Flights to Marrakech
Airports of Marrakech
- Marrakech is located in the Morocco (MA)
- IATA code: RAK
- Continent: Africa
- Currency: Moroccan Dirham (MAD) (Course: 10 MAD = 1.04 USD)
- Current time: 21:10 (GMT+0)
- Current date: 2023.12.03
From its dazzling souks to the serene Majorelle Gardens, Marrakech is one of the world's most captivating cities. Book flights to Marrakech with Airinme.com today.
Marrakech is only the fourth largest city in Morocco but its main square – the glorious Djemaa El-Fna – is thronged with tourists all year. Wander around the timeless medina and see the city's history in its architecture, or visit one of its stylish contemporary art galleries to see the Marrakech of today.
Whatever you do in Marrakech, your senses will be awakened to the intoxicating colours and scents of Morocco. Book your holiday in Marrakech with Airinme.com.
Things to Marrakech
- In the heart of the Medina (the historic district), Djemaa El-Fna is the soul of Marrakech. Head to this expansive main square to see snake charmers, belly dancers and musicians battling for tourists' attention, while stalls hawk souvenirs, orange juice and delicious food. At night, the square is lit up and the atmosphere is electric.
- Right beside Djemaa El-Fna , the Koutoubia Mosque is the city's largest mosque and its most iconic landmark. Take a walk around the outside to admire this captivating building (visitors are not allowed inside).
- No visit to Marrakech is complete without a trip to its sprawling souks. Here, you can buy everything from local leather shoes and bags, spices, food and even woollen clothing.
- Bahia Palace is one of Marrakech's most fascinating architectural gems. Built in the late 19th century, this mesmerising network of rooms, courtyards and fountains is set off by the intricate tilework that lines its walls.
- For a glimpse into Marrakech's history, visit the Saadian Tombs. This mausoleum is the resting place of many members of the Saadian dynasty. Sealed off in the 17th century, it was not rediscovered until 1917.
- Above ground, the Ben Youssef Madrasa - a former school attached to the Ben Youssef Mosque – is a captivating attraction. Its courtyard is stunning and there are some fantastic examples of the geometric patterns that characterise Islamic art.
- In recent years, Marrakech has developed an impressive collection of art galleries too. Browse contemporary art at Galerie Rê or see what's on at the popular Maison de la Photographie.
- Need to escape the heat and dust of the city? Retreat to a hammam for a scrub and a wash in true Ottoman style. For a more relaxed experience, choose a private hammam or a luxury spa treatment at a hotel.
- Wind down from a day's sightseeing and shopping with a visit to Jardin Majorelle. Founded by French artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s, these lovely gardens are now owned by French design house Yves Saint Laurent.
- Want to feel on top of the world? Take a day trip to the Atlas Mountains, a stunning mountain range that spreads through North Africa. Near Marrakech is the High Atlas, and excursions to towns including Amizmiz and Oukaimeden leave regularly.
Shopping in Marrakech
The souks of Marrakech are world-renowned as a haven for shoppers from all around the world. If you're planning to shop while you're here, bring an empty suitcase with you to take back your bargains.
A mesmerising tangle of souks are at the heart of shopping life in Marrakech. Come prepared to bargain for a range of local wares, including spices, handicrafts and clothing. If you're feeling overwhelmed, hire a local guide to give you an introductory tour.
What to buy in Marrakech
Marrakech is famous for its tanneries and leather goods can be found all over the city. Other great souvenirs of your time in Morocco include jewellery, shawls, carpets, kaftans and ceramics. And if you've just moved into a new home, Marrakech is the ideal place to buy rugs, lamps and other homeware.
Eating in Marrakech
Great Moroccan food is a wake-up call for your taste buds and in Marrakech, you'll get to taste its typical tantalising mix of vegetable, spices and lamb.
The main square is the perfect place to begin your Moroccan food odyssey. Food stalls spread out across the square and at night there's a vibrant atmosphere that makes Djemma El-Fna one of the world's most exciting places to eat.
What to eat in Marrakech
Most stalls in Djemaa El-Fna serve a mix of tagines, couscous and meat grilled on skewers. But don't leave without trying harira, a traditional soup made from tomatoes, pulses, herbs and a handful of meat. Local orange juice and strong spiced tea are the ideal accompaniments.
In an emergency, call 19 for the police, 15 for the fire service, or 0524/40404 for an ambulance in Marrrakech. You can also call the tourist police on 0524/384601.
Marrakech enjoys hot, dry summers, with temperatures regularly over 30 degrees Celsius. Winters are very mild but can be wet.
The Moroccan currency is the Dirham. British tourists do not need a visa to visit Morocco if their stay will last three months or less.
Most transactions in Marrakech involve haggling. Do your research before you leave to ensure that you know how much you should be paying for goods and services.
Getting from Marrakech Airport
Take the number 19 shuttle bus from Marrakech Menara Airport to the city centre. The air-conditioned bus leaves the city every hour between 06.00 and 00.25, and leaves the airport every hour between 06.00 and 23.40. You can also catch the number 11 city bus. Check fares and schedules online.
There are many taxis waiting outside the airport. To make sure you don't pay over the odds, take a "petit taxi" and ask them to charge a meter fare.
Airport transfersDepending on where you're staying, it may be most convenient to ask your hotel to arrange an airport transfer to pick you up from the arrivals hall.
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