Why Marrakesh?

Marrakesh is one of Morocco’s major cities, with a population of around 750,000.

Jemaa el Fna square at night, with the Koutoubia mosque in the background

The city was founded around 1,000 years ago and boasts many historical sites including the iconic Koutoubia mosque, Jema el Fna square (a U.N. World.

A short walk away from this historical side of town, is the Guéliz (left), Marrakesh’s new city, complete with malls, restaurants, and supermarkets

An impressively designed train station (below) links Marrakesh to the major cities of northern Morocco.

Getting there

Marrakesh has a state-of-the art international airport (about 15 minutes by car from the downtown area) which is a hub for many flights from Europe and the Middle East

Climate

From December through February temperatures can get down to 40 degrees, especially after the Atlas Mountains, 40 km away, become blanketed with snow. From late June to mid- September,  temperatures can reach 110 degrees.  Fall and Spring see days in the 70s.

Getting around

City bus and yellow « petit taxis » in downtown Guéliz

Marrakesh is generally flat and so an easy city to walk around inĺķ or ride a bicycle (daily rentals available).  Alternatively, there is no shortage of taxis (between 6 and 15 dirhams to get nearly anywhere in the city) and also fairly reliable bus system (ALSA) that reaches nearly every part of the city. Since 2017, the city has added electric buses (see below) which run (silently and without 4 dh (about 50 cents) between downtown and Masira.