Marrakesh abounds with sightseeing opportunities, from markets to mosques, winding streets to palatial gardens, providing the perfect city break for all types of traveler.
Marrakesh was founded in 1062 AD as the capital of the Almoravid Dynasty’s empire. The city quickly became a center of Islamic scholarship and culture, attracting scholars, poets, and artists from across the Islamic world. Over the centuries, Marrakesh has been ruled by a series of dynasties, including the Almohads, the Saadians, and the Alawites, and has continued to be an important center of commerce, culture, and learning in North Africa.
The city's historic and cultural riches make it an irresistible destination for lovers of history, art, and architecture. One of the main attractions in Marrakesh is Medina, the historic city center, known for its narrow streets, bustling souks, and awe-inspiring architecture. Taking a bike tour with a local guide provides an authentic experience of iconic landmarks like the Koutoubia Mosque, the largest mosque in Marrakesh, and the fortified Kasbah neighborhood. Cycling around the center, allow your sightseeing to be guided by a local's eye, unlocking new dimensions of this complex city and offering a compelling insight into Moroccan life.
No visit to Marrakesh is complete without experiencing the famous Jemaa el-Fnaa, the main square in the heart of the city. This bustling square is a hub of activity, with snake charmers, food vendors, and musicians vying for your attention. Here, you can try traditional, aromatic Moroccan street food or shop for handmade souvenirs.
Despite the hustle and bustle, Marrakesh also boasts stunning gardens, which form peaceful pockets of serenity throughout the city. The Majorelle Garden, designed by the French painter Jacques Majorelle, is now home to the Yves Saint Laurent Museum. Visitors taking a city tour of Marrakesh will stop in the tranquil Agdal Gardens to hear their guide recount the history of this walled pastoral paradise, dating back to the 12th century and the founding of the city.
For intrepid travelers who want to get off the beaten track a little, taking a bike tour to the Palmeraie Oasis is perfect for getting out of the city and meeting local artisans who call this desert oasis home. You’ll learn how the ancient irrigation system, khettara, has sustained life in this otherwise waterless region, and stop at the workshops of local craftspeople who continue to practice the same techniques handed down by earlier generations.
Our partnership with the Pikala Foundation means that these guided bike tours are led by local youths who have received training and employment opportunities through this socially conscious initiative. Taking a day tour in Marrakesh is doubly rewarding: not only will you gain an unrivaled insight into the life of Moroccans in the city and get the very best local recommendations, you’ll also be directly supporting the community you’re visiting.