If you are planning a Moroccan vacation, then Marrakech is the place to start your fascinating journey. It’s a beautiful city with historical attractions, great restaurants, the unique culture of its own and friendly people.
Best Time to Visit
The best times to visit Marrakech are in spring from March to May and fall from September to November. During this period temperatures are mild between 68 F – 78 F during the day, night temperatures fells to 50s. Hotel rates are also reasonable. I would avoid hot season between July and August when the temperature may soar above 96 F.
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How Do I Get to there
By Air to Marrakech
There are daily direct flights from Casablanca, Europe and the middle east to Marrakesh Menara Airport (IATA: RAK).
Train to Marrakech from Casablanca
There is comfortable train service to Marrakech from Casablanca. Between 4:00 am to 10:00 pm there are trains leaving Casa Voyageurs Railway station, Casablanca to Marrakech every 2 hours, usual travel time is approximately 3 hours 30 minutes. . A first-class ticket is about US$22.00 which guarantees you a seat. In the first class, there are six seats per compartment, and the seats are more comfortable than 2nd class.
I could not buy the ticket in advance from outside the country but didn’t have any problem getting a seat when purchasing at the counter.
Bus to Marrakesh
There is comfortable bus service to Marrakech, check out CTM bus schedule and cost online.
How To Get Around
There are plenty of taxis in Marrakech but none of them are metered so you need to negotiate the fare before hiring one. A taxi to/from Airport should not cost more than 100 Moroccan dirhams (9.20 Dirham = 1 US$).
Visa – Requirement
For US Citizens you must have a valid passport with at least one blank page. Visas are not required for visits lasting less than 90 days. Check your visa requirement based on county of citizenship.
10 Top Things To Do In Marrakech
Visit Jardin Majorelle Garden
The Majorelle Garden is a two and half acre botanical garden and artist’s landscape garden in Marrakech. Collections of cacti, exotic plants and trees are landscaped to emphasize each one’s unique beauty.
You Can’t Miss Koutoubia Mosque
The Koutoubia Mosque is the largest mosque in Marrakesh. Located next to Djemaa el Fna Square, is one of the iconic landmarks that must be visited while in Marrakech.
Visit Jemaa El-Fna square (night market )
Jamaa el Fna is square you need to visit both during the day as well as at night. By day, most of the square is just a big open space, in which we saw a handful of snake charmers playing their cobras with flutes, few medicine men, tooth-pullers and others performing their unique activities to attract your attention.
At dusk, the square gets its real look when the square gradually fills up with people and restaurants all around, and they try to sell their food to passers-by. A scene you definitely need to experience.
It’s also a great idea to go over to the rooftop restaurants around the squire for a beautiful view from the top.
Visit Ben Youssef Madrasa inside the Medina
The Ben Youssef Madrasa is an Islamic college in Marrakesh, named after the Almoravid sultan Ali ibn Yusuf, who expanded the city and its influence considerably. It is the largest madrasa in all of Morocco. It was a challenge for me to walk through the narrow lanes of Madena (old city) and get there without getting lost.
Visit Souks in Marrakech for Shopping Experience
The heartbeat of Marrakesh is undoubtedly the market or Souks inside the historical median (in the old city). It’s a great place to explore and experience how for thousand years the neighborhood has acted as a thriving central hub for trade and commerce without very little changing at all.
Visit Bahia Palace of Marrakech
The Bahia Palace is located in the medina of Marrakech. It was built in the late 19th century, aimed to be the most magnificent palace with many gardens of its time. Walkable distance from Jamaa el Fna square.
Visit Bab Agnaou One of the 19 Gates
Bab Agnaou is one of the 19 gates of the Marrakech medina and was built in the 12th century during the Almohad dynasty. It gives entrance to the Royal Kasbah neighborhood in the southern part of the Marrakech Medina.
Explore Madina The UNESCO World Heritage Site Madina
Marrakech’s Medina (old city) is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Medina of Marrakesh. Founded in 1070–72 by the Almoravids, Marrakesh remained a political, economic and cultural center for a long period. Its influence was felt throughout the western Muslim world, from North Africa to Andalusia.
Learn How To Cook Tagine at La Maison Arabe Restaurant
We took a Moroccan traditional cooking class at La Maison Arabe restaurant. The workshops were designed for the amateur and professional alike. At the end of our workshop, we dined on the chicken tagine that we prepared.
Are you looking for a nice place to stay, here is where I stayed
Palm Plaza Hotel: Avenue du 7me Art, Zone Touristique Agdal, Medina, Marrakech, Morocco 40000
Riad Mouna: No6 Deb el Bir Riad Zitoune Lakdim Medina, Marrakech 40008, Morocco (very hard to find off the main square)
Riad Jona Guest House, Riad zitoune el kedim N°34 derb jdid, Marrakech
Traditional Food and Culture
Have dinner at Le Jardin Restaurant in the old city of Medina
This restaurant is in the heart of Marrakech’s Medina, as you know inside the Medina you can’t take taxis so we had to walk and keep on asking people for the direction. It is a great place for both lunch and dinner definitely worth a try.
We had our delicious Lamb Tagine while listening to live music. This place serves authentic Moroccan food.
My Opinion and Tips
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