Weather Averages for Marrakesh in February
Averages for Marrakesh in February
February in Marrakesh is slightly warmer than January but is still fairly mild and is an excellent time to come sightsee without being stuck in the busy crowds of summer time.
The temperature in Marrakesh in the month of February ranges from 8 degrees Celsius up to 20 degrees, depending on the time of the month and the time of day. The average temperature on any given day is around 14 degrees Celsius. Nights in Marrakesh can be quite chilly when compared to day temperatures. As to be expected, travellers enjoy at least eleven hours of sunshine while in the area. And the area begins to see less and less rainfall in February with an average of 40 mm of precipitation which usually falls over six days in the month.
Dates for the diary
One very popular festival during the month of February is the Almond Blossom festival. Markedly celebrated in a nearby village of Tafraoute, southwest of Marrakesh, this festival occurs when the local almond trees bloom. If you are a botany aficionado, make note that the window of opportunity for proper festivities will only be available for a few days before the blossoms fade. Locals celebrate with traditional music and dishes to welcome the springtime bastion.
Another popular cultural festival is the Dakka Marrakchia Festival, celebrated throughout Morocco. This festival combines traditional music with the spiritual history of the region. The festival has seven patron saints which are represented by seven local musicians or groups from local neighbourhoods. If you happen to be staying in a neighbourhood that has a participating musician, you may not be able to escape the celebrations. In addition to the processions, there are workshops, classes and exhibitions in local museums to keep the cultural tradition alive.
Things to do
One positive thing about visiting Marrakesh during the slower season is smaller crowds at the popular local attractions. Built in the 12th century, the Koutoubia Mosque is a feature of the Marrakesh skyline, dominated by its imposing 70 metre (230 feet) minaret. Located in central Marrakesh, this tower is one of the signature architectural features of the city. However, because it is an active mosque, non-Muslims are not allowed inside the historic structure. Regardless, the exterior is exquisite enough to keep most camera-wielding tourists happy.
The Bab Agnaou (Gate of the Gnaoua) is one of 19 gates that protected the city at one time starting in the 12th century. One of the oldest fixtures in the city, this gate is stately and ornate with inscriptions from the Quran. This gate is one of the best preserved in the city as well as one of the most remarkable. This gate marks the entrance into an area of Marrakesh with former royal structures and significant other attractions.
Another popular thing to do while in Marrakesh is take a local cooking class through L’atelier Faim d’Epices. This company provides complete service for those interested in learning how to cook traditional Moroccan cuisine including bread, salads and entrees. This company will pick you up at your hotel in Marrakesh and drive you to their facility just outside of the city limits. Over the course of an afternoon, two local chefs teach you how to cook a meal, which you then get to enjoy while sitting on a terrace overlooking an olive tree grove. This excursion is a must for anyone who wants to experience local culture or considers themselves foodies.
Where to eat & drink
Located in the Derb L’Hotel, the Riad Kniza Restaurant has a superb menu filled with local favourites and classic dishes that cross cultures. Known for its traditional Moroccan cuisine, this restaurant comes highly rated for food, wine menu and service. Also known for it’s higher than average prices, the food are twist on rustic dishes. Don’t get alarmed if someone from the restaurant comes out to the street to greet you. Many service-based businesses in Marrakesh escort you in from outside and vice versa.
If you would like a taste of traditional European cuisine while in Marrakesh, the Patisserie Amandine Marrakech is a classic café and tea room. Even if you get dinner from another restaurant, you can stop into the Patisserie and stop for a slice of Moroccan or French cake and a cup of coffee. And despite the gourmet presentation and classic flavours, this café has affordable prices so you won’t feel guilty about both money and calories at the same time. There is even a small menu of sandwiches and small entrees if you would like to enjoy a complete meal here.
Where to stay
The Riad le Cloes des Artes in Marrakesh has earned a reputation for an excellent small hotel with superb service, and even won awards for these qualities in 2013. This petite hotel is located within the busy city centre of Marrakesh and serves as an oasis from this hustle and bustle. Upon checking in, you’ll be greeted with a fresh cup of tea and prompt service from the hotel staff. And if you have qualms about traveling to and around northern Africa, the staff has tips and means to put your mind at ease.
Considered one of the hotels with the best service in Marrakesh, the Dar Charkia spares no expense in keeping their guests happy. Lit with tea lights and decorated with vibrant tiles and patterns, this hotel is as stunning as the staff is attentive. Like many other hotels in the area, guests are greeted with a cup of tea upon check-in.
Chic and sophisticated, the Riad Mur Akush offers a high quality stay at an affordable price. This small hotel, with only six rooms, has a bar, free internet, free breakfast and room service.
With a Trip Advisor award in the Luxury category, the Riad Zolah is a lovely choice of Marrakesh accommodations. Extremely popular with couples, this hotel has a pool and free high-speed internet so you can unwind without disconnecting.
Slightly more modern than many hotels in Marrakesh, Dar 73 has features beyond its styling that make it unique. Like the Riad Zolah, this hotel also has a swimming pool, which is not common place in the city. It also has free breakfast and wheelchair access for guests with mobility limitations.