Marrakech: the Imperial City

You won’t be able to resist its spell: from the Medina quarter to the ramparts, the extraordinary red ochre of the buildings never fails to impress. And it’s even more gorgeous at sunset, when the temperature drops.

But the new city also boasts attractions of its own. As you stroll along the main road of Avenue Mohammed V you’ll find innumerable shops, night clubs, cafés, hotels and restaurants to explore, and it won’t be long before you come across the city’s modern heart, Gueliz and its sublime Majorelle Garden.

Founded in 1062, Marrakesh has been a key cultural centre for Islamic art as well as a major commercial hub for Morocco.

View the monuments and public gardens, wander through the medina, unwind in a Hammam and go shopping in the souks … there’s so much to do in Marrakech.

But the city is also the strategic starting point for many excursions to the High Atlas, the desert or the southern beaches of Agadir and Essaouira.

General information

  • Country: Morocco
  • Capital: Rabat
  • Population of Marrakesh: 928,000 inhabitants (2014)
  • Area: 230 km2

Languages

  • Official: Arabic
  • Second language: French
  • In the north of the country: Spanish
  • Main language spoken in the Atlas, Rif and Souss regions: Tamazight

Currency: Dirham
Time zone: UTC/GMT +00:00
Climate: Semi-arid, Mediterranean. The average annual temperature is 20°

There are two main seasons

  • Winter: Cold nights and pleasant days. Temperatures range from 5° to 18°
  • Summer: Hot nights and scorching days. Temperatures range from 28° to 48°