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El Badi Palace

See storks nesting on walls, examine historical items in the museum and enjoy a view of the mountains in the Incomparable Palace.

El Badi Palace is a spectacular sight comprising the ruins of a 16th-century palace. Among the surviving structures are the garden walls and ornamental orange orchard, which make this sight among the most popular in the city. Visit the complex’s museum to see its range of fascinating and ornate artifacts.

Note that the palace was commissioned by Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur in the late 16th century and funded by cash ransomed from Portugal following the Battle of the Three Kings. It took about 25 years to construct, using expensive materials such as gold and onyx.

The original building contained about 360 Baroque rooms and a fountain surrounded by a pool. Stroll along the courtyard, which is about 440 feet (135 meters) long and 360 feet (110 meters) wide. The colonnade was built with Italian marble. See the preserved pavilions, which were probably used as summer houses. Stables, slave quarters and dungeons are among the other buildings in this complex.

Make your way to the balcony for its viewing platform and snap photos of the mountains in the distance. Gaze up at the trees to see nesting storks, which also like to loiter along the tops of the palace ramparts.

Go to the complex’s museum to see the displays of items excavated at this site. Marvel at the 12th-century minbar (mosque pulpit) that was once part of the Koutoubia Mosque. See some of the temporary exhibits, such as works of photography and other artistic and historic displays.

Visit the ruins daily from morning to late afternoon. There is a small fee to enter. Arrive early to miss the crowds and have the site to yourself.

El Badi Palace is in the historic Mellah area in the heart of Marrakech. It is just south of the Place des Ferblantiers, a square that is often filled with tin artisans. See nearby sights, such as the Old Jewish Cemetery, the Bahia Palace and the Saadian Tombs.

Popular Activities at El Badi Palace

Like to make your time spent at El Badi Palace even more memorable? Don't miss the chance to try some of these things to do:

Dying to know what activities you can do at this celebrated attraction? We recommend purchasing a Small-Group Best of Marrakech Full-Day Tour with Lunch & Dinner.

Check out our Marrakech things to do page to learn about many more activities while you're here.


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Riad Jona ¥4,164
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Riad Zitoune el Kedim 34, Derb Jdid, Marrakech
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Medina, this spa riad is within a 10-minute walk of High Atlas, Dar Si Said Museum, and El Badi Palace. Bahia Palace and Saadian Tombs are also within 15 minutes.

    Adam Park Hotel & Spa Marrakech ¥8,551
    Adam Park Hotel & Spa Marrakech

    Adam Park Hotel & Spa Marrakech

    7th Avenue Art, Agdal Tourist Area, Marrakech
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Agdal, this family-friendly Marrakech hotel is within a 15-minute walk of High Atlas and Agdal Gardens. Saadian Tombs and El Badi Palace are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Riad Andalla Spa ¥9,511
      Riad Andalla Spa

      Riad Andalla Spa

      2 Derb El Boumba, Rue Arset Laghzail, Rue Tikhizrit, Marrakech
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Medina, this luxury riad is within a 10-minute walk of High Atlas, Dar Si Said Museum, and Bahia Palace. Marrakesh Museum and Almoravid Koubba are also within 15 minutes.

        Riad Charme d'Orient - Adults Only
        Riad Charme d'Orient - Adults Only

        Riad Charme d'Orient - Adults Only

        Ksibat N'Hass, 61 rue Touareg, Marrakech, Marrakech-Tensift
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Medina, this spa riad is steps from High Atlas and El Badi Palace. Saadian Tombs and Dar Si Said Museum are also within 15 minutes.

          Hôtel Chems ¥7,046
          Hôtel Chems

          Hôtel Chems

          Avenue Hommane Al Fetouaki, Marrakech
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Medina, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of High Atlas and Koutoubia Minaret. Jemaa el-Fnaa and Saadian Tombs are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            Savoy Le Grand Hotel ¥14,027
            Savoy Le Grand Hotel

            Savoy Le Grand Hotel

            Avenue de la Menara, Marrakech
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Marrakech hotel is located near the airport, just steps from High Atlas and Menara Mall. Palais des Congres and Menara Gardens are also within 1 mi (2 km). Marrakech Central Station is 24 minutes by foot.

              Riad Villa Harmonie ¥5,551
              Riad Villa Harmonie

              Riad Villa Harmonie

              23 rue TOUARG N'HAS KASBAH, Marrakech
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Medina, this golf riad is steps from Saadian Tombs, Kasbah Mosque, and El Badi Palace. Dar Si Said Museum and Bahia Palace are also within 15 minutes.

                La Sultana Marrakech ¥35,868
                La Sultana Marrakech

                La Sultana Marrakech

                403 Rue de la Kasbah, Marrakech
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Marrakech hotel is located near the airport, just steps from High Atlas and Saadian Tombs. Agdal Gardens and El Badi Palace are also within 15 minutes.