Marrakech travel guide

Weather and Climate

Temperatures: Summer highs of 38˚C.

Best time to visit: Spring and autumn offer the best of both worlds; the temperature’s more comfortable and there’s still plenty of sun.

In the summer, you can expect peak highs of 38˚C during the day. So it’s the perfect time for Marrakech holidays if you like it hot. If you love the sun but not the heat, spring and summer are a great option; temperatures hover between 20˚C and 25˚C at this time of year. 

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Marrakech is best for...

Explorers: Dive straight into the vibrant city life; head for the lively square and make your way through the alleyways. Get your haggling head on and explore the busy souk to sample a slice of traditional Moroccan life.  

Scenery lovers: From the historic city centre to the breath-taking backdrop of the Atlas Mountains, it’s easy to fall in love with this city.

History buffs: This destination is one of Morocco’s former imperial capital cities, and it’s home to an array of historic attractions and fascinating museums. You’ll find the fascinating Saadian Tombs within easy reach. 

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Fast Facts

Language: Arabic, Berber and French. English is spoken in many of the tourist venues, but it’s advisable to take a phrasebook or download our handy language app to help you with a few basics in Arabic or French.

Currency: The currency used here is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD).

Local time: It’s the same time zone as GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK) is 7km southwest of the resort.

Flight time from UK: You’ll be able to fly here in around 3 hours 20 minutes.

Tourist information: You can find out more useful information at www.visitmorocco.com before your Marrakech holidays.

Visa / health: Ahead of holidays to Marrakech, it’s worth checking out www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/morocco for visa and health recommendations and advice.

Holiday destinations related to Marrakech:

  • Agadir
  • Getting around

    By bus: You’ll find plenty of buses to take you northwest of the old city, running from the early morning into late evening. It’s a cheap and efficient way to get around.

    By taxi: You can hail down a beige taxi almost anywhere in the city. Bear in mind that it’s common practice to round up the fare to the nearest Dirham or two when you reach your destination. It’s always worth asking for an estimate before you hop on board.

    By caliche: Explore Medina from the comfort of a horse-drawn carriage. You’ll see the fixed hourly rates on the side of the carriage, or agree on a price beforehand for shorter trips.

    Events

    Marrakech International Film Festival: Film lovers will want to book Marrakech holidays to coincide with this star-studded event; it’s often described as the North African answer to the Cannes Film Festival. The festival runs every year in November or December.

    Marrakech Popular Arts Festival: Held in July, this is one of the biggest events on the city’s calendar, promising four days of art, performances and music. You’ll find the main square to be packed with food vendors, snake charmers and street performers. 

    Safety and Security

    For up to date advice on travelling to Marrakech, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/morocco/safety-and-security