Well into the Moroccan springtime, April sees around 10 hours of daily sunshine, very little rain (barely 30 mm throughout the entire month, most of it falling over just a few days) and average temperatures hovering around 18˚ C (lows of 12˚ C and highs of 24˚ C). At this time of year the tourist season is in full swing, as reflected by the number of festivals and other events.
Grand Prix Hassan II, 04/04/2016 – 10/04/2016
One of the main April events is the Grand Prix Hassan II tennis tournament. Held in nearby Casablanca, this clay court ATP World Tour competition, the 32nd, will once again see the attendance of some of the world’s top professionals.
Marathon des Sables, 08.04.2016 – 18/04/2016
April is also the month of the world renowned ‘Marathon des Sables’, the ‘Sand Marathon’ which attracts hundreds of runners each year to a unique challenge over 150 miles of desert terrain in 6 gruelling stages:
- IRHS to Khermou, 18.02 miles/29 km
- Khermou to Jebel El Otfal, 22.06 miles/35.5 km
- Jebel El Otfal to Taourirt Mouchanne, 24.85 miles/40 km
- Taourirt Mouchanne to Oued El Jdaid, 51.08 miles/82.2 km
- Oued El Jdaid to Erg Znaigui, 26.22 miles/42.2 km
- Erg Znaigui to Merzouga, 13.11 miles/21.1 km
Alwan’Art, 15/04/2016 – 19/04/2016
This international street entertainment festival sees the public squares and streets of Marrakech, Tahanaoute and Tamesloht transformed into a magical wonderland animated by acrobats, dancers and fire jugglers with musicians, storytellers, peddlers and many others. Colourful and exciting, this is one event not to be missed.
Marrakech Air Show, 27/04/2016 – 30/04/2016
While the Aero Expo held at the military air base in Marrakech is designed primarily to enable exchanges between over 150 exhibitors, military and civilian aircraft manufacturers and space industry players from France, Italy and the USA and around the world; however one day is also set aside for flying displays to thrill spectators from the general public.
Printemps Musical des Alizés, 28/04/2016 – 01/05/2016
Once again Essaouira hosts this popular event at the end of April offering a range of classical and chamber music performances at Dar Souiri’s Bab Marrakech Square.
Other Things to do in April
This time of year is ideal for taking an organised trip to see some of the sights around Marrakech, especially up in the Atlas Mountains which, even after the snow melt, are simply breath-taking with their mountain flora in full bloom. Many such trips, with transportation and a professional guide provided, will also include little-known scenic locations with impressive waterfalls and lush valleys dotted with fruit farms.