Located north of the Atlas mountains, Marrakesh is the fourth largest city in Morocco. Considered to be the most important of Morocco's former imperial cities, Marrakesh's location in North Africa makes it an easily accessible destination from Europe. 
On average, the weather of Marrakesh provides tourists with hot, dry days and semi-cool evenings. Marrakesh is truly a city that visitors can enjoy year round, as the weather is perfect for being outdoors. While summer can see temperatures reach an average of 36°C, spring and autumn can provide extremely comfortable living. In winter, tourists should remember to bring a jacket as temperatures can drop once the sun goes down. 
Koutoubla Mosque is the most famous symbol of Marrakesh. Topped with four copper globes, the mosque is a beautiful sight to behold. Tourists won't be allowed to go inside, but exploring the outside of the mosque is a lovely activity. Marrakesh's souks are some of the best in North Africa. The markets are an organised chaos of colours, scents and people, yet they offer brilliantly coloured items and sumptuous treats. Tourists can get lost in the maze of alleyways as they search for souvenirs to take home. 
The Saadlan Tombs are one of Marrakesh's most visited tourist sites. The tombs sit outside the Kasbah Mosque and are the final home to many long forgotten people. The area also houses the tombs of the Alaouite princes from the 18th Century. 
Marrakesh is rich with culinary delights and aromas that entice customers from the souks. The B'ssara is a bean soup served with a splash of olive oil. The soup is traditionally served for breakfast, but costing only a few pennies, it is well worth giving a taste at any time. No trip to Marrakesh would be complete without trying a tagine. A tagine actually gets its name from the clay pot the dish is made in, as there are numerous types of tagine dishes one can eat. From chicken to fish, a tagine is a traditional meal with earthy aromas, usually eaten for dinner. 
Tourists shouldn't expect "traditional" nightlife when visiting Marrakesh. An Islamic nation, visitors should remember there are etiquette laws in the city. In addition, tourists may find limited events taking place in the city during Ramadan. 
There are bars and nightclubs available, and most of these night spots are located on Avenue Mohammed V. For those looking for something more local than the bars and nightclubs, guests should try the souk for the shisha and juice bars. 

 

Overview

A major city in Morocco, Marrakech is a beautiful city, located in the northwest corner of the country.  Marrakech is a popular city for international tourists and attracts many visitors every year. Home to stunning palaces, mosques and gardens, Marrakech offers plenty of luxury to tourists every year.

The mesmerising city is renown for its rich history and visitors can explore historic sites like El-Badi Palace, Bahia Palace, The Saadian tombs along with many more. Visitors can also explore the sprawling Sahara desert by hiring quad bikes, riding camels and even hot air balloons! With so many activities and attractions to see, there's something for everyone.

The town is brimming with culture, and tourists can wander through the souqs, dine at traditional Moroccan restaurants and enjoy a host of museums and modern boutique galleries. In addition to the dazzling culture, and adventure tours, Marrakech spoils visitors with exotic extravagance. There's a variety of restaurants in Marrakech offering a variety of delicious meals plus there's many lively bars, nothing better then watching the sunset and sipping on a cocktail.

The hotels in Marrakech are the definition of luxury. Most come well equipped with sparkling infinity pools, outdoor hot tubs, an endless list of spa treatments, it’s the perfect place to unwind and relax.

Key Facts

  • Currency: Moroccan Dirham
    Language: Arabic
    Approximate flight time from UK: 3 hours 40 minutes from London UK
    Time zones: UTC+ 00:00

Great For

Historic Sites: Marrakech has many historic sites, such as the El-Badi Palace and the Saadian Tombs, both sites have so much history and are incredibly popular with tourists.
Adventure: Quadbike across the Agafay Desert, feel free racing across the deserted grounds. Fly high in a hot air balloon and take in the beautiful city that is Marrakech.
Rest and Relaxation: Marrakech has many 5 star hotel resorts spread across the city, many include spa's which offer the famous Hammam massage, it's the perfect way to relax and enjoy your trip.

Jardin Majorelle

One of the most popular sites in Marrakech, the Jardin Majorelle is a twelve-acre botanical garden, designed by French artist named Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s. The garden includes 300 species of plants, aside from the gardens there is also Berber Art Museum, which displays hundreds of artefacts. The setting is beautiful and peaceful, you can find fountains and pools surrounded by exotic plants and not forgetting many different species of birds such as blackbirds, robins, house sparrows plus many more can be found nesting across the gardens.

Djemaa El-Fna

Djemaa El-Fna, also known as Jamaa el Fna is a huge square and marketplace. It's located in the centre of Marrakech, it's referred to as the main square as it's very popular with both locals and tourists. The square is a big open space full of different stalls and sections, a variety of food, many different kinds of art, souvenirs and cafes can also be found. The atmosphere is lively, crowds of people gather to fill the streets during the day and as expected the evening is just as energetic, when everything lights up the view is beautiful, it's perfect for an evening stroll.

Saadian Tombs

The Saadian Tombs date back to 1578, however they were discovered in 1917 by the Beaux-arts service. The beautiful architecture attracts many tourists every year. The tombs were constructed for the rulers of the Saadian dynasty. Inside are three main halls, the 'Hall of the Twelve Columns' is one of the most popular halls. Most rooms have been arranged to overlook the garden, the graves of soldiers and servants can be found outside under the trees. With so much history and culture it's a perfect day trip out, plenty to learn and explore.

Agafay Desert

There are many trips to the Agafay Desert, whether you want to ride a camel through the desert, try something a little faster like a quadbike, or go higher and ride in a hot air balloon there's different trips available. Stretching for miles, the Agafay Desert is about 40km outside of Marrakech, the desert is very quiet, apart from the odd 4x4, there are no villages as most were driven away by lack of water, so the views are very deserted however they are breath taking! The climate in summer is bearable, making it perfect to visit all year round.

El-Badi Palace

Completed in 1593, after 25 years of constructing. It's a well-known site in Marrakech and over the years it's become popular with tourists. The Palace has beautiful architecture, the inside has many rooms, some filled with colourful tiles across the walls and arches. The palace also has a ninety metre pool and sunken gardens. There's also the Central Court, Summer Pavilions, Stables and Dungeons, each of these have history and are fantastic for exploring, have you camera ready, you can see great views from the El-Badi Palace.

Have you been to Marrakesh recently? What are the must-do experiences that you'd suggest? Do you have tips on how to stretch that holiday budget a bit further or know of a hidden-gem that’s easy to miss?


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