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
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
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.
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 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.
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