Cheap Flights to Marrakesh, Morocco
- Area Code : +212 44
- Currency : Moroccan dirham (DHS/MAD)
- Population Metro : 1,063,415 (2014)
- Official Languages : Arabic and Tamazight (Berber). French & English
- Time Zones : WET (UTC+0) Summer (DST): WEST (UTC+1)
- Airport : Marrakesh Menara International Airport (RAK)
The modern Marrakesh airport is a spectacular example of architectural art that serves Marrakesh, capital city of the Marrakesh-Tensift-El Haouz territory in Morocco. To reach the city passengers can take a taxi or public bus No. 11 that operates every 20 to 30 minutes to the central square in the old city of Djemaa el-Fna or hire a rental vehicle
Departing from Johannesburg, South Africa travellers can fly to Marrakesh Menara International Airport with the following airlines:
- South African, Swiss (via Munch, Geneva) 17h 0m+
- Iberia (via Madrid) 17h 35m+
- Austrian (via Vienna) 17h 35m+
- Air France, Royal Air Maroc (via Paris, Casablanca) 18h 10m+
- British Airways (via London) 18h 30m+
- Lufthansa (via Frankfurt) 18h 40m+
- Kenya (via Nairobi) 18h 40m+
- TAP Portugal (via Lisbon) 19h 10m+
- KLM (via Amsterdam) 19h 15m+
- Qatar Airways (via Doha) 19h 50m+
- TAAG (via Luanda) 20h 20m+
- Luxair (via Luxembourg City) 20h 20m+
- EgyptAir (via Cairo) 20h 30m+
- Turkish (via Istanbul) 21h 40m+
Including the above, additional airlines landing at RAK comprise:
- Atlas Blue
- Easy Jet
Reasons to Visit Marrakesh, Morocco
- Established in 1062 and once an imperial city, Marakesh has a magic that draws back visitor’s time and again. Its densely packed walled-in medieval city that dates to the Empire of the Berbers comprises narrow intertwined alleyways and bustling souks that sell wonderful items for gifts or souvenirs. There are palaces, mosques, breath-taking gardens, busy souks and more than you can imagine!
- There are fabulous 4 and 5-Star hotels suitable for families, business people, singles and couples that afford an unadulterated Moroccan feel with latticework garden gazebos, misty solariums, heated pools provoking thoughts of Cleopatra, tiered terraces with luxurious suites set in gardens of palms, banana and citrus trees, rooms created with silk, velvet, bronze, cedar and fretwork lanterns eliminating a soft soothing light, affording repose while not out sightseeing. Visitors on tight budgets have some great hostels to choose from including apartments with fabulous locations.
- Drop into a gym, enjoy a game of tennis or golf, take one many interesting street walks, relax with friends in a coffee shop, visit and spend your money on perfumes, books, jewellery, spirits, wine or beer.
- Deemed the entertainment city of Morocco, Marrakesh may be far from the equivalent of westernised nightlife, but you’ll be far from bored! Enjoy evenings of live music, belly dancing, nightclubbing and sample superb cuisines in eateries oozing with character and history or simply relax at one of many pavement cafés, never with a dull moment.
- The ideal time to visit Marrakesh is from October to November when temperatures fall, the city’s not overcrowded and accommodation rates are lower. Also pleasant and beautiful is during Spring, from March to May (except for the Easter weekend that attracts visitors in the thousands). But if its people and heat you enjoy, then summer from June to September has plenty of tourists drinking loads of water, remaining under shade from noon to 15h00 with accommodation prices the highest.
Places to Visit in Marrakesh, Morocco
- Established in the 1920s, Majorelle Garden is a stunning landscaped garden comprising 12 acres of exotic plants, water features and includes the Islamic Art Museum of Marrakesh.
- Located in the magnificent Dar Menebhi Palace is the Marrakech Museum with displays of Berber, Jewish and Muslim artefacts.
- The agricultural Agdal Gardens of Almohad origin comprising over 500 hectares is situated within the Royal Palace grounds. Visitors are only allowed when the King of Morocco isn’t staying at the palace.
- The botanical Menara Gardens founded in the 12th century is located west of Marrakesh, close to the Atlas Mountains and comprise orchards of olive, fruit and palm trees.
- A sight not to be missed and sealed for centuries that dates to the great sultan Ahmad al-Mansur Saadi (1578 to 1603) is the Saadian Tombs that were only discovered in 1917.
- Dating back to the 12th century, the oldest building in Marrakesh is the small but impressive Almoravid Koubba, the only remaining sample of Almoravid Berber architecture.
- The market of Djemaa el-Fna, located in the old city is alive with locals and tourists and an experience in itself with hawkers, entertainers and stalls. Early morning has snake charmers, street theatre, tattoo artists and more. Be sure not to miss the best time at sunset when enormous open-air dining areas, alight with gas lanterns emit aromas of mouth-watering local cuisines, while satisfying your appetite, listen to live music. Also, located in the Djemaa el-Fna is the largest mosque in Marrakesh, the Koutoubia Mosque with its height of 77 metres.
- A must for avid golfers is visiting Palmeraie, located on the northern verge of the city, that’s home to the Palmeraie Golf Palace, a 5-Star hotel that shows off splendid traditional Moroccan architecture and comprises Africa’s best golf course.
- Besides serving excellent food, Comptoir Darna, a club and restaurant is the one of the best for great belly dancers with live music followed by a DJ.
- Jad Mahal located in the Hibvernage area puts on a great show of fire breathers, belly dancers and live music with food for the hungry.
Getting Around Marrakesh, Morocco
Local buses depart from Pl de Foucauld, close to the Djemaa el-Fna with somewhat irregular departure times.
These are pleasurable (outside peak hours) green horse-drawn carriages that offer one-way trips on set routes and found at Pl de Foucault. Rates are state-fixed per hour or for one-way trips on fixed medina routes, per person. Rates can be seen posted on the inside of the carriage.
Around town you’ll find metered cream/beige petits taxies that don’t always use their meters, which you should insist on, especially from the airport. At night there’s an additional surcharge. Should your group comprise more than three people, you need to take a grand taxi.
For the brave-hearted motorcycles and scooters can be rented out from Action Sports Loisirs.
Rentals located in Marrakesh include Hertz, Sixt, Avis, Medloc Maroc and others.