Marrakesh is arguably the most visited and famous city of the Kingdom of Morocco. It is located north of the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and is the most important former imperial city of the country of Morocco. Marrakesh comprises an old fortified city that is bordered by more modern neighbourhoods. Even though there are many attractions that you should visit here, 48 hours is more than enough to visit the best places. Here is how you can spend a weekend in Marrakesh.
The first thing that you should do in the morning is see the city of Marrakesh from a hot air balloon. This will help you really get an idea of what the city looks like. On top of that, you'll also get a chance to see numerous villages and breathtaking landscapes. You can even take a short camel ride after the hot air balloon ride.
When you get back to the centre, you can pay a visit to Maison Tiskiwin, which is a museum that belongs to a Dutch anthropologist named Bert Flint. It's the perfect place to visit if you want to have a visual experience of Moroccan art. Some of the things you'll get a chance to see in this museum include jewellery, carpets, clothes, textiles, fabrics, and basket works. Apart from enjoying the exhibits in the museum, you'll surely be astounded when you see the architectural gem that houses the Maison Tiskiwin.
After visiting the museum, you can head down to Mellah, the Jewish district of the city. Here, you will find the breathtaking Lezama Synagogue, as well as the Jewish cemetery. If you want to buy some souvenirs and gifts, you can go to the spice vendors in Mellah. It's also recommended that you pay a visit to the handmade lantern workshops. In case you're hungry, make sure to go to a restaurant in the Jewish district for some excellent local cuisine.
You can end your first day by going to the Marrakesh Souk, where you will find many shops selling a variety of goods. This is also a good place to get some excellent souvenirs.
The perfect way to start your second day in Marrakesh is to visit the Jardin Majorelle. This is an extremely peaceful place located in the middle of the city's busy streets. Artist Jacques Majorelle spent more than 40 years designing this garden. It is the perfect place where you can go for a morning walk. Here, you'll get the chance to see exotic plants and traditional architecture.
Once you finish exploring this majestic garden, it's time to head down to the heart of the city. The Medina of Marrakesh is the best Berber marketplace in all of Morocco. You can find numerous hoods here, including pottery, jewellery, spices, lanterns, leathers, and carpets. Keep in mind that you should never pay full price for the goods. Instead, you should haggle a bit and get the merchants to lower the price.
Your next stop should be the Royal Palace of Marrakesh since it's an attraction that you must visit. Although you won't be able to get inside the palace complex, seeing it from the outside is still an incredible experience. You can find the ruins of El Badi Palace close to the Royal Palace. There is a great historical museum that you can go to located right where the ruins are.
The last stop of your trip should be the Bahia Palace, where you'll most likely spend more time than at the previous two palaces combined. Bahia is, without a doubt, one of the best places to enjoy the incredible architecture of Marrakesh.