Weather Averages for Marrakesh in October
Averages for Marrakesh in October
October in Marrakesh sees temperatures begin to decline, albeit very slightly, and the rains start to come. .
The average daily temperature in the month of October lingers around 21 degrees Celsius. This average includes a potential low of 15 degrees Celsius, which often occurs during the night, and a high of 27 degrees Celsius. Getting prepared for the anticipated high will be the important factor to consider when packing and planning your holiday. Despite entering the autumn season, Marrakesh sees around nine hours of sunshine on any given day. While the average amount of rainfall swells to 20 millimetres which typically falls over four days in the month.
Dates for the diary
A high point for many Marrakesh residents during October is the festival of Eid al-Fitr. This marks the end of the month long festival of Ramadan, during which faithful Muslims fast during the day. This three day festival is party time across the city and as it is a national holiday many services can be affected. Many venues such as restaurants and hotels can operate with a reduced staff so make sure to check before you travel the revised opening times or range of services being offered. Marrakesh is usually known for its early nights and early mornings, however this all changes during Eid al-Fitr as at night the city really comes to life! Music and street entertainment carry on late into the night and shops and cafes often open fairly late the next morning.
Typically falling in October, the important Eid ul-Adha or Festival of Sacrifice is the second most significant in the Muslim calendar. This festival celebrates Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) willingness to sacrifice his own son from God’s decree. Traditionally, locals will sacrifice an animal, a sheep or goat, and the meat is given away to others to represent Ibrahim’s actions. The date of this festival fluctuates as it is historically after the end of Ramadan and the completion of the pilgrimage to Mecca.
There are also cultural or secular festivals observed in October including the Tissa Horse Festival and Erfoud Date Festival. The Tissa Horse Festival is held in early October and showcases horse riding and skills. This includes jumping, dressage and skills as horse riders. The Erfoud Date Festival is held in the beginning of October when the date crop is harvested. During this time, locals gather for a festival for dancing, music and food.
Things to do
Considered some of the finest shopping in the city, the 33 Rue Majorelle offers a wide range of shops and boutiques. With Western environment, this store carries fashion and household items crafted by over 50 Moroccan designers and artisans. The shop may not carry items that are in everyone’s price range but they are fantastic for window shopping and spending moments inside in the air conditioning. If one of a kind souvenirs are what you are looking for, you don’t need to look any further than this shop.
Another unique experience in Marrakesh is Mellah. This historic area was and still is the city’s Jewish neighbourhood. Unlike the Jewish Quarters in Europe, this neighbourhood is still in fairly excellent shape and has a synagogue that cannot be missed. The area is not well-off and displays some of the more destitute areas of the city but the experience is one of a kind.
If you are traveling with children, a stop to the Oasiria Water Park is a must. This water park has extensive pools and water rides for children of all ages to enjoy. After spending time in the busy city streets of Marrakesh, a trip to this water park will be a welcomed reprieve from the heat and noise of the city. Unlike many water parks in Europe, this one has affordable prices for extras like lounge chairs, food and refreshments.
Where to eat & drink
For traditional Moroccan cuisine, the Restaurant of La Maison Arabe, a local hotel, is a wonderful choice. The price tag of this eatery is not the most affordable in the area, but the menu and courses are exquisite. Considered one of the best restaurants in the city, it is well-regarded for business, romantic or family meals. And with hours that include breakfast through dinner and delivery options, this restaurant is also convenient.
Considered a hidden gem in Marrakesh, the Pause Gourmande has a varied and interesting menu. The restaurant has a menu with international and local influence with specialty in pizzas. Many travellers rave about this restaurant because of its friendly staff and low prices, two things that do not go hand-in-hand in this popular tourist city. If you are dining late in the evening, it is best to give them a call and see how late they are open. They have shorter hours than the average restaurant.
Where to stay
Voted the Travellers’ Choice® 2013 Winner for best Bargain Hotel on Trip Advisor, the Hotel du Tresor is one to consider for a Marrakesh holiday. The combination of well-kept and well-decorated accommodations with affordable prices and attentive service, this hotel is in high demand. The staff will happily help you arrange tours in Marrakesh and the surrounding area. Like many others, this hotel is located just off of the Djemma El Fna so it is within a short walking distance to many attractions.
Also considered an exceptional value, the Riad Bab Agnaou will be on the shortlist for anyone looking for affordable accommodations. Many travellers who come to this hotel stay there again on subsequent trips to Marrakesh. Located near the Medina, one of the central attractions in the city, this hotel is close to the heart of all the action.
Lovely and located near the main square in Marrakesh, the Riad Mirage is a tourist favourite. Each of the six rooms in this riad is luxuriously decorated. Modern amenities like free high-speed internet, room service, free shuttle service and a full-service restaurant.
The Riad La Terrasse des Oliviers is much more intimate and cosy than the average hotel. This hotel of six rooms has comfortable accommodations paired with local artwork and décor. Immerse yourself in Moroccan hospitality and design without sacrificing contemporary amenities.
For a hidden gem, the Riad Bamboo will do the trick. This tucked away hotel has only five rooms so it will feel more like a private holiday. You won’t have to share the hotel swimming pool and restaurant with many other guests.