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    Explore the red walls and souks of Marrakech

    By Dmitry Petrounin Dmitry Petrounin Section editor Profile

    Our Editorial team's advice

    When the sun goes down on Marrakech, the fumes of the Jemaa El Fna square rise, the Koutoubia is lit up and the voice of a muezzin sounds. The Marrakech residents head to the famous square while the multicoloured souks are emptying gradually. The palaces remain obstinately silent, full of history. It is there that you can find all of the charm of Marrakech, that seems to awaken after spending the day under the torpor of the sun and in the pollution of vehicles. Nestled at the foot of the High Atlas, the imperial city is divided into several distinct neighborhoods. The medina, surrounded by imposing ramparts, is the most authentic of all. It is here where you can find the main attractions of Marrakech : the souks, the palace of Bahia, the Saadian tombs ... This site, classified by Unesco, also abounds in riads, or traditional houses, converted into guest houses for the purposes of tourism. To the west of the Old City, the area around Hivernage is a residential area housing luxury villas and tourist hotels. In the north, Gueliz is a modern district area where a good number of hotels, restaurants, cafés and European style shops are flourishing, mainly along the avenue of Mohammed IV. Finally, the palm grove, at a distance of about six miles from downtown, stretches over nearly 32123 acres. Cut down from year to year by tourist speculation, today it contains a large number of hotels and holiday clubs as well as a superb golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones.
    The more sporty visitors who travel to Marrakech will also have all of the spare time to practice tennis, horseback riding, quad, go-karting, hiking and skiing on the peaks of the Atlas range. As for the climate, Marrakech is a city to discover all year round. In winter, the nights are cool and the sun is generous. In summer, the heat can be stifling, especially because of dry and hot winds that come from the Sahara. But it is like this that the purists will tell you that you must discover it.
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    To see

    When the sun goes down on Marrakech, the fumes of the Jemaa El Fna square rise, the Koutoubia is lit up and the voice of a muezzin sounds. The Marrakech residents head to the famous square while the multicoloured souks are emptying gradually. The medina, surrounded by imposing ramparts, has remained untouched. It is here where you can find the main attractions of Marrakech : the souks, the palace of Bahia, the Saadian tombs ...

    To do

    Rarely scheduled, the medersa Ben Youssef (Koranic school) is one of the most exciting visits with its innumerable and tiny student rooms and its richly decorated patios. You can also visit the Dar Said museum, offering a collection of everyday objects such as swings for children, dresses and bridal jewellry and carpets.

    pros

    • +  The pleasure of bargain-hunting and bartering in the souks
    • +  The airport is very close to the city
    • +  The cultural richness of this imperial city

    cons

    • -  You almost always have to bargain for things
    • -  The difficulties of traffic circulation
    • -  The heat is stifling in the summer
    • -  The noise and the pollution

    To think about

    If you really want to enjoy the Jema El Fna square, go there in the late afternoon/ early evening .

    To avoid

    Avoid strolling around too underdressed (especially for women).

    To try

    Moroccan cuisine is excellent and offers a variety of dishes with subtle and varied tastes. The couscous is, of course, the typically Moroccan dish, but also taste the tajines of beef, chicken or lamb. The pastilla can be eatean sweet or salty or a mixture of the two. Fritters or chorba are appetizing starters. The pastries will delight all gourmands. And to finish a meal, drink mint tea .

    Weather Marrakech

    These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Marrakech . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Marrakech so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Marrakech , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

    Overall rating 86/100
    • Temperature indicators 86% Hot / Optimal

      The maximum temperature is <24°, temperature felt between 30°C and 33°C.

    • Bad weather indicators 96% Dry / Optimal

      Little or no rain (less than 1.5mm per day).

    • Sunbathing indicators 78% Good weather

      Mostly sunny (60% to 80% sunshine).

    • Wind indicators 64% Light warm breeze

      Near optimal comfort: moderate to light winds (between 6 mph and 7 mph) in a warm enviromnment (>24°C).

    • Humidity indicators 86% Comfortable

      Feeling of comfort due to ideal humidity levels.

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