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October 16

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On the ancient Berber language, Marrakech is called "Land of God." It is unclear whether this is actually a paradise in the world, given the strongest local heat in the summer, but it is absolutely unique in its style. Marrakech is Morocco's third largest city after Casablanca and Fez. It is located at the foot of the Atlas Mountains and a few hours from the foot of the Sahara Desert.

Marrakesh Menara Airport, RAK

Marrakech Airport is mainly for tourists. It is easiest to see the crowd here on weekends and holidays. More than half of all flights arriving here are European low-cost airlines. And most of them at the same time performs the company Ryanair.

In general, Marrakech-Menara is a very beautiful and modern airport. It looks like an openwork palace. Moreover, inside it looks like any modern and high-tech building. Moreover, the airport really contrasts strongly with historical and even ancient Marrakesh. But at the same time, they could not get rid of typical problems at the airport. Here, as in many others, there are huge lines at the customs control. And local staff can be rude and not informative enough. General cleanliness, various amenities and shops with unusual souvenirs will help to smooth out the impression.

How to get from the airport to the city center?

The airport is very close to the center which is only 6 km from the main square of Jamaa el Fna. The trip will take you only 15-20 minutes. Or you can walk at all. However, you should be careful of the sweltering heat, so it’s better to use transport.

 

Approximately every half hour, an L19 bus leaves Menara Airport. You can board it from 6 am to midnight. A one-way trip will cost you only $ 3, and you can buy a ticket directly from the bus driver. On the way, the bus makes several stops, so you will have the opportunity to get to the nearest hotel to the booked.

You can always take a taxi to the center of Marrakech. Moreover, the fare will not be so expensive. Only about 10 dollars. In this case, it is better to discuss the price in advance, so that in the end you will not be required three times the real cost.

Quick facts about Marrakech

Car rent
from $ 10 per day
Hotel booking
from $ 13 per night
Currency
MAD
Moroccan Dirham

Reference average prices in Marrakech

🌭 Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant
$ 4,13
🍕 Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course
$ 14,45
🍺 Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)
$ 3,1
🚌 One-way Ticket (Local Transport)
$ 0,41
🏠 Apartment rent per month (1 bedroom in City Centre)
$ 311

Best time to visit Marrakech

Best season to travel: March to May and September to November
Prices
Hotel from $13
Temperature
The average temperature during the year ranges from 6°C to 38°C
Precipitation
The average rainfall per year is 213 mm
Weather

Marrakech is a contrasting city in terms of temperature. In winter, it can be quite non-African cold. But in the summer there will be such heat that it is impossible to even breathe. There is practically no rainfall. So look for the most acceptable temperatures in the middle of spring and autumn.

Marrakech Sightseeings

Marrakech is divided into two separate parts: Medina, a historic city, and a new European modern area called Guélize or Ville Nouvel. Medina is a real labyrinth of narrow aisles and small shops full of delicious souvenirs. But in Gueliz, on the contrary, it is full of wide areas, modern restaurants and shops of famous world brands.

Jamaa el Fna

Jemaa el Fna is the place where the heart of Marrakesh beats. During the day, snake charmers, artists who paint henna and various other artists are buzzing in the square, and at night countless stalls with traditional lamb dishes and fresh orange juice, as well as other culinary delights open. This is the main place for tourists to help you quickly understand the features of Marrakech.

Jardin Majorelle

Jardin Majorelle is one of the most popular destinations in Morocco, created by French artist Jacques Majorelle, who spent 40 years investing his passion and creativity in this magical garden. Jardin Majorelle is ideal for those who want a break from the busy city. It is full of charming narrow paths, calm streams and more than 300 species of amazing plants.

Hammam

A visit to the hammam (local bath) usually involves undressing and enjoying a variety of activities, whether it is an exfoliating massage or swimming in the ice pool immediately after the steam room. There are several saunas in Marrakech, and the typical price for tourists is from 13 to 27 dollars. Remember to bring your towel just in case!

Koutoubia Mosque

Given the importance of mosques in Moroccan culture, Koutoubia Mosque is a must visit in the area. The largest mosque in Marrakesh, Koutoubia is not only a spiritual center, but also an example of international architecture. The beautiful 12th century minaret, setting the trend for buildings in Spain and Rabat, is an example of decorative craftsmanship, with characteristic arches and stiff proportions. A call to prayer is heard five times a day from the top of the minaret, but this does not stop tourists from enjoying the local architecture.

Dressing skin

In the northeast of the Medina there are numerous leather factories that have long become a local attraction. It is very easy to find a way here, just sniff it. Yes, the smell is far from the most pleasant, but the sight is unforgettable. And not necessarily in a good way. In such factories, people work hard for every piece of leather, from which they later sew shoes, jackets and other types of clothing.

Museums of Marrakech

The city is full of amazing museums that you need to visit with literally whole bundles. For example, Dar si Said features fantastic Moroccan architecture, including some decoration elements. The museum at Dar Menebhi Palace boasts traditional embroidery, weapons, and contemporary art. To see the historical views of the city, captured in the photo, you should visit the Maison de la Photographic. And in the new part of the city are concentrated galleries of contemporary art, where the works of local talents are presented.

What to eat in Marrakech

Meals to be tasted in Marrakesh are necessary and first of all:
B'ssara is a simple bean soup traditionally served for breakfast.
Tagine is the common name for dishes prepared in traditional clay pots. The technique is used everywhere: from first-class restaurants to roadside cafes.
Chermoula is a combination of herbs and spices used to marinate fish before grilling. Also used as a dip sauce.
Harira is a mutton, tomato and lentil soup served after sunset during the holy month of Ramadan.
Couscous is a type of wheat porridge that is served with stew from meat and vegetables. In the sweet version, it is often decorated with sweet jam with raisins or a bowl of buttermilk.
Zaalouk is smoked eggplant platter. Often served with other vegetables and bread as a snack.
B'stilla is a cake made of thin layers of dough, pigeon meat, almonds and eggs, seasoned with saffron.

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