3 days is the perfect length of time to explore Marrakech. You can even fly direct to Menara Airport from Europe. Here are my ideas for what to do on your first trip.

This walled part of the city is nearly 1000 years old and is a mix of maze-like streets and crowded food stalls - but steer clear of snake charmers and Henna ladies to avoid scams.

Book a food tour which will end in Djemma el Fna square or even have dinner with a local family to experience the local food culture. This part of Marrakech is very lively.

Jardin Majorelle

A beautiful botanical garden bought in the 1980s by fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent and restored. Enjoy the open air and 300 different species of plants.

Wander through the grounds of Villa Oasis and before you leave, you can also visit the Musee Yves Saint Laurent, which was opened adjacent to Jardin Majorelle.

Having afternoon tea at the Royal Mansour was an excellent way to spend an afternoon in Marrakech. You can relax, take a break and enjoy a mint tea or orange juice.

Koutoubia Mosque

This 800+ year-old mosque is beautiful but note that non-Muslims are not permitted to go inside. However, it is definitely worth a stop to see the majestic exterior.

The mausoleums hold the remains of important figures and the highlight here is the Hall of Twelve Columns, the mausoleum built for Sultan Ahmed el-Mansour in gold.

Bahia Palace sprawls across 150 different rooms and has beautiful features. After, you could also visit the nearby Dar Si Said (the Museum of Moroccan Arts).