Travel Planning
Marrakech
Travel Planning
Marrakech

Marrakech at a Glance

Marrakesh is a charming warren of crammed side streets, narrow passage ways, markets, carpets, fruit, spices and appetizing food smells. Follow locals as they twist and turn through the alleyways of the old city. Watch donkeys carrying large loads navigate a tight corner or a set of stairs. Get lost for an afternoon in the maze of streets and discover women sewing, kids playing soccer and people haggling over groceries. 

With a lot of life going on in the street, it's easy to get caught up in the human drama playing itself out around you every minute. Take a moment of silence to gaze up at the minaret of a mosque, or sit quietly under an orange tree. Marrakesh's buildings have been standing for hundreds of years and it's fascinating to see how they continue to be used each and every day.  

If the old city has you worn out, head towards the city fringes for art museums, restaurants, dancing and more. 

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High Season
March - May, September - November
Low Season
June - August, December - February
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Marrakech-Menara Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Travelers to Morocco do not need a visa if their visit will be less than 90 days. All travelers must have a valid passport from their country of origin with at least one page available for stamping. For more information, contact the Moroccan Consulate's office. American citizens can find additional guidance on the U.S State Department's website. 

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Railroad Marrakesh Train Station
      • Bus Bab Doukkala Gare Routière
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Morocco's summer heat can be dangerous and is often oppressive. On the flip-side, winter can be surprisingly chilly, especially at higher elevations. 

      Safety Concerns Morocco's tourist police has helped crack down on scams targeting tourists, but watch out for pickpockets, touts and false guides. Women should avoid walking around alone at night and should dress modestly to reduce the amount of unwanted attention they receive on the street. Tourists who purchase or do drugs in Morocco may face harsh penalties and jail time. The risk isn't really worth the gain. 

      Health Concerns Bring a water filter to purify your water while you are in Morocco.