Archive for the ‘Marrakech Tours’ Category

A state of the art museum in Marrakech

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Regular visitors to Marrakech looking for something new to admire would be well advised to pay a visit to one of the city’s latest attractions in the shape of the ‘Musée Mohammed VI pour la Civilisation de l’Eau au Maroc’.

A state of the art museum in Marrakech 1A major new attraction

Founded by Morocco’s Ministry of Habous & Islamic Affairs, the body responsible, among other things, for environmental issues and ecologically sustainable development, this new museum in Marrakech is not only one of the largest cultural projects ever launched in Morocco but the biggest such attraction on the African continent dedicated solely to water management.

Opened on 2nd May 2017, the ‘Musée Mohammed VI’ pays tribute to Morocco’s achievements in water management in recent years. Set within the leafy environment of the Palmeraie district of Marrakech, the attraction is one of the new generation of museums designed to be both entertaining and educational, historical as well as scientific.

The Aims of this New Museum in Marrakech

(more…)

Marrakech August 2017 Events

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Scorching hot and dusty, August in Marrakech is for sun lovers. Average temperatures range between 20 and 38 degrees and there is little, if any, rain. Thus, locating a place to stay with a proper swimming pool (many riads have little more than ornamental or ‘plunge’ pools) becomes an essential requirement.

les borjs pool

Tempting as it is to stay put in these conditions, enjoying the comforts and facilities of one’s hotel, venturing out to explore the ‘ochre city’ and its attractions is well worth the effort as there’s plenty to see and do.

Marrakech August 2017 Events

Oued Ed-Dahab Day – The 14th August is a national holiday commemorating the day on which the southern province of Oued Ed-Dahab was recovered from Mauritania.

Revolution of the King & the People – Celebrated on the 20th, this national holiday marks the end of French colonial power in Morocco in 1953.

(more…)

Marrakech Events in May 2017

Friday, April 14th, 2017

May in Marrakech is a lovely month, akin to high summer in Europe. With idyllic average temperatures ranging between 12 and 28 degrees, some 10 hours of daily sunshine and less than 24mm rainfall, the climate is clement enough to relax by a pool while not too hot, or tiring, to enjoy a walking tour of the city. In addition to sightseeing, there is an interesting calendar of events with something to suit everyone.

marrakech may

May 2017 Events

Festivities start with Kelaa-des-Mgouna, the Rose Festival, which takes place in early May in the fertile Dades Valley, south of the Atlas, an event guaranteed to tempt visitors with traditional food, music and dancing, a dedicated market and, not least, a ‘Rose Queen’ competition. There is also a street procession of decorated floats during this first weekend of the month.

International celebrities, local artists and street performers gather to entertain visitors with a variety of concerts at the Desert Music Festival in mid-May, although the exact date has yet to be confirmed at time of writing. The long established and excellent World Sacred Music Festival in Fez and the Mawazine Festival in Rabat, featuring local and top class international artists, are scheduled to run from 12th to 20th May.

(more…)

Marrakech City Centre – Top 6 Things to Do

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

1. Jemaa el Fna – the focal point of Marrakech and Africa’s largest square, this UNESCO world heritage site is the vibrant heart of the city attracting street entertainers, hawkers and snake charmers, apothecaries, jugglers, musicians and orange sellers. There’s always something going on here, every day, but the place really comes alive at night when much of the square is transformed into a huge al fresco diner.

Marrakech City Centre

2. Souks – Marrakech is renowned for its souks and in the narrow alleyways of this extensive covered market you’ll find everything from herbs and spices to hand-carved wooden ornaments, from traditional Berber clothing to soaps and medicines, beautifully crafted traditional leather goods and jewellery. Each trade has its own area within the market, metalworking, weaving and fabrics, leather goods, carpets, jewellery and woodwork as well, of course, as open spaces selling fresh fruit and vegetables. Even if you’re not planning to buy you’ll find that exploring the souks is an unforgettable and tempting experience.

(more…)

Ouzoud Falls – a Must-See while on Holiday in Marrakech

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Considered one of North Africa’s most beautiful spectacles, the Ouzoud Falls, near the High Atlas village of Tanaghmeilt, consist of a series of sharp drops (the highest being 110m) down the rocky faults of the El Abid river in its dramatic, red rock gorge culminating in a final impressive cascade into a sparkling mountain pool.

ouzoud falls

 

The summit of the falls is dotted with olive groves and ancient water mills, some still used for extracting oil from olives and other crops. (Ouzoud is the Berber word for the process of grinding grain). Some of the climbs around the gorge are quite arduous but one can swim in the pool beneath the falls, explore cave networks and even take a scenic trip on a river boat.

Flora of Ouzoud Falls

The area’s flora is predominantly made up of mossy plants and varieties of trees including olive, lime, oak and pomegranate. The lushness and greenery stands out in full bloom during the Spring and Summer months when visitors can capture some great photographs.

(more…)

Events and Things to Do in Marrakech in February 2017

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Climate: a little warmer than January, with temperatures ranging between 8 and 20 degrees, February promises visitors an average of around 7.5 hours sunshine per day. Rainfall, at just 28mm, is also lower than during the previous three months, so this is a great time to experience the city when prices are low.

Here is a short selection of popular events, festivals and things to do in Marrakech in February 2017.

  • Marrakech Golf Festival – played on several of Marrakech’s splendid courses, this event is open to both female and male amateur golfers of all levels. It is scheduled to take place from the 11th – 19th February 2017. More detailed information can be found on the Morocco4Golf Website.
  • Raid 4L Trophy – Marrakech will be hosting the final stage of the 6000 km ‘Raid 4L Trophy’ rally from France, via Spain, to southern Morocco. This formidable sporting adventure is being held from 6th to 26th February.

Festivals with Dates to be Confirmed

(more…)

Events and Things to do in Marrakech in January 2017

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Climate: Marrakech enjoys comparatively mild winters. Average midday temperatures are invariably in the high teens and seldom fall below 3 or 4 ͦ at night. Visitors can expect around 7 or 8 hours of sunshine per day while rainfall is limited to around 25 mm over the month.

So January is not a bad time to visit the Pink City, especially by comparison with much of the northern hemisphere, both for enjoying some sun whilst relaxing beside a pool and for taking in the sights.

Here are some of the festivals, events and things to do in Marrakech during January 2017:

Apart from New Year’s Day, celebrated throughout the city and beyond, January has just one public holiday, on the 11th, commemorating Morocco’s Proclamation of Independence. The anniversary is marked by various festivities in the colourfully decorated streets.

On 12th and 13th January, local Berbers will be celebrating the Amazigh New Year, known locally as Idd n Yennayer. The festival is marked throughout Morocco, principally by song and dance but also in the preparation of delicious couscous. For the best examples of these celebrations one should head for the villages of the Middle-Atlas.

(more…)

Berber Eco-Museum in the Ourika Valley

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Virtually all of Morocco’s ethnic groups are Berber-Arabs, a fact reflected in much of this exciting city’s architecture and cultural traditions about which much can be learned by visiting the Berber Eco-Museum near Ourika, in the foothills of the High Atlas, some 37 kms south of Marrakech. Located in the pottery village of Tafza, in one of the village kasbahs, the museum is said to be the first Berber museum in Morocco.

What’s on Offer?

Restored using traditional construction techniques, the museum features a permanent collection of rugs and pottery and various other fine examples of Berber culture, and also hosts temporary exhibitions such as “Landscapes and Faces of the High Atlas 1957″, which featured documentaries by humanist photographer and film-maker Daniel Chicault. More than just a historic collection, the museum also offers a research and student centre as well as a variety of activities, including tree planting, village and High Atlas treks, music and pottery courses.

(more…)

Jardin Secret in Marrakech – The ‘new’ secret gardens of Marrakech

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Opened to the public in March 2016, this beautiful garden is located in the city’s Mouassine district, on the site of a former Marrakech governor’s residence. A haven of peace that transports you back in time and through history to the Saadian dynasty, the secret garden consisting of two courtyards with lush gardens, fountains and majestic buildings combining botanical diversity and architectural beauty.

Entrance Courtyard 

Evoking Morocco’s colonial approach to garden design, the first courtyard is packed with plants from North and South Africa, the Mediterranean, Australia, Southern California and other regions with climates similar to that of Morocco. Trees in this courtyard were sourced from nurseries in Sicily while a Casablanca nursery supplied the majority of plants. A complex blaze of colour, this scented part of the ‘Jardin Secret’ with its many flowers evokes the Red City’s exoticism and romance.

(more…)

Marrakech in July 2016 – Scorching Dates for Your Diary

Monday, June 13th, 2016

With temperatures ranging between 21C and 37C, July is, alongside August, the hottest month of the year in Marrakech, both in terms of the searing dry heat and its popular festivals.

National and Religious Holidays

There are two religious festivals in July, the first of which, Lailat al Kadr, takes place on Friday, July 1st. Commemorating the night on which the Koran was originally revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, this ‘Night of Power’ is considered to be the Muslim year’s holiest event.

Eid al-Fitr

The second, equally important religious festival taking place in July is Eid al-Fitr, which sees Muslims around the world celebrating the end of the month of Ramadan by visiting friends and family and exchanging gifts. There are also numerous parades and street parties.

Eid al Arch

Eid al Arch, the ‘Feast of the Throne’, is a National Holiday marking the succession of King Mohammed VI from his father Hassan II. Held annually on the 30th of July, this day is celebrated with cavalcades (parades or processions on horseback), feasts and fireworks.

(more…)