Visiting Marrakech in January

If you prefer to avoid crowds and sweltering heat, you should seriously consider visiting Marrakech in January. Temperatures are mild enough to be pleasant (4 – 18 degrees), there is plenty of sunshine (averaging 7 hours per day) and there is as much to see and do as at other times of year.

Visiting Marrakech in January – Events and Festivals

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One of the main events to take in while visiting the Ochre City in January is the International Marathon of Marrakech. Scheduled to take place on the 28th of the month, this prestigious marathon is expected to attract over 8,000 runners including many of the world’s biggest marathon stars. The opportunity to see some of the world’s greatest athletes compete on a beautiful course taking in the most attractive of the city’s many avenues and boulevards lined with palm, orange and olive trees, is too good to miss.

Another major international event is the United Cultures Trade Show. Involving 92 nations and 644 designers, this one-week event, outlining among other things United Cultures’ plans for the next five years, is designed to encourage nations to form economic partnerships.

Visiting Marrakech in January – Things to Do

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Marrakech has an array of wonderful museums and January is the perfect time to visit them in ideal conditions. One of these is the little-known, yet highly respected Musée Boucharouite. Beautifully located within an 18th Century riad, this quaint museum was created by Patrick de Maillard, an avid collector of popular Moroccan art. The gallery features an array of Berber boucharouites (rugs crafted from recycled cloth), agricultural implements, painted doors and more – and visitors can also enjoy refreshments on the roof terrace.

Visiting Marrakech in January 3Where to Stay

Offering all the comforts you’d expect from a luxurious boutique hotel (including spa facilities, a pool and much more), Les Borjs de la Kasbah is a peaceful characterful retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, yet close enough to the action to enjoy everything Marrakech has to offer. Book your stay here.


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