Sitting near the foothills of the snow covered Atlas Mountains, ‘Marrakech’ owes its name to the Berber words mur (n) akush, which translates as ‘Land of Gods’ in English. After Casablanca and Rabat, it is Marrakech’s third largest city. Marrakech has two distinct parts; Medina and Gueliz or Ville Nouvelle. Medina is the historical city. A number of local shops and intertwining passages bestow Medina with its unique brand of charm. Gueliz is like an alter ego of Medina. This swanky European district has all the trappings of modernism like famous branded stores and well known restaurant and fast food chains.

Top Tourist Spots in Marrakech

Marrakech is crammed full of compelling attractions. There are enough sightseeing gems to ensure a pleasantly packed schedule. Beyond the city, favourite tourist tracks include Middle Atlas Mountain tours famed for the Beni Mellal waterfalls, and the Ourika and Draa River valleys. Here is a list of some of the hottest crowd pullers.

  • Djemaa El-Fna
  • The Souks
  • Koutoubia Mosque
  • Saadian Tombs
  • Majorelle GardensMajorelle
  • Dar Si Saïd Museum
  • Ben Youssef Madrassa
  • El Bahia
  • El Badi Palace
  • The Menara gardens
  • The Medina
  • Hammams

Shopping attractions in Marrakech

The shopping experience alone makes Marrakech a winning destination. Priceless antiques, contemporary art works, exquisite hand crafted pottery and couture kaftans are some of the must buy items of Marrakech. Bargaining is a way of life in the bustling souks and the vendors simply flood the shopaholic with overwhelming attention. Seasoned bargainers even walk away with unbelievable deals. However, shopping in Marrakech is not just about souks. Those looking for vanity shopping would be spoilt for choice at the Gueliz area. It is noteworthy that most of the smaller shops are closed down on Friday afternoons and Sundays. Before setting off on your souvenir hunting expedition, it is advisable to gather an idea about prices from the government operated Ensemble Artisanal.

Eating Out in Marrakech

Marrakech has plenty to offer the gourmet. For a taste of unique Moroccan cuisines, it is best to take your cue from the locals and tuck into the delectable fare dished out by the food stalls. Although, the food is subject to quality control, it is best exercise your own judgement on matters of hygiene. Here are some of the most preferred places for eating out in Marrakech. For upscale restaurants, one needs to head to Ville Nouvelle. Here are some of the most popular places for eating out in Marrakech.

  • Cafe Agrana
  • Cafe Alhamra
  • Cafe Mabrouk
  • Chez Chegrouni
  • Chez El Bahia
  • Earth Cafe
  • Le Marrakchi
  • Diaffa
  • Cafe Arabe
  • Delhi Place Indian restaurant

Hotels in Marrakech

Marrakech is crawling with a myriad array of accommodation facilities. Whether it’s luxurious hotels or budget guest houses, hostels and bed and breakfast places, Marrakech has something for everyone. A unique concept is staying in Riads, the local term for Moroccan houses with internal courtyards. Most of the Riads are in the Medina area. Here is a list of some of the accommodation facilities of the city.

  • Massine II
  • The Heart of the Medina backpackers hostel
  • Riad Africa
  • Riad Basma
  • Riad Cinnamon
  • Riad Dar Mimouna
  • Riad Elixir
  • Hotel Ali
  • Hotel Atlas
  • Hotel Smara
  • Hotel al Kabir
  • Hotel Ibis
  • Moroccan House Hotel
  • Villa Dar El Kanoun

Preferred Airlines to Marrakech from UK

Iberia Airlines | Air France | Lufthansa | British Airways | KLM Royal Dutch

Airports in Marrakech

The Marrakech Menara Airport is about 6kms southwest from the city centre. The airport has two terminals.

Best Time to Visit Marrakech

The correct time for visiting Marrakech differs from individual to individual. However, usually people tend to visit during the spring, early summer and autumn months. March, April, May, September, and October are amongst the most climatically conducive months for visiting the destination. Marrakech winters are quite mild, while the peak summer months are pretty intense.

Transport in Marrakech

Public buses prove to be a cheap mode of transport. Taxis are available as well and do not prove too expensive. Those looking for flexibility can hire cars. However, it is unadvisable to try driving on your own. Walking is the best way to traverse short distances.

There are local buses, charming vintage era trams, and a free central city electric shuttle as well. Besides, there are taxis as well as car and bicycle hires. Another option is to hire a campervan or motor home.

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