Africa,  Guest Post

What to See in Marrakech: 9 Sites under $5!

I visited Marrakech in Morocco as a solo traveler and found that it was very affordable. The old city of Marrakech is known as the Medina. Many of the buildings are older, many of the streets are narrower but you’ll also find that it is affordable and you get to be surrounded by culture. Get a hotel or riad deep in the Medina and the 9 sites below will all be within walking distance.

In total, touring all 9 of these historical sites costs about $21. If you’re thinking about a trip to Morocco, visit Amber’s Compass for recommendations on where to stay, camel rides, and to learn all about safety as a solo female traveler.

Top 9 Sites to Visit in Marrakech for $5 or Less

Saadian Tombs

The Saadian Tombs are sepulchers that serve as the final resting place of Saadi sultans. You won’t need more than an hour to walk around and take photos. Not only is it stunning but you’ll probably see many roaming adorable kittens that live on the grounds.

Fee: 10 DH = about $1

El Badi Palace

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Very close to the Saadian Tombs are the ruins of El Badi Palace. This former palace was built by a Saadian sultan and today is a ruin. Some of the highlights include a large courtyard full of orange trees, an underground dungeon, and the minbar.

Fee: 10 DH and an additional 10 DH to see the restored 12th-century minbar.

Bahia Palace

This large palace was very easy to get lost in and provided spectacular minbar photos. Relatively close to the Saadian Tombs and El Badi Palace, the area is full of green gardens, carved walls, painted doors, tiled courtyards, and even an ancient cat door. Bahia Palace is a must see.

Fee: 10 DH

Jemaa-el-Fna Square

Jemaa-el-Fna is a marketplace and the main square in the old city. Used by tourists and locals, it is occupied by orange juice stalls, snake charmers, musicians, and souvenir peddlers.

Visiting is free however taking photos with any of the animals will cost you. I recommending visiting and shopping the area but I HIGHLY recommend you don’t support the unethical practice of using chained animals as an attraction.


This marketplace is a hive of activity. You will find almost anything you’re looking to bring home with you. Clothing, leather bags, beautiful scarves, slippers, pottery, masks, and so much more. It is very easy to get lost and be ready to haggle. Even if you’re not looking to purchase, walking through the souks is free and it’s an experience you won’t forget.

Marrakech Museum

If you want a break from being in the sun, I’d suggest visiting the Marrakech Museum. The architecture, carvings, and tilework will be just as fascinating as the historical objects.

Fee: 30 DH = about $3

Ben Youssef Madrasa

Right next door to the Marrakech Museum is the Ben Youssef Madrasa, one of the most “expensive” of the sites to see. However, still very affordable and well worth it. Full of unique rooms, carved walls, and best of all its Instagramable windows.

Fee: 50 DH = about $5

House of Photography

This museum of Moroccan photographs is just down the street from Ben Youssef and the Marrakech Museum. As an archive on Morocco, the collections here include original prints, the oldest collect of glass negatives on the High-Atlas and a library ranging from 1870 to 1960. If you have the time, take a seat and enjoy the in-house video documentary for a stroll through history.

Fee: 40 DH = about $4

Le Jardin Secret (The Secret Garden)

Plants and trees from five continents grow within the Exotic Garden. Deeper inside you’ll find the Islamic Garden designed to look like how paradise is described in the Qur’an. Although my visit to Le Jardin Secret only consisted of enjoying the gardens, there is also a bookshop, tower, and café to visit.

Fee: 50 DH = about $5

I’m Amber Alexander, the creator of Amber’s Compass. I’ve climbed the Great Wall of China while a stranger who spoke no English held onto my arm for comfort. As my first real solo trip, I explored the waterfalls at Yosemite then stepped outside my comfort zone and also visited Morocco solo. As a soldier, I was deployed to a combat zone in Kuwait. I’ve toured through tunnels near the South Korean DMZ and because of my love of travel and culture I made a travel blog. I believe that traveling should be an adventure that you remember for a lifetime. Your journey is a personal transformation and I’m here to provide tips, recommendations, and reviews. For the travelers who seek culture, Amber’s Compass is your destination.


  • daniele

    I loved Le Jardin Secret personally, I think it’s like a peaceful oasis where you rest a little bit escaping from the caos of the Souk and the center. Love all your tips 🙂

  • Followingtherivera

    I was in Marrakech in October and absolutely loved it! The Saadien Tombs are incredible and a must, as are the vibrant souks. A great city!

  • Tara

    Great photos & suggestions! I cannot wait until the day arrives when I can finally set foot on the streets of Marrakech. The architecture looks beautiful.

  • Nathan

    I’ve heard so much about Marrakech recently that Fez seems to have faded into the background when Morocco is the subject of a conversation. I’d definitely love to visit the ruins and the palaces as the architectural design of their buildings is otherworldly and really intriguing. Great tips for backpackers who are on a shoestring budget but have a desire to experience Moroccan culture!

  • Amy @ Family Globetrotters

    What a great selection of things to do on the cheap! Looks like Marrakesh is so doable on a budget. I’d love to visit the souks although I bet I wouldn’t be walking out of there spending less than $5 though!

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