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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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5 Reasons to stay at Les Borjs de la Kasbah

Monday, July 11th, 2011

When it comes to choosing accommodation in Marrakech there is no shortage of large international hotels for package tourist and business customers and there is no lack, either, of riads of all kinds, the vast majority of them unregulated and run by non-professionals.

However, Les Borjs de la Kasbah, with its eighteen rooms,  is one of a small number of boutique hotels in Marrakech to offer an intimate and exclusive atmosphere in addition to a full range of services of the highest standard.

Opened in 2006 after a three year building and restoration project, this friendly, luxury hotel is a haven of peace and tranquillity amid the hustle and bustle for which Marrakech is so famous. Here are some reasons for staying with us:

1)     Location: just yards from the Royal Palace, Les Borjs de la Kasbah stands in the heart of the fortified Kasbah, in the most southerly part of the old city, an entertaining walk from the central Jemaa el Fna square but far enough away from its hurly burly atmosphere to be delightfully peaceful by comparison.

2)     The Pool: a secluded leisure area houses the 5m x 10m heated pool with its sun terrace and poolside bar. After a day busy shopping and sightseeing in Marrakech you can unwind in this remarkable haven of tranquillity sipping a mint tea or iced drink – you can take a light lunch here too.

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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…)

Forthcoming Events in Marrakech, Morocco

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

For lovers of festivals Marrakech sounds like a pretty good place to be in the next few months! A glance at the diary of events reveals a series of important and entertaining dates to look forward to. Here is a short list of the principal events in Marrakech during the summer.

June events in Marrakech

The ‘Mediterranean Delight’ festival of Bellydance is a 5 day event which takes place at the Hotel Ryad Mogador Agdal featuring workshops by teachers from all over the world; there is also a belly dance competition open to allcomers.

July events in Marrakech

The National Festival of Popular Arts (Fête National des Arts Populaires) is a five-day event, one of the biggest in the Marrakech festival calendar, held each year in July. The El-Badi Palace hosts some of the best performances by Berber musicians and seductive belly dancers.

The festival also transforms the central Jemaa el-Fna square into an al-fresco performance venue featuring a wide spectrum of traditional folk arts from all over Morocco. In addition, artists, craftsmen, vendors, musicians, acrobats, snake charmers, fire-eaters and dancers can be found performing in every corner of the city.

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Eight places to visit in Marrakech of historical interest

Friday, March 25th, 2011

At the foot of the Atlas mountains, steeped in history, lies fascinating Marrakech, Morocco’s most important former Imperial city. Here’s a brief guide to the best historical sites and other must-see attractions:

The Koutoubia Mosque: the minaret (70m) is the highest of the city, a landmark visible for many kms. The mosque has been used as an architectural blueprint for many other mosques since the minaret was completed during the reign of the Almohad Caliph Yaqub al-Mansur (1184-1199).

El-Badi Palace: translated as “the incomparable palace”, the El Badi, built by the Saadian king, Ahmad al-Mansur in 1578, is one of the most visited sites in Marrakech, Today, the shell of the original building, thought once to have consisted of 360 rooms, most of them swathed in gold from Sudan, plays host to the annual festival of Moroccan folklore, usually held in June.

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Marrakech events – what’s happening in early 2011?

Friday, February 18th, 2011

February – The Dakka Marrakchia Festival is a unique musical event held every February in honour of Sabaatou Rijal, the spiritual patrons of the city. For this sacred music festival in Marrakech, think polyrhythmic percussion blended with choral chants.

Expect plenty of colour and an authentic, traditional Marrakech flavour. Soak up a bit of Moroccan musical culture - unmissable!

March – Another festival that is literally magic is the Marrakech Magic Festival (19th – 22nd March 2011). Spell binding performances from international illusionists and magicians take place at the Royal Theatre supplemented by free street performances throughout the city.

March is a lovely time to visit Marrakesh with temperatures rising and flowers, especially roses and bougainvillea, at their best.  The city is full of magic on a normal day so expect to have the time of your life during the Magic Festival!

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