Travel Guide

Marrakech

Marrakesh is one of the most important and tourist cities of Morocco, where it is possible to admire splendid mosques, ancient palaces and splendid gardens. A characteristic of the city is its medina dating back to the Berber empire, in Marrakesh you will be able to admire its crowded streets with its suggestive souks, authentic markets where it will be possible to buy jewelry, fabrics and wonderful handcrafted ceramics.

Documents and Visas

Passport, visa and length of stay
To avoid any problems when you arrive in Morocco, make sure you have a valid passport.
The need for a visa depends on your nationality.
For all nationalities, the maximum duration of a trip is 90 days.

Embassies and consulates.
As you prepare for your trip, take note of the contact information for your embassy and consulates outside the capital. You can go there to reprint your travel documents in case of loss and to get a series of tips (health, safety, etc.). Each embassy usually has an emergency number that can be used only if necessary. Most of the time there is also a social services office to help you, even in an emergency.

Health Councils

Although very close to Europe, Morocco is always an African country, so you need to organize yourself well before embarking on a trip. Although public health has made progress in recent years, public health is not comparable to European health, so it is advisable in case of health problems in private facilities.

Here the cost could be very high, so we always advise you to travel with adequate insurance coverage. During your travels, tours and excursions you may experience stomach pain, this can happen especially if you point to a mosquito or after ingesting drinks or uncooked food. We always recommend that you take first aid medications with you.

Useful Info

Population of Marrakech: 928.850 approx.
Tongue: the official language is Arabic but, due to its French and Spanish past, the latter two languages are widely used. French is the language studied in Moroccan schools.

Religion: it is a Muslim country.

Currency:the currency of Morocco is the dirham. It cannot be changed outside the country's borders, so plan your currency exchange and consider other forms of paymentto. There are currency exchange counters at airports, in some hotels and in many banks, you will need to show your passport to exchange money.

Credit cards
Check with your bank to find out where you can withdraw cash by credit card. Most banks in major Moroccan cities have ATMs. Change the currency as soon as you arrive. The vast majority of purchases and services are made in cash.

Time zone: GMT + 01: 00

Climate: Marrakech enjoys a clear blue sky almost all year round. The temperature differences are significant in summer and winter, although the temperature does not drop below 10° C.
Spring and autumn are the two ideal seasons for visiting the region.

What to eat

Marrakech is the tourist city where everyone's palates are conquered by local cuisine. Taste the authentic flavors of Moroccan cuisine with its culinary specialties! Can't miss tajine, couscous, briouates, pastilla, but above all the famous spiced desserts and the unmistakable hot mint tea.

The local specialty of Marrakech is undoubtedly the Tangia Marrakchia, particular not only for the ingredients, but also for the cooking method.

Where stay

Marrakech offers accommodation for all tastes, both in the Medina and around the modern city.
The best area to stay in Marrakech is definitely the Medina area. The Medina, in fact, is the historic center of the city, and is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the soul of the Medina is the Jemaa el Fna square.

Other recommended areas to spend your holiday in Marrakech are Mellah and Kasbah.
Mellah is an area of Marrakech recommended for travelers looking for a quiet area for their stay. Located within the walls that make up the old city, it is the area of the Jewish quarter. In addition to various attractions within easy reach, it is about 10 minutes walk from the old town, La Medina.

The 5 things to do and see

Discover the heart of Marrakech, the most important symbols of the city. You will be enraptured by the colors, smells of spices, its souqs, the spectacular sunsets: all aspects that attract millions of visitors.

Jamaa el Fna square

1. Jamaa el Fna square

Jamaa el Fna Square is the magical central square of Marrakech and is the most incredible place in the Medina! Social life in the square never stops, in fact a day and evening visit is recommended.
During the day you can observe real people from the area: from the monkey trainers who will not be afraid to get on your shoulders, to the snake charmers who will enchant you too, and even dentists at work in the square who will not be long in show their skill!

Souq of Marrakech

2. Souq of Marrakech

They are not in fact real monuments but they are certainly attractions that most curious travelers visit several times during their stay in Marrakech! An area of medium or large size, full of goods and shops among the intertwined streets of the city where everything is sold: here you can find authentic handicrafts, carpets, clothing, spices, up to hand-squeezed argan oil. Immersed in your purchases do not forget to stop for a good mint tea.

El Bahia Palace

3. El Bahia Palace

The El Bahia Palace is one of the most important attractions in Marrakech, built in the late 19th century with the intention of creating the most majestic and impressive palace of all time.
The building extends over 8 hectares and has 150 rooms overlooking different courtyards and gardens. The most interesting part of the construction is the harem of Abu Bou 4 Ahmed's 4 brides and 24 concubines.
After the death of the vizier, many people, including his brides, completely burgled all the rooms which are now empty, fortunately, the impressive roof decoration is worth a visit

Koutoubia Mosque

4. Koutoubia Mosque

The Koutoubia Mosque is the most important mosque in the city and one of the largest in the world.
Its name means "mosque of the booksellers", given by the multiple stalls of books that surround it even now.
As in all mosques in the city, entry is forbidden to non-mMuslims: if you are of another religion then, you must be content to see it from the outside. Throughout the day you will find many people around the Mosque, both on the street and in its gardens.

Majorelle Gardens

5. Majorelle Gardens

The Majorelle Gardens were created in 1924 by Jacques Majorelle, a French painter who settled in Marrakech in 1919.
Created mainly as a source of inspiration for the painter, they were subsequently opened to the public.
Since 1980, the Majorelle Gardens have been owned by Yves Saint Laurent.
The gardens have green spaces with many plants divided between cactus, palm trees, bamboo, garden plants and even aquatic plants.
Although less famous than the Giardini Menara gardens, these Majorelle gardens are much more fascinating.

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