Marrakech is a Moroccan city and one of the country’s four ancient capitals ( Fes , Rabat and Meknes). It comes third in terms of area and population, with a little less than a million people living there. The country of Morocco is named after the city of Marrakech, which was reinterpreted by the Spaniards.
Marrakesh is also known as the Red City because of its ancient city wall made of red clay (today you can see it – it surrounds the old quarter Medina ). However, it is probable that the name comes from the word “marrakush”, which in Arabic means “red”. Sahara Morocco tours organize tours to discover Marrakech.
Information about the city in general
The location of Marrakesh has made it a one-of-a-kind resort in its own right. The Sahara desert is relatively close on one side, and the temperature in the city is pleasant even in winter. On the other side, it is virtually at the foot of the High Atlas, and from December to April, after some travel, you may reach the ski resort (despite the fact that in the city itself at this time you can walk in a light jacket). The city also draws mountain trekkers, but most visitors come to immerse themselves in a true oriental fairy tale and learn about Moroccan culture.
The weather in Marrakech, like in Morocco, is most pleasant in the spring and autumn: in the summer, the air temperature rises to + 39 °… + 40 ° C during the day, and + 25 ° C at night. However, the majority of tourists visit the city during the summer, despite the fact that Morocco’s season runs from roughly the end of May to the end of October. Winters in Marrakech are moderate and warm, with temperatures hovering around +15°C during the day and +8°C at night.
Attractions in the city
Given Marrakech’s “age,” it is apparent that there are numerous attractions. The main ones are in Medina, and the main one is Jemaa el Fna Square, which is on the UNESCO list of cultural heritage sites. Walking through the city, you will see the Ali-Ben-Yousef Mosque and the Madrassah of the same name, which was founded at the mosque in the 16th century, the Kutubia (Koutoubia) Mosque, the Bahia Palace and the Badi Palace, the El-Mansour Mosque, Tanneries dye-works, Saadian tomb, Museum of Moroccan art Dar Si Said, which is considered the most interesting attraction of the city. This is a 4 days tour from Marrakech to Fes to explore Marrakech and the Merzouga Sahara Desert.
Away from the ancient city, there’s the Majorelle Garden, which Yves Saint Laurent helped restore, and the Menara Gardens to the west of Marrakech. Marrakech’s vibrant bazaars merit special attention.
Where should I live?
There are both super-modern hotels in Marrakesh (mostly in the Hivernage and Gueliz neighborhoods) and traditional ones that are more like “inns” than hotels. They are known as riads, and the most of them may be found in Medina. A riad is often a two-story residence with leafy courtyards that contain a swimming pool and, in some cases, a fountain. Most of the time, the riad’s owners’ family cooks food for the guests.
Many hotels in Marrakech gained “Great” or “Very good” evaluations from travellers. Dar Anika, Maison Mnabha, Dar Sohane, Palais Khum, Dar Coram, Dar Taliwint, and riads Riad al Bushra, Riad Alnadine, Riad Chafia, Riad Adriana, Riad Azoulay, and many others received “Excellent” ratings.
Cafes and restaurants
Morocco’s food is distinguished by an abundance of spices. Of course, the most popular in Marrakesh are Moroccan food restaurants. Dar Es Salam, for example, where Winston Churchill and Sean Connery went and Alfred Hitchcock filmed The Man Who Knew Too Much, where you may try traditional Moroccan delicacies and enjoy a spectacular evening performance. Dar Moha and Chez Ali restaurants are also excellent places to learn about Moroccan culinary heritage. If you don’t want the frills and simply want a fast (and cheap) bite, there are many cafés in Marrakesh where you can eat for 20-100 Moroccan dirhams.
Purchasing in Marrakesh
Marrakesh has a big market that both tourists and locals attend. You may get a sense of what a true oriental bazaar is like here! Medina, or the old quarter as it is known in Arabic, has a market. Market stores are closed on Sundays, while some are closed on Fridays from 9:00 to 2:00 p.m. The market itself is open seven days a week. In the medina, there is also the Complexe d’Artisanat, a big retail mall where you may buy the same souvenirs as in the market, but at fixed pricing and in a more relaxed atmosphere. The Marrakech plazza shopping mall, located in the modern area of Marrakesh, has European shops. It’s also worth stopping by the stores near Mojarel Gardens.
How do you get there?
Those who decide to visit Marrakesh are naturally interested in how to get there. Marrakech International Airport – Menara – is only 3 kilometers from the city center. It is medium in size, with only one runway, but its proportions allow it to accommodate any aircraft. The airport is regarded as one of the most stunning in the world. It can accommodate around 4 million passengers per year. The airport also handles internal flights, such as those from Agadir and Casablanca. A dedicated bus will take you from the airport to the city center for a fee of 20 dirhams.
Trains can take you to Marrakesh from Moroccan cities such as Rabat, Tangier, Casablanca, and Fez. The city’s railway station is lovely, but not very convenient, according to visitors. It is the southernmost precision rail network in the state.
The bus is the primary form of transportation in Marrakech; the network of routes spans the entire city; nevertheless, the interval between flights is rather long, and buses are frequently packed. It is preferable to take a taxi to the Marrakech outskirts; 1 kilometer will cost approximately 10 dirhams. And it’s ideal to get through the city center on carts drawn by adorable and well-groomed horses.
Marrakech is the capital city of tourism Most of the tours and the best Tanzania Safaris start from here to the south in 4x4s.