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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.

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Events and Things to do in Marrakech in March 2017

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

March is one of the most popular times of the year in Marrakech and it’s not surprising. With average daily sunshine of 8 hours, temperatures between 11 and 23 degrees and much less rainfall than is normal in northern Europe, Spring is very much in the air, indeed, towards the end of the month it feels more like Summer!

Warm enough for sunbathing but not too hot for sightseeing March is an ideal time of year to visit Marrakech. 

Events and Things to do in Marrakech in March 2017

March in Marrakech sees a number of festivals and other events.

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Golf Courses in Marrakech

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

If you love golf, you’ll be in your element in Marrakech because it boasts one of the best selections of top courses to be found in any single city location.

To demonstrate the remarkable growth of golf in Marrakech, in 2010 there were just three courses whereas today there are no fewer than twelve, many of them designed by some of the top names in the sport. All the courses are listed in Trip Advisor’s ‘Top 20 courses in Morocco’.

The Royal Golf Club – commissioned by a former Pasha of Marrakech, the Royal Golf Club, opened in 1933, has played host to many prestigious visitors, including President Eisenhower, Winston Churchill, David Lloyd George and, notably, late King Hassan. The oldest course in Morocco, less than ten minutes from town, it benefits greatly from its colourful vegetation and mature plantations, especially eucalyptus and palms, with most holes being shaded, and fairways lined, by lofty trees. Originally designed as an 18-hole course, the Royal Golf Club was recently extended by an additional nine.

The Assoufid Golf Club - this exclusive 18-hole course, opened in 2012, is set in a naturally undulating, semi-desert landscape within sight of the High Atlas. The Assoufid Golf Club has a luxury club house, a first class pro shop and golf academy.

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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

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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.

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Hotels in Marrakech with Pools

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Of many hotels in Marrakech with pools Les Borjs de la Kasbah is considered to be one of the very best. Here’s why.

Les Borjs de la Kasbah Pool

 

The Borjs de la Kasbah Swimming Pool

 

Situated discretely, some 25 m, via a passageway, from the main patio of this intimate complex of converted riads, the secluded leisure area comprising pool and spa is located on a site previously occupied by a small riad and even smaller ‘dar’ (town house). The heated 10 m x 5 m pool (large, compared with the plunge pool of the average riad, if it has one) is situated at the foot of an imposing, renovated watch-tower (borj) set into a section of the kasbah’s 7m defensive walls. Its depth shelving from one to two metres, the pool has a south-facing terrace for sunbathing on one side (complete with parasols and loungers) and a poolside bar and changing rooms on the other.

 

Surrounding Facilities

 

On the pool’s south side, the first floor above the bar is home to the Arganier spa consisting of a classic marble-clad, domed hammam, two treatment rooms and a sauna, as well as a rest area. Both treatment rooms and the rest area feature traditional menze (latticed) windows overlooking the sun terrace and pool.

 

The spa building’s ground floor is occupied by a small pool-side bar serving a broad range of drinks and cocktails, including various non-alcoholic options, and a variety of light meals and snacks prepared in the hotel’s kitchen. Next to the bar are two changing rooms with showers and toilets where towels are provided for pool users.

 

Dress Code

 

Like most hotels in Marrakech with pools, Les Borjs de la Kasbah has a dress code requesting pool users to restrict themselves to the pool area and not to frequent public spaces (dining room, lounges and patio) in their swimwear or other equally inappropriate attire.

 

Hotels in Marrakech with Pools

 

While there are many hotels in Marrakech with pools, especially hotels of the larger resort variety (very few riads have more than ornamental plunge pools, if that), the seclusion and exclusive nature of the facility at Les Borjs makes it one of the most agreeable places to enjoy relaxation and tranquillity from the entire, limited selection of smaller, upmarket hotels in Marrakech.

Christmas Shopping in Marrakech

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Fed up with doing your Christmas shopping while trudging through rain and a sludgy excuse for snow from one crowded shop to the next? The souks of Marrakech offer a delightful alternative to your usual Christmas-shopping experience while at the same time affording the opportunity to grab some warming winter sun and top-up on the fading summer tan while relaxing beside the pool of one of the finest riad-hotels Marrakech has to offer.

Christmas Shopping in Marrakech – the Medina

Hidden within towering terracotta walls, Marrakech’s ancient medina is home to some of the world’s most fascinating souks. The Djemaa el Fna, the medina’s beating heart, is packed with huge carts piled high with fresh and dried fruits and vegetables, nuts and exotic spices, pottery and metal goods, henna artists, snake-charmers, musicians much, much more. And at night, especially, food stalls tempt one with deliciously spicy smells, but the real. But for the hidden treasures and most memorable shopping experiences you must head for the Medina’s shadowy alleyways.

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December in Marrakech – dates for your diary

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Visitors to Marrakech in December can expect, on average, a remarkable 7 hours of sunshine per day. Thus, although one can also expect occasional light rain, albeit only 30 mm per month, daytime temperatures are typically around 19 ͦ  with a night time minimum of around 5 ͦ , another reason, no doubt, why Christmas shoppers are much in evidence at this time of year. Sunshine and shopping apart, here are some other reasons to visit Marrakech in December.

December in Marrakech – religious festival

The 12th of December is the day of ‘Eid Al Mawled’, or ‘Mawlid’, an important religious festival celebrating the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (born 570 AD). Declared an official holiday by the Ottomans in 1588, it is also a public holiday in Morocco, the day being marked by recitals of Koranic verses and religious lectures.

December in Marrakech – secular Event

The Transnational Moroccan Cinema Conference scheduled to run from the 4th to the 7th of December, is an international symposium seeking to examine the global circulation of film as a cultural and industrial art form, especially those which deal with ethnic communities and experiences of migration and exile.

16th Marrakech International Film Festival

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November in Marrakech 2016– dates for the diary

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Although temperatures drop significantly to range between 11 and 23 degrees, November is still mild enough (and, compared with northern Europe, also dry) for a relaxing, quiet holiday in Marrakech with an average of seven hours daily sunshine. Furthermore, several sporting events and major international conferences are taking place in Marrakech.

November in Marrakech – Public Holidays

There are no major Islamic religious festivals this month but Morocco celebrates two important public holidays, namely:

Green March Day: November 6th is Green March Day commemorating the date in 1975 when some 350,000 unarmed Moroccans converged on the southern city of Tarfaya to protest against the occupation of the Western Sahara by Spain.

Independence Day: Morocco’s ‘Fete de l’Independence’, Eid Al Istiqulal, is celebrated on the 18th of November to mark the return from exile of King Mohammed and the declaration of independence from France in 1956.

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October 2016 in Marrakech – Dates to Note

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

With an average of 28 degrees, temperatures in Marrakech are appreciably lower than the still very warm 33 degrees of September which is why this is one of the most popular months of the year, not least for the 8 hours of average daily sunshine! At 23mm per month, rainfall is still minimal. Still, rain or shine, there is definitely plenty going on in terms of festivals and events.

October in Marrakech – Religious Festivals

Fatih Muharram. 02.10.2016

The month starts out with Fatih Muharram (or Awal Muharram), the Islamic New Year, on the 2nd of October. Coinciding with the prophet’s journey from Mecca to Medina in 622AD, the day is marked by celebrations less exuberant than those of cultures using different calendars. Here, the New Year is a time for reflection on one’s own mortality and the passing of time, observed through religious meetings, sermons and spiritual singing at mosques and public halls throughout the day.

Ashura, 10/11.10.2016

This Day of Remembrance, observed for different reasons by Shia and Sunni Muslims, is celebrated differently not only in different areas of the world but also from one region of Morocco to the next. What most Ashura celebrations in Morocco have in common, however, is that participants enjoy a sense of solidarity through worship and even humour, collectively. (more…)