Marrakech is a top tourist destination for many great reasons. You’ll find ancient ruins, sun drenched beaches, delightful souks and luxurious spas, to keep you happy and thoroughly entertained.
The climate in Marrakech is at its best during Spring, which begins in mid-March till the end of May, and during Autumn from mid-September till mid-November. Summertime is hot, and although Winters are colder, the weather is still relatively warm. The religious holiday, Eid al-Adha, which marks the end of Ramadan, is observed each year in the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. Dates, therefore vary. In January the Marathon is held, and in July the city celebrates the Festival National des Arts Populaires with a week of music, traditional dance and song. On 30th July, more festivities take place in commemoration of the Mohammed VI coronation. Parties and parades are enjoyed throughout Morocco to celebrate this occasion.
Passports need to be valid for your entire visit and should be stamped upon entry. You won’t need a visa if travelling as a tourist for less than 3 months.
The Hepatitis A, Typhus, Tetanus and Diphtheria vaccines are all recommended, although not mandatory. Avoid drinking tap water, and wash and peel your fruits and vegetables, to prevent contracting dysentery and stomach bugs.
A little knowledge of French is useful for communicating with locals.
The cost of living is cheaper in Marrakech than in the UK, and a basic meal costs around 50 MAD. Always haggle when shopping at markets for groceries and souvenirs. Food stalls, on Djemaa (the large square in central Marrakech) may charge for extras, like olives, salad and bread.
The Expressbus from the airport to central Marrakesh costs around 30 MAD and leaves every half hour. The journey takes around 15 minutes. Petit taxi services cost about 70 MAD and the journey takes around 10 to 15 minutes into the central city. Agree on a price before accepting a ride. If travelling with light luggage you can take the number 11 bus. This stops right outside the airport grounds and costs only 3.50 MAD or so. Hostels cost in the region of 60 MAD per person, and 3 star hotels might cost anywhere from 230 MAD a night. Buses are affordable with fares priced at between 2 and 5 MAD per trip. Taxis cost about 10 to 20 MAD for a 3km journey, but always haggle before getting into the car