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Know Before You Go
- Marrakech's summer temperatures reach highs of 37°C. Make sure you stay hydrated and try to get all your exploring done in the morning or late afternoon.
- Before getting into a cab, make sure you agree on the amount with the driver. Also, if you are trying to save money avoid the taxis lined up outside tourist sights. Rather walk further away, and you'll be able to flag down a cab at a much more reasonable price.
- Drink bottled water during your stay in Marrakech. It's the best way to avoid unwanted contamination and getting sick during your holiday.
- If you want to be in the heart of the city, stay in a riad. It's the best place to have an authentic Marrakech experience. You can find riads for any budget ranging from basic to luxurious on sites like Airbnb.
- Don't exchange money at the airport. You'll get a better rate of exchange at the banks in Morocco.
Getting Around Marrakech
- With most of the city's main attractions clustered together, the best way to get around is by foot. Inside the walls of the Medina, you'll find everything from restaurants to the city's nightlife and must-see sights. But it's advisable to book a guide if you want to avoid getting lost.
- While the city does have a public bus service, there is no set schedule and routes. This can be confusing for first-time travellers, so it's advised to take the tourist bus instead. The Marrakech Bus Touristique goes to all the city's top attractions and costs MAD 145 for a day pass.
- A unique way to get around the city is with a caleche. It's a horse-drawn carriage that is cheaper than a taxi and can take you from the Medina into the Ville Nouvelle. A ride usually costs MAD 150, and you should avoid taking a ride with a caleche that doesn't display the SPANA badge of honour. It's awarded by an animal rights group to encourage drivers to take care of their horses.
- A faster way to get to and from your hotel is with a taxi. You can choose from a petit taxi that works on a meter or a grands taxi that has a fixed rate. To avoid confusion make sure your final destination is written down for the driver.
When is The Best Time to Visit Marrakech?
The best time to visit Marrakech is during its two shoulder seasons. From March to April and October to November, the temperatures are more comfortable, and the city is less chaotic. You'll have a better chance finding deals on accommodation, and the lines outside top attractions will be shorter.
Marrakech's high season is during its summer months. From May to September the temperatures, as well as hotel rates, reach dizzying highs. But this doesn't deter European visitors on summer holiday, expect the city's attractions to be bursting with crowds. Make sure you book your accommodation a few months in advance and avoid venturing outside when temperatures are at their highest.
December to February is Marrakech's winter season. Despite the lower temperatures, it's still a busy time for the city. Room rates are high so book at least a few weeks in advance to ensure availability.
Before booking your trip, check to see if your dates fall on any religious holidays. Ramadan, Christmas and certain national holidays can affect public transportation, restaurants, attractions and hotel rates.
Airports in Marrakech
Menara Airport is 5 km from the city centre of Marrakech. It serves flights from several European countries as well as from the Arab world. The airport is also a focus city for budget airline Ryanair as well as local carrier Royal Air Maroc.
Getting To and From Menara Airport
If you don't have a lot of luggage and want to save money, it's possible to walk from the airport to the Medina. There is a footpath alongside the road, and it should take you about two hours at most.
There is local bus #11 that runs every 20 to 30 minutes from the airport. It's not the best option for visitors with large luggage, but it is the cheapest with tickets costing MAD 4.
There is another bus that you can take is run by Alsa. It runs from 07:00 a.m. to 09:30 p.m. every 30 minutes from the airport into Marrakech. A single trip costs MAD 30, and it serves all the major hotels in the city.
If you want to take a taxi, there is a fleet waiting outside the arrivals terminal. A ride to El Fna Square should cost you MAD 50, and you can also pre-book a taxi if you don't want to haggle down a price with drivers.
For those that want their own set of wheels, the airport has a number of car rental counters near the arrivals terminal.