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The best hotels in Marrakech, Morocco
Travelling is always a good way to see new places and experience new things and new lifestyles, so why not go somewhere a bit exotic on your next jaunt? Capital city of Morocco, Marrakech is a wonderful city with a great atmosphere given by its crowded souks, crumbling palaces, and old defense walls. So where to stay in Marrakech? While there are many hotels and other types of accommodation in the area, a great idea would be to book in a riad-kind of hotel, traditional Moroccan houses that have been turned into small hotels. These will offer you the opportunity to experience the city's unique feel thanks to its traditional furniture and closer contact with the local people and they are generally located in the Medina, which is the older part of the city. However, it can became quite noisy, so you might consider a different area if you are a light sleep, don't like crowds, or are travelling with children. Other areas you can consider are Hivernage and Gueliz - most hotels are located there and they are only 20 to 30 minutes away from Jemaa El Fna square, one of the main meeting points of the city. To find a good hotel, just search our website and the list of accommodations we provide as you are sure to find something to your taste.
As you can imagine, Marrakech has a hot and semi-arid climate, which means that while the winter can be damp but mild, with temperatures at an average of 12°C, summers are very hot, temperatures touching even 45°C to 50°C. The rainfall is also quite limited and generally at its most during the winter. Therefore, if you do not like extreme heat, the latter season might be the best time for you to visit. Marrakech is also the setting of many festivals throughout the year, which attract tourists and locals alike. This too is something you should consider when booking as festivals affect both the level of the crowds and the prices hotels apply to the rooms they offer. Below you can find a list of the most popular events. - The Sand Marathon (early to mid-April) - The Rose Festival (mid-May), when roses bloom in the oasis town of Kelaa-des-Mgouna, one of the country's biggest rose water distillery plants - The Fes Festival of World Sacred Music (early to mid-June) - The Marrakech Popular Arts Festival (July) - The Imichil Marriage Festival (August-September), which is a fun way to learn about Berber culture - The Erfoud Date Festival (October), celebrating the year's date harvest with food, music, dancing, and a dromedary race - The Marrakech International Film Festival (December)
But what to see in Marrakech? Among the many attractions, one of the most noteworthy and yet most hidden is the El Badi Palace. Now in ruins, this palace was first built in the 16th century under the reign of King Ahmad al-Mansur with gold, marble, and other precious materials. Unfortunately it is no longer possible to visit it but the grounds are still beautiful, making it a very scenic spot to tour and soak up the old grandeur of the past royal family. While visiting the palace, make it a point of honor to visit the terrace as well, from where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Atlas Mountains in the distance. (A small admission fee is required). If you liked the El Badi Palace then you'll like the Bahia Palace as well. Better known to tourists, the palace boasts beautiful mosaics and ceilings, as well as decorative tiles and stained glass lamps. Also make sure you stop and rest a moment in the beautiful internal courtyard before you plunge back into the busy streets of the city. (A small admission fee is required). Finally, catch a carriage ride to the popular Menara Gardens (many carriages leave from the Djemaa-El-Fnaa market). These gardens are located at the foot of the Atlas mountains and strolling there will give you the opportunity to enjoy views of fruit orchards, artificial lakes, and of course the famous mountains themselves. Do you like shopping? Make sure you stop by the souk for typical souvenirs like Moroccan lamps and pottery, and silver jewelry. But remember - they'll expect you to haggle on the price!
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