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    Marrakech – a brief overview

    Marrakech is a city with a population of just under a million in southwestern Morocco, within sight of the usually snow-capped Atlas Mountains. It is one of Morocco’s four imperial cities, along with Fez, Meknes und Rabat. As such, Marrakech is also one of the country’s tourist attractions. As an ensemble, the medina (old town) with its ocher-colored buildings – the Kouboubia Mosque and the Medersa Ben Youssef, among others – and central Djemaa El Fna marketplace, is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Oriental fantasies become reality here: Amid an ocean of vibrant colors and craft stalls, water sellers and snake charmers ply their trade and – in the evening hours especially – the air is filled with the tantalizing aromas of spicy snacks and merguez sausages. Just a five-minute drive and yet seemingly a journey in time away from here are Gueliz and Hivernage, the new town districts with their shopping malls and broad avenues. Marrakech possesses a fascinating variety of architecture, culture and culinary styles, so it’s hardly surprising that this trendy city is one of the most popular travel destinations in the Maghreb.

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    The sunlight enhances the radiantly bold Majorelle Blue of the buildings in the Jardin Majorelle.
    The sunlight enhances the radiantly bold Majorelle Blue of the buildings in the Jardin Majorelle.

    Djemaa El Fna

    Djemaa El Fna
    Marrakech
    Morocco
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    This fascinating square is the undisputed center of Marrakech – it is the heart of the Medina quarter and the meeting point for tours of the historic old town. It is a place for shopping, eating and entertainment. Street food vendors begin setting up their stalls in the late afternoon and the area is full of the hustle and bustle of street artists and traders at (almost) all hours.

    Koutoubia Mosque

    Medina Djemaa El Fna
    Marrakech
    Morocco
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    The minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque, which is 77 meters high, is an iconic Marrakech landmark. Non-Muslims are not permitted to enter the mosque, but it is still worth a trip to marvel at the traditional twelfth century Islamic-Moroccan architecture. Right next to it is the Arsat Moulay Abdeslam Cyber Park, where visitors may be surprised to discover the public touch-screen kiosks that are dotted around the well-maintained green space.

    Bahia Palace

    Avenue Imam El Ghazali
    Marrakech
    Morocco
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0830 – 1200 and 1430 –1800

    This large complex, which dates back to the late nineteenth century, is a classic example of Moorish palatial architecture. There are more than 160 rooms, and although they are unfurnished, they convey a sense of the palace’s original splendor. It features mosaics, carvings, paintings on beech and cedar wood, artistically designed marble tiles and stucco.

    Ben Youssef Madrasa

    Rue Assouel
    40000 Marrakech
    Morocco
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900 – 1900 Uhr (Apr – Sept)
    Daily 0900 – 1800 Uhr (Oct – Mar)

    This was once the largest Koranic school in the Arab Maghreb, able to hold up to 900 students at a time. Here, ornaments typically found in Muslim religious buildings, such as arabesques and calligraphic elements, can be seen in all their glory. A tip: It is best to visit early in the day, as later it can often get very crowded.

    Jardin Majorelle

    Rue Yves Saint Laurent
    Marrakech
    Morocco
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800 – 1800 Uhr (Mai – Sept)
    Daily 0800 – 1730 Uhr (Oct – April)

    This wonderful complex was created by the French painter Jacques Majorelle (1886–1962). He mixed the specific shade of deep blue, Majorelle Blue, that still permeates the gardens to this day. In 1980, fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé purchased and restored the gardens, which had become overgrown. The site is also home to the Musée Berbère, a museum about the cultural history of the Berbers, which is well worth a visit.

    Musée Yves Saint Laurent

    Rue Yves Saint Laurent
    Marrakech
    Morocco
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    Opening times:
    Thu – Tue 1000 – 1800

    This museum was opened in 2017 and is right next to the Jardin Majorelle. It belongs to the “Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent.” The permanent exhibition features items belonging to the designer, such as atelier worksheets, patterns and canvas models. The temporary exhibitions cover topics ranging from anthropology to current fashion, and the majority of the fashion exhibits are by Moroccan artists.

    Musée de l’Eau Aman

    Route de Casablanca
    Marrakech
    Morocco
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    Opening times:
    Daily 900 – 1900

    This museum showcases what modern museums have to offer. It uses touch screens, models and video installations to convey interesting facts about water and how it is used. It covers technical subject matter as well as the social and cultural aspects of water and water scarcity.

    Souks

    Medina
    Marrakech
    Morocco
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    The approximately 20-hectare bazaar of Marrakech lies at the edge of the Djemaa el Fna. Its narrow alleys offer a diverse array of traditional Moroccan goods and many traders have adapted what they offer to satisfy demand from foreign visitors. This is not the place for a quick pit-stop shopping trip – lengthy inspections of the items on offer and haggling are part and parcel of the experience.

    Maison de la Photographie

    46, Rue Souk Ahal Fassi
    400030 Marrakech
    Morocco
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    Opening times:
    Daily 930 – 1900

    What did Marrakech look like one hundred years ago? How did people live during the time of the French protectorate? The museum owns more than 8,000 historical photographs from the period between 1869 and 1960, although only a selection of these are on display at any given time. The goal of the exhibitions is to show Morocco’s diversity through the eyes of contemporary photographers.

     

    Saadian Tombs

    Rue de la Kasbah
    Marrakesch
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    Opening times:
    Daily 900 – 1645

    This necropolis was the most important Saadian burial place between approximately 1590 and 1660. When the Alaouites made Meknes the capital city in the early eighteenth century, the mausoleums and tombs were walled in and forgotten. It was not until 1917 that archaeologists rediscovered these impeccably preserved tomb structures. Today, the impressively decorative marblework and stucco of the tombs look like something from a fairy tale.

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    Country overview

    The Kingdom of Morocco is located in the northern part of Africa, between the Mediterranean, the Atlantic and the Sahara. The cities of Tangier and Casablanca are located in the densely populated coastal region, as is the country’s capital city, Rabat. Fes, Meknes and Marrakech are situated further inland. Desert or mountain landscapes account for large areas of the country. Most of Morocco’s population are Muslim Arabs but the country is also home to the Berbers and to Christian and Jewish minorities.

    Morocco has kept its traditions alive and tourists particularly enjoy the flair of the souks (markets) and medinas – such as the Medina quarter in Marrakech. Visitors also enjoy the unique atmosphere of the kasbahs in the Draa Valley. They can go hiking in the Atlas Mountains, and if they are really brave, they can ride a camel in the Sahara.

    Geography

    Morocco is located on the westernmost tip of north Africa, bordering Algeria to the east, Mauritania and the disputed territory of Western Sahara to the southwest and southeast, the Atlantic ocean to the west and the Mediterranean to the north.

    Running through the middle of the country is the Atlas mountain range. The Middle Atlas range sweeps up from the south, rising to over 3,000m (9,850ft), covered with woodlands of pine, oak and cedar, open pastureland and small lakes. The Rif Mountains run along the north coast. Often snow-covered in winter, Morocco’s mountains are home to the country’s significant indigenous Berber population.

    The long stretch of Atlantic coast down Morocco’s western side features cool breezes and long sandy beaches.

    It is separated from the mountainous region by wide swathes of fertile plains. To the north, is the Mediterranean coast, just a stone’s throw from the European continent – Gibraltar is an hour’s ferry ride away.

    In the south of the country, the Sahara is the largest desert in the world. Far from being featureless, it is dotted with fascinating traditional villages and cool oases.

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    Key facts

    Population: 35,7 millions (estimate 2017)

    Capital: Rabat.

    Language

    The official language is Arabic. Berber languages are not officially recognised even though it is the language of the country’s first inhabitants, who form a majority. French is widely spoken throughout the country, except in the northern regions where Spanish is more predominant. English is also understood, particularly in the north and major tourist destinations like Marrakech.

    Currency

    Moroccan Dirham (MAD; symbol Dh) = 100 centimes. Notes are in denominations of Dh200, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of Dh10, 5 and 1, and 50, 20, 10 and 5 centimes.

    Electricity

    127/220 volts AC, 50Hz, depending on age and location of building. Plugs usually have two round pins.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2018 – December 2019 period.

    Note:
    Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given below are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan), Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Some disruption may continue into Eid al-Fitr itself. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) may last up to several days, depending on the region.

    2018

    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2018
    Independence Manifesto Day: 11 January 2018
    Labour Day: 1 May 2018
    Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan): 15 and 16 June 2018
    Throne Day: 30 July 2018
    Oued Ed-Dahab Day: 14 August 2018
    Revolution Day: 20 August 2018
    King Mohammed IV’s Birthday: 21 August 2018
    Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice): 22 to 25 August 2018
    Fatih Muharram (Islamic New Year): 11 September 2018
    Anniversaire de la Marche Verte (Green March Day): 6 November 2018
    Independence Day: 18 November 2018
    Aid al Mawlid (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad): 21 November 2018

    2019

    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2019
    Independence Manifesto Day: 11 January 2019
    Labour Day: 1 May 2019
    Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan): 5 and 6 June 2019
    Throne Day: 30 July 2019
    Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice): 12 August 2019
    Oued Ed-Dahab Day: 14 August 2019
    Revolution Day: 20 August 2019
    King Mohammed IV’s Birthday: 21 August 2019
    Fatih Muharram (Islamic New Year): 1 September 2019
    Anniversaire de la Marche Verte (Green March Day): 6 November 2019
    Aid al Mawlid (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad): 10 November 2019
    Independence Day: 18 November 2019

    All information subject to change.

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    The Red City’s finest riads

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    Riads are to Marrakech what coffee houses are to Vienna.  A riad (Arabic for garden) is a traditional Moroccan town house, often even a mansion, with a central inner courtyard and garden, and an example of magnificent architecture.

    The design of the idyllic rooms inside harks back to the style of Roman villas, offering the family a private sphere in which to relax – and above all, protection and a cool refuge during the hot summers. Today, most of these buildings have been turned into hotels. We introduce you to some of the finest riads in Marrakech.

    Riad Yasmine

    209, Rue Ank Jemel Bab Taghzout
    Marrakech
    Morocco
    Tel. +212-52/443 37 12
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    Alice and Gabriel, both originally from southern France, took over the Riad Yasmine in 2015, refurbished and redecorated it, and transformed it into an urban jungle at the heart of the medina, the old town of Marrakech. The eight rooms of this boutique hotel await guests with a cheerful atmosphere thanks to their harmonious colors and designs. The central attraction of this riad is the pool with its shimmering, dark-green tiles.

    Dar Cherifa

    8, Derb Chorfa Lakbir
    Mouassine
    Marrakesh
    Morocco
    Tel. +212-52/442 64 63
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-2300,
    Wednesdays 1000-1900

    Literary café, art gallery and event space – the Dar Cherifa, in the middle of the souks in the medina, is a jewel worthy of discovery. Restored in 2000, this riad dates from the 16th century and features filigree wood carvings and stucco. This is a great place to experience a taste of Moroccan culture: concerts, readings, exhibitions and also culinary delights. The exquisite menu here includes Arabian-Andalusian and traditional, regional cuisine.

    Riad Demeures d’Orient

    10, Arset Ben Nasser
    Riad Laarous
    Marrakech
    Morocco
    Tel. +212-52/438 12 00

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    Oriental ambience, luxury and spa pleasures – all perfectly brought together in this modern riad built in 2009, which doubles as a hotel and a wellness oasis. On its 1000 palm-fringed square meters, guests can look forward to pure relaxation and an impressive pamper program. The rooms and suites are arranged around the riad’s spacious patio and the pool at its center. Bathed in candlelight after nightfall, it creates the perfect atmosphere for romantic dining in various spots within the riad.

    Riad Palais Donab

    53, Dar El Bacha Bab Doukkala
    Marrakesh
    Morocco
    Tel. +212-52/444 18 97
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    Live and dine like a king – this five-star hotel, which has frequently been hailed as one of the most beautiful palaces in Morocco, stands right next door to one of the country’s royal palaces. The Riad Palais Donab features elements of Hispanic architecture and a thoroughly majestic, oriental atmosphere. The minaret of Koutoubia Mosque and even the snow-covered peaks of the Atlas Mountains are visible from its terraces. The 18th-century riad, which was converted into a hotel complete with spa and hammam in 1980, offers guests a swimming pool with traditional mosaics, traditional Moroccan fare at its restaurant, and two bars, one of them with live piano entertainment for guests in the evening.

    Medersa Ben Youssef

    Rue Assouel
    40000 Marrakech
    Morocco
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1900 (April–September)
    Daily 0900-1800 (October–March)

    Today a museum, this former Koran school at the heart of the medina was founded in the mid-14th century. The school closed in 1960 and the building was opened to the public. The large inner courtyard with its marble tiles and majestic fountain are a sight to be seen. Visitors can also admire the architecture of those bygone days, featuring Moorish-style influences with their typical arabesques, pillars and walls decorated with tile mosaics, a variety of stucco ornaments and cedarwood beams with intricate carvings.

    La Maison Arabe

    1, Derb Assehbé
    Marrakech
    Morocco
    Tel. +212-52/438 70 10
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    The “Arabian House” in the media is a magical luxury hotel. Its restaurant, Les Trois Saveurs, serves French, Moroccan and Asian cuisine. The hotel also offers a cooking course for guests eager to pick up some culinary trips from the chefs.

    Riad Almaha

    55, Derb Ben Zina
    La Kasbah
    Marrakech
    Morocco
    Tel. +212-52/438 67 82
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    The Riad Almaha has its own restaurant and its own library, and is located in the middle of the kasbah. Traditional song performed by Moroccan artists welcomes guests in the inner courtyard. The atmosphere inside the building is far more intimate: There are rooms with their own small pools on the roofs, true oases of relaxation. The building combines traditional Moroccan craftsmanship with contemporary elements. The riad can also be booked for celebrations, such as weddings and birthdays.

    Riad El Fenn

    Derb Moullay Abdullah Ben Hussain
    Bab El Ksour
    Medina
    Marrakech
    Morocco
    Tel. +212/524 44 1220
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    This boutique hotel with its beautiful orangery has two pools, one in the inner courtyard and one on the roof offering an exceptional view over the entire city. Berber tents on the rooftop terrace provide shelter from sun and wind. The hotel also has its own cinema, a library, a spa area and shops selling select regional products. The restaurant and cocktail bar deserve a special recommendation.

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    Restaurants in Marrakech

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    The culinary traditions of France, the nomadic Arab peoples, Middle Eastern Jews and of Andalusians have all left their mark on the menus of Moroccan restaurants. The national dish is tagine — a casserole containing meat, vegetables, a spiced sauce and saffron. It is cooked in an earthenware dish, which is also called a tagine.

    Good restaurants offering reasonably priced meals can be found all over the city, although the locals prefer the simpler establishments in the Medina quarter. Restaurants in the Ville Nouvelle (new town) area generally have à la carte menus and the prices are somewhat higher. In the evening, it is well worth visiting the Djemaa el Fna, where street food vendors offer a great way to explore Morocco’s culinary delights. They start serving from 5 pm.

    Dar Zellij

    1 Kaa Essour
    Sidi ben Slimane
    Marrakech
    Morocco
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    Price: Luxurious

    This restaurant is in a beautifully restored Riad building, and it offers traditional Moroccan cuisine. The warm colors of the sophisticated decor add to the luxurious atmosphere. It is worth allowing plenty of time to enjoy the menu – ideally a whole evening!

    Pepe Nero

    17 Derb Cherkaoui
    Douar Graoua
    Marrakech
    Morocco

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    Price: Luxurious

    In this palace building in the historic old town, chef Khalid Robazza Essafa and his team serve up Italian-Moroccan fusion cuisine. The restaurant is very popular with the city’s young hipsters, so booking a table is recommended.

    I Limoni

    40 Diour Saboun
    Marrakech
    Morocco
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    Price: Moderate

    This Mediterranean-Italian restaurant is named after the little lemon trees in its interior courtyard. Guests sit in wicker chairs in the peaceful, cool space next to a bubbling fountain, while enjoying delicacies such as tagine and couscous, pasta, sandwiches or salad.

    Earth Café

    Derb Zawak
    Riad Zitoun Kedim
    Marrakech
    Morocco
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    Price: Moderate

    This vegetarian cafe in the Medina quarter starts serving food at 11 am. The ingredients all come from the cafe’s own farm in the Haouz valley. The restaurant also has a small shop selling products such as argan oil and hand-made soaps.

    Pâtisserie Al Jawda

    11 Rue de la Liberté
    Marrakech
    Morocco
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    Price: Budget

    This little patisserie in Guéliz has an excellent reputation – and rightly so. Madame Alami’s shop sells an overwhelming range of sweet pastries, confectionery and jams.

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    Hotels in Marrakech

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    Marrakech offers a wide range of options for accommodation, including cheap dormitory rooms in hostels near to the Djemaa el Fna, hotels that belong to international chains and luxurious boutique hotels in lovingly restored Riad buildings.

    Villa des Orangers

    6 Rue Sidi Mimoun
    Marrakech
    Morocco
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    Category: Luxurious

    The furnishings in the rooms and lounges of this fantastic city center hotel are old-fashioned but they offer modern standards of comfort. Ornaments made of dark wood and well-placed marble elements create a dignified ambience. Guests have access to three patios and a garden pool.

    Les Deux Tours

    Douar Abiad
    Circuit de la Palmeraie
    Marrakech
    Morocco
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    Category: Luxurious

    This complex, which has Arab-Andalusian-style architecture, is nestled in a palm grove (the Palmeraie) slightly outside the city center. The rooms are light and spacious, offering modern luxury. The on-site spa and fitness facilities are a welcome extra. The hotel has two excellent restaurants.

    Dar les Cigognes

    22 Rué de Berima
    Marrakech
    Morocco
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    Category: Moderate

    This hotel is part of the Sanssouci Collection chain and it is located near the Royal Palace in the Medina quarter. The building was formerly a merchant’s house, and its colorful wooden ceilings have been lovingly and faithfully restored. It is an example of traditional Moroccan elegance from the colonial period. Guests have access to an incredible roof garden.

    Riad 11 Zitoun

    Riad Zizoun Laktim
    11 Derb Lakdar
    Marrakesh
    Marocco
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    Category: Moderate

    Careful thought has been given to the decor and furnishings of this stylishly renovated Riad building, where guests are made to feel at home. The Djemaa el Fna and the Medina quarter are just a few minutes’ walk away. As well as being able to make lunch and dinner reservations, guests can also book yoga classes on the roof terrace.

    Riad Ta'achchaqa

    Sidi Abdelaziz
    19 Derb Ouayhah
    Marrakech
    Morocco
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    Category: Budget

    Despite the central location of this small guesthouse, once the heavy entrance doors close behind you, you can barely hear the hustle and bustle of the Medina quarter. Good, simple rooms at sensible prices.

     

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    Nightlife in Marrakech

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    The majority of Marrakech’s nightlife is found in the city’s Ville Nouvelle (new town) area. The Guéliz district around Avenue Mohammed V and the southern end of Avenue Mohammed VI is home to a whole host of clubs and bars, which are open into the small hours at weekends.

    The Hivernage district boasts some particularly classy establishments. If you don’t want to spend a long time finding evening entertainment, why not go to one of the stylish bars that are part of almost all the luxury hotels?

    Grand Café de la Poste

    Boulevard el Mansour Eddahbi
    Marrakech
    Morocco
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    This fantastic art deco cafe is reminiscent of a traditional Parisian brasserie. Guests look out over the post office, which gave the cafe its name. Here you can drink tea or alcoholic drinks while having a relaxed chat with friends.

    Kechmara

    Rue de la Liberté 3
    Marrakech
    Morocco
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    The glass facade ensures that people who drink at this bar can see and be seen. A hub for the hip from around the world, it has the look and feel of a 1970s club. The burger menu, on the other hand, caters to a diverse range of modern tastes. A DJ plays on Wednesday nights.

    Pacha

    Zone hôtelière de l'Aguedal
    Boulevard Mohamed VI
    Marrakech
    Morocco
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    You can now visit Pacha clubs in places as far-flung as Ischgl in the Austrian Alps and Marrakech! Although this Pacha club is as stylish as you would expect, it isn’t so exclusive that you won’t have a chance of getting in. You can expect to see some sensational outfits.

    Théâtro

    Rue Ibrahim El Mazini
    Marrakech
    Morocco
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    This club is part of the Es Saadi luxury hotel, which also has its own casino. If you want to dance through the night in classy surroundings, this is the place for you.

    Le Palace

    Angle Avenue Echouhadda/ Rue Chaouki
    Marrakech
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    This elegant restaurant in Hivernage also has its own cocktail bar and a club that mostly plays electronic dance music. Formal attire requested.

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    Marrakech Marathon

    January 2019
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    Location: Starts and finishes on the Avenue de la Menara

    Each year, more than 8,000 participants sign up to run in this city marathon. The race passes through the Medina quarter and the Palmeraie (palm grove). The day’s events also include a half marathon and a race for children.

    1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair

    February 2019
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    Location: La Mamounia Palace, Avenue Bab Jdid

    Until now, 1-54 art fairs have only been held in New York and London but in 2018, one is held in Marrakech for the first time. Works of art from all over Africa are exhibited and traded. The program of events also includes film screenings and concerts. Free entry on both days.

    Festival National des Arts Populaires

    June 2018
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    Location: Palast El Badi, Théâtre Royal and other locations in Marrakech

    At these festivals, you can learn about the rich diversity of Moroccan folklore. Dance groups and musicians from all over the country show off their talents, including Berbers from the High Atlas mountain range and Gnawas – black mystics from Essaouira. The famous Mahgreb exhibitions of horsemanship – known as fantasias – are also spectacular.

    Oasis Festival

    14 – 16 September 2018
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    Location: Fellah Hotel, Route de L’Ourika

    Although this electronic dance music festival has only been on Marrakech’s events calendar for a few years, it is already well-known around the world. Artists and guests come from all over the world to dance and chill while enjoying the view of the Atlas Mountains.

    Festival International du Film de Marrakech

    2 – 10 December 2018
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    Location: Palais de Congrès and cinemas in Marrakech

    This festival took place for the first time in 2001 and is now an annual event. Documentaries and feature films are screened during the competition. The event also includes visits from famous actors and directors, as well as a diverse fringe program.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Telephone

    Dialing code: +212

    Telephone

    In Morocco, phone calls are made in “Téléboutiques” (private telephone offices). To make a call, you can purchase a pre-paid card. This is a much more convenient option than coin-operated telephones, which do not give change and will not usually return dirham coins once they have been inserted.

    Mobile Telephone

    Mobile phones & Internet access in built-up areas at least, Morocco has comprehensive mobile network coverage. When travelling outside of large settlements – for example when in the mountain regions, in Tafilalt or on the desert dunes – travelers should expect patchy coverage. Phone calls using foreign SIM cards are expensive because roaming charges apply. It is cheaper to buy a SIM card from a Moroccan network provider. Network service providers for mobile phones and mobile internet include Maroc Télécom (Carte Jawal; iam.ma) and Orange (orange.ma). These SIM cards can also be purchased from news kiosks and cell phone shops at the airport.

    Internet Access

    There are a great many Internet cafes in Marrakech. It is worth noting, however, that the computers there have French/Arabic keyboards, which takes some getting used to. If you carry your own mobile device, you can access the Internet using the free Wi-Fi available in most tourist hotspots and in most hotels and restaurants. When using public Wi-Fi networks, it is a wise precaution to ensure encryption of all passwords, credit card details and banking credentials entered. Use of a VPN app or security software to check the safety of a hotspot is recommended.

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    Shopping in Marrakech

    All of the streets lead to the Medina quarter – after all, the exhilaration of shopping at a souk (market) is an unmissable experience for anyone visiting Marrakech. You can either allow yourself to be steered by the flow of people or you can aim for one particular souk. The stalls are grouped according to the type of craft or goods. For example, the Rue Souk Smarine is where goods such as kaftans and djellabas are sold, and artistic wool dyeing stalls are found in the Souk Attarine. If you are interested in arts and crafts but not an extended tour of the souks with all the associated haggling, you should visit the “Ensemble Artisanal,” a government-sponsored artisan cooperative on Avenue Mohammed V (near the Hotel de Ville).

    In the Ville Nouvelle (new town) area, there are modern stores and branches of international fashion brands. In Guéliz there is a shopping center called the “Carrée Eden” (carreedenshoppingcenter.com), which is just north of Place du 16 Novembre. For independent boutiques and designer stores, the best place to go is the “Quartier Industriel Sidi Ghanem.”

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    23°C / 13°C

    Best time to visit Marrakech

    The best time to visit Marrakech is from late January to mid-March or in May. At these times, the temperature is warm (around 20 degrees Celsius) but not yet oppressively hot. Snow may remain on the highland areas of the Atlas Mountains until late April. In the height of summer, when the temperatures reach up to 40 degrees Celsius, the best place to be is the cool patios of the traditional Riad buildings. You should also take into account the hot desert wind, known as the chergui.

    Climate & best time to visit Morocco

    Morocco’s climate is very diverse, varying with the season and region. In general the country has a tropical climate, with temperatures reaching as high as 35°C (95°F) and as low as 5°C (41°F) in the Sahara. The coast has a warm, Mediterranean climate tempered on the eastern coast by southwest trade winds whilst inland areas have a hotter, drier, continental climate. In the south of the country, the weather is very hot and dry throughout most of the year, though temperatures can drop dramatically at night, especially in the months of December and January.

    Rain falls from November to March in coastal areas, and the country is mostly dry with high temperatures in summer and a cooler climate in the mountains. Marrakech and Agadir enjoy an average temperature of 21°C (70ºF) during the winter.

    Owing to the relatively high winter temperatures, and summers that are dry rather than unbearably humid, Morocco is an all-year round destination. If you really want to avoid the heat, the best time to visit is during the shoulder seasons of April to May, and September to November.

     

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

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    absolute maxabsolute minØ absolute minØ absolute minrelative humidityØ precipitationdays with deposit > 1mmsunshine duration
    Jan28 °C-2 °C18 °C5 °C65 %32 mm47.1 h
    Feb34 °C-3 °C19 °C7 °C66 %38 mm47.4 h
    Mar36 °C0 °C22 °C9 °C61 %38 mm48.0 h
    Apr39 °C2 °C23 °C11 °C60 %39 mm48.5 h
    May44 °C6 °C27 °C13 °C58 %24 mm29.3 h
    Jun45 °C9 °C31 °C16 °C55 %5 mm110.5 h
    Jul49 °C12 °C36 °C19 °C47 %1 mm< 110.8 h
    Aug47 °C12 °C36 °C20 °C47 %3 mm< 110.2 h
    Sep44 °C10 °C32 °C18 °C52 %6 mm28.8 h
    Oct38 °C1 °C27 °C14 °C59 %24 mm37.9 h
    Nov35 °C0 °C22 °C10 °C62 %41 mm47.1 h
    Dec28 °C-1 °C18 °C6 °C65 %31 mm47.1 h
    year49 °C-3 °C26 °C12 °C58 %282 mm338.6 h

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Morocco’s population and culture is a blend of religious and cultural traditions, encompassing Berber, Arab, African, Mediterranean and Jewish influences. Greetings involve a handshake and friendly inquiries after health, happiness and family, and no business is discussed until after these pleasantries. Friends may tack on a cheek air-kiss or two. Moroccan chattiness makes everyday interactions more pleasant, if longer; patience and extroversion are assets. In the souks, vendors to call out to customers, joking and striking up conversations before bargaining begins. When offered tea, it’s polite to at least take a sip.

    Although casual gear is widely acceptable, wearing any clothing that reveals arms or legs is disrespectful.

    Swimsuits, shorts, sleeveless tops and clingy clothing should be confined to the beach or poolside for both men and women. Women travelling alone can expect help and friendship, but will avoid undue attention if they cover up, ideally in local garb.

    Smoking is widespread, though sometimes limited to smoking sections in restaurants. Drinking alcohol in view of a mosque is highly disrespectful and alcohol licences are expensive.

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    Health

    Water sources outside main cities and towns may be contaminated and sterilisation is advisable. Bottled water is the best bet and is available everywhere. Milk is unpasteurised, so boil before drinking. Meat and fish should be freshly cooked and served hot. Vegetables are typically served cooked. If eating fruit, try to stick to fruit that can be peeled before eating. Most produce is grown organically, without chemical pesticides or fertilisers but it’s highly likely to have been washed in unsterilized water.

    Other Risks

    Vaccinations against tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes recommended. Malaria is not present in Morocco but travellers may want to take some form of mosquito repellent to avoid bites, especially if sleeping outside. If venturing into higher altitude areas such as the mountains, take care to acclimatise first, as altitude sickness can bring on nausea and dizziness. Visitors should wear sunscreen and drink plenty of water to avoid heatstroke and sunburn.

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