Archive for the ‘Events In Marrakech’ Category

Marrakech Events in May 2012

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Marrakech really does have it all at this time of year with some wonderful activities and events taking place in May. Here is a brief run-down of Marrakech events in May 2012.

Caftan at the Palais des Congrès. Caftan brings together Moroccan and Eastern haute couture, an event at which experienced fashion designers and newcomers showcase their latest collections.

All proceeds go to the CSSF, an organisation sponsoring the education of young girls in rural Morocco through scholarships. To find out more see mansoureddahbi.com.

Marrakech Poker Open (24th – 27th May 2012). The Marrakech casinos take centre stage with this annual professional poker tournament, this year being the 26th. The Marrakech Poker Open will be attracting some of the world’s best poker players, due in no small measure to the million dirham prize pot on offer!

Marrakech Grand Prix

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Fans of motor racing will be interested to learn that a major event will be taking place in Marrakech in March to mark the opening of the FIA 2012 season.

Initially planned for Monza, the event will now be held in Morocco’s ‘pink city’, Marrakech, between 9th and 11th March 2012.

Motor sport enthusiasts will be aware that the Marrakech Grand Prix circuit is the only FIA World Championship track in Africa.

marrakech grand prix

Its location, a short distance from the red city’s legendary rampart walls and with the snow-capped Atlas Mountains as a backdrop, promises to make this into one of the most attractive circuits (taking in the Mohammed VI and Ourika avenues) in the world.

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Events in Marrakech: December 2011 through February 2012

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Marrakech Events December 2011

International Marrakech Film Festival 2011 – firmly established in the local calendar, this is the main event for December in Marrakech.  Attracting ‘A list’ stars, it is an important occasion for Morocco’s successful film industry, based in Ouarzazate, where the Atlas Studios have played host to countless films from Lawrence of Arabia to Gladiator.

Olive Festival 2011 – another major event, this charming festival takes place in the middle of the month in Rafai, in the Fez province. You can enjoy the traditional olive-picking ceremony, numerous ‘Diffa’ feasts and folklore events performed in a vast area of olive groves.

Marrakech Events January 2012

Marrakech International Marathon 2012more than 5000 international runners take part in the annual Marrakech International Marathon and Half Marathon for which the Pink City offers an exceptional setting for this gruelling athletic event putting it among the most attractive of all marathon circuits.

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The Marrakech International Film Festival 2011

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Culturally significant as the biggest event in the calendar of Morocco’s highly successful film industry, the Marrakech International Film festival brings together writers, actors and directors from many nations. Last year’s Marrakech Film Festival saw a number of Hollywood big hitters including Francis Ford Coppola, Harvey Keitel, Keanu Reeves and Martin Scorsese.

This year’s 11th annual Marrakech International Film Festival takes place between 2nd and 10th December.

With attendees from around the world, including several hundred from the media, the film festival is testament to the importance of the Moroccan film industry, based at the Atlas Studios outside the desert town of Ouarzate, which goes back as far as Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and beyond. More recent productions have been ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ and ‘Gladiator’ by Ridley Scott, a regular visitor, ‘Black Hawk Down’ and ‘Babel’.

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Marrakech Events in October

Monday, September 5th, 2011

With temperatures pleasantly warm at 27° / 28°, Marrakech provides the perfect atmosphere for exploring and sampling the ambience of this captivating city.

To underline this, a number of sporting and cultural events in Marrakech take place in October, of which these are just a few:

Marrakech Art Fair – we mentioned this in our ‘Marrakech events in September’ piece but repeat it now because the fair runs through to 3rd October. The Marrakech Art Fair exhibits contemporary collections from Europe and the Arab world.

To give you an idea of its importance, last year’s Art Fair contained works by Karel Appel, Arman, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Eduardo Chillida, Robert Doisneau and Andy Warhol.

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Marrakech Events in September

Monday, August 8th, 2011

With temperatures in Morocco beginning to fall after the oppressive heat of high summer (although there’s nothing exactly cool about the 33º average maximum for Marrakech) it’s time for tourist visitors to think of getting out and about again.

September in Marrakech may be a good month for weather but, as usual, there’s much more than that to enjoy, as the following local festivities during the month reveal.

International Festival of Salsa – at the Palmeraie Golf Palace, from the 22nd to 26th September, you can try your hand at salsa dancing as more than 2000 participants from around the world take part in workshops, performances and dance parties. For more information take a look at the official website (tip – don’t have the volume up full on your pc or you’ll get a salsa shock!)  

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Sight Seeing and Shopping in Marrakech

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Being one of the closest and most accessible destinations for European visitors in search of a truly exotic experience, Morocco appeals through the allure of such places as Casablanca, Fes and Tangiers and the vastness of wilderness areas like the Rif and Atlas mountains and the Sahara desert.

However, the country’s star turn is, arguably, Marrakech, the country’s southerly tourism capital, at the foot of the Atlas mountains. This is for good reason as there is no shortage of things to see and do in Marrakech and the surrounding area.

Here are some examples:

Jemaa el Fna, the huge central square, is the pulsating heart of the city, its bursting energy epitomised by street entertainers and al fresco eateries.

The excitement of the place is infectious as the constant pounding of drums and tuneless dirges of snake charmers’ pipes compete with the cries of street vendors and storytellers all enveloped by the aroma of an amazing variety of sizzling street food. This has to be on everyone’s list of ‘what to see in Marrakech’.

After the main square head for the Souks. With miles of narrow lanes offering every kind of local craft and product one is sure to find a bargain among the apparently endless stalls of jewellery, pottery, leather goods, fabrics, spices, carpets, wrought ironware and so much more.

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6 Reasons to Visit Marrakech

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Marrakech is gaining in popularity for many good reasons. Here are just six of them.

1)       Just a three hour flight from UK with British Airways (started March 2011), Easyjet, Ryanair, Royal Air Maroc, Atlas Blue, Air France, Alitalia, KLM, Lufthansa and Swiss Airlines. An increase in weekly flights from 39 to 100 a week has followed a major upgrade for Marrakech airport to provide much improved facilities for the larger numbers of arrivals.

2)       Your money goes further! The cost of living in terms of everyday items is significantly lower in Morocco than it is in Europe, not least as far as food, handicrafts and souvenirs are concerned. Of all short haul sun destinations available to Europeans Marrakech is one of the shrewdest choices.

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Royal Visits to Marrakech

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Not only is Marrakech a popular destination for growing numbers of tourists from many European as well as other nations, including celebrities from all walks of life, the city also receives more than its fair share of attention from several royal houses.

King Mohammed VI is, of course, a regular visitor to the pink city, one of his favourite locations, indeed he has recently announced that a number of cabinet meetings will in future be held there.

Charles and Camilla in Morocco

Charles and Camilla in Morocco

Furthermore,  a number of other royal personalities have spent time in Marrakech this year, including Britain’s Prince Charles with his wife Camilla, who visited in March, and King Carlos of Spain who was there in May. (more…)

When is the best time to visit Marrakech?

Friday, June 10th, 2011

You have decided on Marrakech but when is the best time to visit the ‘pink city’? Well, as they say, you pay your money and take your choice.

As the charts below indicate, even sun worshippers will find the heat of summer overpowering, driving them to look for shade and water.  In mid winter, by contrast, even though the sky is blue you’ll be glad of a coat in early morning and after dusk.

The most popular months for the majority of tourists are between October and April because this is when temperatures are most agreeable and vegetation at its most colourful best; bougainvillea and oleaders are in flower from December to May and the orange season is at its height in January and February.



Average Temperature

Choosing your date depends a lot on what you’re planning to do. If walking, golfing or just sightseeing, you’ll be glad if the weather is not too hot. On the other hand, if relaxation is your thing then the hottest months will appeal, especially if you have access to a swimming pool and air conditioning (both of which are available at les Borjs de la Kasbah). (more…)