The Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK) is the major airport serving the buzzing and atmospheric city of Marrakech. Passengers will discover that the airport has all the main amenities they’ll need, such as foreign exchange services, an ATM, access to WiFi, a restaurant and a few snack kiosks, as well as a few duty-free shops.
The airport is close to the city, only 6km southwest of the centre of Marrakech, and transport links are provided by buses and taxis. You’ll find the taxis are stationed outside the terminal, and will take you into town for around 50-100MAD ($7-$14).
Carriers servicing flights between Australia and Morocco’s Marrakech tend to be Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Lufthansa, Emirates, Thai Airways, Qantas, British Airways, Iberia, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Swiss Air, Air China, Alitalia and KLM.
Why visit Marrakech?
It is hard to think of Morocco without thinking of the colourful and energetic streets of Marrakech. It is the country’s largest city and its capital, and the museums and attractions that fill Marrakech attest to that. Come to this city and lose yourself in the desert climes, the spiced air, and bustling marketplaces that make this destination so unique.
Things to do in Marrakech
On your first day in this city, learn its history by stepping into the Marrakech Museum. This excellent institution charts the journey this city has come on, and investigates the lives of its many rulers. This attraction is paired really well with the Saadian Tombs, where the rulers of this dynasty were buried. Then make the time for the Koutoubia Mosque too, a fixture of the city since the 12th century and an important religious centre in Marrakesh.
Then dive into the Medina, the central part of the city where you can find the traditional bazaars, shops and eateries that evoke the older side of Morocco. You can spend a whole afternoon in the Medina’s main square, the Djemaa El Fna, where fortunetellers will read your palms, snake charmers will capture your imagination, and storytellers will spin a great yarn.
Outside of the city are the Atlas Mountains, and in summer you can hike, and trek all around this range. If you visit in winter, you can go to the popular skiing resorts of Oukaimeden or Ourika Valley.
Best time to visit Marrakech
· March to May, and October to November are arguably the best months to visit the city. Temperatures are at their most pleasant, with highs of 23-26°C, and lows sinking no further than 11°C. October to November offers the best prices of the two shoulder seasons.
· Summers are best avoided, the heat can be quite oppressive, sometimes rising to 38°C.
Arriving in Marrakech
· Two stopovers tend to be standard when flying to this city from Australia, usually comprising of one in the Middle East or Asia, and one in Europe. Expect these to be cities like Singapore (SIN), Doha (DOH) and Frankfurt (FRA).
· Moroccan Dirham (MAD).
· Australians are able to enter Morocco without a visa as long as you aren’t planning to stay longer than three months. For updates on safety, and entry conditions, please visit the Australian Foreign Affairs site dedicated to travel in Morocco.
Please note that information is correct as of September 2016
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