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"Magical Marrakech"

Marrakech Tourism

Marrakech is the third largest city in Morocco and one of the four imperial cities. Lying at the foot of the Atlas mountains and just a few hours from the Sahara desert, it has a contrasting location and landscape. With magnificent palaces, historic museums, beautiful green gardens and great shopping culture, Marrakech offers many amazing tourist attractions. 

Marrakech has a long history and displays the dynamic Berber towns with innumerable attractions which can lure visitors from all across the globe. It is divided into two distinct areas: the Medina and the Gueliz or Ville Nouvelle. The Medina is the old walled district full of street vendors. It is the beating heart of Marrakech, with narrow passageways, colourful souks and shops full of character. The Medina of Marrakech is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Gueliz or Ville Nouvelle is the new part of the town with modern restaurants, shopping outlets and modern infrastructure.

Marrakech is mainly known for Djemma el Fna and the Souks. The Jemaa el-Fnaa is the main square of the city and the best-known square in Africa. The Souks of Marrakech are the largest traditional markets in Morocco and sell everything the place is known for. The city is also known for its traditional and modern gardens, palaces, mansions and other luxurious residences. Marrakech showers its visitors with splendour and sensations between tradition and modernity. It is this contrast between the old and the new that makes this city so interesting.

Must Know Before You Travel to Marrakech

  • Transportation: The main airport of Marrakech is the Menara Airport. There are taxis outside the airport, but they tend to quote a very high price to tourists. So, make sure to bargain.
  • Accommodation: Stay in the medina to experience the vibrant local atmosphere. For the best nightlife and a cool place to stay, choose the Gueliz.
  • Sim cards are available inside the airport. It would be best if you recharge them as soon as you leave the airport. Most convenience stores in Marrakech will assist you in starting a sim. Local operators include Maroc Telecom, Inwi and Orange.
  • Don't miss out on watching the sunset from the countless rooftop bars and restaurants in Djemaa el Fna
  • Most of the sights in the centre of Marrakech can be reached on foot. For other places, there are Grand Taxis (large) and Petits Taxis (small). Petits taxi is for inner city transportation and cost around 30 Dirhams

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Daily Budget in Marrakech

Budget travel- 350Dh, Comfortable travel- 700Dh, Luxury Travel - 1200Dh

Shopping in Marrakech

  • Marrakech has a lot of fun souks and markets. Go to the Marrakech souk for lovely bargains, Ensemble Artisanal for peaceful browsing and/or shopping, Menara Mall and Carre Eden Shopping Centre for tons of products and unique brands.
  • Major souks are opposite the Djemaa El-Fna, while many smaller souks are dotted around the city.
  • Must-buy things from Marrakech include Argan Oil, high-quality leather goods, rayon products, and cashmere shawls.

Nightlife in Marrakech

Nightclubs, cocktail bars and more await you at Marrakech. Avenue Mohammed V is a popular spot for these clubs. Ones to not miss out on include Bar Churchill for its artistic interiors and sophisticated patrons, Caf_ Arabe for its rooftop views, Comptoir Darna, the club, African Chic for live music and Famous 555 Club Marrakech for great music.

History of Marrakech

Marrakech was founded in 1062, by the Almoravids. In those days, Marrakech was beautifully endowed with majestic walls built using pure red sandstone, mosques, lavish gardens and ostentatious palaces. In the 12th century, it became the capital of the Almohad caliphate. After the second World War, it became more popular among people like Winston Churchill, the Rolling Stones, etc.

Language of Marrakech

Arabic is most commonly spoken here, followed by French and English.

Marrakech Customs

  • About 10% of the total bill should be left behind as a tip for the staff and servers in Marrakech.
  • Women should refrain from wearing any kind of revealing clothes. Bare arms and legs and low necklines are not very well appreciated here.

Religion of Marrakech

Islam is the dominant religion of Marrakech.

Currency in Marrakech

The currency of Marrakech is the Moroccan dirham (MAD). It is a closed currency, meaning it can be traded within Morroco only. The import and export of MAD is tolerated up to MAD 1000. So, exchange currency before departing from Morocco. 

There are plenty of bureau and exchange facilities at the airport. You would also find many ATMs in the city where you can withdraw cash. However, you are likely to incur some tariffs on that. Therefore, it is best to get the foreign currency exchanged at the airport itself and use ATMs or cards at selective places only.

Most cards are accepted in Marrakech, but surcharges are likely to be high. They are accepted at restaurants and hotels. Euros are also accepted at most places. However, you will need cash to pay at most locations. So, make sure to get small bills and coins when exchanging currency.

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Marrakech, Morocco
In winter, the Atlas mountains typically are covered in snow and ice
Sofitel Hotel, April 2013

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FAQs on Marrakech

What are the places near Marrakech?

The top places near to Marrakech are Casablanca which is 219 km from Marrakech, London which is located 2302 km from Marrakech, Dubai which is located 6144 km from Marrakech, Amsterdam which is located 2531 km from Marrakech, New york city which is located 5875 km from Marrakech

What are the things to do in Marrakech?

The top things to do in Marrakech are Djemaa el-Fna, Medina Souks, Koutoubia, Saadian Tombs, Majorelle Gardens, Bahia Palace. You can see all the places to visit in Marrakech here

What are the top hotels in Marrakech?

There are 2376 in Marrakech which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Marrakech are Dar Andamaure, Riad Les Nuits de Marrakech, Riad Dar Zampa, Villa Aalama, Dar Mo'Da, Villa Imperiale. You can see all the hotels in Marrakech here

What is the local food in Marrakech?

Marrakech as amazing as it looks, has an even more amazing palate of delicacies. Locals prefer to add a variety of spices giving it a really strong taste. The most famous dishes include B'ssara (a traditional rich soup of dried beans), Fish chermoula and Kefta tagine (beef or lamb minced with veggies)
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What is the best time to visit Marrakech?

The best time to visit Marrakech is in Fall and Spring. Located in the north-west part of Morocco, Marrakesh is hot and dry all year round. The average temperatures in Marrakech vary from winters to summer. The winter months can get as low as 6°C while the summer months can be as hot as 45°C. Hence, during the fall months of March-May and spring months of September-November, Marrakech is the best weather-wise. There isn’t much precipitation annually and hence, you need not worry about the sudden rainfall while travelling to this city. Also, no matter when you are travelling to Marrakech, apart from the winter season, make sure you apply sunscreen and keep yourself dehydrated for the sun is up and quite rough, all year round!
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