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Marrakech Travel Guide

INTRODUCTION:

Marrakech is a Moroccan city and is situated at the foot of Atlas Mountains. Its name can also be written as Marrakesh and is pronounced as “Marrakush”.  During the Saadi Dynasty, Marrakech was the capital of Morocco and today, it is the capital of one of the 16 regions of Morocco. It is an economic region and its name is Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz.

Ménara International Airport serves the city of Marrakech which is connected to many other airports around the world. A number of European airlines operate Marrakech flights connecting this part of Morocco to over 30 European cities.    

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS:

Djemaa El-Fna:

Djemaa El-Fna is a square boasted by the city of Marrakech and is considered to be the largest of the African continent. Every night, the square offers a fantastic nightlife which is totally unique to this part of the world. Here, dancers, musicians and other entertainers gather here to cheer up the crowds. Food stalls, hooting and howling fill the area and make it an interesting experience for tourists.

The Souks:

Souks (pronounced Sooks) are traditional markets commonly found in North African and Middle Eastern countries as well as in Turkey. In these markets, one can find almost everything that can be imagined. Foods, spices, jewelry, clothing, utensils, crockery, daily-use items, shoes; everything is available here. Shopping at a Souk is easy as they are not very expensive but the sellers expect higher payments from tourists. Hence bargaining is a must.

Koutoubia Mosque:

Koutoubia Mosque is an ancient mosque in the city of Marrakech and considered to be its largest. The tower of this 12th century mosque has inspired the designing of many towers, minarets and churches in Africa as well as in Europe. At night, the mosque is beautifully lit.      

Majorelle Gardens:

These gardens are home to species of flora brought here from around the world. Majorelle Gardens are green and serene and area good resort to escape from the crowds of the city. Museum of Islamic Art is situated inside these gardens.

Dar Si Saïd Museum:

The museum is housed by an old palace and portrays artifacts from around the city. Weapens, wood carvings, carpets, musical instruments, clothing, ceramics and pottery from olden as well as modern times of Marrakech can be found here.

Ben Yousef Madrasa:

This madrasa (Islamic school) was built in the 12th century and was an Islamic college in the city of Marrakech. In the 1500s, it was rebuilt by a Saadian ruler. As of now, it is the largest madrasa in Morocco. The art ad architecture of the buildings is worth capturing on the camera.

Saadian Tombs:

These tombs are worth a visit if one wants to know the best of Moroccan history and art. The tombs could not be discovered until 1900s so they stayed safe from destruction. Hence the tombs lie today in their original condition. The Moroccan tile “Zelij” and other beautiful decorations at the tombs leave the tourists astounded.  

El Bahia Palace:

It was the house of a 19th century Moroccan noble man. Gardens filled with banana flowers and other beautiful plantation along with serene patios amidst grand buildings is a mind blowing construction work.

El Ebadi Palace:

This is a Saadian palace built in the year 1578. The literal meaning of “El Ebadi” is “Incomparable” thus the palace got its name as “Incomparable Palace”. Although it is mostly ruined now, a visit to the palace is a must while visiting Marrakech.

WEATHER:

1st Quarter:

Although the first quarter is one of the wettest times of the year for Marrakech in terms of rainy days and amount of precipitation, it is a good choice to visit the city during this time. It provides a good 7 to 8 hours of daily sunshine with an average of 4oC to 18oC temperature range in January, 6oC to 20oC in February and 9oC to 23oC in March. A record of temperature as low as -3oC has been recorded for February and one as high as 38oC has been recorded for March. During this time, there is no humidity to irritate the travelers and in addition, a good amount of sunshine makes up for a good time in the city. Wet days are highest in January but due to their high demand, flights to Marrakech are easily available.       

2nd Quarter:

This time of the year provides 9 to 11 hours of daily sunshine for detailed tours of the city but increasing humidity does not make it a suitable time or visit. It is lowest in April but still considerably high. In May it further increases and gradually June becomes one of the most humid months that the city sees. Along with November and December, April sees 31mm of rainfall while May sees 15mm and June sees 8mm. Maximum temperatures for the three months are 26oC, 29oC and 33oC and the lowest for the 3 months are 11oC, 14oC and 17oC.     

3rd Quarter:

In terms of uncomforting humidity, this quadrant forms the set of wettest months of Marrakech. Precipitation is just 3mm in July and August with an average of 1 rainy day per month while September sees 10mm of rainfall with 3 rainy days on average. 11 hours of sunshine are experienced in summers with July temperatures ranging from 19oC to 38oC and August temperatures ranging from 20oC to 38oC. September allows for 10 hours of daily sunshine maintaining a temperature range of 17oC to 33oC.     

4th Quarter:

After the first 3 months, the last quarter of the year could be a good choice for tourism. This has primarily been possible due to lower number of rainy days, comparatively lesser humidity with November and December being the most comfortable months and bearable temperature ranges. However, extremely high precipitation does not allow for many options that tourists desire for. In October, the temperature ranges from 14oC to 28oC, 9oC to 23oC in November and 6oCto 19oC in December. Rather rare, but a temperature of -2oC has been seen during the month of December. 

NOTE: It is better not to visit the city during the holy Islamic month of Ramadan. During this month, Muslims abstain from eating and drinking and Morocco is an Islamic country.  Thus most restaurants in the city remain close for the entire month. If any of them do open up, it is only after sunset.