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Morocco has a typical Mediterranean climate, with moderate, rainy winters and hot, dry summers, especially around the coast. November through March is the wet season.
Marrakech is one of Morocco's most renowned and well-known cities. Marrakech, like the rest of Morocco, is well worth a visit. Accor offers a vast collection of hotels to select from when visiting this unique city. If you are looking for premium quality luxury hotels, Accor offers several 5-star hotels to select from. Whether you are looking to honeymoon in Marrakech, enjoy a day at the spa, spend a romantic getaway, or just enjoy the view, we cater to all needs. Le Medina Essaouira Thalassa Sea & Spa Mgallery, located on the beach, promises leisure and exploration. The luxurious haven, Sofitel Marrakech Lounge and Spa, guarantees rejuvenation of body and mind. Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech provides the sensual experience of combining luxury with landscape. While Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa, a magnificent modern complex with delicate oriental influences, has it all! Alternatively, for those interested in unwinding and having a blast, staying near attractions while on a tighter budget, Novotel Marrakech Hivernage is the place for you. This 4-star hotel located in the heart of Marrakech's trendiest neighbourhood, gives you access to restaurants, casinos, jet set clubs, as well as some of the city's renowned attractions.
Marrakech, Morocco's old imperial capital, is a significant commercial hub with mosques, palaces, and gardens. The medina is a tightly packed, walled mediaeval city with maze-like lanes where vibrant souks offer traditional fabrics, ceramics, and jewellery going back to the Berber Empire. The Moorish minaret of 12th-century Koutoubia is a city icon that can be seen for kilometres. Here we will mention some of the places you must see during your visit to Marrakech. Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, our Marrakech hotels offer you the best hotel deals during your stay in the city.
Jemaa el-Fna Square
Jemaa el-Fna is a square and market centre In Marrakech's medina neighbourhood. It is Marrakech's major plaza, utilised by both locals and visitors. Since its inception during the 11th century, the Jemaa el-Fna Square has become one of Marrakech's most important cultural sites and one of the city's trademarks. It houses a one-of-a-kind collection of popular Moroccan cultural traditions expressed in musical, religious, and artistic forms.
The Koutoubia Mosque was built in 1147, while a second version of the mosque was completely constructed around 1158, with the minaret's construction completed around 1195. The second mosque is the current construction, which is regarded as a classic and significant example of Moroccan mosque architecture. The 77-metre-tall minaret tower is adorned with various geometric arch designs and is crowned by a spire and metal orbs. It is believed that other constructions of the same age, such as Seville's Giralda and Rabat's Hassan Tower, were influenced by it. Marrakech's minaret is likewise regarded as a significant landmark and emblem.
Medina of Marrakech
Marrakech's Medina is a historic Islamic capital dating back to the 11th century thanks to the Almoravide and Almohade dynasties. The various landmarks of the medina's long and famous past may still be seen. The Koutoubia Mosque, with its distinctive 12th-century minaret, and the Saadian Tombs, erected in the 16th century by Sultan Ahmed al-Mansour, are two examples. With its labyrinth of alleyways, residences, souks, artisanal activities and traditional businesses, the Medina, which has been rendered vulnerable owing to demographic change, provides an amazing example of a live historic town. The Medina of Marrakech, which is surrounded by a large palm grove, is referred to as the "red city" because of its battered clay houses and ramparts, erected during the Almohads' reign. The Medina of Marrakech is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is surrounded by 16 kilometres of fortifications and gates.
Palmeraie is a palm oasis west of Marrakech, with hundreds of thousands of palm trees. "The Palmeraie" refers to the entire territory north of the city, between the Route de Fes and the Route de Casablanca, measuring 8 kilometres in length and 140 square kilometres in area. Although tradition has it that this Palmeraie was built from date seeds thrown by Arab troops centuries ago, it was actually built utilising a khettara network during the Almoravid period. Over 100,000 date palms, as well as olive and fruit plants, have been planted. Irrigation is now provided by local reservoirs and artesian wells. Buildings were not permitted to be erected to heights higher than palm trees due to town planning regulations in the 1920s, and as a result, palm trees have grown on pavements as well.
The Menara Gardens are a historic public garden and orchard. Founded in the 12th century, the gardens have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985, together with the Agdal Gardens and the old walled city of Marrakech. The gardens are organised around a central water pond, which is flanked by a pleasure pavilion that dates from the 19th century in its current form. The pond and its pavilion, which are frequently photographed against the backdrop of the High Atlas Mountains to the south, are regarded as one of Marrakech's most famous sights and emblems. The Manara Gardens open daily from 8 a.m. till 7 p.m. and are gratuitous.
The Majorelle Garden, created in 1923, is a popular tourist attraction in Marrakech, with around 700,000 tourists each year. It is one of Morocco's most fascinating and enigmatic gardens, covering 9,000 square metres. It is home to over 15 indigenous North African bird species. There are several fountains, as well as various plants consisting of palms, bamboo thickets, bougainvillaea, jasmine, water lilies, agaves, weeping willows, Datura and Thuja evergreens, not to mention a noteworthy collection of cacti. The home was bought by fashion designers Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé in the 1980s, who laboured to repair it. The public can now visit the garden and villa complex. The Berber Museum is housed in the estate, while the Yves Saint Laurent Museum opened adjacent in 2017. Majorelle Garden admission is about $11 and includes entrance to both the garden and the museum. Children under 11 get free entry. Opening hours are from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m, Monday to Sunday.
Yves Saint Laurent Museum
The Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakech is a museum devoted to Yves Saint Laurent, the fashion designer. Pierre Bergé intended the exhibition as Saint Laurent's dedication to Morocco, particularly Marrakech, where he was strongly influenced by the locals, colours, and light. The permanent display features Marrakech-inspired items, as well as 50 of Saint Laurent's most memorable looks on mannequins, ranging from his safari coats to his Russian collection from 1976 and his Romanian shirt from 1981, which pays homage to a renowned Henri Matisse picture. The museum opens, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and till 9 p.m. on Saturday, with admission at around 11 euros. The area takes a couple of hours to explore.
The Museum of Marrakech is a historic palace and museum in the ancient city of Marrakech. The museum's collection includes ancient art pieces as well as modern art from Morocco, in addition to its remarkable architecture. The museum is located in the Dar Mnebhi Palace, which was built around the turn of the 20th century. Weapons, carpets, costumes, Fez ceramics, Berber jewellery, Jewish ritual artefacts and more are amongst the museum's unique collection of traditional art pieces from various areas of Morocco. The museum also displays modern art and other themed exhibits, as well as cultural activities such as theatre and music.
Hivernage is one of Marrakech's poshest neighbourhoods, with high-end hotels and villas, as well as exquisite bars and restaurants. The prices aren't inexpensive, but it's a great spot to go for a special occasion. With a casino, cocktail bars, hotel dance clubs and stylish worldwide restaurants with live music, Hivernage is famed for its nightlife. The Royal Theatre, an amphitheatre with domes and columns in the manner of Ancient Egypt, hosts live musical performances.
The Atlas Mountains range across much of modern-day Morocco. The rugged Atlas Mountains are a large series of peaks that span across Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria, forming a barrier between the Mediterranean Sea and the huge Sahara Desert. Toubkal in Morocco, at 4,167 high, is the tallest and most notable of the 32,505 identified peaks in the range. Named after the ancient Greek Titan, Atlas, the mountains are famous for their snow-capped peaks to the rivers that cut through stunning red sandstone canyons. A breathtaking landscape of Morocco is worth exploring, the Atlas Mountains represent a very different, pastoral aspect of this wonderful nation, far from the bustle of Fez or Marrakech.
The Bahia Palace was built in 1860 by Si Musa. His ambition was to create the grandest palace of the day, a grandiose goal that only came close to being realised when his son took over the palace in 1894. The palace's most noteworthy feature is its interior design. Arabic inscriptions, geometric motifs, arabesques and muqarnas are carved into the stucco on the walls. Marble and zellij tiles are used on the flooring. The cedar-wood ceilings decorated with colourful floral designs, as well as the carved and painted wooden canopies over prominent gateways, are amongst its most recognised features. The palace is now one of Morocco's most popular tourist destinations, with 410,141 visits between January and April 2019, more than any other heritage monument in the country. The King of Morocco still uses the palace to meet foreign guests and hold events on special occasions. The palace opens daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission fee is 1 Euro.
Shopping in Marrakech
Depending on your desire for exploration and negotiating, shopping in Marrakech may be a dream or a nightmare. If rummaging through marketplaces and haggling over pricing makes you feel like a treasure hunter, you may spend hours in the souq making discoveries and discovering unique storerooms and shops. Marrakech souks sell everything from textiles and ceramics to jewellery and spices. Some other popular items include Moroccan leather, argan oil, lanterns, as well as rugs and carpets. Most fascinating souqs to visit include Jemaa El-Fna, Mellah, and Souks Cherifia, el Attarine, des Bijoutiers and Smata. Additionally, the city features its speciality malls including Carre Eden and Menara Mall.
What to eat and drink in Marrakech
Freshly ground herbs and spices provide spicy earthy, and sweet tastes to most Moroccan cuisine. Cumin, turmeric, paprika, cardamom, cinnamon, white/black pepper, ground ginger, spicy red peppers, ras el hanout and ground ginger are some of the most widely used spices in Moroccan cuisine. The most well-known Moroccan dish is couscous; beef is the most often consumed red meat in Morocco, and it is frequently served in a tagine with a variety of vegetables. Chicken is also frequently used in tagines and grilled dishes. They also utilise plums, cooked eggs and lemon as extra components. Moreover, many Moroccans like a simple dish consisting of a fried egg with a runny yolk, a handful of black olives, soft cheese and a generous serving of oil – usually olive oil – as one of the most traditional Moroccan breakfasts. Green tea with mint is the most popular beverage in Morocco. Making good tea is regarded as an art form in Morocco, and drinking tea with family and friends is considered a ritual.