As a world-renowned tourist destination, Marrakech has an important hotel, tourist, event, sports and cultural infrastructure that is very dense, as evidenced by the fabric of museums, traditional and contemporary art.
Marrakesh is particularly popular with the French, and numerous French celebrities own property in the city. Marrakesh has the largest traditional market (souk) in Morocco, with some 18 souks selling wares ranging from traditional Berber carpets to modern consumer electronics. Crafts employ a significant percentage of the population, who primarily sell their products to tourists.
Two types of music are traditionally associated with Marrakesh. Berber music is influenced by Andalusian classical music and typified by its oud accompaniment. By contrast, Gnaoua music is loud and funky with a sound reminiscent of the Blues. It is performed on handmade instruments such as castanets, ribabs (three-stringed banjos) and deffs (handheld drums). Gnaoua music's rhythm and crescendo take the audience into a mood of trance; the style is said to have emerged in Marrakesh and Essaouira as a ritual of deliverance from slavery.
Year-round temperatures range from 84 - 90° F
Moroccan dirham (MAD)
Emergency and specialized care outside the major cities are far below U.S. standards and may not be available at all. Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. You may also be required to pay a deposit before being admitted for treatment. Always carry your prescription medication in the original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription.
Visa is not required for entry into Morocco for stays under 90 days.