Marrakech is the fourth largest city in the Kingdom of Morocco, It is the capital of the mid-south western region of Marrakech Safi. The red city is located on the west of the foothills of the Atlas Mountains.
The city was inhabited by Berber farmers since the Neolithic times and was founded in 1062, by Abu Bakr Ibn Umar. The city was built by Ali Ibn Yusuf in 1122-1123 using red sandstone, which gave it a nickname the ‘Red City’. The city is full of character, which should not be missed:
Jemaa el-Fnaa is known for its square where all the activities and trade takes place from dawn to dusk. It has been described as a ‘world-famous square’, surrounded by mosques, palace, hospital, parade ground and gardens around the edges of the marketplace. The square attracts tradesmen, snake charmers, monkey trainers, acrobats, magicians, storey tellers, Chleun Atlas tribe, musicians playing pipes, tambourines and African drums. Jemaa el-Fnaa attracts people from all ethnic backgrounds and tourists from around the globe.
NB Please keep your personal possession in a safe place as people get pick pocketed.
Souks – traditional market
Marrakesh has the largest traditional market, which is known as souks. Souks are known as small alleyways, which are interconnected with each other comprising of number of stalls and shops, which morph into Aladdin’s Cave. Many of the souks sell items like carpets/rugs, traditional Muslim attire, leather bags, lanterns, common ingredient for Moroccan cuisine (lemons, pickles, green/black olives, chilli, ginseng, red/green peppers, dried fruit & nuts), tea, brightly coloured jewels, sandals, slippers and clothing (caftans, knitted hats/scarves and belts).
There is plenty more to see in Marrakech and im sure you wont be let down, you can visit
Menara gardens, which is situated to west of the city, at the gates of the Atlas mountains, Medina walls of Marrakesh, which is surrounded by orchids and olive groves, The ANIMA garden near Ourika, The Majorelle Garden, on Avenue Yacoub el Mansour, The Agdal Gardens, which is located to the south of the Medina the gardens feature citrus, apricot, pomegranate, olive and cypress trees and The Koutoubia Gardens are behind the Koutoubia Mosque.
El Badi Palace, The Royal Palace, Bahia Palace, Riads (which have converted to beautiful spas and restaurants)
Marrakech Museum, housed in the Dar Menebhi Palace in the old city centre Dar Si Said Museum, also known as the Museum of Moroccan Arts is to the north of the Bahia Palace, The Museum of Islamic Art is a blue-coloured building in the Marjorelle Gardens.
Moroccans specialise in tagines which is a stew prepared with chicken, lamb, beef or fish, adding fruit, olives and preserved lemon, vegetables and spices, including cumin, peppers, saffron, turmeric, and ras el hanout. The meal is prepared in a tagine pot and slow-cooked with steam.
Best times to visit Marrakech
Marrakech is a city, which can be enjoyed all year round, most shops are opened from morning to late evening and temperature ranges from 19° (January) to 37° (July & August) during the mornings and 6° (January) to 21° (August) in evenings.
- Jan 19° 6°
- Feb 20° 8°
- Mar 23° 10°
- Apr 25° 12°
- May 29° 15°
- Jun 33° 17°
- Jul 37° 20°
- Aug 37° 21°
- Sep 33° 19°
- Oct 28° 15°
- Nov 23° 11°
- Dec 20° 7°
We can build this package bespoke to you and your group
Marrakech Accommodations work on making our clients stay in Marrakech special, we go above and beyond from visiting the villas before you arrive, making sure that everything is in place before you arrive from having your shopping done, putting your drinks into the fridge so they are ice cold. All of our villas are luxurious, special and unique in their own way, talk to us at Marrakech Accommodations and we tailor-make your holiday, all of our bookings include a chef, maid and security so you feel comfortable and safe throughout your stay.
- Marrakech Accommodations will match your requirements and will supply you with a service that guarantees all the facilities and style that you are looking for on your holiday
- Your holiday will be tailor-made to make it an extra special trip
- We can book a vehicle of your choice for duration of your stay in Marrakech from SUVs to High End Sports Cars
- Our in-house chef can deliver your breakfast, lunch and dinner to your room
Pickpockets often work in groups, so please don’t get distracted and make sure you keep your wallet and personal possessions safe at all times e.g. One may distract the victim’s attention while the other reaches into a pocket on the other side.
Beware of your surroundings:
If you are traveling with kids, please don’t leave them unsupervised as Marrakech Medina (Jemma el-Fnaa) can get very busy, personal advice from Marrakech Accommodations is to inform all members traveling a specific point of interest e.g. a shop or specific location where all members can find their way if they are lost.
Haggle with Price:
You can save yourself a fortune by bartering down the price, regardless of what’s on the price tag, there is no fixed and final price until cash has been exchanged between seller and customer, offer a different value than what’s on the price tag and the seller can choose whether or not to accept it. Just ask!, there’s no harm in asking!
Purchase of Product:
As with many cities counterfeit products are sold everywhere in Marrakech, examine the product(s) and packaging! If you do see a brand logo, compare it with the one pictured on the company’s website, check for misspellings and differences between designs. Also look for certifications, use-by dates, and attached warranties, which should arrive with the product.
Popular Moroccan Souvenirs:
- Clay Pots (Tagines to make slow cook stews)
- Lamps (Mosaic or Basic)
- Leather Goods
- Metal Ornaments
- Wooden Boxes
Information for Families:
Moroccans love families and children the family-friendly culture will embrace you and your children, opening you up to more enriching and exciting experiences than if you left the kids at home.
Marrakech has great variety of child-friendly attractions and fun activities for all ages. Enjoy a host of memorable experiences while gaining a great cultural education with the family that will last a lifetime.
Keep cool and hydrated, and protect your skin with sunscreen and hats.
In crowded places such as the souk and the night market, be sure to keep an eye on your belongings and keep your valuables safe. Dress modestly and remember that some of the city’s most popular attractions are actually religious destinations, so you may need to be covered head to toe.
There is nothing subtle about this city, the sights, sounds, smells and mass of people and animals can be overwhelming. It’s all part of the city’s charm and the reason you wanted to visit Marrakech.
What to travel with:
Each travellers cheque carries a unique serial number, users can exchange the cheques for cash in the destination currency at any major bank. Travellers Cheques are a good alternative for people who prefer not to use credit/debit card, or travel with large sums of cash.
Paying by debit/credit card can be convenient, not all shops accept card payment in Marrakech. Credit cards gives you added legal protection if the company you’re buying from goes bust or doesn’t deliver what it’s promised. Its easier to carry debit/credit cards rather than large sums of cash as you can cancel cards via online/telephone banking if they are lost or stolen.
‘Revolut‘ is a great option for travelling to multiple countries, without taking large sums of cash or taking the risk of carrying cred/debit cards. Revolut gives you the option to top up your card in your home currency (eg. GBP) and then let Revolut automatically exchange your money to the local currency whenever you use your card. Revolut will exchange your money at their advertised exchange rate and won’t charge you any fees and if you run out of cash in your card, you are able to top it up using your Revolut app on your phone.
The Moroccan dirham (MAD or Dh) is a closed currency, which means it can only be exchanged once you arrive into Marrakech. You’re allowed to bring in or take out 1000Dh but you’ll need to exchange the rest on arrival.
You can also convert your currency to Moroccan Dirham from safe and reliable exchange Bureau de Change, your driver will have the knowledge and details on where to get your currency converted, please beware of Pick Pockets.
Once you have arrived to Menara International Airport, you can use Airport kiosks to convert your money at a reasonable rate, if you often find yourself with left over currency at the end of your holiday the Airport kiosk will buy back your currency with no charge.
You can use ATMs to withdraw cash in local currency with competitive exchange rates and low fees (between 1% to 3%), but you will need to notify your bank at least 5 days in advance, either by telephone or online banking with dates and telephone numbers, just in case if they need to get hold of you. Some ATMs are listed below:
Bank of Africa (next to airport)
MHAMIDE III – LOT 381 – ROUTE AGADIR, 0524 36 80 90
Time: 0800 to 1630
Bank of Africa (Gueliz)
Marrakech El Harti
76 AVENUE HASSAN II – GUELIZ, 0525 06 04 60
Time: 0800 to 1630
Bank of Africa (Medina next to Jemma el-Fna)
Marrakech Bab Ftouh
11, SOUK STAILIA – SEMMARINE, 0524 44 21 37
Time: 0800 to 1630
Bank of Africa (Medina next to Jemma el-Fna)
Marrakech Targa Masmoudi
ARRONDISSEMENT MENARA MASMOUDI LOTISSEMENT RIAD TARGA LOT N 5, 0524 49 91 14
Time: 0800 to 1630
CIH Bank (near Montecristo Restaurant/Bar & Club)
Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
Arab Bank (near VIP Room)
Place de la Liberté ، Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
CFG Bank – Agence Marrakech (near 555 Famous Club)
40 Boulevard Mohamed VI, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Credit Agricole du Maroc (near Namaste London Marrakech)
Avenue du 7ème Art, Marrakech, Morocco (Opp. Namaste London Marrakech)