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Marrakech in September: everything you can't miss

September is a very ideal month to visit Marrakech: temperatures and tourism are moderate, prices are cheap and there is a wide range of plans. What more could you ask for?

María Cano

María Cano

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Marrakech in September: everything you can't miss

Marrakech, Morocco | ©Rigel

September is one of the best months to travel to Marrakech: temperatures are warm, but not as stifling as in the summer months, there are many hours of sunshine so you can make the most of the days and although there is tourism is not as crowded as in summer, so the city can be visited comfortably. In addition, prices are cheaper than in July and August. Below, I indicate a decalogue with the best plans that you can do on your trip.

If you have any doubt, read the post when to travel to Marrakech and you will see that September is a perfect month for your visit. And if you are looking for more general information about the city, visit the article what to see and do in Marrakech.

1. Wellness, relaxation and music at Oasis Festival

At the Oasis Festival| ©puffin11k
At the Oasis Festival| ©puffin11k

If you are a lover of electronic music, Oasis Festival takes place in mid-September, a music festival that has an important international presence of DJs and also highlights contemporary art, fashion and gastronomy of North Africa.

Various emblematic enclaves of the city such as the Secret Garden join this cultural proposal, which also organizes yoga sessions and afternoons of pool, spa and shisha. All this with a wide range of music in the background. A whole experience of wellness and relaxation.

2. Delve into the heart of the Atlas Mountains and don't miss the Fête des Novias (Brides Festival)

Atlas Mountains| ©Spixey
Atlas Mountains| ©Spixey

In the month of September, usually in the third week, takes place one of the most curious festivals of the country, the Feast of the Brides, also known as Moussem of Imilchil, which is celebrated in this town located in the heart of the Atlas, about 350 kilometers from the city of Marrakech.

In this festival you can enjoy dance, music, souks and many other creative proposals. In addition, the great curiosity of this festival is that it takes place a great collective wedding in which about thirty young people of this beautiful region marry a person freely. And if they are not satisfied with the marriage they can return to their family and marry again the following year.

Although it is some distance from Marrakech is a highly recommended visit if your trip coincides with this event, as it is a very unique festival in which you will enjoy a unique atmosphere. It is also a unique way to immerse yourself in the local culture. Attendees wear a specific attire and hairstyle according to their marital status.

The traveler's tip

If you have the opportunity, do not hesitate to visit Marrakech in the month of September as you will enjoy an ideal time to make any of the many plans that this fantastic city has to offer.

3. Take an excursion to the desert of Marrakech, an experience of 10

Camping in the Desert| ©Jaanus Jagomägi
Camping in the Desert| ©Jaanus Jagomägi

The best experience you can live in your trip to Marrakech in September is a tour to the desert. The decrease in temperatures typical of this month, makes it an ideal plan for all tastes and ages.

In your excursion to the desert you have several options. On the one hand, you can go to the Merzouga Desert, which is located approximately 550 kilometers from Marrakech. It is the most distant option, but the most popular of all. Of course, the excursion takes between two and three days so it is recommended if you spend at least a week in Marrakech.

Another option is to visit the Zagora Desert, approximately 350 kilometers from Marrakech. An excursion of approximately two days.

And finally you can visit the Agafay Desert, which is about 40 kilometers away, and you can go there and back in a day.

I take this opportunity to leave you the post how to get to the desert from Marrakech. And if you are not sure which is the best option depending on the days of your visit, read the post best excursions in the desert of Morocco and you will get out of doubts. You can also read an article about the best desert activities in Morocco and you will have all the details about the most original way to know the desert of Marrakech which, in fact, is the Sahara Desert. Of course, if you dare to go I recommend you to spend a night in the desert of Marrakech as it is an unforgettable experience.

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4. Live the adventure of a camel ride in the palm grove of Marrakech

Touring the palm grove at sunset| ©EliBet.
Touring the palm grove at sunset| ©EliBet.

An ideal plan for the month of October when the high temperatures begin to give a respite to visitors is a camel tour of the Palm Grove. A perfect option for the whole family and a choice to escape the hustle and bustle of Marrakech.

The Palm Grove is an enclave that is located northeast of Marrakech, about 10 kilometers, and has about 13,000 hectares and 100,000 palm trees that were planted in the Almoravid dynasty. Specifically, this thousand-year-old park dates back to the 17th century when the Almoravids arrived in the city. In this area are located some of the most important golf courses in the city and several luxury hotels. This experience is priced at approximately 40 €.

In addition, you can experience a camel ride in other parts of Marrakech.

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5. Visit the Majorelle Garden, an oasis in the middle of the city

Majorelle Garden| ©Kamal Hammadi
Majorelle Garden| ©Kamal Hammadi

One of the best plans you can make in the month of September in the central hours of the day is to go to the Majorelle Garden, one of the most visited places in the city of Marrakech.

The French painter Jacque Majorelle, known for being a nature lover, was the precursor of this garden, which was later acquired by Yves Saint Laurent and currently has more than 300 plant species, including palm trees, cacti, roses, bougainvilleas, bamboos, water lilies and lotus flowers.

The price of the visit is approximately 12€ and it is open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission to both the garden and the Berber Museum can be purchased online.

6. Immerse yourself in the life of the Yamaa el-Fna Square

Yamaa el-Fna Square Night| ©Alexander J.E. Bradley
Yamaa el-Fna Square Night| ©Alexander J.E. Bradley

The Jemaa el Fna Square, located in the heart of Marrakech, attracts an immeasurable number of people every day. In my opinion, it is one of the most spectacular visits of the city, and you can spend hours and hours while enjoying the various shows offered by the square starring snake charmers, musicians and other unique protagonists. A unique space that I recommend you visit at night.

Take advantage of your visit to Yamaa el-Fna to eat in one of the restaurants and bars surrounding the square. Feel free to read the post about Moroccan food or the best restaurants in Marrakech and learn all about the local cuisine.

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7. Enter the souk of Marrakech

Local souk of Marrakech| ©n m
Local souk of Marrakech| ©n m

And if you go to Marrakech in September, do not hesitate to go into the Medina, visit the souk and take some souvenirs of your trip, from leather accessories such as slippers, backpacks, fanny packs or bags, to some ceramic objects, or cosmetic products such as argan oil. You won't have any problem communicating as the vendors are fluent in all languages.

The souk, which occupies a maze of labyrinthine streets from the north of the Jamaa el Fna Square, is one of the highlights of Marrakech and the stalls are open from about 10 am to 5 pm. One last tip, do not forget to bargain because, believe it or not, you will always get a discount.

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8. Visit the main museums of Marrakech

Yves Saint Laurent Museum:| ©Rainer Pidun
Yves Saint Laurent Museum:| ©Rainer Pidun

Another of the plans that you can not miss on your trip to Marrakech in September is the visit to some of the major museums in the city as the Yves San Laurent Museum, which houses a permanent collection of the most outstanding works of the designer or the Dar el Bacha Museum: or Museum of Confluences, which is located in one of the most beautiful buildings in Marrakech, a palace of the early twentieth century that was the official residence of the Pasha of Marrakech for more than forty years.

I also advise you to visit the House of Photography that, driven by Patrick Manac'h and Hamid Mergani, houses a collection of more than 10,000 photographs of Morocco between the late nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century or the Orientalist Museum, an art gallery in which outstanding pieces of Dali, Delacroix, Lord Weeks, or Jacques Majorelle are exposed. All of them painters who captured the beauty of Morocco in their works.

9. Discover one of the treasures of Marrakech, the Saadian tombs.

Saadian tombs| ©Montse PB
Saadian tombs| ©Montse PB

The month of September is perfect to see the Saadian tombs, one of the most beautiful and visited monuments of Marrakech. And with the decrease in tourism you will have the opportunity to see it comfortably and without crowds, something practically impossible at other times of the year.

The Saadian tombs, whose capacity is very small, date from the Saadian dynasty, which reigned between 1524 and 1659 in Marrakech. They were discovered in the early twentieth century and has several areas that can be visited: the Mausoleum of Lalla Massouda, the Hall of 12 columns, the Hall of Prayers, the Hall of the Three Niches and the outer burials.

The price of the entrance is from 6.50 €.

10. Take a trip back in time at the Madrasa of Ben Youssef

Ali Ben Youssef Madrasa| ©Kees Kortmulder
Ali Ben Youssef Madrasa| ©Kees Kortmulder

Another must-see on your trip to Marrakech in September is the Ben Youssef Madrasa, also known as Medersa Ben Youssef. You may wonder what makes this visit so special? It is the largest and most important Madrasa in Morocco, as well as one of the most beautiful examples of the country's architectural heritage. Founded by Sultan Abou al Hasam, this educational center of higher learning dates back to the second half of the 16th century and has more than a hundred cells that could accommodate up to a thousand students dedicated to the study of the Koran.

The temperature of Marrakech in September

In the streets of the Medina| ©Carlos Felipe Pardo
In the streets of the Medina| ©Carlos Felipe Pardo

In September, the temperatures in Marrakech decrease considerably, with maximum temperatures around 33-35ºC and daily averages between 25 and 28ºC. The days are still very long, with sunrise around 7:15 a.m. in the morning and sunset after 7:30 p.m. in the evening, so there are more than 12 hours of daylight a day. In addition, there is hardly any rainfall. In fact, it rains an average of one day per month.

The tourist influx in Marrakech in September

Streets of Medina, Marrakech| ©Carlos Felipe Pardo
Streets of Medina, Marrakech| ©Carlos Felipe Pardo

The tourist influx in Marrakech in September is considerably lower than in July and August, but there are still a significant number of visitors and the main excursions are in high demand, so it is advisable to book in advance. Even so, everything is not as crowded as in the previous months, so it is a good option for your trip.

Before starting your trip do not hesitate to read the posts safety in Marrakech and how to get around Marrakech, they are very practical.

Marrakech prices in September

Moroccan money| ©Doug Knuth
Moroccan money| ©Doug Knuth

Prices in Marrakech in September decrease considerably compared to July and August, both in flights and hotels and even on a daily basis. And is that the tourist rates fall greatly and directly also lower prices. So, if you have the opportunity, do not hesitate to visit the city at this time of the year, you will not regret it!

Read the post when to travel to Marrakech and you will realize that, without a doubt, it is an excellent option.

And if you are looking for more detailed information on other months of the year, I leave the post Marrakech in January, Marrakech in February, Marrakech in March, Marrakech in April, Marrakech in May, Marrakech in June, MarrakechinJuly, Marrakech in August, Marrakech in November and Marrakech in December.

What to pack to visit Marrakech in September

Travel Luggage| ©Dids
Travel Luggage| ©Dids

If you travel to Marrakech in September, it is ideal to wear light clothes, linen or cotton for the central hours of the day and a jacket, cardigan or sweater for when it gets dark, as temperatures can drop to 20 ° C and there is much contrast in temperature throughout the day. On the other hand, do not forget to bring a hat or cap and sunglasses for those moments when the sun is strongest.

On the other hand, do not forget that Morocco is a Muslim country and it is not recommended that women wear low-cut, strapless or short clothes. This way, you will avoid uncomfortable looks. Even so, it is one of the most westernized, so they do not have a dress code as strict as in other places.

Finally, feel free to check out the posts Marrakech in one day, Marrakech in two days, Marrakech in three days, Marrakech in four days, Marrakech in five days and Marrakech in seven days and create an itinerary to make the most of your trip.