As the fourth largest city in Morocco; Marrakesh offers an incredible experience to tourists, featuring an engaging culture, blazing hot summers, awe-inspiring tourist hotspots and some of the best all-inclusive hotels in the world, making it ideal for holidaymakers who want to escape the beach and explore somewhere with a pulse.
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When you visit Marrakesh you are practically guaranteed warm weather, and at certain times of the year, you might find that the hot weather is too much. In March the average highs reach 25°C, but those highs slowly increase, reaching 35°C in June and then climbing to 38°C in July and August before they make their way back down to the low 20s in the winter. You’re unlikely to feel cold.
Please note that these temperatures are average highs for Marrakesh and were correct at the time of writing.
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With such a distinctive cuisine, it’s unsurprising that many of the all-inclusive restaurants in Marrakesh feature local full-flavoured dishes, which shouldn’t be too overpoweringly spicy. Expect to find delicious tagines served alongside meats, fruits and more, as well as rice dishes, couscous, pastilles, soups and other Moroccan favourites.
If you prefer to know that you’ll be able to find a few recognisable dishes, be sure to check that your hotel offers an international menu. While it’s not common, some of the all-inclusive hotels in Marrakesh do cater to foreign tastes, as well as offering Asian and Mediterranean menus, and even a few Italian specialities.
With such scorching hot summers, it’s unsurprising that many of the all-inclusive hotels in Marrakesh feature several swimming pools, catering to adults and children alike. Most hotels also have facilities for a few sporting activities, including multi-sport courts that are set up for tennis, football and other activities, and if you want to explore, a great way to do so is to hire a bike.
Marrakesh is great if you like to be pampered or still want to take care of yourself while you’re away from home. Many of the all-inclusive hotels have on-site spa facilities offering a range of beauty and relaxation treatments, alongside massages and fitness equipment in onsite gyms.
Being such a lively location with an established nightlife, evening entertainment can be quite low-key, so if you want to stay close to your hotel room while enjoying yourself in the evenings, make sure that you find out what they offer before you book. Some hotels put on live shows and music as part of themed evenings, as well as competitions, with some all-inclusive complexes even hosting their own discos and nightclubs.
It’s also worth doing your research if you’re bringing younger travellers with you, as some of the all-inclusive hotels in Marrakesh are adults-only, while others do provide playground facilities as well as kids and teens clubs.
Marrakesh is situated quite far inland, meaning that it’s not the best place to visit if the beach is an essential part of your holiday. If you are determined to go to Marrakesh and still want to take a trip to the beach, it is possible, but you’ll be facing quite a long trip.
Essaouira is the closest beach, taking around 2 hours to reach, and a trip to Agadir will take you around 3 hours, meaning that an overnight stay would be highly recommended unless you’re up for a very long day of travelling.
An alternative to a traditional beach is Nikki Beach. Although it isn’t actually a beach in the sense that it’s not by a sea or ocean, Nikki Beach is an oasis on the Oued Tensift that claims to feature a relaxed atmosphere and a sophisticated vibe, and it’s located on the outskirts of Marrakesh. This luxurious location features swimming pools, cocktails and DJs, but be aware that it is notoriously expensive.
Who Goes There?
Unlike many other all-inclusive holiday destinations, the economy of Marrakesh is not solely dependent on tourism, but that’s not to say that there aren’t a lot of tourists visiting this bustling city. Alongside a few familiar faces, expect to encounter a lot of locals going about their business, as well as quite a few street traders. Visitors come here from around the world, mostly from European countries, so if you’ve been to an all-inclusive resort in Europe before, you should have an idea of the type of people to expect.
Being such a busy holiday destination, there are plenty of ways to get around Marrakesh, with bus services running frequently and relatively reliably throughout the day. There are plenty of taxis looking for business, but there are a few important safety tips to keep in mind.
While this doesn’t apply to all taxi drivers in Marrakesh, some will take advantage of the fact that you’re not local, so it’s very important to stay on your guard. Always request that drivers run the meter to avoid getting ripped off, and don’t be afraid to get out of a taxi that refuses to do so and hail another one.
The exception to this rule is grand-taxis, which are usually larger vehicles such as a Mercedes. In these there won’t be a meter, just a fixed price depending on your destination. In these, it’s important to agree upon a price before departing.
In what is known as a petit-taxi, they could insist that you either have to share your journey with 2 other passengers or pay more to make up for their absence to cover your fare, but don’t be fooled by this.
Keep in mind that many drivers will say that they don’t have change for your fare if you pay with larger bills, so do your best to carry smaller denominations to avoid paying more than you need to, and a common scam is for drivers to charge you for any additional luggage that you carry. Generally, taxi journeys in the day should cost around 10dh (just over ٠) and at night they should cost around 20dh (close to ٢.50).
If you want to go out for a few drinks at night, avoid getting in taxis around busy nightlife spots, as some of these may be run by unscrupulous characters who are more interested in the contents of your purse or wallet than getting you safely back to your hotel. The same can go for tourist hot spots so be wary, and consider speaking to your tour operator representative about taxi companies that they recommend.
There’s plenty for families and adults to do in Marrakesh, with everything from fun packed days out to educational trips and indulgent wineries to go to. The following are just some of the excursions worth looking into.
Great for families and big kids
Get Adventurous at Terres d’Amanar – At Terres d’Amanar you’ll find plenty for the whole family to enjoy, provided that they’re feeling quite active. There’s a forest adventure course, horse riding, mountain biking, climbing, archery and more. There are also opportunities for crafting, as well as playgrounds designed with younger holidaymakers in mind, all in a sustainable eco-friendly environment.
Make a splash at Oasiria Water Park – This desert oasis provides children and families who like to make a splash the perfect opportunity to let off some steam. Featuring a selection of slides and swimming pools, as well as a spa for the adults, Oasiria Water Park could be the ideal excursion for your family.
Explore Marrakesh in a dune buggy – Companies such as Dunes & Desert offer holidaymakers the chance to explore Marrakesh in an adrenaline pumping fashion. In a dune buggy or quad bike, you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city and take in the surrounding countryside.
Great for adults and teenagers
Enjoy the Montreux Jazz Festival Morocco – Although the Montreux Jazz Festival is more commonly associated with Switzerland, the Moroccan version that takes place at the Bahia Palace in Marrakech, and includes workshops as well as live performances covering jazz, blues, rock and pop, at an event that has previously hosted the likes of Nina Simone and Ella Fitzgerald.
Take in the Marrakech Popular Arts Festival – The streets of Marrakesh come alive during the Marrakech Popular Arts Festival, which attracts local and international entertainers as the city is filled with the sounds of modern and traditional entertainers.
Indulge in the nightlife of Gueliz – The Gueliz area of town is home to a vibrant nightlife, with clubs hosting energetic DJ sets, and streets filled with entertainers and food stalls.
Explore the Saadian Tombs – The Saadian Tombs date back to the 16th Century when Sultan Ahmad l al-Mansur built them as his burial chamber. These tombs are considered to be the most impressive in the world and are essential for tourists and seasoned history buffs alike.
Visit the ruins of El Badi Palace – A location of vital historic importance to the city of Marrakesh, and an incredible reminder of the city’s routes for everyone who visits or resides there. The 16th Century El Badi Palace can make for a truly breath-taking experience.
*Details correct as of March 2017, however, errors can occur, deals can expire and facilities can change. Please treat this information as a rough guideline. If you notice an obvious error or a better price, let us know and we’ll update this page.