Marrakech, Morocco


Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakesh is the fourth largest city in Morocco after Rabat, Casablanca and Fes. Its situated in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains approximately 150 miles from the coastal town of Agadir. With its old fortified city walls, it is one of the busiest cities in Africa and with a flight time of just less than four hours from the UK it’s an ideal tourist destination if you’re looking for a taste of Africa.

This is a city that truly has exotic charms with its stunning medina, souks, snake charmers, fortune tellers and spice aromas. The medina is certainly very popular with its narrow alleyways full of traditional artisan workshops, markets and riads. The main square features a plethora of market stalls trading in such exotic specialities as sheep’s head soup, mint tea and spicy cakes. There’s also story tellers, musicians and plenty of acrobats to offer a complete range of entertainment.
Other fascinating sites to visit include The Bahia Palace which is still used by the king to welcome privileged guests, and The Koutoubia Mosque with its beautiful minaret dominating the skyline. El Badi Palace is also very popular with its sunken gardens.

Travel Information

GMT +1 hour

Currency: Moroccan Dirham


Climate Information

Although Marrakech is a year round destination, the best time to visit this fascinating city is in the spring and autumn when the temperatures are more bearable. At this time of year, the days are pleasantly warm and the nights are cooler. In the summer temperatures can reach 42C, whilst in winter the night time temperatures can drop as low as 6C and even temperatures below zero are not uncommon.


The Medina and Main Square

This is a city that truly has exotic charms with its stunning medina, souks, snake charmers, fortune tellers and spice aromas. The medina is certainly very popular with its narrow alleyways full of traditional artisan workshops, markets and riads. The main square features a plethora of market stalls trading in such exotic specialities as sheep’s head soup, mint tea and spicy cakes. There’s also story tellers, musicians and plenty of acrobats to offer a complete range of entertainment.

Bahia Palace

Other fascinating sites to visit include The Bahia Palace which is still used by the king to welcome privileged guests. It was built in the late 19th century and was designed by the architect El Mekki. Situated in the Medina, as you enter through a courtyard, you are led to a beautiful Rhiad which is decorated with carved cedar wood. The surrounding rooms are also worth a look.

Koutoubia Mosque

The Koutoubia Mosque is the largest mosque in Marrakech and its beautiful minaret dominates the skyline. It’s construction began around 1150 and took several years to complete. The minaret reaches almost 70m and is topped by copper spheres of decreasing size.


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