Marrakech, Morocco - NCL Tours
  • Duration (nights):
    7
    • Adults:
      16+ years
    • Teenagers:
      12-15 years
    • Children:
      2-11 years
    • Infants:
      0-23 months

Welcome to Marrakech

Marrakech

Marrakesh, a former imperial city in western Morocco, is a major economic center and home to mosques, palaces and gardens. The medina is a densely packed, walled medieval city dating to the Berber Empire with mazelike alleys.

Information & Facts

Activities

Marrakech in central Morocco is a popular tourist destination, but is more popular among tourists for one- and two-day excursions that provide a taste of Morocco's history and culture. The Majorelle botanical garden in Marrakech is a popular tourist attraction. It was bought by the fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé in 1980. Their presence in the city helped to boost the city's profile as a tourist destination.

Places to Visit

  • Jaama el Fna
  • Majorelle Garden
  • Bahia Palace
  • Koutoubia Mosque
  • El Badi Palace
  • Saadian Tombs
  • Marrakech Museum
  • Menara gardens
  • La Mamounia
  • Agdal Gardens

Emergency Phone Numbers

  • Police: 19
  • Ambulance/ Fire: 15

 

Hospitals

  • Inb Tofail Hospital, Rue Abdelouahab Derraq, ☎ +212 4444 8011
  • Polyclinique du Sud, 2 Rue Yougoslavie, Gueliz, ☎ +212 4444 7999, +212 4444 8372 (fax: +212 4443 2424)

 

 

Climate

A hot semi-arid climate predominates at Marrakesh. Average temperatures range from 12 °C (54 °F) in the winter to 32–45 °C (90–113 °F) in the summer. The relatively wet winter and dry summer precipitation pattern of Marrakesh mirrors precipitation patterns found in Mediterranean climates. However, the city receives less rain than is typically found in a Mediterranean climate, resulting in a semi-arid climate classification. Between 1961 and 1990 the city averaged 281.3 millimetres (11.1 in) of precipitation annually. Barrows says of the climate, "The region of Marrakesh is frequently described as desert in character, but, to one familiar with the southwestern parts of the United States, the locality does not suggest the desert, but rather an area of seasonal rainfall, where moisture moves underground rather than by surface streams, and where low brush takes the place of the forests of more heavily watered regions. The location of Marrakesh on the north side of the Atlas, rather than the south, forbids its from being described as a desert city, but it remains the northern focus of the Saharan lines of communication, and its history, its types of dwellers, and its commerce and arts, are all related to the great south Atlas spaces that reach further into the Sahara desert.

 

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Getting Around

By Bus
Almost all buses stop at Djemaa El-Fna and Place Youssef Ben Tachfine and fares range from Dh 2-5 depending on the distance. Important municipal bus lines are: No 1 - Towards Gueliz Nos 3 and 8 - Stops at the central train station, and bus station (Gare Routiere Voyageurs Marrakech) No 10 - Stops at the long distance bus station No 11 - Will drop you off at the gardens of Menara No 18 - Outside of Airport to Djemaa el-Fna. No 19 - Airport express to Djemaa el-Fna (one way Dh30/return for Dh50) Bus No 19 leaves Djemaa el-Fna every half an hour, starting at 6:15AM in the morning until 9:15PM. The trip to the airport takes about 25 minutes. There is an open-topped City Sightseeing bus that will take you around the outskirts of the city, with commentary provided via headphones (supplied with your ticket) in 8 languages. The best place to catch it is from the coach stops by Square de Foucauld. Tickets cost Dh 145 each and are valid for 24 hours from the time of issue, no matter how many times you get on or off. However, check the timetable carefully: the buses can stop running earlier than you might think.
   
By caleche
 
An alternative and romantic way to travel is by caleche -- pronounced kutchee -- a small horse-drawn carriage. They can be hired at Square de Foucauld (the small park at the bottom of Djemaa El-Fna). It's wise to agree on a price before setting off. As a guide price, you should pay around DH 150 per hour, per carriage.
 
   
By taxi
 
If getting around by taxi, bear in mind that taxi drivers will make up many excuses to rip you off. For example: - They don't have change. - They will hustle you to charge for everything such as bags. But you don't need to pay for extras. - For petit taxi, the maximum number of passengers is three (plus the driver). Sometimes you need to share with other passengers. If you are a group of two or three people, you just pay the one price and share with others (example, 10Dh for three passengers). - Generally during the daytime you will pay about 10dh; at night you should pay no more than 20dh. - The minimum charge is Dh7 before 8pm and after will be 10Dh. - Dh 20 is a good price for a 10 min ride. - For Grand Taxis (regular Mercedes taxis) there are no meters. Typically the set rate from Marrakech Airport to the Medina or Jemaa el fna (Main square) is 150Dh. There appears to be no limit to the amount of people they'll attempt to squeeze in! Outside of the airport if you are a group of more than three (the maximum for a Petit Taxi), then negotiate your fee before you enter the Grand Taxi.
Always ask to use the meter (compteur in French); otherwise, you are contributing to a culture of ripping off people. During the day you can generally get them to use the meter (if they refuse, just get out, stop another one). At night, tell them "ashreen" (20dh). If you go to nightlife locations, avoid the taxis that are waiting outside as these are thieves and they can extort you. It's best to get the telephone number of someone honest and ask them to pick you up. Other locations where the thieves wait is near Jema el Fna square and at tourist sites. Here it is best to stop a taxi that is passing in the street and not those that are waiting. Generally the older and more beat up the taxi and the older the driver, the better. The less they talk the better (no "where are you from, first time in Marocco, etc.").
 

Restaurants

 

Local Cuisine

The main Moroccan dish most people are familiar with is couscous, the old national delicacy. Beef is the most commonly eaten red meat in Morocco, usually eaten in a Tagine with a wide selection of vegetables. Chicken is also very commonly used in Tagines, or roasted. One of the most appreciated local dishes is the Tagine of Chicken, fries and olives. Lamb is also heavily consumed, and since Moroccan sheep breeds store most of their fat in their tails, Moroccan lamb does not have the pungent flavour that Western lamb and mutton have.

 

Halal Restaurants

  • Dar Najat's Kitchen
  • Restaurant/Riad Omar
  • 16 café, Henna Café
  • Al-Fassia
  • Azar
  • Marrakech Korner
  • The food stalls in Djemaa El-Fna

 

Sightseeing

Tour Operators:

Morocco discovery holidays

Address: Residence Belles Loge II، 3 Semlalia, مراكش 40000, Morocco
 
Marrakech Tours Morocco Desert Excursions
Address: Avenue Yaakoub El Merini Residence Kaoutar, 1er Etage, Appt 1. Marrakech Morocco، Marrakesh 40000, Morocco Phone:+212 661-681358
 
Marrakech Urban Adventures
Address: Residence Safaa, Bloc B, Apt 19-20 5eme etage Bvd Prince Moulay Abdellah, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
 
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CHEZ MOMO II Unrated
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Dar Narjis Unrated
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Jnane Tihihit Unrated
Jnane Tihihit Situated in Marrakech, the Jnane Tihihit provides 3x000D star accommodation. On site car parking is available. Guests can dine at the hotel restaurant. Meeting facilities and wifi are available. Room Facilities Jnane Tihihit. All rooms have..
Ait Benhaddou
Aït Benhaddo is a fortified city, or palace along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech in present-day Morocco. Most citizens living in the area now live in more modern dwellings in a nearby village, although there are 4 families..
Bab Agnaou
Bab Agnaou is one of the 19 gates of the Marrakech medina and dates from the 12th century. It gives entrance to the Royal Kasbah neighbourhood in the southern part of the Marrakech medina. Just around the corner from Bab Agnaou is the huge Kasbah Mosque..
Ben Youssef Madrasa
Medresa the door sovereign name Ali Ben Youssef (reg. 1448-1458), who served as head of Marinids while they are kept in power in Morocco during the mid-fifteenth century. However, Medrasa that exists today was not built by Ali Ben Youssef himself, or..
Dar Si Saïd Museum
A monument to Moroccan mâalems (master artisans), the home of Bou Ahmed's brother Si Said is a showcase of regional craftsmanship. It now houses the Museum of Moroccan Arts , starting with the oldest object in Marrakesh: an AD 1002–1007..
Djemaa el-Fna
Jemaa el Fna is one of the symbols of the city since its foundation in the eleventh century, this traditional hotbed, lively and popular attracts over a million visitors a year. Destination any magic, the Djemaa el Fna square told through storytellers,..
El Badi Palace
The Badi Palace is the work of the Saadian king Ahmed El Mansour Ed Dahbi-(the Gold) (1578-1603). He was to commemorate his victory over the Portuguese army in the Battle of the Three Kings in 1578. Badi Palace is a ruined palace in Marrakech, Morocco...
Koutoubia Mosque
Five times a day, one voice rises above the Djemaa din in the adhan ( call to prayer): that’s the muezzin calling the faithful from atop the Koutoubia Mosque minaret. Excavations confirm a longstanding Marrakshi legend: the original mosque built..
Majorelle Garden
The Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech is one of the most visited sites in Morocco. It took French painter Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962) forty years of passion and dedication to create this enchanting garden in the heart of the “Ochre City”...
Ouirgane
Nestled in the tranquil foothills of the High Atlas Mountains in the heart of the Toubkal National Park lays the pretty Berber village of Ouirgane (pronounced Weer-gan). About 90 minutes drive from Marrakech, it has a gentle winter climate and moderate..
Oukaimeden
Escape Marrakech and hit some of the best ski and snowboard slopes in Africa, with a guided day tour in the Atlas mountains. Only an hour away from Marrakech, you will arrive at the beautiful Oukaïmeden resort. Your qualified snow instructor will..
Saadian Tombs
Anyone who says you can’t take it with you hasn’t seen the Saadian Tombs, near the Kasbah Mosque. Saadian Sultan Ahmed al-Mansour ed-Dahbi spared no expense on his tomb, importing Italian Carrara marble and gilding honeycomb muqarnas (decorative..
Shrob ou Shouf Fountain
The fountain known as Chrob ou Chouf, or Shrob ou Shouf in the Marrakech medina was built during the reign of the Saadian sultan Ahmed el Mansour (1578 – 1603). It is one of the most beautiful fountains in the Marrakech medina, although there..
Souks
The souks of Marrakech are the largest in Morocco and famed throughout the world as one of the most exotic places to shop. They also represent the oldest part of a city that's always thrived on commerce. For the first-timer, the souks can be..
The Museum of Marrakech
Maybe the rumours are true of a curse on the Mnebhi Palace, now home to Musée de Marrakech. Its low walls and inner courtyard left no place to hide for Mehdi Mnebhi, defence minister during Sultan Moulay Abdelaziz’s troubled 1894–1908..
Todra Gorge
Being stuck between a rock and a hard place is a sublime experience in the Todra Gorge, where a 300m-deep fault splits the orange limestone into a deep ravine at some points just wide enough for a crystal-clear river and single-file trekkers..

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