Weather Averages for Marrakesh in July
Averages for Marrakesh in July
July is absolutely scorching in Marrakesh and along with August is the height of the tourist season.
July sees an average temperature of 29 degrees Celsius on any given day. This incorporates a low of 21 degrees Celsius, which is usually at night, and a high of 37 degrees Celsius. The heat in Morocco is notorious so please be pack and plan your days accordingly. Don’t let a holiday get ruined by overheating or dehydration. The average day sees around eight hours of sunshine so there will be ample time to explore outside of the hottest times of the day, the early afternoon. And true to its desert location, the area only sees ten millimetres of rainfall over the course of one day in July.
Dates for the diary
There are two notable festivals that occur in Marrakesh in the month of July. The first is the Marrakesh Popular Arts Festival that is held all month. First celebrated in 2000, this festival recognizes all manners of traditional arts including singers, dangers, actors, fire-swallowers and snake charmers. July will truly be an enchanting time to visit Morocco for all of these attractions despite the oppressive heat. The main performances occur in the Badi Palace and the Main Town Square. However, one performance that involves costumes and horse riding occurs outside of the historic city walls.
On July 30th, the nation of Morocco recognizes the Feast of the Throne, which is a national holiday. Do plan on minimizing time spent in many businesses outside of tourism as many will be closed because of the holiday. This festival is held annually to celebrate the Moroccan royal family, which first rose to the throne in the 17th century. As in most of the world, the royal family has minimal control in the day to day governing of Morocco and are largely figureheads. But regardless, the nation celebrates with cavalcades, fireworks and feasts.
Things to do
One must-see while you’re in Marrakesh, if you are feeling up to the heat, is the Medina. This historic building marks the entrance to the large market in the city. This gated area of the city is listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site and that distinction is well-earned. Do plan on bringing cash with you to the Medina as the popular marketplace is located inside. Also, be prepared to haggle with local vendors as it is expected and part of the fun of shopping here. Don’t feel uneasy about negotiating for a price, it is a part of the act of purchase – you won’t be offending anyone.
If you would like to stay inside rather than being outside during the heat, you can make a stop into the Maison Tiskiwin. This museum is dedicated to the history of Marrakesh and Morocco, including artefacts from its nomadic history, and held in high regard. It is often listed on to-do lists when visiting the city. It is a rather compact museum so there are countless wonders to see in a beautiful building but it will only take a few hours of your time. Many of the exhibits are labelled in English, French and often Arabic.
Another option to beat the heat and relax is spending an afternoon at the Heritage Spa. This exquisitely decorated spa is staffed with trained professionals offering a wide range of relaxation and beauty treatments. Most of their products are all-natural and plant-based so they are gentle on skin and can accommodate any special condition. Despite their classic and organic treatments, they are modern in their reservation schedule. You can book online and pay them through PayPal.
Where to eat & drink
If you are looking for a lovely fine dining experience in Morocco, the Chez Mado restaurant is a natural choice. This restaurant offers a wide variety of menu options that will please even families and picky eaters. Despite its distance from the sea, Chez Mado boasts a French bistro menu complete with seafood options fresh from the Atlantic. The menu is complemented by splendid décor and a positive ambiance due in part from its energetic and passionate staff.
For vegetarian diners, picking the right restaurant can be tricky, even in countries like Morocco. La Cuisine de Mona caters to vegetarians with a lively, vibrant menu that will please even picky carnivores. Open for breakfast through dinner, La Cuisine de Mona has classics like tagines and cous cous but also other Middle Eastern classics like hummus and falafel. Like many restaurants that aim to please vegetarians, the kitchen is flexible if you have special requests. But unlike many Middle Eastern restaurants, this one serves alcohol.
Where to stay
While many hotels are located within the historic portion of Marrakesh, the Riad Morgane is found in a residential area of town. This means it is a bit further of a walk to get to many attractions but it will be quieter and more relaxed than many other options. As is tradition with many locally run hotels in Marrakesh, the owners of this riad are endlessly friendly and helpful.
If you would rather stay in the city, the Riad Dar Saba is a within a quick walk of many attractions in Marrakesh. The riad is located inside the medina, one of the most popular and high traffic areas in the city. If you like a busy, energetic holiday, you will certainly get it with a stay here. Of course, because of its location, you should be ready to walk a bit further with your luggage as taxis cannot stop in front of its doors. And many people in the streets of the medina will offer to give directions or carry your bags but be wary as they will expect payment in exchange.
The Riad Charlott’ has a spectacular location within Marrakesh—from its rooftop you’ll be able to look over most of the city skyline. The five rooms of this hotel have a blend of traditional and contemporary style paired with modern amenities. Guests can enjoy the hotel pool, hammam, massage room and business centre.
With large rooms, the El Miria Palais Riad is popular with travellers seeking relaxation. The hotel boasts that each guest will feel like a sultan or sultana when staying in their rooms. Each guest has access to a swimming pool, restaurant, hotel bar and free parking.
Ranked as one of the finest Marrakesh hotels in terms of luxury, Les Jardins de la Medina is worth the price tag. Located on manicured grounds that make it feel more private, this hotel has ample rooms and amenities including free parking, freedom to bring pets, a large swimming pool and a fitness centre.