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Located in the mid-southwestern region of Marrakesh-Safi, Marrakech is the fourth largest city in the Kingdom of Morocco. With a northern African location, the city and country in general evokes an intriguing and interesting mixture of cultures and is regularly cited as being one of the most beautiful places to visit in the world.
In the “Red City”, there is rich history and culture around every corner, with busy market squares attracting locals and tourists alike to create a bubbling cauldron of mixed experience that makes for a perfect and memorable trip.
One of the leading factors in Marrakech’s continued success as a popular tourist destination is the wide array of cheap and affordable hotel accommodation.
Neighbourhoods of Marrakech
Each neighbourhood of Marrakech is a delightful assault on the senses. Here’s where to prioritise:
- Gueliz: This is one of the newer, ‘cooler’ parts of town. You will find a range of bars and nightclubs in Gueliz that help to reveal the more vibrant, party focused culture in a place that many see as solely religious spot.
- Medina: Medina is the old historical centre of Marrakech. The small, winding streets are filled to the brim with market stalls and shisha places that make it feel like you are on a film set!
- Mouassine: Within the walled heart of the Imperial City, this is the place for shopaholics and those who love to see multiple artisans undertaking their crafts in tiny workshops in the narrow winding streets. If you can take your eyes off the goods for sale, there is some interesting architecture too.
- Bab Doukkala: Here you’ll find a charming mix of traditional souk and modern lounge-style cafes located in the old fanadiq (ancient inns used by caravans). Watch out for the donkey-pulled carts!
- Djemaa el-Fna: The main square of Marrakech in the Kennaria district is a riot of noise, colour, and aromas. It is full of shops, cafes, fortune tellers, henna artists, and entertainers but really comes alive at night as tourists and residents of the city descend on the incredible array of street food stalls.
What to see and do in Marrakech
Some of the most popular and best recommended attractions in the city include the Jardin Majorelle, a beautiful garden with exotic plants and fountains, and the Bahia Palace, an incredible ornate 19th century palace complex. Visit the spice markets in Mellah and the water park in Chrifia and go camel riding or quad biking in Palmeraie.
What to eat in Marrakech
One of the most exciting elements of visiting Marrakech is getting to sample as many of the local delicacies as you can. Some of the dishes to try include Harira soup which is a famous type of Moroccan breakfast, lamb tanjia which is the famous clay pot roasted lamb with herbs and spices, and chermoula which is dish of marinated sardines that are either fried or grilled.
Typical events and festivals in Marrakech
The vibrancy of Marrakech is very much thanks to the large number of events and festivals that it hosts throughout the year. These include the gruelling and inspiring six Marathon des Sables race in the Sahara Desert in April, the Kalaat Mgouna Rose Festival in mid-May, and the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music in June.
How to move around in Marrakech
Marrakech is a city that utilises lots of different forms of public transport. There are bus routes that can bring you to the central districts, but it is important to note that much of the historic old town can only be navigated on smaller vehicles like bicycles and motorbikes. Exploring the historic areas on foot is generally the most popular choice. Taxis are plentiful.
The climate in Marrakech
Marrakech, on the whole, maintains a very mild and hot climate across the year. The only months that verge on true ‘cold’ weather are December and January where temperatures have been in the low single digits before. More commonly, however, even the winter months register mid-teens regularly, with the summer rising to very hot 36 and 37 degree days often. April and May are noted as being the most popular travel months.