An imperial city of Morocco, Marrakech, meaning ‘Land of God’, is the third largest city of the country sandwiched between the snowy peaks of Atlas Mountains and the incredible heat of the Sahara Desert. The city is essentially split into a historical section and a modern, European district. The winding, narrow alleyways of the old city are filled with local stores while the modern district is the place to visit for designer shopping and a surprisingly cosmopolitan experience.
An economy-sized vehicle is perfect for getting around in Marrakech and the surrounding areas.
Driving in Marrakech
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Important things to note
In comparison to some other cities in the country, Marrakech roads are of a high standard throughout the vast majority of the city, especially in the modern district.
It is highly recommended to avoid driving at night; the streets are often overtaken with performers and locals alike and can be almost impossible to pass through safely.
Due to the size and scale of the city, it is advised to park your vehicle on the outskirts as the main streets are very often busy and can result in damaged cars.
Highlights & Hotspots
To experience a traditional Moroccan night, Djemaa El-Fna is the place to visit. Dancers and musicians litter the street making for an exciting and immersive evening of intrigue. The fun doesn’t stop when the sun rises however as snake charmers take over the streets for some compelling entertainment.
One of the most interesting places to visit in the city is the Saadian Tombs which went undiscovered until the 20th Century. Untouched for hundreds of years, they contain various examples of Moroccan tiling and traditional decoration, along with the tombs of Christians and Jews from hundreds of years previously.
For peace away from the hectic city, the Majorelle Gardens will offer respite and relaxation at all times of the day. There is a huge number of international plants on show, with the main highlight of the collection coming from the many variations of cactus.
A creepy, quiet and compelling historical landmark to visit comes from the once luxurious El Badi Palace that now lies in ruin. There are tunnels running beneath the palace that are open for the public to explore and it is fascinating to see how such a palace could fall into shambles.
Marrakech-Menara Airport is serviced from most major airports around Europe including low-cost airlines. Based 3 miles from the city centre, a journey should take from 15 to 20 minutes by car. Terminal one is a modern airport with many facilities whilst modernisation is also occurring across the rest of the port.