Whether strolling through the countless alleys of the Medina or finding historic palaces and architectural treasures in the Old Town, holidays in Marrakech may leave you completely immersed in the marvels of the Orient. Marrakech, though, is much more than that. Anyone considering a trip to Marrakech, Morocco’s busy metropolis, will find much to choose from. If you follow these tips and recommendations from Story Rabat Hotel, planning your trip will be simple.
The best time to travel to Marrakech for a vacation
Most European cities are only a four-hour plane ride away from Marrakech. There is no other destination so close to Europe that can provide such sharp cultural differences. Marrakech vacations do not demand tiring long-haul flights, and the city is easily accessible thanks to a vast number of daily flights from Europe.
Throughout the year, Marrakech is a popular tourist location. Summer visitors can expect extreme heat, however, the refreshing courtyards of the Riads and the Medina’s shaded walls will help you forget about it. Spring or autumn, on the other hand, are the best times to visit Marrakech.
Duration of stay
It’s difficult to determine the optimal number of days to spend in Marrakech, as it is with any major city. For a short holiday or extended weekend, some travelers will gladly travel into the ‘Red City.’ A lot of tourists feel like they have not visited everything in Marrakech despite spending a week exploring the city and staying in the best hotels in Marrakech. The latter type of tourist, on the other hand, is more likely a repeat or frequent traveler.
It is indeed worth looking into the option of taking a day trip outside of the city to provide some variety and a peek of Morocco’s wonderful scenery when you have a week to spend in Marrakech. A visit to the famous Sahara Desert is a priority for many people. These desert tours usually run for 3 to 5 days and end with an incredible night under the stars in the desert after a road trip through the desert.
Complement a trip to Marrakech with trips into Morocco’s breathtaking scenery.
Hiking tours in the Atlas Mountains’ beautiful landscape may appeal to nature lovers. This mountain range, which can be seen from many of the city’s roof terraces is only an hour’s drive from Marrakech. As a result, even with children, an outing is completely manageable.
We’ve also had some success combining a vacation in Marrakech with a three-day getaway in the gorgeous port city of Essouria during a week-long vacation. It is most renowned for its sun, sea, surf, and wind, but it also gives the joy of swimming during the winter months, which can meet one of the most basic holiday goals while it is still cold in Europe. Additionally, Essaouira is a fantastic destination to visit.
How to Get There
Traveling by plane from Europe to Morocco is the most affordable and most convenient option. Every week, numerous direct flights from European locations are scheduled. The most expensive aspect of a Marrakech vacation is usually the flight.
Most guests will need to travel into the city center after arriving at Marrakech’s Menara airport. Both an Airport-Shuttle and a cab are viable possibilities. A private airport service may be worth scheduling ahead of time if this is your first travel to Marrakech. Allowing you to arrive with as little stress as possible, will save you the trouble of arranging for taxis or struggling with ATMs.
“Until you’ve seen the blue of the Jardin Majorelle, you haven’t been to Marrakech.”
Undoubtedly, the city’s best garden is the internationally renowned Jardin Majorelle. The garden was purchased in 1980 by Yves St. Laurent and his partner Patrick Berge, who completely rebuilt it. St. Laurent’s ashes were also scattered here, and a memorial plaque in the garden honors his memory. The Villa Oasis in the Jardin Majorelle is noted for its stunning blue color. If you haven’t seen the famous blue of the Jardin Marjorelle while in Marrakech, you haven’t been to Marrakech.
Aside from Jardin Marjorelle especially in Medina’s southern and northern sections, there are a number of other sites worth visiting. El Badi Palace, Saadian tombs, Maison de la Photographie, Marrakech Museum, and Dar Si Said Museum are all noteworthy.
Marrakech has a lot more to offer.
You can savor a pricey coffee in the heart of Moroccan high society at La Mamounia. You can also see Marrakech from a hot air balloon as the sun slowly rises over the horizon. As long as you are prepared to go with the flow, neither children nor adults can expect to be bored during a holiday in Marrakech. It’s the ideal location for trying new cuisines, going on exciting adventures, and getting lost in a nearly infinite number of souks.
Suggestions for where to stay
There are 5-star Morocco hotels, riads, guesthouses, and hostels in Marrakech to suit every budget. Whatever the budget, backpackers and luxury travelers alike will find lots of options when it comes to finding a place to stay for their vacation in Marrakech. It’s worth noting that Marrakech has some breathtakingly magnificent Riads that are worth seeing on their own.
Marrakech is a great place to visit with children.
Here, in this magical oasis, adventure awaits around every corner, behind strange animals, unfamiliar smells, strange noises, and a desert that is the world’s largest sandcastle. However, the busy inner city of Marrakech can be too much for toddlers at times. It’s critical to schedule lots of breaks and relaxation into your holiday schedule. Due to the poor air quality in Medina, traveling with toddlers will rapidly become tiresome.
Consider looking for a family hotel in Marrakech with a pool if you intend to bring children on your Marrakech holiday. You could also spend a couple of days in Essouria or go to the public pool on the city outskirts. For older or more physically active children, trekking expeditions in the neighboring Atlas Mountains would be a highlight. Anything that entertains the children will eventually resonate with the parents, making the holiday enjoyable for everybody.
What is the cost of a holiday in Marrakech?
There are many factors that affect the cost of a holiday in Marrakech, so it can be hard to predict the exact amount. Flights, which typically cost between 50 and 250 Euros based on personal needs and travel choices, are among the expenses to consider. Budget travelers can find accommodation in cheap Morocco Hotels for as little as 5 Euros per night and three meals per day for as little as 10 Euros.
You can simply enjoy your Marrakech vacation without worrying about money, with a daily budget of 20-40 Euros which includes a couple of meals per day and entrance fees. In most Riads, a double room will cost from 40-70 Euro per night, depending on the period. A more luxurious atmosphere may be found in several of the best boutique hotels in Marrakech. Shopping costs, as well as the cost of trips and activities, are two more expenses to consider.
Only a few hours away by plane, Morocco is a beautiful and affordable tourist destination. Considering this, there are still considerable cultural distinctions between Morocco and Europe. As a result, it’s important to remember that a lot of things are conducted differently here than they are in your country.
You must be willing to interact with the nation and its people if you want to remember your stay in Morocco fondly. As Moroccans are very sociable people who enjoy it when someone takes the effort to sit and chat with them and get to understand them, this approach will be well rewarded.
This majestic city in Northern Africa has a lot to offer travelers. Whether on a short holiday with a cultural bent, a backpacking vacation, to have a great time in the best clubs in Marrakech, or simply treating Marrakech as a stepping off point for further distant excursions, anyone interested in exploring the idea of holidays in Marrakech is unlikely to be disappointed.