Surroundings

Marrakech is the second biggest and most important city in Morocco; it is a cultural and entertainment hub as well as a tourist destination that you cannot afford to miss. Today this ancient capital is a lively city, famous for its traditional market stalls and events.

Marrakech is more than just a city, it is a pearl polished by history and has a long tradition of hospitality that has been shown to visitors for centuries.

Djemaa el-Fna Square is where it all happens: different tribes gather here to sell their handicrafts and Berber traders come to sell their wares.

Along the north side of the square there are the characteristic suqs, or covered markets, to which all the numerous alleyways and tiny square converge, and where a different activity takes place: leather and wool traders, coppersmiths, jewellers, dryers and other traditional crafts.

Amongst the many monuments you can find in Marrakech there are the Sadian Tombs with their delicate carvings and the Koutoubia minaret, one of the most beautiful Islamic monuments in North Africa: each side of its tower is adorned with different decorations and colours, and is surrounded by beautiful gardens.

The best time of the year to visit Marrakech is during spring and autumn, when you can enjoy the mild weather with temperatures ranging between 20 and 25° C.

The Airport of Marrakech is 7 km (4.3 miles) away from the city’s centre; next to Royal Air Maroc, Alitalia, etc, the city is also served by many low cost companies. All main European airports and many smaller airports have direct flights to Marrakech.

For those of you who don’t know what language is spoken in Morocco, please note that country’s official language is French, but in Marrakech, a greatly popular tourist destination, you can easily find Moroccans who can speak other languages including English.

Below are some links where you can find useful information about Morocco and Marrakech:

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