My Girly Guide to 5 Days in Marrakech

I seriously hope you’ve been inspired by my Moroccan coverage and are considering a visit. I am now going to share how you can spend 5 days in Marrakech with the cutest boutique hotels, best food, entertainment, tour companies, and of course shopping hotspots.

General Morocco Journey Tips

5 days in marrakesh

5 days in marrakesh

Things to Do in Marrakech with Only 5 Days

2 week morocco itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Marrakech

Check-In

Check into the beautiful boutique hotel in the medina, El Fenn. Ask them to collect you at the airport to save the hassle. Today you’re going to get acquainted with the center of the medina. The location of this Riad (Moroccan style hotel) is idyllic. You can’t beat it. Check out my review of El Fenn here.

El Fenn Hotel Review, Marrakesh

Getting Settled

Do some light shopping but don’t buy yet. Just check on prices and get used to how the haggling here is.

Dinner

Go to dinner at La Mamounia and explore the hotel a little bit. It’s one of the most famous in the world. If you want something less fancy and a little bit traditional, get a proper Moroccan feast at Dar Yacout.

Day 2: Major Shopping & Sightseeing in Marrakech

Breakfast

El Fenn’s breakfast is phenomenal so don’t sleep in too late!

5 days in marrakesh

Today is the REAL shopping day and sightseeing day. It’s best to do it while you have all your energy.

5 days in marrakesh

Shopping

I went with Boutique Souk, who is a bespoke tour company. I gave them a list of things I was interested in seeing and shopping for and they set up the perfect day.

5 days in marrakesh

5 days in marrakesh

5 days in marrakesh

Sightseeing

Check out the YSL garden, Majorelle Garden. If you’re into gardens this will be awesome. It’s also a memorial for YSL himself. Not going to lie, I found it a little boring but then I’m not into gardening.

Lunch

Have lunch at Nomad. This is a very famous restaurant in the medina. The food is very tasty although service was slow. The view is fantastic, though!

5 days in marrakesh

5 days in marrakesh

5 days in marrakesh

5 days in marrakesh

5 days in marrakesh

5 days in marrakesh

Dinner

Enjoy dinner and belly dancing shows at Comptoir Darna. The food and booze here are wonderful! You have to get the mezze which was so over the top. The desserts are the best!

5 days in marrakesh

5 days in marrakesh

Evening

If you’re up for more drinks and some interesting shows, go across the street to Lotus where they have shows every 20 minutes. The dancers were foreigners, and the songs were Western. It’s not Moroccan but is very sassy.

5 days in marrakesh

Day 3: Spa Day

Check-in to a New Hotel

Check out of El Fenn and go to your next ho Les Cinq Djellabas. This is 20 minutes outside the city. I LOVE this hotel. It’s famous for being so well-designed. I wrote a review here.

Les Cinq Djellabas Review, Marrakesh

Relax

Spend a day relaxing having a pool and spa day at Royal Palm Marrakesh. You can have lunch here at one of their restaurants. Go early for a 10 am massage and try not to stay past 4 that way you can get back and into the medina and shop before the evening activities.

5 days in marrakesh

5 days in marrakesh

5 days in marrakesh

5 days in marrakesh

5 days in marrakesh

5 days in marrakesh

Food Tour

Take an evening Marrakesh food tour. The company I used was perfect and I wrote about what the tour entails here.

Foods to Try in Morocco

Day 4: Mini Desert Day

Breakfast

Wake up for a huge breakfast outside your hut at Les Cinq Djellabas.

Go Glamping

Have the folks from Scarabeo Desert Camp Marrakesh pick you up and take you the 30 minutes to their luxury desert camp. Spend the day there – riding 4-wheelers, riding camels, and even riding a donkey if you feel so inclined.

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Moroccan Desert Experience Closer to Marrakesh

This luxury “glamping” spot is perfect if you have more time to spend a night and see the desert stars. With 5 days it’s cool to make a day trip.

Dinner

Have into town for dinner at Le Foundouk in the medina. It’s on the other side of town which is a nice area to look around in so you can ask to be dropped off early. The restaurant is owned by the hotel and they can arrange the transport. It’s not easy finding things in the medina, so they will take you to the door or especially at night, you’ll get lost. Food here is worth the car ride!

5 days in marrakesh

5 days in marrakesh

Day 5: Relaxing Last Day

Spend your last day actually enjoying the pool and grounds at Les Cinq Djellabas. It’s an incredible property. For me, the medinas get tiring and being outside relaxing in a Moroccan style property with that architecture was one of the best parts of the trip.

Les Cinq Djellabas Review, Marrakesh

There we have it, this is how I spent 5 days in Marrakech! I was in Fes and Chefchaouen before, where a lot of shopping happened. I actually ended up staying an extra night in Marrakech at Riad Star, which I wrote a review here for, and did some more shopping, nothing crazy! Enjoy your trip!

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About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Werkenntwen, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Werkenntwen has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.

6 Comments

  1. Arianwen February 2, 2017 at 5:55 am - Reply

    I went to Marrakesh for a pre-Christmas shopping trip a few years ago. It was perfect for picking up little trinkets. Getting everything home on a budget airline wasn’t so easy though!

    • Rachel Jones February 4, 2017 at 3:05 pm - Reply

      Yep, dealt with the same and had to pay for extra luggage hehe

  2. Caroline November 30, 2017 at 3:01 am - Reply

    This was painful to read.

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  4. Noni July 27, 2018 at 5:32 am - Reply

    What is the best way to get around the city?

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