Marrakech is located in Morocco, nestled near the foothills of Atlas Mountains and just a few hours away from the Sahara Desert. It has two very different districts: the historical Medina and the modern Gueliz. Because of the city’s contrasting landscapes and cultures, tourists are attracted to its unique charm and appeal.
There are ever so many things to do in Marrakech that you’ll have a hard time choosing. However, a must is a visit to the busy medina or square Djemaa El-Fna for a real Moroccan experience. The City also has great features you will not find anywhere else and architectural buildings such as the Marrakech Museum is definitely worth a visit.
Just wandering along the winding alleys of the bustling medina can be a great experience. A lot of the structures in this historic district are still built with the original red sandstone that defines Marrakech. Medina means Market and is quite spot on what it is. In the Marrakech Medina you get to experience real craftmanship first hand. It is a very traditional market where most of the people selling things in the stalls also made them themselves. The market is like a labyrinth with aisles that seem to go on forever and remember, the further you get in the medina, the better bargain you’ll get. Inside the medina do keep your eyes open as there are both mules and motorcycles coming in full speed. A visit to Marrakech is not complete without a visit to the Marrakech medina. The Medina evolves around the super busy square Djemaa El-Fna and is called Souks.
The nightlife scene of the city is centered at Plaza Djemaa El-Fna, a square at the heart of the medina. At night, there are plenty of musicians, drummers, and dancers who can steal your attention. Aside from the cultural shows, there is also an assortment of stalls and shops where you can taste Moroccan food and buy souvenir items. If you want to go clubbing you are up for a treat. There is also a great nightlife in Marrakech, the music scene is fantastic with many different influences. Would you instead prefer a calmer environment you could visit one of Marrakech rooftop bars. Since nothing is to be build higher then a palm tree, Marrakech can’t really provide you with any sky bars, but you will get a fantastic view over the city from only a couple stories up.
The Marrakech museum is a museum in an amazing old building that was restored and made in to a museum. It is a perfect example of andalusian architecture with its own fountains in the courtyard. If not too interested in history the building is worth going for. Just a 5-minute walk from Djemaa El-Fna is the Dar Si Said Museum, a place where you can marvel at the impressive Moroccan wood carvings and popular art.
As Marrakech doesn’t have a beach the best thing to do is to travel to Agadir. The closes you come to a beach in Marrakech is perhaps the Nikki Beach Club, which has a large pool. But if you really want a real beach, Agadir is a three hour drive away. The drive itself can be quite a fun experience in a desert landscape. There is also a great chance that you might see some goats climbing trees, a Moroccan speciality.
Marrakech sports a hot semi-arid climate with hot, dry summers and cool, slightly rainy winters. In summer, average temperatures range between 28–29 °C (82–84 °F). During the winter season, the average temperature stays pretty constant at 12 °C (54 °F).
Festivals and cultural events are also held in the city throughout the year. The most notable festivals are the National Folklore Festival, the Berber Festival, and the Marrakech Festival of Popular Arts.
New Year and Easter holidays in Marrakech are crowded with tourists and travelers. If you want to visit the city at a quieter time of the year, you can plan your trip during the city’s spring and autumn seasons. The winter months of November to February are also a great season to visit if you don’t mind the light rainfall that occurs sporadically during this time.
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