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Map of Morocco
Area (sq km): 446,550
Population: 31,228,981
Nationality: Arab-Berber,
Local Name: Morocco
Language: Arabic,
Time Zone: GMT
Currency: Dirham
Capital: Rabat
Dialling Code: +212
Electricity: 220V/50Hz
Internet Code: .ma
Religion: Sunni Muslim
Climate: Mediterranean,
Government: Parliamentary Monarchy
Inoculations: None
Driving: Right
Int'l License: Not Required
Banking: M-F 9.30-13.00
Major Airports: Agadir (AGA), Casablanca (CMN), Essaouira (ESU), Fes (FEZ), Marrakech (RAK), Nador (NDR), Tangier (TNG)

The Red City - Marrakech

Marrakech is what could be called a city with a difference. It is a magical place where, if you let your imagination go, you will be transported back to a fairytale world of sultans and wizards. In Marrakech the smell of the colourful spice stalls and of the delicious Moroccan food, plus the chanting of the daily Muslim call to prayer, will enchant your senses.

Snake charmers in Marrakech
Snake charmers in Marrakech

At the end of your holiday, your overview of Marrakech will be one filled with memories of ancient historic buildings, friendly locals, great shopping, mint tea and good eating.

Facts about Marrakech, the Red City

Marrakech, also known as the Red City, because of its pink/red city walls, was founded in 1062, being then the capital of a vast empire. Under the influence of the Berbers, the Arabs and later on the French, various languages can be heard whilst walking around the old city.

French seems to be the most common language used with the tourists, although some English at a basic level is also spoken in shops and restaurants. Marrakech enjoys lovely climate, the most popular months for visitors are March to May and September to November. The national currency is the Dirham. Being a Muslim country, lots of places are closed on Fridays, their holy day, and as a sign of respect, it is advisable for ladies to wear discreet clothing. has Morocco villas near Marrakech and around the country.

Jemaa El Fna, Marrakech Medina & Koutoubia Mosque

There are many places of interest in Marrakech, such as the famous Jemaa El Fna – the largest central square in the city, where there is always something different to see and do. The Medina or old city, with its cobble-stoned streets and its wonderful markets, is exactly as you have seen it on films.

A marvellous site, when lit at night, is the Koutoubia Mosque, which overlooks the whole city. Visit the Saadian Tombs, a mausoleum of beautifully decorated marble graves of 60 members of the Saadi dynasty. You must not leave Marrakech without trying a traditional Hammam or steam bath, where you can experience a good scrub and a massage!

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