Marrakech is arguably one of the most Insta-worthy cities in the world. Everywhere you turn, you find incredible architecture, charming nooks, and unique beauty. But there are certain standout places known to epitomize the true essence and character of Morocco. If you’re visiting Marrakech for the first time, start with these six spots as they are some of the most Instagrammable in the city.

1. Bahia Palace

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Construction of this stunning palace was started in the 19th Century by Si Musa, the Black grand vizier of Sultan Muhammad ibn Abd al-Rahman, and completed by his son, who was the next grand vizier.

Stunning courtyards, colorful stained-glass windows, and 160 rooms with decorative features like carved wooden canopies and painted floral ceilings make this the perfect place to capture some truly amazing photos.

2. Madrassa Ben Youssef

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Madrasa Ben Youssef is a former Islamic college constructed in the 14th Century using materials like Italian marble, cedarwood, gypsum, and the distinct Moroccan mosaic tiles known as zellij.

The largest madrasa in Morocco, it housed over 900 students in its 132 rooms. Though it stopped functioning as a school in 1960, you can still visit and capture its splendor.

3. Koutoubia Mosque

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The city’s largest mosque and crown jewel, Koutoubia is a well-known symbol of Marrakech. Snap some flicks in front of its towering minaret, in its picturesque courtyard, or in the surrounding gardens.

4. Le Jardin Secret

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This lush garden is a less-crowded but equally beautiful alternative to the busy Jardin Majorelle. A historic site of a former sultan’s palace, it was restored and later opened to the public in 2016.

Le Jardin Secret contains plants from all over the world as well as beautiful fountains, a cafe, and an area featuring works of art.

5. Jemaa el Fnaa

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No visit to Marrakech is complete without exploring vibrant, colorful Jemaa el Fnaa. While it sees significantly fewer visitors in the daytime, the square comes alive at night and is full of people.

The snake charmers, monkeys, and Gnawa musicians come out to put on their shows. And the food vendors offer delicious eats. There are endless great photo ops here!

6. Riads

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Marrakech is home to tons of the traditional Moroccan homes known as riads, which offer a charming alternative to hotels. Most have a pool, rooftop, and lots of greenery. You’ll experience authentic decor and Moroccan hospitality in an immersive stay. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to get plenty of dope shots.

However, if you do opt to stay in a hotel, La Mamounia, Royal Mansour, and Black-owned Jnane Tamsna are some of the most Insta-worthy in Marrakech.

7. More

Once you’ve finished exploring the spots on this list, check out some of the city’s other Instagrammable places, like Saadian Tombs, Jardin Majorelle, the leather tanneries, and Badi Palace.

Related: Inside Morocco’s Only Black-Owned Hotel, Jnane Tamsna