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Visiting Marrakech in December

lunes, noviembre 13th, 2017

Although visiting Marrakech in December may involve packing a few items of warmer clothing for the evenings, the climate is by no means cold, in the European sense, despite the presence of the snow-capped Atlas, as temperatures range from a minimum 6 degrees at night to 19 during the afternoon and sunshine hours average a perfectly respectable 7 hours per day.

Visiting Marrakech in December – Events and Festivals

The month begins with Mawlid un Nabi, a festival marking the birth of the Prophet Muhammad. This is a day of prayer for Muslims combined with performances of the Prophet’s story through related poems and odes.

Visiting Marrakech in DecemberThis month also sees the staging of the renowned Marrakech International Film Festival, a long established event (scheduled to take place between the 2nd and 10th December) attended by national and international film makers including famous producers, directors and actors. (N. B. These dates could not be precisely confirmed at time of writing). Screens are set up in several places for free public viewings of films including the central ‘Place Jemaa el Fna’.

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New Yves Saint Laurent Museum Marrakech

miércoles, octubre 25th, 2017

Coinciding with the opening this autumn of the ‘Musée Yves Saint Laurent’ in Paris, located in the former fashion house and current headquarters of the ‘Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent’, the inauguration of the new ‘Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech’ takes place in October 2017.

Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech

 Dedicated to the work of the eponymous French fashion designer, the museum will house an important selection from the unique collection of the ‘Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent Foundation’ comprising 5,000 items of clothing and 15,000 haute couture accessories as well as tens of thousands of sketches and assorted objects, all currently archived in Paris.

Situated on Rue Yves Saint Laurent, adjacent to the famous Jardin Majorelle, a major tourist attraction in Marrakech with some 700,000 visitors annually, the purpose-built museum spans over 4,000 m² of which some 400 m² is a permanent exhibition space showcasing Yves Saint Laurent’s work; there is also a 130-seat auditorium, a bookshop, café-restaurant with terrace and research library housing 5,000 books.

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Marrakech Events in May 2017

viernes, abril 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.

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Marrakech City Centre – Top 6 Things to Do

sábado, abril 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.

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April 2017 Events in Marrakech and beyond

lunes, febrero 27th, 2017

One of the best months of the year with temperatures into the high twenties and an average 9 hours of daily sunshine, April is a lovely time to be in Marrakech both for the ideal climate and range of special visitor attractions and events.

marrakech markets

April 2017 Events

Events kick off with the two final days of the Marrakech Dance Festival which starts on the 27th March. In addition to intensive dance sessions, including mock battles, there are workshops, classes, conferences and shows.

The legendary Marathon des Sables desert footrace takes place from 7th to 15th April while, for those looking for something a little less gruelling, the Grand Prix Hassan II tennis tournament takes place between 10th and 16th  April.

Golf enthusiasts may wish to fit the Trophée Hassan II tournament (part of the European Tour) into their schedule; the event takes place in the capital, Rabat, a long but interesting train ride from Marrakech, between 13th and 16th April.

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

viernes, febrero 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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(English) Berber Eco-Museum in the Ourika Valley

jueves, julio 14th, 2016

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(English) Marrakech in July 2016 – Scorching Dates for Your Diary

lunes, junio 13th, 2016

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(English) Sidi Ghanem, an Unexpected Treasure Trove

lunes, junio 6th, 2016

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(English) Hot Diary Dates for June in Marrakech 2016

jueves, mayo 19th, 2016

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