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Marocco and Marrakesh in winter are fantastic: the days are warm and the nights are not too cold. In high summer, daytime temperatures can reach 38C. Winter can be warm and blissfully free of crowds. And it is this season that you should visit Marrakech, to spoil every corner, every smell, every sound. And also to attend the event which is held every year during the month of December: the Marrakech International Film Festival to be held from 5 to 13 December 2014. An event that parade the big international film and which is hosted by King Mohamed VI, with international juries. A unique opportunity to see this city even more colour and dress up waiting for the stars.
The best and most picturesque to turn the Medina is on board the horse-drawn carriages, but there are also more modern means such as taxis that are readily available.
Also you can rent a car but it is advisable that you just need to head to places far away, otherwise it is better avoided the stress of driving in a very busy city. In case you want to rent a car, you can go to Hertz (hertz.com), national (nationalcar.co.uk) and budget (budget.com).
Those who decide to take a vacation in Marrakech, cannot miss these places.
L ‘UNESCO has designated this World Heritage site. A magical, almost fairytale place made from snake charmers, acrobats and street vendors. And even belly dancers, storytellers and astrologers. A kind of street theatre that counts 1000 years but that does not show them at all.
Erroneously described as a health club, a real Moroccan hammam is much more. An experience not to be missed for those who want a silky skin and perfect.
Those who can not venture into the Sahara desert can still live a very nice experience with a hike in the Agafay desert which is an hour from Marrakech and that is on the slopes of the High Atlas chain. You can spend a different day than usual, dining under a tent, sleeping in a camp and experience the thrill of the desert.
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It is a botanical garden that boasts about 300 plant species including a collection of cacti, a collection of bananas, a collection of rare plants, a palm collection, a collection of bamboo.
Ourika Valley is about 60 km from Marrakech. Here you can visit a number of Berber villages and women’s cooperatives that produce Argan oil. Near the village of Ourika several waterfalls arise.
Where to eat in Marrakech
The food varies: from Marrakech street food to what you need in the parties of the building. Here are some restaurants where you can eat in Marrakech.
Gastro MK is the perfect place for afternoon tea with scones, for a sandwich for a slice of cake.
Address: Derb Sebaai 4, Bab Laksour, Medina
Contact: 00 212 524 37 61 73; maisonmk.com
The Restaurant La Maison Arabe
A perfect Moroccan atmosphere and traditional specialties cooked with herbs and spices.
Address: Derb Assebhe 1, near Bab Doukkala, Medina
Contact: 00 212 524 387 010; lamaisonarabe.com
Grand Café de la Poste
Time travel is possible, you can do it around lunch behind the post office in Marrakech. Here is a bistro Colonial Art Deco where you eat well and where you feel the stars
Address: Blvd El Mansour Dahbi-ed, Gueliz
Contact: 00 212 524 433 038;
The culinary sophistication combined with the decadence of Marrakesh all seasoned with excellent food like fish stuffed with herbs, shoulder of lamb stuffed with almonds and towers fluffy couscous.
Address: 55 Boulevard Mohammed Zerktouni, Gueliz
Contact: 00 212 524 43 40 60
Mama Ti Lee
Mediterranean ingredients of the season by adding spicy typical Moroccan: creamy pumpkin soup flavoured with cinnamon, for example.
Address: 13 Derb Laarsa near Tiskiwin House, Riad Zitoun Jadid, Medina
Contact: 00 212 524 38 17 52, mamatilee.blogspot.com
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 19: 30-11: 00
Here you eat the authentic Marrakesh soul. The staff is cheerful and friendly. The specialty is lamb stew of Marrakhes. Vegetarians can order an assortment of six salads.
Address: 11 Derb Souk Jadid
Contact: 00 212 662 610229
Perfect for those who love the vegetarian cuisine.
Address: 93 Arset Aouzal (near Dar el Bacha), Medina
Contact: 00 212 656 566 374; hennacafemarrakech.com
Opening hours: Daily, 11: 00-20: 00
Amal Center guarantees the classic Moroccan hospitality for customers and paid internships, literacy courses and vocational training to local women in need. Picky eaters can enjoy a traditional cake of seafood and almond cookies.
Address: Corner of Rue Ibn Sina Rue Allal Ben Ahmed and (near the Policlinico South) Gueliz
Contact: 00 212 524 446 896; hope-amal.org
Opening hours: daily, noon, 16:00……
To get to Marrakesh by ferry? Check the link http://www.ok-ferry.com/en/marocco-ferries.aspx