Marrakesh is the fourth largest city in the country of Morocco and one of the most important remaining imperial cities built by the Berber empires. This old fortified city is composed of the medina, the souk, palaces, riads, and the now modern area where most hotels and resorts are located.
Marrakesh’s continental climate is quite dry and warm year-round, with extreme high temperatures in the summer, and colder temperatures during the winter months (December-February).
Marrakesh is a major Moroccan tourist destination. It is the perfect city to begin or end a Moroccan desert tour. The city center is about 10 minutes from the Ménara International Airport. To get around the city, it is highly suggested to walk, or to use the petits taxis that are beige in color, and usually only charge 10 to 20 dirham for a ride (about 1-2 euros).
On Friday nights, you can visit the Jemaa el-Fnaa square, which booms with different food stands, musicians, and snake charmers. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1985. This spot is also great during the day where you can visit the souks, the city’s principal shopping attraction. There, slippers, olives, leather goods, carpets, jewelry, ironware, pottery are among the numerous goods you can buy in Marrakesh. You should always try to negotiate prices with pushy salespeaople who may claim that their goods are authentic, since there isn’t a way to be sure, unless you speak Arabic.
Moroccan law prohibits extramarital sex, homosexuality, and the sale of alcohol near mosques, so you may not always find yourself a cocktail when visiting. However, being one of Morocco’s more modern cities, Marrakesh boasts some clubs and bars, such as Pacha Marrakech and Theatro. You can also enjoy a night of belly dancing at Comptoir Darna or the Azar Restaurant, both of which serve alcoholic beverages. Foodwise, make sure you try traditional Moroccan dishes like tajine and couscous!
You can also visit many parks in Marrakesh, like Jardin de Dar Taliba, les Jardins de la Menara, or, a very artistic one, Jardin Majorelle. Unfortunately, only people of the Muslim confession can visit the interior of mosques, but you can see the Koutoubia Mosque from almost anywhere in the old town area. You can walk along the orange clay city walls, giving Marrakesh its nickname of the “red city,” visit El Badi Palace, the Saadian Tombs, and the Mellah, the old Jewish quarter. Marrakesh is also great for golfers, with its three golf resorts. Be sure to book yourself a spa experience as well, possibly at Dar el-Bacha, the perfect place to relax, rejuvenate your skin, and get a massage!