions include the Ben Youssef Medersa, a fascinating 14th century school, and the beautiful Moorish building at Koubba El-Badiyin. Then there are the museums and galleries of Marrakech, which will provide you with a whole host of further options for a cheap day out around Marrakech.

Perhaps one of the most pleasurable things to do in Marrakech is simply to explore the intricate maze-like streets, and wander through chaotic souks. The atmosphere here is so rich that you don’t need to do anything to experience it, other than just be here.

You’ll be able to find plenty of cheap places to eat and drink in Marrakech as well, and no holiday to Marrakech is complete, without a visit to the fantastic Djemaa El Fna Market. Here amongst the colourful souks, visitors can enjoy a wide variety of cheap food stalls. Try out some of the local delicacies, such as apricot-roasted chicken or deep-fried eels!

With so many opportunities to enjoy the wonders of Morocco on a tight budget, a holiday to Marrakech makes for the perfect low cost getaway. Just remember — never go with the first price, and don’t be afraid to haggle!



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  1. Sofia - As We Travel says:

    I loved the Jema El Fna market, Marrakech was my favorite place to bargain. The shop keepers seemed to really enjoy bargaining, and sometimes they would bargain just for the sake of it, and once you agreed to their price they changed it to yours anyway. They were never angry when you left the shop without buying anything either.

    1. Ordinary Traveler says:

      That sounds like my dream market! 🙂

  2. Ok, this place is near the top of my “to do list”. Do you think it’s settled down over there enough to go visit?

    1. To the best of my knowledge Morocco isn’t in a state of unrest. Please inform us if you know of any current potentially dangerous political or social unrest in Morocco.