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Marrakech in April: best things to do in the city (activities, events, itineraries)

If you are interested in learning how Ramadan is experienced in Morocco, are a fan of sports, urban art and consider yourself an intrepid hiker, you should definitely consider visiting Marrakech in the month of April.

Ana Caballero

Ana Caballero

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Marrakech in April: best things to do in the city (activities, events, itineraries)

Postcards from the Desert | ©Sofia Gomez

April is the perfect time to visit Marrakech, as it is one of the most interesting times due to the events taking place in this beautiful city.

Spring and autumn are the best seasons of the year to visit Marrakech and, for me, the best time is the month of April, as the temperatures start to rise and the weather becomes drier and sunnier. In short, it is the perfect month to discover the most special traditions of Marrakech.

1. Discover the Medina at midnight

Medina by night| ©Alexander J.E. Bradley
Medina by night| ©Alexander J.E. Bradley

April usually coincides with the month of Ramadan, so you will find that many sites remain closed. Therefore, it is the perfect time to get to know the Medina in a very particular way.

During this month, the rhythm of life in the city changes: the markets close in the mornings, but you will find them open at midnight. After the Ramadan meals, the inhabitants take to the streets and the atmosphere becomes lively and pleasant to get lost in the streets of the Medina of Marrakech.

You can take the opportunity to do some shopping, enjoy street shows in Yamaa el Fna, the main square of Marrakech and one of the most famous in the world or taste Moroccan specialties in mobile restaurants in the center of the square. It is also a good time to go into the souk in search of souvenirs and learn the art of bargaining like a pro.

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2. Taste the typical sweets of Marrakech

Sweet chebakia| ©Mandy Sinclair
Sweet chebakia| ©Mandy Sinclair

Chebakia is one of the most coveted sweets of the month of Ramadan because of their high caloric content, they are the perfect way to break the fast at the end of the day.

Chebakias stand out for their particular and characteristic flower shape, and are mainly made with flour, toasted almonds and dipped in honey. It is a very special sweet for Moroccans and it is usual to meet at nightfall to taste them with the family.

I can assure you that they are delicious! You can taste them in cafes, while enjoying a typical mint tea or order them for dessert in many of the best restaurants in Marrakech. They are a delight that I assure you that you will not want to miss.

3 Explore the most intriguing ins and outs of Marrakech

Koutoubia Mosque| ©Daniel Csörföly
Koutoubia Mosque| ©Daniel Csörföly

April is a month of high season for tourists in Marrakech, so you will appreciate to enjoy some plan away from the bustle of the city and spend some quiet time. So, I invite you to get lost in the streets of the Medina less explored by tourists.

The city of Marrakech is full of mosques, beautiful alleys and other architectural gems, so it is worth going a little deeper to discover lesser-known but charming places like Dar el Bacha street, one of the most colorful and original streets, or the mysterious Jardin Secret. You will have to watch out and use your common sense to avoid ending up in some unwanted alleys.

If you are worried about safety in Marrakech and you prefer to be accompanied by a local, you can choose to contact a guide who will tell you all the secrets of the city.

Traveller Tip

Make sure you always have internet on your cell phone. The streets of Marrakech are somewhat labyrinthine, so it is essential to have internet access to be able to use the maps on your device and avoid getting lost.

4. Participate in the Marathon of the Sables

Marathon des Sables| ©Cimbali International
Marathon des Sables| ©Cimbali International

The Marathon des Sables is considered one of the toughest races in the world. It consists of a 250-kilometer run in just seven days, over dunes and rocky terrain in extreme heat. In addition, the runner must carry his food and other equipment, a true test of self-sufficiency.

The race is usually held during the first week of April and is open to all daring people who want to sign up, with the only condition that they are in good enough health to be able to keep up with the pace of this demanding competition. So, if you consider yourself a great athlete and think you are ready to face this difficult race, do not miss the opportunity to participate in this adventure, I assure you it will be a once in a lifetime experience.

5. Enjoy the annual Marrakech Tennis Tournament (Grand Prix Hassan ii)

Grand Prix Hassan ii| ©Tomkeene
Grand Prix Hassan ii| ©Tomkeene

One of the events par excellence is the Grand Prix Hassan II, which takes place every year between the first and second week of April at the Royal Tennis Club of Marrakech. The tournament is played over 6 days, and the grand final is usually held on a Sunday.

It is one of the most important events in the city, being the only professional tennis tournament (ATP) held in Morocco. In addition, it is entirely financed by the King of Morocco Mohammed VI. In short, if you are a tennis fan, you can not miss it.

6. Attend the wonderful Jardin'art Festival of Marrakech

Jardin'art Festival| ©E. SANDER
Jardin'art Festival| ©E. SANDER

In the month of April, the Jardin'art Festival is also held at the Jardin des Arts in the city. It consists of several events related to botany, which adorn the park with exhibitions, ephemeral sculptures and other magnificent floral displays.

It is an ideal place to go with children as they can enjoy gardening workshops and other activities for them. In the evenings, concerts are organized where local artists perform and create a very pleasant atmosphere.

Admission is free, another reason to make the most of your visit and attend this spectacular spring event. Get a better idea of what the Jardin'art de Marrakech is like with this video.

7. Explore Essaouira in one day

The waves lapping the ramparts of Essaouira| ©Doug Knuth
The waves lapping the ramparts of Essaouira| ©Doug Knuth

If you have enough time on your trip to Marrakech in April, I recommend a visit to the small coastal town of Essaouira. It is a very nice and quiet place, with fascinating beaches and beautiful narrow streets worth getting lost in, and April is the perfect time to do so, thanks to the good weather and the warm and dry climate.

You can enjoy the best views of Essaouira from the Skala du Port fortress, watch the fish being unloaded at the port and stop to take some pictures of the medina from the circular hole in the wall. For your convenience, you can buy the entrance ticket directly there, and it costs about 1 €.

You will easily find rich fish stalls where they serve large quantities of food at very good prices. Nor can you miss the unique sunsets that are already a symbol of the city, while you take a tea in a cafe in the medina.

As a curious fact Essaouira is the scene of some scenes of Game of Thrones, so if you've seen the series is very likely that some locations are familiar to you.

How to get to Essaouira

The easiest way to get from Marrakech to Essaouira is by bus and costs about 10€. Keep in mind that Ramadan can affect the schedules and rates of transportation and activities. Another interesting option is to hire a private tour that will facilitate the visit.

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8. Take a breathtaking ride over the heights at dawn

Balloon Ride in Morocco| ©Agnecia Marruecos
Balloon Ride in Morocco| ©Agnecia Marruecos

If you feel like discovering the city from another perspective, I recommend you to plan a hot air balloon ride at dawn. April is an ideal month to live the experience to the fullest, as it will allow you to fly over the city over a clear and cloudless sky.

It is a very complete activity that lasts approximately 5 hours: not only will you fly over the most spectacular landscapes of the Atlas Mountains under a unique sunrise, but, at the end of the ride, you can stop for a tasty traditional Moroccan Berber breakfast freshly prepared in a typical local restaurant. And there's more: the excursion will end with a magical camel ride through the desert palm trees. Sounds great, doesn't it?

There are many agencies that offer it, but even so, it must be booked in advance as they are usually very popular excursions. I assure you that it is worth the early start!

9. Attend the greatest show of speed in Africa

World Touring Car Cup (WTCR)| ©Chris Garamvolgyi
World Touring Car Cup (WTCR)| ©Chris Garamvolgyi

The FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile) World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) is one of the most exciting international car championships, where the best drivers in the industry compete alongside the most prestigious car brands. It makes a total of 20 stops in different parts of the world over 10 weekends.

Each year the championship stops in Marrakech, usually coinciding with the first weekend of April. It is held at the Moulay El Hassan Circuit, a fascinating urban course that crosses the city, of short distance and somewhat complicated; which adds even more entertainment to the competition.

So, if you are a fan of speed, take advantage of your visit to Marrakech in April to stop by the most impressive car tour that stops in Africa: excitement and adrenaline guaranteed.

10. Cool off at the Ouzoud Waterfalls

Ouzoud Waterfalls| ©Tomkeene
Ouzoud Waterfalls| ©Tomkeene

A perfect plan to escape the hustle and bustle of Marrakech during your visit in April is to organize a full day trip to the Ouzoud waterfalls, just over 150 kilometers from the city.

A local guide will show you all the points of interest until you reach an amazing natural waterfall where water flows down the top of the mountain from 110 meters high. After the complicated paths that you will have to cross, I assure you that you will feel like taking a dip in the inviting cool waters of the Abid River in the middle of the wild nature, and you can do it with the company of the friendly local monkeys that inhabit the area.

In the free time of the visit you can have lunch in one of the cafes and restaurants while admiring the breathtaking scenery around you, and take advantage of the opportunity to take unique photos.

The tour lasts about 7 hours and its approximate price is 24€ per person. It is incredible that so close to the city of Marrakech you can find such a spectacular natural panorama: it is a highly recommended experience.

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Please note that April may coincide with Ramadan.

Traditions in the Ramadan Celebration| ©Gabby Canonizado
Traditions in the Ramadan Celebration| ©Gabby Canonizado

Ramadan is the most important holy event in Morocco. It is celebrated every year coinciding with the ninth month of the lunar calendar, so it usually takes place between March and June.

During this holy month, which lasts 29 or 30 days, healthy Muslims around the world are obliged to abstain from eating and drinking during the day, until sunset.

Keep in mind that due to this very special celebration, the pace of the city changes, and in this case, slows down. Due to the demands of Ramadan, it is very likely that there will be stores, restaurants and cultural monuments that will be closed or change their opening hours to accommodate the traditions of this holiday.

So, visiting Marrakech in April is a great opportunity to experience firsthand this incredible cultural explosion, but be aware that it can affect the planning of certain activities and transportation in Marrakech.

What is the weather like in Marrakech in April?

Spring in Marrakech| ©Gunther S. Thompson
Spring in Marrakech| ©Gunther S. Thompson

If you are going to visit Marrakech, the month of April is the best time to do it, as the spring temperatures will allow you to visit every corner of the city, and make your excursions in the desert and the Atlas Mountains, without suffering from the sweltering heat of summer or the bad weather of winter.

In summer, temperatures often exceed 40ºC and winter is a time of very frequent rainfall. Therefore, spring, and more specifically the month of April, is the perfect time to visit Marrakech, since the average temperature is 26ºC, with maximums of 25ºC and minimums of 12ºC approximately.

  • Winter in Marrakech
  • December - March
  • Climate: Cool
  • High 20ºC
  • Low 6ºC
  • Spring
  • March - June
  • Climate: Temperate
  • High 29ºC
  • Low 10ºC
  • Summer
  • June - August
  • Climate: Hot and dry
  • High 37ºC
  • Minimum 17ºC
  • Autumn
  • September - November
  • Climate: Temperate
  • High 33ºC
  • Low 11ºC

What to pack to visit Marrakech in April

Travel Luggage| ©Dids
Travel Luggage| ©Dids

As you can see, if you visit Marrakech during spring, you will enjoy a mild climate, practically summery, so my advice is to visit Marrakech in April is that your suitcase contains basically light clothes made of fresh and breathable fabrics, such as linen or cotton.

Due to the distance between Marrakech and the coast, there is a big thermal oscillation, so it gets cooler at night. Don't forget to pack a sweater and some warmer long pants to keep you warm if you decide to go out for dinner or a walk in the starlight.

Something you should keep in mind is that Marrakech is a very conservative city where the traditions and customs of Muslim culture are deeply rooted. Therefore, I recommend that you choose loose-fitting clothes that cover your legs and shoulders. This way, you will avoid potentially uncomfortable and unwanted situations.

Do not forget the footwear, I recommend you to choose comfortable and breathable shoes, with which you can walk without suffering from possible chafing and injuries, because the best way to know Marrakech is walking through every corner of its streets.

Remember that the sun is very intense there, so you should always carry a hat or cap to protect your head, and sunglasses to not miss any detail during your excursions.

Another basic that can not miss in your suitcase and that I recommend you always carry with you is sunscreen and mosquito repellent.