Marrakech is Morocco's main tourist city and one of the four imperial cities (three more are Fez, Meknes and Rabat).
Here you can see the craziness of the main square of Djemaa el Fna, as well as relax culturally, visit many palaces and museums, admire Moroccan architects and wash away fatigue after a busy day in the hammam.
Marrakech is very well located, which is why tourists often choose it. Judge for yourself: to the ocean, Essaouira and Agadir with their beaches 3-4 hours, the Atlas Mountains are just a stone's throw away (you can see them from the city in good weather), and you will pass the mountain passes, so the desert is already nearby, and camel riding and spending the night in the desert is a very popular entertainment (more about our travel to the Sahara desert).
In winter, people come to a nearby ski resort, in the summer they try to climb Tubkal - the highest mountain in Morocco.
Thus, Marrakech is a very convenient base for excursions in all directions all year round, and tour agencies are here at every step in the old city.
Interestingly, a distinctive feature of the city is the pinkish color of the walls on the houses in the old city.
What to see in Marrakesh? One full day is enough to explore interesting places.
Jema el Fna Square
Square later in the evening
The center of all tourist Marrakech life and its throbbing heart. And here something really unimaginable happens, something that you will not see anywhere else in Morocco. Snake charmers, street theaters, acrobats, artists, henna draftsmen, liars, bred, sellers of all stripes - you will see all this in the square. After sunset, there is no crowding.
The largest mosque in Marrakech is made in the Moorish style with a 70-meter minaret. The name was given to her because there were about 100 bookstores around. Located near the main square.
The museum is located in the former palace of Minister of Defense Mehdi Mnebhi. Old books, jewelry and ceramics, many relics, for example, the Koran from China (presumably 12 centuries) are stored here. The central courtyard is traditionally richly decorated.
Cost: 50 AED
Opening hours: 09: 00-19: 00
Ben Yusuf Madrasah
The largest madrassah in Morocco could accommodate 900 students and was founded in the 14th century, and it worked until 196, and in 1982 it opened as a museum. Look at the magnificent decor inside, carved patterns of cedar, mosaics - local craftsmen know their stuff!
Price: 20 AED
Opening hours: 09: 00-19: 00
Nearby is a mosque where the entrance to non-Muslims is closed.
The House of Photography (Maison de la Photographie)
If you are fond of photography, be sure to check here. The Parisian and the Marrakech have combined their collections of photographs. The result was about 4,500 old photos, divided by subject and region.
Cost: 40 AED
Opening hours: 09: 30-19: 00
Dyeing Bab Debbagh
Yes, there are dyes not only in Fez, but also in other cities of Marrocco, in particular in Marrakesh. Come in the morning to watch the hard work of local men. The skin is soaked in chicken and pigeon droppings, so the smell is very pungent, you will understand from it that you came to the dye. You can watch from below or climb to the observation deck. Local helpers expect a reward from you and can be very intrusive.
Moroccan stone patterns
Another attraction of Marrakech is the 19th-century palace, although the exact dates of construction are unknown. The entire complex occupies 8 hectares and includes the main palace, mosque, hammam, lush gardens. Inside, everything is decorated in the traditional Moroccan style, expensive, beautiful, rich!
Cost: 10 AED
Opening hours: 09: 00-16: 30
The Saadi dynasty ruled in Morocco (and made Marrakech the capital of the state) in the 16-17th centuries. Now here is the family mausoleum, where 60 representatives of this dynasty are buried. In total there are three halls in the complex, richly decorated with gilding, carved cedar, Italian marble.
Cost: 10 AED
Opening hours: 09: 00-17: 00
Bright and colorful market, in the very center of the medina, where you can buy fabrics, artisans, kettles, lamps and much more.
What to see in Marrakesh yet?
In 1919, the French artist Majorelle came to Marrakech to treat the lungs, and remained here, having bought a villa and set up a garden. Majorelle was a passionate collector of exotic plants, so the garden was replenished with new specimens. After his death, the villa with the plot was bought by the famous Yves Saint Laurent, now the garden is open to the public.
The mansion houses the Berber Museum, where clothes, musical instruments, jewelry, household items and much more are presented.
Cost: 70 Dirhams
Opening hours: 08: 00-18: 00
For an interesting experience, visit the local hammam, they can be found in the medina, some I indicated on the map. The cost varies from 10 to 100 dirhams.
Hotels in Marrakesh
There are more than 1,200 hotels and guest houses in Marrakech, so the choice is wide. You can choose a bed in a hostel for $ 5-6 (with breakfast), and luxury hotel chains at the appropriate price.
The cheapest housing is located within the medina, in the back streets of the old city, but it is not without local flavor. A traditional riad house is the best choice to stay for a few nights. I recommend looking for riads in the area of Djemaa El Fna, but not too close to it (it will be noisy). It is also not very far in the alleys - it will be difficult to find.
Hotels in the new city are standard, not particularly different from those that you will find in other countries.
View all hotel options and book your favorite, I recommend on hotellook.ru. This service compares offers from dozens of booking systems, both local and international (like booking), and gives everything in one place - it’s very convenient and can save a lot of money.
Here is a selection of the best hotel reviews for Marrakesh:
Best restaurants in Marrakesh
The most popular place in Marrakech for a bite to eat is, of course, Jamaâ El Fna Square. Here, during the day, there are a lot of stalls with food, juices, and with the onset of darkness the gastronomic paradise generally begins. Around is full of both traditional tajines and more exotic dishes, such as snail soup. If you want a snack in silence, you are definitely not here.
Juices in Jemaa El Fna Square
Here are some other restaurants and cafes worth checking out:
- Restaurant el bajja - Located next to the main square in one of the alleys. One of the best restaurants where we ate in Morocco is very tasty, large portions, cheap.
- Oscar Progrés - next to the previous one. It’s also cheap, but we didn’t come in, there were a lot of people.
- Henna Art Cafe - a place where you can not only have a tasty and relatively inexpensive meal, but also make a henna tattoo.
- Roti d’or - In addition to traditional Moroccan dishes, you will find falafel, tacos, burritos, mojito burgers here. Prices are average.
- Cafe des Épices
- Cafe babouche
Prices at Restaurant El Bahja
In Marrakech you will also find Lebanese, Italian, Mediterranean cuisine, as well as western fast food.
Transport in Marrakesh
How to get from Marrakech airport to the center?
Bus number 19 runs almost to Djemaa El Fna Square every half hour and costs 30 dirhams. You can also use a taxi, their price is around 70-80 dirhams per car, so if you are several people, a taxi will be even cheaper.
Large buses ply the city, the routes of which cover many interesting places, stations and bus stations. You can see the routes on the ALSA company’s website, which is engaged in transportation, but Google maps also build a route perfectly. The fare is 4 dirhams.
If for some reason you do not want to take the bus, you can use a taxi. Standardly, as in other cities, taxi drivers do not want to go by the meter, so agree on the cost of the trip in advance.
A taxi ride should not cost more than 20 dirhams from Jem El Fna Square to the railway station, 30 dirhams to the CTM station.
There is such a colorful transport in Marrakech as horse-drawn carts (CALÈCHES). Their route usually runs from the main square and the main attractions of Marrakech. Personally, I don’t understand why people ride them (and this pleasure costs 120 dirhams per hour), but European pensioners have a different opinion.
How to get there
Marrakech Airport accepts both domestic flights and international flights from Europe (some fly here european low-cost airlines) Domestic flights are quite cheap, but it makes sense to use them only over long distances.
Marrakech Railway Station
The brand new train station in Marrakech sparkles and delights travelers. You can get to it from different cities of Morocco:
- Casablanca - 9 trains per day, 3 hours
- Tangier - 1 direct train (night), 10 hours
- Fes - 7 trains per day, 7 hours
- Rabat - 8 trains per day, 4 hours
The best service is provided by CTM and Supratours (it is a subsidiary of ONCF, the country's railway carrier, so you can take combined train + bus tickets). The rest of the companies, although cheaper, but with quality - roulette, I do not recommend over long distances.
Examples of CTM bus prices from different cities of Morocco to Marrakesh:
- Casablanca - 20 flights per day, 90-135 dirhams, 3-4 hours on the way
- Fez - 6 flights per day, 170-180 dirhams, 8 hours
- Tangier - 2 flights per day, 230 dirhams, 9 hours
- Agadir - 18 flights per day, 110-130 dirhams, 3-4 hours
- Essaouira - 2 flights per day, 80 dirhams, 3 hours
- Zagora - 2 flights per day, 140 dirhams, 8 hours
- Ouarzazate - 6 flights per day, 90 dirhams, 5 hours
CTM Bus Station is a 10-minute walk from the train station, while Supratours Station is right next to the train station. Other companies depart from the bus station (Gare Routière).
Marrakech has many attractions that attract tourists from all over the world. It is worth visiting the Kasbah Mosque, the Dar el Gdaoui Palace, the Koutoubia Mosque with a seventy-meter minaret, considered the symbol of the city, as well as the Menard Palace, surrounded by gardens. The center of the city is Jem el Fna Square, where all the major streets of the city originate. There are also museums, ruins of ancient buildings, mausoleums and burials in Marrakech.
Marrakech is different from other cities in Morocco. There are more clubs, discos, there is even a casino. Clubs are designed for tourists and are located in hotels in the Old Town.
Most hotels are located in the city center. You will be offered a comfortable room with all necessary amenities. In Marrakech, you can stay in hotels of various classes: from two to five-star.
The city has many restaurants, cafes and bars serving local and international dishes. Also in the city there are many fast food eateries.
The shopping center of the city is Jem el Fna Square, around which there is a whole block of markets. All of them are divided by the goods sold. You can visit the markets of Dyers, Joiners, Jewelers, Copper, Shoe markets, as well as many others.
What films can be seen before the trip
- Exit Marrakech, 2013, Germany - the story of a German teenager who comes to his father for summer vacation in Marrakech, falls in love with a prostitute and makes an escape to the desert.
- Hideous Kinky, 1998, UK / France - a film adaptation of Sigmund Freud’s great-granddaughter’s autobiographical novel about childhood in Marrakech, where her mother seeks the meaning of life and falls in love with a Moroccan acrobat.
When to go to Marrakech
- It is very hot in the summer. The temperature is around 35–40 degrees, but can rise to 48–49. There is no ocean nearby, and the wind is a rare guest. Therefore, in some parts of the old city in July - August there is an incredible stench. When planning a trip in the summer, book a hotel with a pool, and better away from the Medina. At the same time, do not forget that in the holy month of Ramadan, many cafes and shops can work on an abbreviated schedule or not work at all during the day.
- In winter, you can face the opposite problem. Yes, the daily temperature is 19–20 degrees. But at night it is impossible to sleep because of the cold (8-10 degrees), since in many houses and hotels there is no heating. When booking your accommodation in winter, check how things are with heating.
- If you are not interested in a beach holiday, the best time to travel to Morocco is from October to November and from March to April. The heat is not so noticeable, while you can spend the night in the mountains or in the desert and not stiffen from the cold after sunset.
- Traveling out of season, bring along a light windbreaker, sweater or raincoat for daytime walks and autumn clothes with lining (preferably windproof) for relaxing in the evening.
How to get to Marrakesh
Direct flights from Russia to Marrakech are not carried out. The range of prices for air tickets from Moscow in both directions is quite wide - from 200 to 1000+ euros. On average, a flight will cost 400-500 euros.
You can save by taking tickets to Casablanca, located 300 kilometers from Marrakech. The difference in the cost of air tickets for the same dates can be more than 100 euros, while you do not have to sit for long periods at airports during multiple connections.
An option for adventurers is to take a ferry from Spain via Gibraltar to Tangier, then by train, bus, or to the pool of a grand taxi to Marrakesh. In this case, it will be easier to fly to Malaga or Seville, then take a bus to Tarifa, and from there daily ferries depart to Morocco. The ferry takes 1 hour, a ticket can be purchased here.
You can get to Marrakech from another Moroccan city by bus, train or grand taxi. See details in the "Transport" section.
Visa to Morocco for Russians
If you plan to spend less than 90 days in Morocco, you do not need a visa. It is enough to fill out a questionnaire at the border control, after which a passport stamp will be put in your passport. Look for a profile at the counter in the arrivals hall.
The migration form is filled in Latin letters. Be sure to include the address at which you plan to stay in Marrakech - even if you have found accommodation through Airbnb or Couchsurfing.
You do not need to pay any visa fees at the entrance or exit. If an incomprehensible person approaches you and asks to pay a fee, this is a fraudster.
If you are sailing to Morocco from Spain via Gibraltar, a migration application will be issued to you on board the ferry.
- The official currency is Moroccan Dirham (MAD), which is about 6 Russian rubles.
- They accept dollars and euros for exchange, but it is still better to go with European currency, which can be paid everywhere.
- Change currency only in official exchangers or banks. As elsewhere, airports and hotels are not the best points to exchange.
- Many places accept Visa and MasterCard. But in the market, in street shops and in small cafes, you can pay only in cash.
About housing in Marrakesh: where to look and what type to choose
Picturesque riads - one of the attractions of Marrakech. The riad is the courtyard of the house with a garden, which can also house a fountain, a small pool or a place for a tea ceremony. If outside the walls of the riad there is noise and din, inside there is silence, grace, birdsong and a mosaic on the walls. The average price for a night for two in a riad is about 60 euros. Quite a lot of offers on Booking in the section "Riad".
On the same Booking you can see more budget hotels and even hostels. But spending the night in a cheap Moroccan hostel can be a dubious experience. Get ready for the cold, broken outlets, lack of toilet paper, dirt, dampness and bad smell. Therefore, be sure to check the reviews before booking a budget accommodation.
The best value for money is on Airbnb, where for a reasonable price you can rent a whole house or save a lot on a room.
Which area is better to stay
Medina is the most popular area of Marrakech. This is the old part of the city, there is a market, tourist shops and museums.
- The minimum price for a double room in the hotel is about 13 euros per night.
- The average price for a double room is about 30 euros per night.
- Bed in a hostel - from 4 euros.
- City center, from here you can walk to most attractions.
- Pretty cheap accommodation.
- Lots of shops, restaurants and a market nearby.
- The atmosphere of real Morocco with labyrinths of ancient narrow streets.
- Noise, dirt, unpleasant odors, crush. A traveler who is here for the first time may experience shock.
- The risk of getting lost and spending several hours looking for your hotel.
- Taxis will not be able to drive to the door of the hotel, as travel through Medina is prohibited.
- Here in the evening it is boring and even scary.
A small tourist area south of the Medina with cozy restaurants, terraces and shops.
- The minimum price for a double room in the hotel is about 13 euros per night.
- The average price for a double room is about 45 euros per night.
- Bed in a hostel - from 4 euros.
- All sights nearby. In particular, the most popular square of Gemma el Fna.
- Pretty cheap accommodation.
- The proximity of trendy cafes and cozy terraces.
Less: Kenarya, like Medina, is a tourist area, so be prepared for crowds of travelers.
A relatively new area with modern buildings, offices and developed infrastructure. It is suitable for those who are not ready to change their usual comfort for authenticity.
- The minimum price for a double room in the hotel is about 25 euros per night.
- The average price for a double room is about 60 euros per night.
- Many accommodation options - from modern hotels to modest hostels.
- Nightclubs, bars, shopping centers, cafes with terraces are all nearby.
- It is difficult to get lost, the transport connection is established.
- In the south it borders with Medina, so the old town is relatively close.
Less: w mind cars (perhaps not as annoying as the cries of donkey sellers and drivers in Medina, but still).
The area near the center, built up with large hotels for tourists.
The minimum price for a double room is about 40 euros per night.
The average price for two is around 90 euros per night.
- Many resort-hotels of the middle price category.
- Proximity to the center.
Minus: it’s not very comfortable from the outside, but it’s so important when the pool is inside and all inclusive, right?
The most fashionable and expensive area with luxury boutiques, 5-star hotels, nightclubs and a casino.
The minimum price for a double room in the hotel is about 40 euros per night.
The average price for a double room is about 120 euros per night.
- Many opportunities for lovers of nightly entertainment and shopping.
- No annoying street molested.
An oasis with palm trees in the north of Marrakech, where the expensive all inclusive hotels, golf clubs and pools are located. Beach lovers here.
The minimum price for a double room in the hotel is about 40 euros per night.
The average price for a double room is about 140 euros per night.
- You can find a fairly profitable accommodation option with meals and a free bar (keep in mind that alcohol prices in Morocco are quite high).
- The pool in the resort hotel can be a significant plus (and salvation) in the summer months.
- Beautiful palm trees.
- From entertainment - riding camels and horses.
- Night life.
- Most likely, you will have to take a taxi to the historical center (but it is not so expensive and fast).
- It’s hard to find budget accommodation options.
How to get from Marrakesh Airport
- Most hotels offer airport transfers. This is often a free service.
- You may also be greeted by a company from which you previously booked a tour to the desert or to the mountains.
If the free shuttle still does not shine, use one of the following services.
Bus number 19
It runs every half hour from 6:00 to 0:15 between the airport and Gemma El Fna Square. The stop is located outside the taxi rank, 800 meters from Terminal 2. Buy a ticket from the driver (30 dirhams). Do not believe the taxi drivers who say that the bus no longer drives - a divorce!
The established fare for a trip to the city center is 70 dirhams, but the final cost is discussed with the driver. The duration of the trip is 15-30 minutes. The airport strongly recommends ignoring drivers who are standing right at the exit of the arrivals hall and going to the parking lot in search of bona fide taxi drivers.
About transport: buses, taxis, car rental in Marrakesh
- The cheapest way to travel around the country is by bus. Popular operators are CTM and Supratours. Buses run regularly, tickets can be bought at the box office. And on the sites ctm.ma and supratours.ma.
- The most comfortable train - clean and fast. Check the schedule and buy tickets oncf.ma.
- Moroccans most often travel between cities in grand taxis. The driver will take you anywhere in the country if there are 6 passengers. Most likely, during the trip your legs and other parts of your body will become numb (in front of you are 2 passengers, in the back - 4). But it’s cheaper than a regular taxi and faster than a bus. And you don’t have to adapt to the schedule. Look for grand taxi drivers at the central station or at special parking lots.
- For travel over short distances, use the services of local taxi services. Marrakech Taxis: +212 7 62 91 55 49 / +212 524474935. Cab Morocco: +212 6 08 60 09 40 / +212 524792904.
- You can rent a car at the airport (approximate cost is 20 euros per day), but it’s better not to. You will encounter motorcyclists, carts, donkeys and congested parking lots. And outside the city, dangerous roads await you.
There are no problems with the Internet in Marrakech. Right at the airport you can take a SIM card for the Internet and calls, which you will immediately be authorized.
Most establishments have free Wi-Fi and even on the street sometimes the phone finds an open network.
Food in Marrakesh
A traditional Moroccan meal looks like this: there is a low table on the carpet, guests sit on pillows in a circle and eat with their hands from a common dish, using bread instead of cutlery.
In some places you can find such a ritual, but still in most cafes and restaurants there are ordinary tables and chairs, and the waiters offer guests cutlery.
Now about food and drinks that are worth a try.
- Moroccan tea / Berber Whiskey is a traditional welcome-drink in any home, cafe, hotel and even in many museums. Any meal begins with sweet mint tea and ends with it. The drink is worth a try if only to see how it is offered.
- Tajine is the most popular dish of Moroccan cuisine. These are vegetables with meat and dried fruits. If you go to the ocean - do not deny yourself the pleasure to try the fish tajine.
- Couscous is a cereal that is eaten in Morocco as an independent dish with vegetables, and as an additional dish to tajine. Couscous is traditionally cooked on Fridays.
- Harira - cheap lentil stew, very good in cold weather.
- Amlu is a sweet almond paste with argan oil, which is often served for breakfast along with grub cakes. It tastes like peanut butter.
- Msemen - square puff pancakes that work equally well with jam and honey, and cheese. The popular street food in Morocco that you will find on every corner. It is also often served for breakfast at the hotel.
- Avocado-fresh - an insanely delicious milkshake with avocado, which is prepared in many cafes, on the streets and in fruit shops.
- Baklava - traditional saffron baked goods.
Despite the fact that Morocco is a Muslim country, alcohol is sold here in many supermarkets, bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Pravda, only to foreigners.
Here you can easily find local beer, for example, Casablanca, Flag Special or Stock, and in some institutions - a pretty good Moroccan wine.
Since excise taxes on alcohol are high, then the prices are too high.
Where to eat in Marrakesh
You should definitely try street food in Gemma el Fna square, where the most disgusting dishes are prepared behind the open-air counters: sheep’s heads and brains, the inside of a camel and blood sausages. Most often, tourists here take snails, grilled meat on skewers, traditional tajine or couscous and fruit fresh. Of the curious - an edible cactus.
Before sunset, you can go to one of the restaurants on Gemma El Fna Square, order a drink and go up to the terrace with it. From here it’s nice to watch the sun go down over Marrakesh and how after an evening prayer the square comes to life with its acrobats, musicians, snake charmers and street barkers. It’s better not to take food, because the prices are too high, and you won’t be able to eat peacefully because of the abundance of onlookers.
Fans of fruit and vitamin smoothies will surely like fruit shops where fresh cocktails are prepared - from ordinary orange and carrot fresh to cane juice.
For the rest - see where the locals eat, and follow them. As a rule, it is cheaper, cleaner and often more hygienic than in tourist places.
Souk (market) is the main shopping place in Marrakech. Counters with teapots, spices, soap, oranges and lamb heads occupied almost the whole of Medina.
You need to bargain half to death on the market, and this is one of the main tourist attractions in Marrakech. You can be proud of yourself if you manage to bring down the price more than 10 times.
When shopping, be sure to take small cash with you: when you see a large bill, the seller may simply refuse to give change.
Pay attention to where locals are purchased - even the Marrakesh market is full of Chinese fakes.
And be sure, while walking around the market, remove money and a phone from your back pockets.
What to buy in Marrakesh
- Cosmetics made from argan oil, one of the rarest oils in the world that rejuvenates, nourishes and restores skin and hair. This tree grows only in Morocco.
- Leather products . Moroccan leather is of high quality.
- Baboushes are bright, sometimes embroidered shoes with curved toes.
- Jelaba - a long robe with a hood and wide sleeves, which is worn on the street.
- A teapot where you can brew Moroccan mint tea.
- Decorative lamps made of colored glass.
- Kaftan is a traditional women's dress.
- Dish for cooking tajine.
- Ceramics - cups, plates, vases.
The easiest way to find a suitable tour and guide on TripAdviser. Trips to the desert and mountains, as a rule, take place in jeeps with an English-speaking driver. The cost of the tour depends on the number of people and the duration.
Now about the most popular tours from Marrakech.
- To the desert. The shortest tour to the Sahara will take 2 days and 1 night, but you can go for a few nights. As a rule, the program includes a trip through the picturesque Atlas Mountains, a walk through the Moroccan film studio in the city of Urzazat and the UNESCO monument Ait Ben Haddou, camel riding, spending the night in a Berber camp with a traditional dinner and breakfast, as well as sunset and sunrise with a view to the dunes.
- In the mountains of the Atlas. A one-day tour of the Atlas Mountains and valleys with a stop in the palm forest, argan farm and in the Berber village, where you will be treated to a traditional lunch.
- To Uzoud Falls. An oasis with palm trees and waterfalls amid the Atlas Mountains is an hour's drive from Marrakech. Some guides offer an overnight stay in a tent and dinner in the fresh air.
The medina of Marrakech is the main architectural attraction of the city. The quaintly interlaced labyrinth of alleys with ocher plastering of facades, striped awnings, massive wooden doors and openwork carvings of platbands make anyone lose their heads from the abundance of colors and shapes. The inhabitants of this place complete the picture: Arabs and Bedouins in long robes, donkeys, cats, carts, scooters and bicycles, as well as the sounds and smells made by them.
Jemma El Fna Square is the largest and most famous square in Marrakech, where until the 19th century they traded slaves and executed people, and now there are jugglers, snake charmers, storytellers, acrobats, dancers and drummers. You should come here in the evening when the main show begins and dozens of street food stalls open.
Marrakech Souk is one of the largest Moroccan markets. It is worth visiting both during the day and in the evening, when the backlight turns on.
Garden Menara (Jardin Menara) with trees in the form of squares. In the center is a large pool with a 16th-century pavilion.
Garden Majorelle (Jardin Majorelle), which in 1981 was bought by Yves Saint Laurent. In the garden - the Berber Museum, the Museum of Islamic Art of Marrakesh, a collection of paintings by Jacques Majorelle and the Yves Saint Laurent Museum. Every year, the garden is visited by 700 thousand tourists, so when planning a visit, get ready for long lines at the box office.
Garden ANIMA (ANIMA Garden) - here plants form compositions that include works of modern art. Located in the southern part of new Marrakech, you can get from the Medina in 30 minutes by a special free bus.
Secret Garden (Le Jardin Secret) - a palace complex with two gardens (one traditional Islamic and one exotic) in the medina of Marrakesh.
Dar Si Said Museum is one of the most popular museums in Marrakech. It presents a collection of objects of decorative art, including carpets, national clothes, jewelry and ceramics.
Museum of Orientalism (Orientalism Museum of Marrakech). Find works by European artists inspired by the exotic beauties of Morocco. Including Eugene Delacroix and Jacques Majorelle, creator of the famous garden.
Dar El Bacha (Musee des Confluences). The original collection of the museum is made up of objects that demonstrate common features of Islamic, Christian and Jewish cultures.
House of Photography (Maison de la Photographie). The museum has a collection of photographs that tells about the life of the inhabitants of Morocco for almost 150 years. On the roof of the building there is a cafe where you can order mint tea and enjoy the views of the city and the Atlas Mountains.
The Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden is a new museum away from the old center of Marrakech, where contemporary African art is exhibited, and next to the golf course there is a collection of sculptures.
Bahia Palace is built for the Grand Vizier of Marrakech. The best craftsmen from the city of Fez worked on the decoration. The greatest admiration is caused by the finest wood carvings and ceramic tile patterns.
The Koutoubia Mosque is a 77-meter minaret that is visible at a distance of 30 kilometers. From its top, for 800 years, believers have been calling for prayer.
Ben Yusuf Madrasah (Médersa Ben Youssef) - a Koranic school with a richly decorated courtyard and prayer rooms. Now the madrasah is under restoration, which will last until 2020.
The tombs of the Saadian dynasty (Saadian Tombs) - a funerary complex of the late 16th century, in which the monarchs of the Saadite dynasty and their families are buried. For a long time, the complex was considered lost, and was discovered by the French only at the beginning of the 20th century.
What else is important to know before traveling
- In Morocco there is no strict dress code, so often foreigners do not bother about clothes and walk around the city in shorts and with their heads uncovered. No one is looking at it.
- Tourists are not allowed into existing mosques. Any attempts to get or look inside will be strictly suppressed.
- If you want to take a picture of a Moroccan, it is better to do this with permission - many react somewhat inadequately. Although in Marrakech, locals are already accustomed to the flow of tourists with cameras in their hands.
- Even in winter, take sunscreen with you - the skin burns out quickly.
- Before using the service, specify in advance how much it will cost. If you want to be seen around Medina, offered to help with the translation, or are treated to an orange fresh, always ask how much it costs. Many impose their help on unsuspecting tourists and take advantage of the fact that the person did not specify the cost of the service or the food eaten in advance.
- In the cold season (from November to April), count several sets of clothes for a day: during the day it’s quite warm and you can wear a T-shirt, but you can’t do without a warm jacket at night.
In a state called Morocco, which is located in North Africa, there are four imperial cities, one of which is Marrakech. This city is located in the south-west of the country, not far from the Atlas Mountains, which is one of the reasons for its popularity among tourists.
Did you know? Interestingly, the name of the country of Morocco is a toponym from the word "Marrakesh" (from the Spanish "Marruecos"). Once this country in the north of Africa was known under the name Marrakesh, which over time has transformed into Morocco, now familiar to us. In some eastern countries, such as Iran, the state is still called as one of its largest cities.
How to get there
Getting to Marrakech is easy, as there are direct flights to big cities from it, as a rule.
From Moscow fly to Marrakesh for almost 12 hours. There are flights both from Domodedovo and Vnukovo and from Sheremetyevo directly to the local airport. However, from Marrakech Airport, where you fly to the city itself, you still need to get on bus number 19, which runs every half hour.
Fans of long trips can use the train and bus to get to Marrakesh from Moscow. To do this, you need to get to the Moscow Belorusskaya station, take the D train that runs twice a week, go to Ventimiglia stop for 47 hours, where you catch a bus that leaves twice a week and takes you to your destination. The bus will take about another 30 hours. Thus, the whole trip will take you more than 3 days and will cost slightly less than a flight.
To get to Marrakech from Vilnius, you need to fly to Agadir, from where another 2 and a half hours drive to your destination.
There are also no direct flights from Minsk or Kiev to this Moroccan city, you need to make one or two transfers.
Climate and nature
This city is one of the hottest in the country. The average air temperature in summer rises to + 38–40 ° С during the day, and drops to +24 ° С at night. Of course, there are no severe winters in this region, they differ in a rather comfortable temperature at +15 ° C during the day and +8 ° C at night.
Climate of Marrakesh
Tourists often plan trips to Marrakech during the summer holidays, however, this is not the best time for walking around the city, because at this time there is a tiring heat that will not allow you to fully enjoy all the charms of one of the largest Moroccan cities. The best time to travel to Marrakech is spring or fall, when the weather is not too hot.
El Badi Palace
It is the most famous palace in the city. It was built by the Saadites in the late XV - early XVI century with the money received from Portugal as a result of its defeat in the “Battle of the Three Kings”. For the construction of the palace used marble, specially brought from Italy, as well as precious stones from India. In general, it took about 25 years to erect such a building. Oddly enough, the wealth of the owners of the palace is demonstrated by the courtyard: if before the construction of this attraction the area of the largest courtyard in Marrakesh was 30 m, then the size of the courtyard in El Badi is 135x110 m.
El Badi Palace
Once there were 360 rooms in the palace, but now you can only see the ruins that remained after its destruction in 1696 by the Alavite dynasty. But this does not make the palace less interesting for tourists: on its territory there is a museum, a terrace with a beautiful view of the city, the old minbar of the Koutoubia mosque, etc. Since 1960, every June passes on the territory of El Badi Moroccan national folk festival, which brings together traditional performers from all over the country.
Jemaa el Fna Square
A large number of interesting sights are located in one of the districts of the city called Medina or the “Red City”, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the heart of the area lies Jemaa el Fna Square, where often a lot of street acrobats, dancers, cooks and musicians gather who entertain tourists and create the feeling of a daily celebration.
Did you know?In the 1970s, the square became a very popular place among representatives of the then developing hippy movement. They went to Morocco to try kifem - local marijuana, which was then sold in the city, including on Jemaa el Fna square, completely freely.
An example of the magnificent architecture of the city of Marrakech - Bahia Palace - was erected for the viziers, who served the rulers of Si Moussa and Bakhmad in the 19th century. However, this applies only to the old part of the attraction, the new one was built during the sultan Abd al-Aziz for 4 wives and 24 concubines of the vizier Ahmed Ben Moussa.
The palace is made in the Arab-Andalusian style and attracts visitors to the city with a luxurious garden with banana trees, fountains, oranges, magnificent patios, a huge number of chambers with elegant stucco moldings and inlaid wooden ceilings.
Koutoubia Mosque we can safely be called the pride of Marrakech. The minaret of the building reaches a height of 69 m, on it you can see the gilded balls, about which there were legends in Morocco. For a long time, residents and visitors of the city believed that the balls at the mosque are completely made of gold. One of the old legends says that the wife of one of the sultans, who sinned during the holy fast, decided to atone for her sin by giving all the gold to make these balls. This legend brought a lot of trouble to the city, because it was precisely because of the desire to capture the golden balls that Marrakesh repeatedly attacked.
It is interesting that the Koutoubia mosque was built twice: the first "copy" was demolished due to the fact that the mihrab was not oriented to Mecca, as it should be. The architect who built the “wrong” mosque was beheaded, and the building was soon rebuilt.
The complex includes not only a mosque with a minaret, but also a luxurious garden where you can hide from the heat and enjoy the view of one of the most significant sights of the city.
Gardens of Menard
Located at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, Gardens of Menard were laid back in the beginning of the XII century. Now it is the largest park in the city (its area is about 100 hectares), where you can see olive and fruit trees, palm trees. At the entrance to the park there is a pool with lotuses, and next to it is a lonely building, a 16th-century pavilion with a pyramidal roof. In Menard Gardens one must go for peace, tranquility and solitude in a cool shade.
Gardens of Menard
It is quite popular among residents and visitors alike. Golf Center Golf Assoufid located near the center in a picturesque area. It is well equipped, which is sure to please fans of this sport. In the center you can not only play golf, but also relax in a comfortable environment.
If you are a fan of dancing and nightly entertainment, then the hectic life that the city leads with the onset of darkness will certainly not leave you indifferent. Be sure to visit the largest and noisiest disco in the city called The rose or the popular Nikki Beach night club. The Pacha Club at Boulevard Mohamed is famous for its excellent interior and clean sound.
Any rest will not be complete without shopping. Choose weekdays for shopping and markets, as weekend prices are higher. If you want to plunge into the true color of African markets, head to the Medina area: you can buy everything from carpets to spices at the local market. The largest market in the city is called Marrakech Souk, it is characterized by a huge number of handicrafts, souvenirs and quality food.
Market trading bench
Clothing, both national and more modern and familiar to European residents, can be bought at the Rue Bab Doukkala Market. Do not be afraid to bargain, as this process not only helps you save money, but is also part of the national culture, for sellers this is a kind of game.
Important!When going to the market, take along a lot of smaller bills, as local sellers like to pretend that they have no change.
For fans of European goods and large shopping centers in the new part of the city there is the Marrakech plaza, where you can find shops with a wide variety of goods for every taste. Near the Saadid Tombs there is another Complexe d’Artisanat shopping center. Such large shopping centers operate in Marrakech from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
If you are not financially limited, want to try something exquisite or buy expensive quality souvenirs or clothes, you can visit the shops near the Majorelle gardens.
Marrakech has a considerable number of hotels for tourists with a variety of preferences and financial opportunities:
- In the Medina area, a 10-minute walk from Jamaâ El Fna Square, Dar assiya with a colorful interior, good service, free Wi-Fi and a large selection of rooms for every taste. However, hotel reservations must be made in advance.
Hotel Dar Assiya
Restaurants and Cafes
In Marrakech you can find restaurants with Italian, French, Japanese, Indian cuisines. However, if you want to try real Moroccan food, you should definitely visit the cozy Riad Kniza Restaurant in Medina, where you can try such popular dishes as tajine, pastille, and enjoy the view that opens to visitors from the terrace of the institution.
Transport and communications
The most popular public transport in this Moroccan city is the bus. Thanks to the developed network of routes, with its help you can get to almost any part of the city for 6-12 MAD (about $ 1).
Important!The interval between buses traveling in the same direction is quite large, so transportation is often crowded. In such an environment, it is very easy for local thieves to pull something from your pocket. Be careful and keep an eye on valuables while traveling on Marrakesh buses.
If it is best to walk around the old city or use horse-drawn carts, you can only get to the suburbs by taxi. It can be called by calling one of the services or caught on the street, which, however, will be more expensive. The city also has small taxis, for a maximum of three people, where there are no meters, so the price of the trip can be discussed with the driver in advance.
Transport in Marrakesh
Wi-Fi, as a rule, can be used here in any hotel or cafe, so tourists have no problems with the Internet. As for cellular communications, for inexpensive communication by mobile phone while staying in Morocco, you must purchase a card from one of the operators: Maroc Telecom, Orange or INWI. In case of emergency or if you don’t have your phone, you can use one of the telephone booths installed on the city streets.
If you are planning a trip to Marrakesh, the tips of tourists who have already visited this colorful city will probably come in handy:
- It is important to know that local drivers and pedestrians do not differ in terms of compliance with traffic rules, so you need to be extremely careful here.
- During Ramadan (the holy month of Muslims) it is strictly forbidden to drink alcohol. This applies not only to representatives of religion, but also to tourists residing in the territory of Morocco. At this time, alcohol is not sold here.
- Immediately upon arrival, exchange your currency for the national, as no other local sellers accept.
- One of the main problems in Marrakech is beggars. In no case should you give them money: if you do it once, a gang of beggars will haunt you throughout the city in the hope that you will give them more money.
- In Morocco, it is customary to tip almost all services. For example, in a restaurant it is appropriate to leave at least 10% of the total amount of your check, guides or maids give 1–5 dirhams.
Marrakech is a city that attracts not only with architecture, gardens and other attractions, but also with its lively nightlife, an abundance of restaurants and entertainment for children and adults. However, you should not come here for summer holidays or on vacation, because for an ordinary European tourist the air temperature in Marrakesh at this time of the year can be unbearable. It is better to plan a trip to one of the largest cities in Morocco in spring or autumn, having previously booked one of the many hotels.
Map of Marrakech
Marrakech is the second largest city of Morocco, located in the north-west of the country. Marrakech is also the administrative center of the Marrakech-Tensift-El-Hauz region. A map of Marrakech will provide the best opportunity to get acquainted with the geography of this imperial city.
The city is located at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. To the south of the city is the valley of the Ourika River, which is a nature reserve with mountain waterfalls, and Mount Jebel Yagur with prehistoric cave paintings.
The administrative division of the city is well demonstrated by a detailed map of Marrakech. The city is divided into three districts - Marrakesh-Medina, Marrakesh-Minara and Sidi-Youssef bin Ali and 36 districts. Also in the city, the division between Medina (the old part of the city) and the New City is preserved.
The main way to travel around the city are buses and taxis. Marrakech has an international airport and a train station, which is well shown by the map of Marrakech.
Marrakech will delight you with many interesting places and its attractions.
A map of Marrakech with landmarks is located in the Map tab, under the Places section. This service will help you better plan future routes and will serve as a good guide for your trip.