British Airways, easyJet and Air Arabia Maroc operate direct flights to Marrakech from the London Gatwick Airport. EasyJet 8893 operates on all days of the week except Sundays, one flight daily. On Saturdays, sometimes one and sometimes two flights (easyJet 8895 and easyJet 8897) are operated. British Airways operates 3 flights per week: BA 2666 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and BA 2668 on Saturdays. Air Arabia Maroc operates a single flight on Thursdays (Air Arabia Maroc 106).
Marrakesh or Marrakech Minara Airport, having the IATA code RAK, is the main international airport for cheap flights to Marrakech from the UK. It is an approximately 25 minute drive to the city centre from the airport which is located 8.5 kilometres from central Marrakech. Technically there are two passenger terminals but these have been combined to accommodate more passengers. In 2014 alone, this airport catered to more than 4 million passengers.
Since the majority of tourist attractions in Marrakech consist of botanical gardens and palace gardens, spring is undeniably the best time to visit them. Starting from early March and remaining in bloom till the end of May, spring season attracts more tourists than any other time. The average daytime temperature is 18 °C with clear skies and pleasant breezes. Tourism in Marrakech experiences a second boom during the autumn season. From September to late October, the summer heat wave is spent and the weather grows pleasant again. Once again the natural vegetation shows a remarkable change in colours and hues, offering a picturesque background to your outdoor activities. On average, the weather remains around 23 °C during daytime and decreases as we move into November.
Temperatures are set to drop from November and all the way to January. Rainy clouds developing over time finally burst as we enter November and these initial downpours set the theme for the next four months. This is why November – February period is considered to be the low-season. Air tickets can be availed at reduced prices and hotel rooms do not cost as much as they do in peak-season. Sign up for our newsletter to get a heads up on any last-minute flight deal that suddenly pops up.
The mean temperature during daytime will be 12 °C more or less but this will be accompanied by humidity. Being an Islamic country, Christmas celebrations are limited to certain areas and to a lesser degree so nothing much goes on during this time of the year.
Marrakech Madinah: Similar in its aspect to most eastern cities when viewed from a distance, we first discern the level roofs of the dwellings, the domes of the mosques, their lofty minarets, and other prominent features that meet the eye and greet it. Located in the heart of Morocco, Marrakech Madinah has imperial splendour preserved over the centuries to this day. Its defensive wall marks the start of the city centre, along with traditional buildings constructed mostly with the classic red brick that characterizes old Arabic architecture, where Marrakech hosts the famous Jemaa-el Fnaa Square.
Jemaa el-Fnaa: On either side, the bazaar is lined with vendors, artisans and Arab merchants sitting behind canvassed awnings or busy selling their merchandise. There are few parts in the world where supplies may be obtained in greater profusion, or of a larger variety. From fruit and vegetables to poultry, mutton and beef, from leather shoes to falcons, horses and camels; shopping here is an uninterrupted round of excitement. You can hire a porter and begin amassing a variety of wealth. Get your favourite hookah, buy some rose-water.
Bahia Palace: A recollection of an earlier age, the palace is still a living art. Its enclosing walls, high-tiled gateways, decorative marble work at key points and peerless gardens are marvels in their own right. Much has been written on the larger subject of Marrakech handicrafts but its garden-craft is admirable nonetheless. Oriental gardens and their buildings are so closely and significantly interwoven that the subject of architecture cannot be separated from horticulture.
Marrakech Museum: This is a museum complex that houses all kinds of historical objects, from religious relics to period pieces, forgotten works of art to the different currencies that have been used in the country in the past. This museum has it all.
House of Photography: Depicting the visual arts covered either under local talent or associated with the culture of Morocco in any other capacity, exhibits are held in these galleries that attract a good number of art lovers. It also goes by the name of 'The Maison de la Photographie.
Other Gardens: Moroccans are fond of gardening. The fact is further emphasized when a tourist gets to see a number of beautiful botanical gardens every now and then. Majorelle Garden, Minara Gardens and Agdal Gardens are the major botanical gardens in the region. Their oasis-effect only adds to their charm.
Caléche: These horse-drawn luxury carriages are in line with a city renowned for its medieval outlook and slower pace. Hire a carriage and ramble through the crowded roads of madinah taking your time to absorb every site that you come across and every spectacle that you witness on the way. These carriages are cheap by international standards and offer a unique experience rare to this century.
Bus: Local buses form a large segment of public transportation in Marrakech and these are extremely cheap. Being cheap, these buses are almost always crowded and make frequent stops on their journey. But a bus is preferable because of its maximum coverage i.e. a single fare can get you around the whole city, both the old town (madinah) and the new city (Ville Nouvelle).
Taxi: Get it cleared beforehand that the meter of the taxi is working properly. If not, as is often the case at the airport, then the fare quoted will most likely be much more than it is. However, if the driver quotes higher at night time then that is fine. There is an additional surcharge for night shifts. All in all, taxi is the only ride that one can enjoy the most considering the state of public buses. These taxis are easily spotted because of their unique beige colour, unlike the yellow taxis elsewhere.
Since most travellers prefer top-notch hotels that are not too heavy on the purse, 4-star hotels are prioritized. These hotels offer a lavish experience at an affordable cost. Some of the major 4-star hotels in Marrakech are:
- Riad Shaloma
- Riad Al Badia
- Hotel Kasbah Le Mirage
- Residence Dar Lamia
- Iberostar Club Palmeraie
Some of the prominent 3-star hotels in the region are:
- Palais Khum Boutique Hotel and Spa
- Manzil La Tortue
- Monriad Hotel
- Riad Jaaneman