Marrakesh: April Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||10 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||39 %|
|Rainfall days||5 days|
|Chance of Rain||12 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||7 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||2 %|
Averages for Marrakesh in April
April heralds the spring season in Marrakesh as tourists begin to flock to the city along with rising temperatures.
The temperature in Marrakesh in April ranges from 12 degrees up to 24 degrees Celsius. The average temperature on any given day hovers around 18 degrees Celsius, with the temperature dropping at night. No matter when in April you go, you can expect to enjoy around ten hours of sunshine during the day. The spring days only see around 30 millimetres of rainfall throughout the month that falls primarily over five days.
Dates for the diary
There are numerous events and festivals in Morocco in the month of April that appeals to travellers of all taste. In the beginning of April, long-distance athletes descend on the region to partake in the notorious Sand Marathon. In this gruelling race, runners trek through 150 miles over 11 days. Runners are responsible to make their own food when they reach certain milestones throughout the desert.
The Sand Marathon is on in April, Marrakesh.
A competition that may suit the general population better is the Grand Prix Hassan II. This tennis competition draws in aficionados from all around the world for matches on clay courts in nearby Casablanca. The players and their sponsorships bring many interesting personalities and wealth with them when they come to this race.
Music lovers should check out the Printemps musical des Alizés music festival in Essaouira at the end of April. There are a range of chamber and classical music performances at the Bab Marrakech Square at Dar Souiri. International performers from around the world
Things to do
A beautiful example of Moroccan architecture and local history, the El Badi Palace is a must-see for culture buffs. Commissioned to be built in 1578, this palace originally had over 300 rooms with courtyards, pools and gold decorations. In addition, there is an underground series of tunnels that served as a jail centuries ago. Unfortunately, the palace was looted for stone and other valuables in the 17th century for use in another palace. However, portions have been refurbished to mimic their original splendour.
Another popular attraction in Marrakesh is the Djemma el Fna, one of the oldest markets in the city. While the spelling of the English translation varies, this market takes its name from a mosque that once stood on the area. During the day, the square is filled with food vendors, local performers and peddlers of handmade goods. The market has been named one of the “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO. But an important safety measure to note, the market was bombed in April 2011 that was blamed on terrorists.
If you would like to get outdoors and get active, the Toubkal Treks Day Tours is a company with a wide range of excursions. Visit their website to get a better sense of what type of trip would be a best fit for yours’ and your party’s activity levels. They offer trips into the Atlas Mountains, Portuguese fortresses and natural wonders like lush valleys and waterfalls, little known wonders for many tourists. Each trip includes transportation, a professional guide and lunch in the listed price.
Visit the Atlas Mountains withToubkal Treks Day Tours.
Where to eat & drink
One popular and affordable option for dining in Marrakesh is Cheese Me. This unique restaurant offers fun twists on classic flavours but focuses on excellent cheeses. A passion in cheeses is a plus! The owner takes pride in his restaurant which is a welcomed change of pace from the Moroccan and French eateries that are sprinkled across Marrakesh. There is a large variety of wines to choose from to complement your meal.
For a more formal dining experience, make reservations at Les Jardins de la Medina. This French and Moroccan restaurant has an exquisite ambiance combined with gourmet dishes. Located in a garden with a small pool, this restaurant has ambiance that appeals to romantic dinners, friendly get-togethers or even business negotiations. It will impress anyone. This restaurant can be hard to find but worth the exploration.
If you would like to unwind at the end of a hot day with a cool drink, the Comptoir Darna Cocktail Bar is a fantastic option. Actually a restaurant, club and bar in one building, this versatile establishment has something for everyone. Comptoir Darna also has performances in the evenings if you’d like to have some entertainment while unwinding.
Cheese Me Marrakesh has a passion for excellent cheese.
Where to stay
With a near stellar rating, the Riad Dar Dialkoum has a well-earned reputation. The owners take great pride in providing excellent, attentive service to each of its guests. They value service so much so that the hotel has won Best Service merits from Trip Advisor. The hotel is run by a local couple so speaking to management about your experience or getting an issue or question addressed happens very quickly.
The Riad Assakina is another splendid hotel option while staying in Marrakesh. Like many other hotels in the area, this one is run by a local expatriate couple who takes great pride is attending to tourists’ needs and ensuring they have a splendid trip. And also like many other hotels, this one serves as an oasis and counterpoint from the busy streets of Marrakesh. This hotel is also known for its great food so you won’t even have to step outside of your hotel to get an authentic Moroccan meal.
More of a boutique hotel than a traditional riad, the Al Fassia Aguedal retains classic Moroccan style in a contemporary manner. Much larger than a conventional riad, this hotel has shuttle services, free high-speed internet and pets are even welcome. In addition to the free shuttle, you’ll save money on meals as breakfast and lunch are provided.
With warm hosts, the Riad Dar Zahia is a popular accommodation in Marrakesh. This very small riad has fewer rooms than the average hotel but they are larger as well. The rooms also come with a kitchenette so you can prepare or reheat meals while on holiday.
Another hotel with kitchen space for each guest is the Riad el Fenn. This hotel, which can be tricky to locate, has quite an array of features. The Riad el Fenn has a bar, restaurant, swimming pool, and a free shuttle service to escort guests around town. Pets are allowed and the hotel also provides entertainment and activities for children.
An oasis, the Riad Assakina Marrakesh.
April events in Marrakesh
Marathon des Sables
3rd April 2015 to 13th April 2015
This festival is a week-long Sand Marathon which takes place in the Sahara desert. The race is over 150 miles through the intense heat of the Moroccan sun with major obstacles like sandstorms.
Marrakech Express Rally
4th April 2015 to 18th April 2015
This will be the 2nd Marrakech Express Rally. Everyone that takes part in this two week rally starting and finishing in Spain have to drive a 2CV that is given to them for the duration of the trip by 2CV Adventures. The rally will run from Tangier to the Atlas Mountains through beautiful landscapes to desert and back again.