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 Travel Tips
- How to Spend 2 Weeks in Morocco
- Shopping in Morocco
- How to Dress in Morocco in a Way That is Stylish AND Appropriate
- Crazy and Delicious Foods to Try in Morocco
Things to Do in Marrakech with Only 5 Days
Day 1: Arrival to Marrakech
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.
Do some light shopping but don’t buy yet. Just check on prices and get used to how the haggling here is.
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
El Fenn’s breakfast is phenomenal so don’t sleep in too late!
Today is the REAL shopping day and sightseeing day. It’s best to do it while you have all your energy.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Day 3: Spa Day
Check-in to a New Hotel
Check out of El Fenn and go to your next hotel: 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.
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.
Take an evening Marrakesh food tour. The company I used was perfect and I wrote about what the tour entails here.
Day 4: Mini Desert Day
Wake up for a huge breakfast outside your hut at Les Cinq Djellabas.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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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!
Yep, dealt with the same and had to pay for extra luggage hehe
This was painful to read.
Aw, you poor thing.
What is the best way to get around the city?