Marrakech City Bike Tours. Take a two- or four-hour guided bike tour through the city's old quarters, via the ramparts or out to the Palmery. Prices start at 450 DH per person (based on two people minimum). Cyberparc Moulay Abdessalam, Av. Mohammed V, Medina, Marrakesh. 0661/24–01–45.


Marrakesh’s popularity as a golfing destination is booming and there are now nine golf courses in and around town, with more under construction.

Al Maaden Golf Resort. This 18-hole, Kyle Phillips–designed course opened in 2010 with square bunkers, geometric water features, and fairways between the resort villas. Along the way admire the huge, modern, outdoor sculpture park, then wind down at the clubhouse. Sidi Ben Youssef Ali, Old Rte. de Ouarzazate, Palmery, Marrakesh. 0524/40–40–00. 18 holes. 7266 yards. Par 72. Green Fee: 650 DH. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, caddies, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.

Golf Amelkis Club. The 27-hole Golf Amelkis Club, designed by Cabell B. Robison, offers plenty of challenges. Unwind afterward with a drink at the bar in the kasbah-style clubhouse. Km 12, Rte. de Ouarzazate, Palmery, Marrakesh. 0524/40–44–14. 27 holes (3 9-hole courses). 11,600 yards. Par 72. Green Fee: 600 DH. Facilities: driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, caddies, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.

Palm Golf Club. The Robert Trent Jones Sr.–designed course at the Palmeraie Golf Palace Hotel, 7 km (4½ miles) north of town in the Palmery, has 27 holes (an 18-hole course and a 9-hole course) and remains one of the most popular courses in Marrakesh. It's playable all year round and is suitable for players of all standards. Palmeraie Golf Palace Hotel, Circuit de la Palmeraie, Palmery, Marrakesh. 0524/30–63–66. 18 holes. 4102 yards. Par 72. 9 holes. 2000 yards. Par 36. Green Fee: 600 DH. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, caddies, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.

Royal Golf Club. The long-established Royal Golf Club, founded in 1933, is a tree-filled haven, with a 27-hole course 7 km (4 miles) south of Marrakesh on the old Ouarzazate road. The casual Club House restaurant is open to nongolfers and has a delightful shaded terrace for a light and inexpensive lunch. Km 7, Rte. de Ouarzazate, Palmery, Marrakesh. 0524/40–98–28. 27 holes. 6492 yards. Par 72. Green Fee: 600 DH. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, caddies, rental clubs, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.

Horseback Riding

Les Cavaliers d'Al Hamra. This French-run riding club caters mostly to the expat community, but it's open to tourists for lessons at the riding center arena and also for trekking out into the local countryside. A 90-minute ride costs 200 DH per person. Km 15, Rte. de Fes, Palmery, Marrakesh. 0600/39–17–83.

Les Cavaliers de l'Atlas. Half-day and full-day trekking excursions on horseback are offered from this ranch in the Palmery from 400 DH for two people, for two hours. Both novices and experienced riders are catered to. Horseback riding out into the countryside at Lake Lalla Takerkoust can also be arranged, with transportation included. The riding center is located near the Namaskar Palace Hotel. Bab Atlas, off Rte. de Fes, near Namaskar Palace Hotel, Palmery, Marrakesh. 0672/84–55–79.

Camel Trekking

Dunes & Desert Exploration. This reliable outfitter organizes all kinds of adventure activities including 90-minute camel rides in the Palmery. If you don't have time to get to the Sahara to experience the real desert, then a quick jaunt in the Marrakesh oasis is the next best thing. Prices start at 275 DH per person including return transfer from your hotel. Marrakesh. 0524/35–41–47.

Quad Biking

Quad bikes and sand buggies are available for hire on the outskirts of Marrakesh, with most of the outfitters taking advantage of the sandy tracks of the Palmery for a half day or so of fun, but some can organize treks that range farther afield, to the Agafay desert or Lalla Takerkoust.

Dunes & Desert Exploration. For those who like the more-adrenaline-pumping entertainment of quad bikes, this outfitter is a one-stop shop who can also arrange camel rides in the Palmery, hot-air-balloon rides, mountain biking, or even white-water rafting excursions in the Ourika Valley. Marrakesh. 0524/35–41–47.

Kech Motor Bike. Outside the city, this outfitter organizes quad-biking excursions from one hour to four days in the Agafay desert region or around Lalla Takerkoust, 30 minutes from Marrakesh. Prices start from 400 DH per hour and include transport to the site from your hotel. Children from five years old can participate in a learning session on mini-quads. Cash only. Km 28, Rte. de Barrage, Marrakesh. 0673/74–99–39.


If your riad or hotel lacks a pool, you may find that a nearby hotel will let you use their facilities for a small fee.

Beldi Country Club. For a tranquil and elegant afternoon by the pool and away from the throngs in town, consider the vast, manicured gardens of Beldi Country Club, 6 km (3¾ miles) outside the city. A day pass, including lunch on the shaded terrace, use of sunbeds, and use of the pool, is 370 DH; use of the pool alone is 200 DH. Km 6, Rte. de Barrage, Marrakesh. 0524/38–39–50. Closed Jan.–Mar.

Jnane Tamsna. This boutique hotel in the Palmery allows nonguests access to its lush gardens and two large outdoor pools. The cost is 380 DH per person and includes lunch. Tennis is also available, and reservations are required. Douar Abiad, Circuit de la Palmeraie, Palmery, Marrakesh. 0524/32–84–84.

Nikki Beach. The Palmery is home to the grown-up Nikki Beach, which comprises a huge pool and restaurant area. Showing off the body beautiful, sipping cocktails, and looking supercool is more important here than swimming. There's even a DJ spinning some tunes in the evening. The resort has proven a bit too gaudy for some visitors: drinks are massively overpriced, a lounger costs from 500 DH for the day, and weekends a minimum spend of 1,000 DH is required. It's for adults only (over 18 years). Circuit de la Palmeraie, Palmery, Marrakesh. 0524/36–87–27. Closed Jan.–Mar.

Oasiria. The jewel in Marrakesh's aqua-park crown is Oasiria, where children enjoy a kids' lagoon, pirate ship, wave pool, inner-tube ride, and three twirly waterslides, while parents chill out at any of the five cafés and snack restaurants. There are two heated swimming pools for adults only (one indoors for winter use) and a free shuttle bus from near Koutoubia Mosque or from Harti Gardens in Guéliz during summer months. Rte. de Barrage, 4 km (2½ miles) from town, Marrakesh. 0524/38–04–38. 190 DH. Closed Oct.–Apr.