A vibrant labyrinth where spices sting your eyes, music tickles your soul, and every turn unravels a kaleidoscope of sights, smells, and stories.
Approximate flight time: approximately 4 hours 35 minutes (1482 miles)
Airlines that fly direct: Ryanair (from April 2024)
Airports in Marrakesh: Marrakesh Airport (RAK)
Seasons: High: March to May & September to October | Low: January
Currency: Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
Departing from Birmingham Airport
Start your Marrakesh adventure smoothly at Birmingham Airport! With excellent transport links, you can reach the terminal by train from Birmingham International train station, bus, coach, or car (with a choice of seven convenient car parks available). Pre-book your parking online and save up to 70% - while you’re booking parking, why not book a lounge, which offer complimentary food & drink, unlimited Wi-Fi with excellent runway views for those seeking the ultimate airport experience.
Before your flight, indulge in delicious food and beverage choices, including –
- Giraffe which have a great kids menu
- Wetherspoons and Factory Bar and Kitchen offer a variety of food and drinks
- Whilst Costa, Caffe Nero, Pret a Manger and Starbucks will tempt with coffee and treats
Looking to do some shopping before you fly? Why no browse World Duty Free's amazing deals or find travel essentials at Boots, WHSmiths and InMotion for any electrical you may have forgotten.
More facilities and speedy traveller tips can be found on our website here!
Average temperature in Marrakesh
Arriving at Marrakesh Airport (RAK)
There are many ways for you to travel from Marrakesh Airport to you destination in the city centre or to your accommodation provider. Lonely Planet advises travellers to book an airport transfer or to catch the local bus for a smooth arrival.
The local language in Marrakesh is Darija (Moroccan Arabic), learning a few phrases of Darija will earn you points – for example, walking into a shop it’s common to greet fellow customers and shopkeepers with an "Assalaamu alaykum" (peace be with you) and respond with “Wa alaykum ssalaam” or “Chakrun” for thank you, “la chakrun” for no thank you, and “afak” for please.
Marrakesh a city that’s a sensory overload in the best way possible. Some of the best things to do whilst you’re at ancient city include:
- Tantalize your taste buds: Embark on a food tour and unravel the magic of Moroccan cuisine, from fragrant tagines to melt-in-your-mouth pastries.
- Unleash your inner haggler: Dive into the labyrinthine depths of Bab el-Khemis, the country's premier flea market, and unearthed hidden treasures amidst the vibrant chaos.
- Soar above it all: Ascend in a hot-air balloon, and witness the intricate tapestry of Marrakesh unfurl beneath you, bathed in the warm glow of the setting sun.
- Step into a gilded fairy-tale: Explore the opulent Bahia Palace, where intricate tilework whispers tales of lavish living and hidden courtyards invite moments of peaceful reflection.
- Witness the nightly spectacle: Let the dusk wash over Djemaa el-Fnaa, as a symphony of lights, music, and performances erupts under the starry sky.
These are just a few brushstrokes on the canvas of Marrakesh. For a deeper dive, check out Mandy Sinclair's article in Lonely Planet, a handy guide for navigating the city's whirlwind charm.
Culture in Marrakesh
Marrakesh, also known as the “Red City”, is one of Morocco’s leading tourist destinations. The city’s heart beats with a vibrant blend of Berber, Arab, and Islamic influences. You can find yourself exploring for days in the medina, where sunlight dances through intricate mosaic doorways and the air hums with the rhythmic chants of street vendors. Stimulate your senses with vibrant aromas such as saffron and cumin filling the Moroccan air, mingling with the sweet melody of Gnawa music, a hypnotic fusion of African and Arabic rhythms.
Step into a riad, a traditional courtyard house, and find serenity amidst lush greenery and tinkling fountains. Tea ceremonies, where mint-infused steam swirls and conversation flows like honey, offer a glimpse into Moroccan hospitality. Evenings are ablaze with color as the Djemaa el-Fnaa square transforms into a kaleidoscope of performers, fortune tellers, and snake charmers. Marrakesh, where ancient traditions and modern charm intertwine, promises an unforgettable symphony for the senses.