Averages for Marrakesh in August
The weather in Marrakesh in August is almost as scorching hot as in July and so is very busy and dusty. The high temperatures mean that you should take precautions to avoid sunburn and sunstroke. Also, the searing heat however means that the very busy narrow streets can become rather overwhelming. If crowds are not your thing then you would be best to visit Marrakesh at a quieter time of year.&nb...
Daily averages for Marrakesh
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The weather in Marrakesh in August is almost as scorching hot as in July and so is very busy and dusty. The high temperatures mean that you should take precautions to avoid sunburn and sunstroke. Also, the searing heat however means that the very busy narrow streets can become rather overwhelming. If crowds are not your thing then you would be best to visit Marrakesh at a quieter time of year.
The average daily temperature in August is 29 degrees. It is easy to think that it would make for a pleasant holiday but the high temperature can reach up to 36 degrees Celsius, often during the early afternoon. The low temperature can dip down to 21 degrees Celsius, which is often during the night. The average day enjoy seven hours of sunshine so you can spend the hottest time of day inside without wasting the whole day’s beautiful weather. Plan to pack layers for the temperature changes but not for any rainfall. Marrakesh only sees ten millimetres of rainfall, usually all in one day at some point in the month.
Where to stay
Modern and effortless, the L’Heure d’Ete hotel is also a wonderful change of pace from the typical hotels in Marrakesh. Conveniently located near the Djemma El Fna, or large Main Square, this hotel is spacious, comfortable with contemporary decorations. This hotel also has a small spa located within its grounds if you would like to pamper yourself without leaving the resort.
Another great budget hotel is the Riad Zinoun, which is also located near the Djemma El Fna. To be fair, many hotels in the city are located near the Main Square because it is a large selling point. However, this hotel does stand out with its affordable nightly rates and relatively quiet setting. It is located at the end of a street so much of the foot traffic and nightlife is kept at a distance, which would be hard to find with such a convenient location.
Considered one of the best Marrakesh hotels in terms of luxury, the Sirayane Boutique Hotel & Spa does not disappoint. More modern than many local hotels in the sense that it has 28 rooms, there are a number of activities for guests to enjoy while on the grounds. There is a hotel bar, fitness centre, restaurant and swimming pool available for use.
With more privacy and quiet than the average hotel in downtown Marrakesh, the La Villa des Orangers offers guests a little bit extra. The large swimming pool is surrounded by large, mature trees so it feels private. This hotel is also only two stories high so it more closely resembles a villa in atmosphere than a large hotel.
Cosy with a feeling of romance, the Riad Diana is an appropriate hotel for couples or families alike. Located in central Marrakesh but not near the main square, this hotel is convenient for exploring the city without maximum street noise. But with only five rooms, this charming hotel fills up quickly!
A private and quiet hotel in Marrakesh. La Villa des Orangers is only two stories high
Dates for the diary
August, despite its impressive and overpowering heat, sees numerous festivals and holidays in Morocco. There are both cultural and national days to plan for when visiting the area. One tremendously unique event occurs in August is the Festival of Fantasia, which occurs towards the end of the month. In Meknes, a region further into the desert and east of Marrakesh, local tribes don traditional garb and mount horses. This affords individuals the opportunity to show off their horses and horse-riding skills. The festival would be a considerable car ride from Marrakesh but if you are interested in cultural history or even horseback riding, this will be a memorable experience.
Two national holidays are observed during the month of August – the Oued Eddahab Allegiance Day and the Anniversary of the King and the People’s Revolution. In both cases, be mindful that many businesses may be closed in observance of these dates. The Oued Eddahab Allegiance Day marks the day that the southern province of Morocco, which lends its name to this holiday, was recovered from the Spanish empire in 1979. The Anniversary of the King and the People’s Revolution celebrates the day when the French empire was removed from power in Morocco in 1953. This day honours both the king’s and the people’s role in making this monumental shift in power.
Festival of Fantasia, Meknes in August
Things to do
If you are feeling brave and well-hydrated, consider booking a trip with the Moroccodunes Day Tours. This adventure company offers a wide range of tours for active travellers including 4 x 4 drives across the Sahara, driving in the beautiful Atlas Mountains, swimming in the Atlantic Ocean and visiting the numerous villages that dot the countryside. However, ask your tour guide if there are any concerns with heat and unrelenting sunshine.
For a taste of beautiful architecture and lovely coffee, the Station Marrakesh is a lovely attraction. This historic railroad station has beautiful, ornate architecture that has been well-preserved throughout the years. Inside of it, there are numerous cafes and stations to grab a bite to eat or a cup of coffee. Even if you are not traveling by train throughout the country, you can still stop by to see a bit of old Marrakesh, updated for the modern era.
Alternatively, an interesting place to visit in the city is the Henna Café. This special shop is both a meeting place for henna artists, a classroom and exhibition area and a working space for these artists. There is a café inside if you would like to stop by for a cup of tea or a pastry.
The Henna Cafe, Marrakesh
Where to eat & drink
No trip to Morocco is complete without a stop to a French restaurant and Jo’s is a lovely one. This ornately decorated restaurant has a menu complete with classic French options. So if you would like a familiar and luxurious meal, Jo’s will have wonderful dishes to choose from including filet mignon and crème brulee.
Another European option while in Marrakesh is the Ultimo Baccio. This Italian restaurant is both wonderfully affordable and rife with familiar, delicious dishes. Open from breakfast through dinner and available for delivery, this restaurant is both flexible and a breath of fresh air from the plethora of French and Moroccan eateries. Classics including gnocchi, pizza and fresh breads are made daily.
If you need a change from French or Moroccan food, Ultimo Bacci is an Italian restaurant in Marrakesh.