Marrakech is also known as the «pearl of the south» or the «red city», due to the prevalence of this colour among its houses. Without a doubt, Marrakech is Morocco's most exciting and probably most beautiful city.
In 1985, the medina, the old town – with its famous Djemaa el Fna square – and the Agdal and Menara Gardens were added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites.
Marrakech is a city of tremendous contrasts. It is loud and noisy in the medina between all the souks, idyllically tranquil in the Jardin Majorelle and the view from the top of the Atlas mountains is simply majestic. The city is around 50 kilometres away from the mountains, and a good 150 kilometres from the Atlantic.
Although Marrakech is lively, it can also be romantic. The city is oriental and packed with history, yet also flaunts its modern side. The tales of Arabian Nights come to life in every corner of the city. And in the evening, there is no better place to enjoy the unique atmosphere than on the Djemaa el Fna square. Jugglers and acrobats put on their artistic shows, snake charmers flaunt their skills among all the noise, while all around, the air is filled with the delicious aroma of meat, fish, couscous and all sorts of different spices.
It comes as no surprise that the city is becoming a top destination, and that several stars have even made it their home. And quite rightly so, because Marrakech leaves visitors with the feeling that they need to return one day.
Capital of Marrakech province in south-western Morocco.
Approx. 928 900
- Public transport
Buses and taxis
Temperate climate; it can get very hot in the summer months of July and August.
- Best time to visit
Most tourists come between March and May, or between September and November.
- Good to know
The official language in Morocco is Arabic, with French as the second language. Alongside these, there are several Berber languages, and English is increasingly understood in Marrakech.
- Nice to know
If you cannot find the centre of Marrakech – the Djemaa el Fna square – at first go, simply ask the way to «La Place».
Aéroport Marrakech Menara, approx. 5 km from the city centre.
Bus number 19 takes passengers straight into the city centre every 30 minutes.
There are taxi stands in front of the terminal. The trip takes approx. 15 minutes; agree on the price before travelling.