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Marrakech –The City Of Old And New

Posted on November 13, 2009 | Fascinating CitiesNo Comment


After Casablanca and the Moroccan capital of Rabat, Marrakech is the third largest city of the North African Country of Morocco. It certainly makes for an eccentric tour and is meant for travelers who derive pleasure just out of the nature and the ambience of the city.

Of course, there is a lot to see and do in this city which engulfs two distinct parts. There is the old Medina, the historic city reminiscing the past with narrow streets and local shops and Gueliz, the European modern district that has contemporary restaurants and retail stores.

marrakech moroccoLocation

Marrakech is located at the foothills of the Atlas Mountain in the North African country of Morocco. It is to the South of Casablanca, a major tourist destination in North Africa, at a distance of about 240 kilometers.

Climate

Marrakech has a favourable climate throughout the year. The summer temperatures reach its peak in the Months from June to August, to the maximum of about 38 degree Celsius. While visits to Marrakech in these months are best avoided, it’s advisable to avoid touring around afternoon if you are there then.

The Winter Months are warm with temperatures in the day around 18 degrees Celsius. However, the nights can be very chilly. There is a possibility of rain during this time though they do not last more than one or two days.

The best time to visit Marrakech would be Spring, that is from March to May and Autumn, that is from September to November which have bright and warm days with cool nights.

Tourist Attractions

marrakech museumAbove anything else, the place is popular among tourists as a shopping centre.  Marrakech makes for a good getaway from other North African destinations like Casablanca, The Moroccan Capital of Rabat and Fes.

The small houses made of mudbricks that crumbles when built more than two stories, the souks to the north of Jemaa el Fna with shops of artisans, the Koutoubia mosques and the other mosques of the city, the shrines, the gardens, the architecture of monuments around the city and the over all ambience of this place, all these and many more things take you to a different level of tranquility altogether.

All you have to do is wander around leisurely, marveling at a city that’s so unique and one that reminisces the past in many of its souks, the Medinas and the Hammams.

marrakech medinaTelling the stories of the eras gone by are the museums and Madarsas. The various historical and architectural sites stand witness to the history of the city.

If you are an adventure person, you can explore the Atlas Mountain, or make day trips to a number of areas around.

Once in Marrakech, you will see you have a busy itinerary exploring areas in and around the city.

Transport

There are direct flights connecting London and Paris to the Marrakech-Menara International Airport. From Europe, there are many chartered flights arriving here.

From United States of America, Canada, Asia and other places, you can fly to Casablanca and from there head to Marrakech International AirportMarrakech.  Casablanca is about 45 minutes away by flight from Marrakech.

The Marrakech International Airport is at a distance of 6 kilometers from the city. To get to the city, you can either take a bus or get into a taxi, though the latter would require you to bargain on the fare.

The buses connect the airport to major hotels across the city. Alternatively, you can arrange for a pick through you r hotel or guest house and also rent a car.

There are number of trains connecting Marrakech to the neighbouring cities like Casablanca, Rabat and Tangier. Marrakech is the southernmost stop for the domestic railway lines.

To go further south of Marrakech, like to the Atlas Mountain, you will have to look for a bus. You can rent as car for the same as well.

Plenty of long distance buses operate within Morocco connecting Marrakech to other cities such as Agadir, Safi, Fes, and Meknes among many others.

Getting around the city of Marrakech is more convenient when done on foot, though there are public modes of transport like bus or shared taxis. A more convenient and not so expensive option would be getting on to one of those open-topped buses that take you to the outskirts of the city as well and provide a guided tour.

For a more romantic tour, you could get onto a Caleche or a horse drawn carriage, though fixing the fare before getting on to it would be advisable.

A blend of old and new makes this city worth a visit. This is true even for the fast paced traveler who is up for some refreshment or break from the otherwise usual tourists destinations that have been developed, more often than not, artificially to be so to get some income flowing in.

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