Marrakesh Travel Guide
" Everything you need to know before traveling to Marrakesh"
Marrakesh or Marrakech is the fourth largest city of Morocco that also used to be the capital of the country for some time. This city is located southwest of Rabat, the current capital of the country. It is a historic and ancient part of the country in the northwestern areas of Africa. The locals of this land are known as the Berber people. The Berber people have been farming in the area ever since the Neolithic period, but the city itself was not formed until the 11th century. As soon as it turned into a city, it became a fortified capital of the country that was famed for its beautiful red walls.
Marrakesh remained the capital and an Islamic center for the locals for several centuries, but this did not last. What still exists are the iconic and beautiful red walls, the rich history and the course of the city’s development, and a heritage that was once a safe haven for Sufi pilgrims. More than that, it is an exotic traveling destination in the northern parts of Africa and near Spain. You will find a lot of French influence in the history of this place and the entire country, as Morocco was once a protectorate of France. This influence remained for several decades, which is also one of the aspects of their unique history.
Local Name مراكش (Marrakesh/ Marrakech)
Population (2018) 928,850
Time Zone UTC+1 (CET)
Area Code +212-44
Why Visiting Marrakesh?
For starters, a country like Morocco has a rich heritage and numerous sites for tourists to visit. The prime of these places in Marrakesh is the walled city or the Medina. It is a great trip into history with narrow streets and old buildings as well as the old mosque. If it sounds like various other ancient Muslim cities around the world, wait until you see the red color of the walls and smell the air of the Medina.
The color and smell of the historic areas and neighborhoods are mostly related to the unique lands around the city of Marrakesh. Several deserts and highlands near the red city are also among the places that are suitable for exploring. Some tourists travel to these natural areas for safaris into the desert or the mountains.
More on the land itself, the entire region is mostly hot and dry, which is something new for most European travelers. The sun is primarily attractive for people coming from cloudy countries. The hot weather causes this destination to be an all-year destination.
Additionally, each nation comes with its own culture and amazing people. Morocco is the same, with Marrakesh as one of its must-visit destinations. The locals, despite the differences in religious beliefs, always offer a warm welcome to visitors.
While learning the culture, also keep an eye out for the tasty cuisine of the country. Some of the streets of the Median and other regions are amazing to seek some delicious local foods and snacks. The markets and public areas are not always the cleanest options, but among them, there are always good places to try new things. And while having their food, it is a good idea to ask the recipe.
So far, all of the reasons included the culture and history of the nation. Beyond the rich heritage, there is the modernity of Marrakesh and its nightlife that attract many travelers. Modernity is not always the top subject here, but the developments have made this destination a luxurious one. It is an amazing place to have fun and seek out nightclubs all over the city.
Luxurious and modern, with a touch of traditional architecture. The city of Marrakesh is a favorite of the French and numerous other countries because of just how beautiful and exotic it is.
What to See in Marrakesh
- Agdal Gardens
- Almoravid Koubba
- Bab Agnaou
- Bahia Palace
- Ben Youssef Mosque
- Casino de Marrakech
- Chameau Marrakech
- Church of the Holy Martyrs
- Comptoir des Mines Galerie
- Cyber Park
- Dar El Bacha
- Dar Si Said
- David Bloch Gallery
- Eden Aquapark Marrakech
- El Badii Palace
- El Mouassine Mosque
- El Palmeral Marrakech
- Ensemble Artisinal Marrakech
- Excursion Imlil Valley
- Excursiones desde Marrakech
- Farid Belkahia Foundation
- Hammam De La Rose – Marrakech
- House of Photography in Marrakech
- Jardín de la Menara
- Jardin Majorelle
- Jemaa el-Fna
- Le Grand Casino La Mamounia
- Le Jardin Secret
- Les Jardins de La Koutoubia
- Les palais de bab atlas
- marrakesh museum
- Matisse Art Gallery
- Medina of Marrakesh
- Menara Gardens
- Moroccan culinary arts muséum
- Moulay el Yazid Mosque
- Musée Berbère Jardin Majorelle
- Musee Boucharouite
- Musée de la palmeraie, Art contemporain et nature
- Musée MACMA
- Musée Tiskiwin Marrakech
- Museum of mouassine Douiria Derb el Hammam
- Noria Golf Club Marrakech
- PalmGolf Marrakech, Ourika
- Palmiya Fun and Water Land
- Palooza Land
- Parque Lalla Hasna
- Place des Ferblantiers
- Quartier Des Tanneurs
- Red Beach
- Royal Palace
- Saadien’s Tombs
- Shrob ou shouf fountain
- Slat Al Azama Synagogue
- Souk Haddadine – Lampshades, lanterns
- The Moroccan Doors Souk el Khemis
- The Orientalist Museum of Marrakech
- Trek Atlas Desert
- Viajes Amazigh Marruecos –
- Excursiones y circuitos por Marruecos
- Waky Marrakech
- Water Museum
- Yves Saint Laurent Museum
Best Time to Visit Marrakesh
Morocco is a country with all four seasons, but the timing and the duration may change from time to time. The city of Marrakesh is the same as the whole country, but it is also one of the places that are hotter than the rest of the country. Since the climate changes drastically, the more suitable times of the year are Spring and Autumn. The Summer is just too hot and the Winter too cold.
- Temperature: 10.8°C (51.44°F) – 28.2°C (82.76°F)
- Features: Spring may be the best time of the year as the environment is coming to life and the weather improves. The cold of the Winter is replaced with suitable air for exploring all the sites and surrounding natural areas. The sunshine can make the days a little hot, but it is nothing unbearable. There are just the occasional rains that will not stop you from having a good time.
- Recommendation: Join in on the fun and excitement of the spring events. The traditional celebrations are just as fun as going to clubs and visiting sites. This time of year is ideal for anything you want to do inside or outside the city limits. It is better to go on a desert safari during this season and Autumn.
What to wear?
You have to prepare for the sun and occasional rains. Wear something to respect the religious values of the locals and still remain cool. Shirts covering most of the skin are good, and women can wear long skirts as long as it covers the knees. Other than that, have sunscreen lotions with you in case the sun gets too hot. Having an umbrella may also be useful for the Spring Rains.
Summer (June – August)
- Temperature: 19.1°C (66.38°F) – 37.9°C (100.22°F)
- Features: Hot as hell would be the best way to describe Summer in Marrakesh. There is almost zero rain in the Summer, so it is also very dry. Going to the desert is a suicide, and it is better to stay indoors if you plan to travel in Summer. But for some reason, this time of year is the peak season of Marrakesh. The hotels will be expensive, and the sun will be cruel.
- Recommendation: If Summer is the only time you have for visiting Marrakesh, make sure to stay hydrated. Do not stay for long hours under the sun either. It is better to stay within the city and the heritage sites. It is possible to make plans and have fun, but the city will be too crowded and expensive.
What to wear?
While respecting the local community, it would be wise to wear something light and cool that also covers your skin. This will protect your skin from the sun, but the heat may be too much to bear.
Autumn (September – November)
- Temperature: 9.7°C (49.46°F) – 32.9°C (91.22°F)
- Features: September begins with a little heat, but it will cool down as time goes by. The best weather after Spring is found in these months, but nature is beginning to fade as it goes closer to Winter. A little bit of rain is also expected, but nothing that will bother the traveling experience.
- Recommendation: The temperature is more tolerable, but it can get too cold near Winter. It is best to explore most of the natural areas during October and spend the rest of the season indoors. It is cheaper at this time of year, therefore finding a suitable place to stay is easy. Sampling the local cuisine is also ideal.
What to wear?
In early September, it would be better to stick to the clothing recommendations of Summer. Cool and light clothing with sunglasses and sunscreen. In October, it would be like Spring, only slightly cooler. But in November, it is best to have a jacket or coat to prepare for some early cold of the Winter.
Winter (December – February)
- Temperature: 5.2°C (41.36°F) – 24.9°C (76.82°F)
- Features: It is not cheaper than Autumn but much colder at night. It is not as hot as the Summer, but the sun will still bring a lot of heat. The crowds of tourists will also still be around during Winter. Rain is also a possibility, which makes it possibly the worst time of the year for traveling in terms of the weather.
- Recommendation: Booking in advance means you will find all the possible good offers of the season. Planning for the weather will also mean you will have a pleasant time despite the harsh weather. Staying indoors and exploring the city and the old city in Marrakesh would be the best historic visit. Enjoying the modernity of this city is also something good during Winter. Stay away from the desert as it is very hot during the day and extremely cold at night.
What to wear?
Something cool and free is recommended during daylight hours. During the night, it can get so cold that a jacket or coat may not be enough. There are also cool winds to consider, so keep your warm clothes around for the windy days.
How Long To Stay?
A quick visit to Marrakesh is possible in a single day with a guide. But a better experience requires two or three days for more exploring and enjoying the heritage sites. If you want to try everything, including the best foods in the city, four days would be enough. Anything more depends on your tastes entirely; and how much you enjoyed the city.
Things to do in Marrakesh
Marrakesh is mostly a dry and warm city that is awesome for its culture and heritage sites. The old textures and areas of the city are ideal for walking around and discovering their history and heritage. Additionally, this part of the country is known to have kind people, even if their religious beliefs may not match yours. See the streets, meet the people and above all, enjoy their architecture and art.
Walk Around the Medina and Explore on Foot
One of the best things to do in Marrakesh would be to explore the old city or the Medina. The things that make this part of the city so exotic are the traditional texture, the narrow streets, souks, and the colors of the Medina. It is as if stepping into the past, and the busy streets and alleys suddenly smell and feel different. Wonder around the Median, see the red walls, and then go shopping in one of the best places to go exploring. Wear suitable walking shoes, have some water, and make sure to have a map to avoid getting lost.
Stay in a Traditional Riad
While doing the best things to do in Marrakesh, it would be wise to reside in a Traditional Riad. The usual hotels and resorts are all fine, but the experience of spending the nights in a marvelous traditional structure is part of the fun in this city. The unique architecture and art of this historic city can be seen up close within the walls of the Riads. These traditional Riads are decorated with local colors and styles. These Riads can be simple traditional places or look like luxury hotels that mix modern facilities with traditional designs. While exploring the traditional part of this country, staying in a Riad is the best place to spend the night.
Marvel at the Beauties of Bahia Palace
Bahia Palace is a grand and marvelous structure in Marrakesh is a must-see site of the 19th century. The palace is mostly a recent building, constructed by Grand Vizier Bou Ahmed to be the most beautiful and the greatest of its kind. The name Bahia Palace, therefore, means “Beautiful Palace,” which is fitting. While doing the best things in this city, be sure to explore this building as well. Even if most of it is off-limits, the parts that can be seen are just magnificent. The design of the tiles, the stucco, and the guiding are just stunning.
Visit the Grand Badi Palace, Once a Marvel, Now a Ruin
Badi Palace, AKA the El Badi Palace, is the ruined remains of Sultan Ahmed el Mansour’s palace. The Badi Palace means “incomparable palace” in terms of its former grandeur, which is still visible to some extent. It is nothing like the beauties of the Bahia Palace but the Badi Palace is said to have had the best and most beautiful of the gardens in Marrakesh. The Badi Palace was constructed in the 16th century, an era of development and prosperity. But soon after it was constructed with magnificence, the country had fallen in its terrible times of decline.
The remains are stripped of their decorations for this reason. The once magnificent Badi Palace was turned into ruin, so its decoration and tilework can be used elsewhere.
Get Scrubbed Down at a Hammam (Traditional Bath House)
Among the traditional activities, try going to a traditional Hammam or bathhouse in Marrakesh. The Hammam is both a marvelous structure and a hygienic activity. Getting into a Hammam may require booking as it is one of the popular things to do in the city and one that might take a few hours. It is definitely a fun thing, and it is perfect for relaxing as you will get a message in the end. The quality can depend on the price of the Hammam, but even the budget traditional Hammam is worth a try. You can book one online or just visit one of the numerous buildings when in Marrakesh.
Visit Jardin Majorelle, One of the Best Gardens in Town
Jardin Majorelle is the stunning work of Jaques Majorelle, who also invented the Majorelle blue that is visible in the blue house in this beautiful garden. This colorful structure is something entirely different in this red and hot city, making it one of the most exotic elements of Marrakesh. The tranquility of the Jardin Majorelle makes it ideal for meditation and relaxing, away from the now bustling city outside. The architecture and art used inside the house are also good for the eyes as you walk around and enjoy the garden. Bring a good camera and spend a good amount of time in a piece of paradise!
Spend Some Time in Jemaa el-Fnaa
Jemaa El-Fnaa is one of the most famous parts of the Medina that you will absolutely visit several times during your trip. But while there, look around for street performances and the numerous cafés. Jemaa el-Fnaa might not be the ideal place to spend time for all travelers, but it has a unique vibe if you find your favorite activity. For some, Jemaa el-Fnaa is best when they just walk around, while others prefer to visit the restaurants and cafés. When walking into the Jemaa el-Fnaa, make the most of it as it might not seem like a highlight of Marrakesh.
Lose Yourself in the Souks for Buying Traditional Crafts
Going to the Souks of Marrakesh is much better than visiting the ordinary markets of the country. These Souks in the old city or Medina are the largest of all the markets in Morocco. Most travelers will just let go and explore the Souks to shop all the traditional items they can buy. That wondering around is a good idea. What is even better would be to discover the best part of each of the Souks and barter for the best souvenirs in the city. Spices and fabrics are the most favored items to buy, but there is a world to discover as soon as you enter.
See the Work Traditional Masters and Artists at Traditional Tanneries
The experience of walking into the Tanneries of Morocco is generally something interesting, especially in Marrakesh. The Tanneries there might not be the best or the largest of the country, but they are still unique in their own terms. This uniqueness is because of the styles of fashion and western influence in the city and the spectacular art of the traditional Tanneries all over the city. Visiting the Tanneries is not usually a tourist activity, but travelers do it anyway, as they are among the most picturesque places to visit in Medina.
Feel Closer to God at Ben Youssef Madrassa
Another one of the marvelous buildings of the 16th century in Marrakesh is the Ben Youssef Madrassa. Ben Youssef Madrassa or school is the largest theological college in the country and one of the beautiful sites of this historic city. The tilework and the decorations are quite eye-catching for a structure that was built to serve as a school. The Ben Youssef Madrassa was built with rooms to house about 900 students and offer them a sensation of spirituality in a place where they learn about theology. Ben Youssef Madrassa is a peaceful and marvelous heritage site of the city that any traveler must visit.
Where to Stay in Marrakesh
If you want to find a budget, mid-range, or luxury place to stay, know that all these options are available all over Marrakesh. They are not specifically found in one area, making it easy for travelers to just select where they want to stay and choose the best offers. But there are several areas with certain advantages over other areas.
Medina is the ancient part of town that offers the best highlights and numerous heritage sites. The ancient markets and bazaars are also easily found there. There are also Riads which offer a lot of options from budget to high-end. It is not the number one place that everyone should go to, but it is among the best places to stay. If you love history and walking around and exploring, Medina is the best option.
This neighborhood is old like the Medina but larger and not as ancient. The similarities do not end there, but Kasbah is mostly for people seeking a more modern texture in the old streets of Marrakesh. The same thing about the prices is also true in this part of the city, but the options are a little fewer. This may be a benefit as it also means fewer crowds of visitors. The highlights are almost very near and reachable by walking.
One of the more romantic or eye-catching parts of Marrakesh would be Gueliz. The options may be very limited for budget travelers, but mid-rangers and luxury travelers will enjoy the more modern and French influence of Gueliz.
Another beautiful place to stay is Mellah which was the old Jewish neighborhood. The difference from the Islamic areas is something nice and unique in Mellah. There are also some Jewish heritage sites nearby that are worth the visit in case you stay in this part of Marrakesh. As it is near the Medina, it means you can go around on foot and with a map. It is also a top place as it has numerous options to select from.
How to Get to Marrakesh
If your first destination in Morocco is Marrakesh, air travel is the option to select. It is also possible to get domestic flights into the city, but that would be costly. Alternatively, you can ride a train or bus from the other cities of the country. The trains can be limited, but they are just as fine as buses.
Marrakesh Menara Airport makes it possible to travel with ease. You can find a flight from almost all over the world. Some of the airlines with flights to Marrakesh are as follows:
- Royal Air Maroc
- Air Canada rouge
- Etihad Airways
- Qatar Airways
- British Airways
- Thomson Airways
- Brussels Airlines
- Vueling Airlines
The trains are mostly limited, but you can find one from Tangier and Casablanca. There are only two railways that currently exist in the city, and they will take less than 2 hours most for getting you to Marrakesh. The prices are also very reasonable, even in peak season.
Supratours and CTM are two of the national bus companies that connect most of the towns and cities of Morocco. They have good long-distance buses that are comfortable and air-conditioned. Tickets for these buses can be acquired from the bus stations around all the cities, but they can take longer hours for traveling. The shortest distance (between major cities) can take as long as 7 hours. But in terms of price, they are the cheapest and best options available.
Get Around In Marrakesh
In certain areas of Marrakesh, going around on foot is the best thing to do. This is because most of the highlights are close to each other, and there are also several traditional narrow streets. But going around on foot requires a map as the signs will be in Arabic.
One of the cheapest options for getting around in the city would be the city buses, but they are not very easy to use. They get too crowded and can be a little confusing as they never arrive on a schedule.
Alternatively, you can get the ALSA’s Tourist Bus system at a higher cost, which is much more comfortable. Tickets can be valid for one or two days, and these buses will make visiting the highlights much easier.
There are two types of taxies in Marrakesh; Petits Taxis and Grand Taxis. The Petits taxies are usually smaller and have meters. Before getting in, you will have to check the meter and the price for a ride. If the driver cannot settle on a price, leave! Grand taxis are bigger but never have a meter. These cars run in fixed routes with fixed prices. Check how much one will cost and try to negotiate politely. It is also a good idea to ask the price of traveling by taxi from the hotel.
Calèche is a horse-drawn carriage that is found all over the city. They have more room than a taxi but charge less. What you must look for in these carriage rides is a SPANA badge of honor. These badges are only given to those who treat their horse properly. If a carriage does not have one, avoid riding on it.
Flight to Marrakesh (RAK)
Marrakesh Food & Drink
The food in Marrakesh mostly includes meat and spices and a wide variety of sweets. The people love hot dishes and sweet pastries, but that does not mean they do not have their fair share of vegetable dishes and salads as well. The cuisine in Marrakesh is mostly influenced by the native Berber people, but it also has a European touch from the French and Spanish living in Morocco. Be sure to try the local dishes as they are all tasty, simple, and very healthy.
The easiest way to describe Harira, which is the number one thing you have to eat, would be to call it a soup made with meat, tomatoes, and lentil. It is seen as a light dinner and something very popular during Ramadan. Harira can be prepared with chicken, lamb, or beef along with a variety of vegetables, rice, and lentils. If you prefer your Harira soup thick, you can order an egg in the mix, which is a delightful new experience in Marrakesh.
You can walk into a restaurant and order Tagine as food, but keep in mind that the name actually belongs to the clay pot rather than the food. Tagine is a wide range of dishes that are all tasty and worth a try. They usually include meat (chicken, fish, lamb, etc.) that is slow-cooked and seasoned. The only fixed part about Tagine is slow-cooking the meat (if there is any). The possibilities are endless, but to be cautious, it is better to ask what is in the Tagine you order to avoid eating something you are allergic to.
Zaalouk is a vegetarian dish in Marrakesh that is also known as a warm eggplant salad. It is a mix of cooked eggplants with tomatoes and spices. The eggplant and tomatoes are cooked and while they are on the heat, the various types of spices are added one after another until the food becomes soft and ready to be served. When ready, it is drizzled with olive oil and eaten with bread. Just dip your bread in the bowl of tasty and tender Zaalouk and enjoy.
Couscous is fine-wheat semolina that is used as a staple part of the cuisine in Marrakesh. This odd part of their food is mostly served with meat or vegetable stews. Couscous has numerous variations with different types of nuts and herbs as additions to this simple part of the cuisine. If Couscous is cooked, it will take a form similar to pasta, but it does not nearly taste the same. Making it and learning to make it is really simple, and possible all over the city, as it is a very common side dish to eat with a meal. Be sure to give Couscous a try the next time you order a stew to experience a new type of food with roots in Berber cuisine.
Bastilla or B’stilla
Bastilla or B’stilla is like several layered pastries with meat that is topped with toasted nuts. It is mostly savory, but you will get sweet and salty tastes in this pie as well. The meat is used inside as a filling after being shredded, seasoned, and cooked. From the outside, the B’stilla will be a crispy pastry with several layers. Once you grab a bite, you will taste the exotic mix of ingredients and experience an entirely new meat pie! B’stilla uses chicken or pigeon meat, but it can also be made with fish. The dusting or topping of this delicious pastry depends on your taste or the chef.
If you ever find yourself sitting in a café or a calm environment or walking in the Souks of Marrakesh, you should try some of their Mint Tea. Mint Tea is perhaps the most popular drink among the locals as you can easily find it all over the city, even when in an unrelated shop. Having some Mint Tea is somewhat like a cultural activity. People drink a glass or cup of it as they talk or rest or along with their dessert no matter what it is. Some people or shopkeepers will even offer you Mint Tea as a show of respect and hospitality, which should not be turned down.
Chermoula is not a food, but it is a mix that will make your dish much tastier, especially meat dishes. The mix includes garlic, cumin, cayenne pepper, paprika, chili, saffron, parsley, and coriander. It is possible to add more to Chermoula than just these herbs and spices and then use it as a marination or dipping sauce. It is originally for fish and seafood, but Chermoula can also be used for grilling other types of meat and even vegetables. Alternatively, it can be used as a dipping sauce that is served as a side dish.
Bissara is commonly known among travelers as a fava bean soup which is very simple to prepare. Since it is easy to prepare, light, and healthy, it is mostly served for breakfast. To make Bissara, the beans are slowly cooked with onions, herbs, and spice. Once the dish is ready, it will be topped with a bit of olive oil or perhaps some lemon juice to add to the flavor. It can also be ordered as a snack or perhaps a dipping that is not very hard to make. Bissara is one of the favorite recipes for tourists that can be easily learned.
The people of Marrakesh definitely have a sweet tooth because of the numerous kinds of pastry they eat, such as the Chebakia. Chebakia is a sweet pastry covered in honey and syrup and topped with seeds. It is the number one thing to eat during Ramadan, especially with some Mint Tea. To make Chebakia, the dough is rolled and twisted like flowers or like pasta and then deep-fried. Once it is fried, it is then covered with whatever makes it extra sweet and tasty.
Fresh Fruits Juice
Fresh Fruits Juice will hit the spot under the warm sun of Marrakesh as you walk in the alleys and the Souks. More so when the Fruits Juice is cold and made with fresh local fruits. Just be careful as you order these Fruit Juices in crowded areas, as some vendors add tap water to the drink. The water can cause illnesses for travelers. Also, check the freshness of the Fruit Juice as you are selecting the right vendor for your drink.
Shopping in Marrakesh
The best shopping districts in Marrakesh
There are basically three major groups of souvenirs and top shops in Marrakesh. Some of the best shops among these three groups are as follows:
The best shop for custom-made kaftans and handmade embroidered items, the Aya’s is one of the most popular options. This shop is located in the old Jewish neighborhood of Melland.
Au Fil d’Or
Traditional kaftans and other wears of top quality are also found in the small shop called Au Fil d’Or. Embroidery is also available in this shop.
Embroidery and other wears are widely available in Laly but nothing traditional. The styles are more recent and mostly a mix of styles, both local and western.
Topolina is mostly the chic French influence that has remained in the city. For exceptional designs and great quality, this is one of the best picks.
Norya Ayron offers a full collection of all the clothing needs in style. Whatever you want can be found here, and they are all of good quality and variety.
Max & Jan
“Glam in the Medina” is what you will hear whenever you speak the name of Max & Jan. Their elegant designs are very popular among all the locals and tourists.
33 Rue Majorelle
33 Rue Majorelle makes western design clothing with a touch of the local culture, as well as some of the most beautiful houseware you can find. Decorate your house and wear only the best with the items in the 33 Rue Majorelle.
Boutique Bel Hadj
Jewelry and decorations are made with amber and silver, and they are the top works of Boutique Bel Hadj. Not many might know their name, but the Boutique Bel Hadj is one of the best picks for souvenirs.
El Abidi Nasser Eddine
Cheap to luxurious and expensive items, all kinds of jewelry are found in the El Abidi Nasser Eddine shop. Modern or traditional items along with semi-precious stones are some of the most famous things to buy here. Berber or Middle-Eastern designs are some of the favorites of this shop.
What to buy in MArrakesh
A local and natural oil that is popular among people looking for a healthy diet. Keep in mind that this is the only country with Argan Oil.
Djellaba is a unisex dress for both men and women that is both traditional and stylish. It is a really odd dress and can look very cool if you spend some time shopping for the right one.
Artisanal Soaps are items to buy for caring for your skin. They also smell amazingly as they make use of aromatic local herbs as well as Argan Oil and rosewater. Several flowers and oils mixed into a soap that will clean you and make you smell like heaven.
Buy some Mint Tea and a Tea Set to bring the Local’s hospitality back with you and share this beautiful culture. Besides that, they look very good, especially the ones made out of silver with patterns on the pot and cups.
It is impossible to visit the souks and not buy some Spice. What better to purchase other than some Spices that will make every meal taste better?
As it turns out, the people in Marrakesh are really good at making Rugs and carpets, and they have some exotic patterns. These items may be a bit problematic to bring home, but they are totally worth it. Rugs are a great way to remember a country and see their art in their works right at home.
There are so many leather crafts and different types of leather that it is hard to say which one is best. This one is up to you to choose, but make sure to enter the shops and workshops that sell these quality crafts. Making Leather is a traditional craft in this city that goes back centuries.
Marrakesh Travel Tips
You must avoid drinking from the tap water as it will cause illnesses almost all the time. Stick to bottled water to stay healthy. Additionally, if you are eating out, check what water they use for making the food. Tap water can cause tummy issues even in cooking.
The food in Marrakesh is amazing and it is one of the things you have to try. But make sure to check the freshness and quality of the ingredients. The restaurants are mostly safe, this caution is mostly for vendors and cheap eateries.
Prepare for the Heat
It is really hot in this city, and fighting the heat as well as staying hydrated is crucial. Just watch out for Ramadan. During this month, you cannot eat in public.
Watch Out for Scams
There will be numerous shop owners or stall owners that will try to lure you and sell you something. Watch out for these people as they will only see you are dollar bills. They might claim they work for your hotel or they know the best shops in town. Just politely decline their offer.
Shopping without haggling means you will buy at higher prices. If you want to go shopping, you need to practice your bargaining skills!
It is better to avoid taxis in places like the airport and tourist highlights. On a more general note, it is best to agree on the fare and the route first and get inside after that.
What to Wear
Since Morocco is an Islamic country, you will have to wear it according to their culture and beliefs. There are no laws about what you can or cannot wear, but try to respect their beliefs and wear something appropriate. This is also to avoid unwanted attention and bad attitude from the locals.
Learn Some Arabic
Learning the local language will help you significantly. It will not cause major problems, but it will help in a lot of places.
Always ask if you can take pictures, both from the locals and the heritage sites. This is for cultural and legal reasons.
Always Have Cash
It is essential to carry enough money with you as credit cards may not work in all places. But also, get as much cash as you will need. Having more of the local currency than you need can also be problematic.
Stay in a Riad
Some of the best places to stay are actually the Raids, not the hotels! They are both beautiful and have suitable facilities, much like hotels.
Have a Guide in Your First Time
You will not have problems without a guide, but having one will help you avoid scams and learn about the people and culture. They are also very useful for maneuvering the streets.
Have a Map or Use Google Maps
Having a map is very important, especially in the traditional parts of the city.
Alcohol can be found in tourist restaurants and hotels, but since it is a Muslim country, it will cost a lot. More than that, you should not drink outside. The locals will not act politely if they see this.
Having your own Toilet Paper will be useful in most places as they might not have any.
Foreign Embassies & Consulates in Marrakesh
|Belgian Honorary Consulate in Marrakech, Morocco|
|Address||Palmeraie Golf Palace, 40000 Marrakech, Morocco|
|Brazilian Honorary Consulate in Marrakech, Morocco|
|Telephone||(+212) 52 431 36 66 – (+212) 61 471 66 13|
|Bulgarian Honorary Consulate in Marrakech, Morocco|
|Address||424, Sidi Ghanem, Marrakech, Morocco|
|Telephone||(+212) 6 68 12 2008|
|Fax||(+212) 5 22 52 37 07|
|Chilean Honorary Consulate in Marrakech, Morocco|
|Address||3, Rue des Temples, 1st floor, 40.000 Marrakech, Morocco|
|Telephone||(+212) (524) 436.917|
|Fax||(+212) (524) 421.111|
|Ivorian Honorary Consulate in Marrakech, Morocco|
|Telephone||(+212) 537 655 637 (embassy in Rabat)|
|Danish Honorary Consulate in Marrakech, Morocco|
|Address||28, Rue Yacoub Almarini, Gueliz, Marrakech, Morocco|
|Telephone||(+212) 5 24 42 12 71 / 3|
|Fax||(+212) 5 24 42 12 74|
|Finnish Honorary Consulate in Marrakech, Morocco|
|Address||Marrakech Hôtel Meryem, 154 rue Mohammed El Bekkal, Marrakech, Morocco|
|Telephone||(+212) 524 437 063 – (+212) 661 343 247|
|Fax||(+212) 524 437 066|
|French Consulate General in Marrakech, Morocco|
|Address||Rue Camille Cabana, BP 538, 40001 Marrakech, Morocco|
|Telephone||(+212) 524 38 82 00|
|Fax||(+212) 524 38 82 33|
|email@example.com – firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Social media||Facebook www.facebook.com/consulfrance.agadir/|
|Italian Honorary Vice Consulate in Marrakech, Morocco|
|Address||2 Rue Ibn Aicha, Immeuble Bella – IV Etage, 40000 Marrakech Gueliz, Morocco|
|Telephone||(+212) 52 442 0276 – Fax(+212) 52 443 0650|
|email@example.com – firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Maltese Honorary Consulate in Marrakech, Morocco|
|Address||1 Villa 340 – Targa, 40000 Marrakech, Morocco|
|Telephone||(+212) (0) 524 497 530|
|Portuguese Honorary Consulate in Marrakech, Morocco|
|Address||Palmeraie Golf Palace, Les Jardins de la Palmeraie, Circuit de la Palmeraie, B.P. 1488 40000 Marrakech, Morocco|
|Telephone||(+212) 660 113 073|
|Fax||(+212) 524 368 799|
|Romanian Honorary Consulate in Marrakech, Morocco|
|Address||Résidence Marrakech Plaza, Immeuble D1, 3-EME Floor, Bureau n° 1, Marrakech, Morocco|
|Telephone||(+212) 524 431 449|
|Fax||(+212) 524 434 375|
|Russian Honorary Consulate in Marrakech, Morocco|
|Address||99/101, rue Yougoslavie, Guéliz, Marrakech, Morocco|
|Spanish Honorary Consulate in Marrakech, Morocco|
|Address||c/o ASSL Tours Travel Agency, Rue Loubnane, Résidence Ben Fatih, 3|
|Guéliz – Marrakech 40.000, Morocco|
|Telephone||(+212) 5 24 44 61 66|
|Fax||(+212) 5 24 44 61 66|
|email@example.com (embassy in Rabat)|
|Swedish Honorary Consulate in Marrakech, Morocco|
|Address||2, Rue Imam Ali, 40020 Marrakech, Morocco|
|Telephone||(+212) 5 24 44 75 28|
|Turkish Honorary Consulate in Marrakech, Morocco|
|Address||30 Résidence Yamama Issil, Marrakech, Morocco|
|Telephone||(+212) 661 43 78 06|
|British Honorary Consulate in Marrakech, Morocco|
|Address||47 Avenue Mohamed V, Gueliz, Boulevard Abdelkrim Al Khattabi, Marrakech, Morocco|
|Telephone||(+212) 537 63 33 33 – (+212) 524 42 08 46|
|UKinMorocco.firstname.lastname@example.org (embassy in Rabat)|
Some travelers would advise on making the exchange into the local currency of Moroccan Dirham (MAD) online and rely on your apps. This would require access to the internet and more. Worse case scenario, if you have nothing and need some cash, the first option would be the Marrakesh Menara Airport. There are ATMs at the arrival hall that will enable the exchange into MAD easily. This way you will have enough cash to enter the city and decide on your options.
The ATMs will offer the best and most accurate rates. But they usually have a service charge.
- Address: Avenue abdelkrim El Khettabi, Marrakech
- Phone: + 212 (0)24 434 561
- Opening hours: Daily 09:30 – 16:00
- Address: Avenue de Mohamed VI, Marrakech
- Phone: + 212 (0)24 430 101
- Opening hours: Daily 08:15 – 16:00
- Address: Rue Mohammed El Beqal, Marrakech
- Phone: + 212 (0)24 448 905
- Address: Boulevard Zerktounin, Marrakech
- Address: 59 rue de Yougoslavie, Marrakech Maroc
- Phone: + 212 (0)24 448 702
- Opening hours: Daily 10:00 – 16:00
- Address: 35 boulevard Zerktouni Marrakech
- Phone: + 212 (0)24 448 109
- Opening hours: Daily 08:00 – 16:00
- Address: Rue Moulay Ismaïl Marrakech
- Phone: + 212 (0)24 442 188
- Opening hours: Daily 08:00 – 16:00
Credit du Maroc
- Address: 215 Boulevard Mohammed V, Marrakech
- Phone: + 212 (0)24 434 851
- Opening hours: Daily 09:00 – 16:00