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Everything you need to know about Marrakech [2021]

Marrakech or Marrakesh also known as the ”Red City”, the ”Ochre City” and ”the Daughter of the Desert” is a city in Africa, more precisely in Morocco at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. Marrakech is the 4th largest city in Morocco after Casablanca, Rabat, and Fez. The city is divided into two distinct parts: the Medina or historic city and the new city whose main districts are called: Guéliz and Hivernage. The history of Marrakech begins with its foundation in 1062, by Youssef ben Tachfine… -More

 

What to do and must-see in Marrakech?

What to do and must-see in Marrakech, Jemaa el-Fna square

Impregnated with history and culture, Marrakech is a truly memorable city with many sites and activities to visit: monuments, attractions, excursions around the city, etc.

Here are some must-see things:

  • Jemaa el-Fna Square
  • The souks
  • The Koutoubia Mosque
  • Menara Gardens
  • The Cascades of Ouzoud

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What to buy in Marrakech?

Marrakech is often the first city that travelers visit in Morocco. And their suitcases are almost always filled with memories. But what exactly are the memories? What to bring back from Marrakech? See here some examples:
– Spices
Argan oil
– Pastries
– Moroccan clothes
– Ceramic objects

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What food and street food is like in Marrakech?

A Moroccan man selling food and street food in Marrakech

In terms of Gastronomy, in Marrakech as in Morocco in general, there is no shortage of food. The food is very rich and varied. Each city has its own specialty and way of cooking a popular Moroccan meal. The most famous place in Marrakech to enjoy and eat a good Moroccan meal is at Jemaa el-Fna Square.

Here are some examples of food and street food:

  • Tanjia
  • Everyone knows couscous, but according to its inhabitants, it is in Marrakech that it is the best
  • Tajine
  • Fresh fruit juices
  • The Moroccan mint tea that is really famous and which can be found literally everywhere in Morocco

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Where to eat? 

There are many places where to eat in Marrakech where the food is absolutely delicious like at Jemaa el-Fna Square, Chez Ali, street snacks, etc. There are also some tips you should know to make sure to choose the right place without getting ”tricked” and disappointed. -More

 

How much do things actually cost?

The budget to be allocated in Marrakech for visit, transport, and food is not high. According to a ranking, Morocco is considered to be one of the cheapest countries to live in.

On average, because of the cost of living in Marrakech being low, the budget per day and per person can be 48 euros, therefore, $53,53 US dollars. Be aware that you can get out of it for even less… -More

 

What information do you need to know before visiting Marrakech?

What information do you need to know before visiting Marrakech

Before going to Marrakech they are some things really helpful to know. You will find below some of the most frequently asked questions that people what to know before visiting Marrakech:

Do you need a Visa?

Marrakech or Morocco has a visa-exempt for certain places such as:

  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • China
  • South Korea
  • Singapore
  • Ireland
  • Japan

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How many days do you need in Marrakech?

It depends on what you are planning to do, but it’s reasonable to say that you may need at least 3 to 4 days. -More

Which currency is used in Marrakech?

The official currency of Morocco is the Moroccan dirham (DH). The abbreviation is MAD (Moroccan dirham). -More

Which language is spoken in Marrakech?

There are several languages spoken in Morocco including three variants of the Arabic language used in Marrakech and in Morocco in general: Moroccan Darija Arabic, Standard Arabic, and Classical Arabic. Even though the official language in Morocco is Arabic -more precisely Moroccan Darija Arabic- the heritage of the past makes French a widely spoken language in the country.  English is starting to be used since many persons in Marrakech had to learn this language to be able to develop their business with tourists. -More

Marrakech Majorelle Garden

Useful phrases

Even if it is not necessary to know Arabic to be able to make you understand, it is always nice for the population to see that you are making an effort.

  • Hello: Salam
  • Please: Aafak
  • Thank you: Choukrane
  • Yes: Ahe

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Which plug for Marrakech?

If you going on a trip to Morocco more precisely in Marrakech, it is important to check if you will need an electrical adapter or a travel power strip.

Here is the electricity used in the Moroccan city of Marrakech:
Voltage: 127, 220 volts
frequency: 50 Hz

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What are the public holidays?

In Marrakech and other Muslim cities such as Fez, Istanbul or Dubai, it is impossible to determine most public holidays, since some of the dates are subject to the lunar calendar. -More

How to get around in Marrakech souks? Do you need a map for the Marrakech souk?

Do you have to bargain in Marrakech?

Everyone negotiates in Morocco, which therefore includes Marrakech. As a tourist, you might want to learn how to negotiate in Morocco so that you won’t have any bad surprises when it comes…-More 

How to get around in Marrakech souks? Do you need a map for the souk?

The souks of Marrakech are classified among the largest and most beautiful in Morocco, you can find a variety of things: crafts, cooking, pottery, jewelry, spices, slippers, clothing and much more.
To get to the souks of Marrakech is simple, you just need to go to the famous Jemaa el-Fna Square and venture into its Medina. you can find a map for the souks of Marrakech… -More

Where to stay?

The medina is one of the most beautiful areas of the city, an inexhaustible playground that most tourists love because it is located in an ideal location in the heart of the city of Marrakech and very close to markets (souks) and various cultural and historical monuments and sites.
It is, therefore, the most touristy part of the city, with the large Jemaa el-Fna Square being the heart of the old city. -More

 

Marrakech versus other Moroccan cities

Cities in Morocco are loved for each of the specialties that define them and promote them like Marrakech, but is there a city better than Marrakech?

Which is better Marrakech or Rabat?

Although Rabat is the capital of Morocco, it remains a relatively small administrative city (especially in terms of tourism). There is not much to see compared to Marrakech. On the other hand, Rabat is known to be one of the best cities to live in Morocco. – More

Which is better Marrakech or Casablanca?

Marrakech is certainly more touristic than Casablanca except for its mosque there is not much to see. On the other hand, Casablanca is the place where everything can be found especially in Derb ghallef. There are small shops for everything: food, clothes, shoes, dishes, furniture, electrical appliances, etc… You can find absolutely everything. -More

Which is better Marrakech or Agadir?

It depends on what the person wants and is looking for. If it is to visit Morocco as a tourist, Marrakech is definitively better. On the other hand, if it is to relax and be quiet while enjoying beautiful weather and the beach, then Agadir is for you. -More

Which is better Marrakech or Fez?

Marrakech and Fez have a lot of things in common like the souks or the fact that the two cities are divided into two districts. One part is the old city and the other one is more recent. However, even if these two cities are extremely beautiful and full of amazing things to see and discover, Marrakech remains the most visited destination in Morocco, loved for its unique population, that is warm and funny. That being said, it’s still a matter of taste. -More

Which is better Marrakech or Essaouira?

Compared to Marrakech, Essaouira has a very beautiful beach and a very touristic fortress that is very attractive. Essaouira is also known for its Gnawa music, an annual world music festival and its many art galleries. It is also famous for its fish. However, both of these cities have… -More

Which is better Marrakech or Tangier?

Marrakech is much more recommended for the newcomers who want to discover Morocco than Tangier. Despite the fact that Tangier is also loved for its culture and its proximity to Spain. Marrakech remains one of the top destinations in Morocco. – More

Which is better Marrakech or Chefchaouen?

Chefchaouen is an extremely beautiful city especially since its walls are all blue. The indigo blue color of its alleys has made it one of the most photographed places on the planet. Sometimes calling it the Instagram city. Compared to Marrakech this city is quieter and less overcrowded than Marrakech. – More

 

Why go to Marrakech? Why is it so famous and popular?

Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Sahara and the Atlas Mountains, the city of Marrakech is a true open-air museum. It is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Between historical sites, entertainment centers and alleys, this city can perfectly satisfy your tourist desires. For example, its mythical Jemaa el-Fna Square is an ideal place to… -More

Marrakech is also a star’s destination. Without forgetting the Marrakech film festival. Several stars like Will Smith, Yves St.Laurent, George Orwell, Clinton, Martin Scorcese didn’t hide their love for this amazing city. And it’s not only them… -More

Marrakech got also the finest Hotel in the world: La Mamounia (which is the best hotel in the world) and the Royal Mansour (which is the best hotel in Africa). -More 

 

When is the best time to visit?

Menara must-see places in Marrakech

Marrakech is known worldwide for its exceptional climate: 340 days of sunshine per year! There are though better periods to travel to the Ochre City. The best times to visit Marrakech are undoubtedly spring and autumn. From March to June and from September to the end of November, temperatures are ideal all day long. They vary globally between 23°C and 28°C. -More

When is Marrakech hot and when it rains? When to avoid Marrakech?

On average, the hottest months are July and August. Temperatures can rise to 45°C at noon, making afternoons stifling!
The coldest months are January and February, hence the temperatures which vary between 6°C and 18°C. -More

 

Things you should know about Marrakech

Things you should know about Marrakech: three water sellers in Morocco.

Can you drink alcohol?

Yes, you can drink alcohol in Marrakech. Although we are in a city within a Muslim country, the traveler will have no problem drinking a beer or any other alcoholic beverage, the only precaution is… -More

What to wear?

When it comes to a dressing code in Marrakech, you are free and so you dress as you wish. Do as you feel, Moroccans are used to tourists but you’ll be more comfortable if you don’t strip. You just need to remember that you are in a Muslim country and that women are modest and only reveal their beauty for their husbands. However, you might need to have more information on what to wear in Morocco, because sometimes… -More

Is there a beach?

No, there is no beach in Marrakech since it is located in the center of Morocco. -More

What is Marrakech like during Ramadan?

Going to Marrakech or another Moroccan city during Ramadan can be considered a good plan and a bad plan depending on what you want. A rather special period that sometimes makes travelers hesitate to go to Muslim countries, like Morocco. -More

Things you should do and not do in Marrakech and in Morocco in general

There are some things you should know so you can avoid some unpleasant situations like for instance… -More

 

Is this Moroccan city okay for everyone?

Family happy in Marrakech

Marrakech with friends? for a family holiday with kids? for tourists in general?

Marrakech is a wonderful place to discover with your family and friends. It is known to be one of the most touristic places in the world. -More

Marrakech for female travelers?

No one will touch you, so you don’t have to worry about that matter but you have a good chance of being followed by some eyes and being flirted with. But there are tricks to solve that.  First, do not answer and therefore ignore. Even if you feel like you are not polite -More

Marrakech as a honeymoon destination?

Marrakech is definitely a perfect destination for a romantic and fascinating honeymoon. -More

Marrakech for vegetarians?

It is possible in Marrakech, as in Morocco in general, to find Moroccan vegetarian meals that are absolutely succulent. -More

Marrakech for gay travelers?

It’s not really recommended if gay travelers can’t keep their feeling hidden, but… -More

 

Is Marrakech safe? Is it safe to travel there?

Is Morocco and marrakech safe?

Many people wonder if Morocco is safe especially when there is a lot of people who want to travel to Marrakech. Lots of people just want to know if it has terrorism or simply if it is dangerous. You can be reassured, Marrakech is the most touristic city in Morocco and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the country. It welcomes more than 10 million tourists per year. About 8% of Morocco’s GDP. In Marrakech, you will see many police officers on the street, especially in the most tourist areas. In addition, there are many undercover police officers who, even if you don’t see them, are there to ensure your safety. -More

Are taxis in Marrakech safe?

Taxis in Marrakech are totally safe, just be aware of some scammers who would not want to use their meter and… -More

Are roads safe?

The idea of driving in Marrakech or in Morocco, in general, frightens many travelers. However, after a few hours at the wheel, you get used to driving very quickly. It is not dangerous. It can just be a little bit anarchic. The whole problem lies in the fact of paying attention to carriages, taxis, buses, cars, mules, cyclists, pedestrians… It is, therefore, necessary to be patient and to redouble your attention. On the other hand, outside the cities, driving is very easy. There are far fewer cars on the roads and traffic in small Moroccan cities is much calmer. It must be said that the car in the city is not very useful, in Morocco or elsewhere… -More

 

Can you live in Marrakech?

Can you live in Marrakech?

Over the years, Marrakech has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, but not only that! Charmed by the magic of the Red City, some have chosen to settle there forever. It has several advantages for which it is prized all over the world here are some of them:

  • The weather
  • Warm and funny people
  • Its proximity to Europe
  • Nature
  • Beautiful riads

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Studying in Marrakech?  

Studying in Marrakech is a dream come true for many foreign students. By enrolling in a local faculty or school, you will expand your social circle and get to know a new culture and different Moroccan dialects. If you are aiming for Marrakech, you will be able to choose between two Marrakech universities, one public and the other private. -More

Can you get hired as a foreigner in Marrakech?

Yes, you can get hired as a foreigner in Marrakech. Foreigners who plan to live and work in Marrakech are invited to look for a job before leaving. For this purpose, there are many sites on which companies in Marrakech publish their job offers. -More

 

In conclusion

Marrakech is a beautiful city to visit. It is full of a huge and charming culture that is highly appreciated and loved all over the world. Whether it is food, Moroccan craftsmanship, history, traditions, tourist sites, and even people, Marrakech is certainly one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

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