Weather Averages for Marrakesh in September
Averages for Marrakesh in September
September sees temperatures dip slightly compared to previous months but Marrakesh is still swelteringly hot.
The average daily temperature during the month of September hovers around 27 degrees Celsius. This includes a potential low of 20 degrees Celsius, which you can anticipate at night, and a high of up to 33 degrees Celsius. These high temperatures will likely be during the early afternoon but check the latest forecast to double check. Regardless of temperature, travellers can plan on eight hours of sunshine on any given day, ample time to explore the area. An average of ten millimetres of rain falls on the area throughout the month, usually concentrated over two days.
Dates for the diary
As Morocco is a Muslim nation, September is a very solemn month in Marrakesh. The country will be observing Ramadan, one of the most important holidays in the Muslim calendar. During the entire month, Muslims are required to fast during the day from sunrise to sunset. Moroccans will be abstaining from food and drink until the sunsets at which time they will eat to sustain themselves. Even if you do not practice Islam, being respectful and mindful of the locals’ traditions cannot be recommended enough. On the positive side, this means that if you are dining during the day, you and other tourists would be the only ones vying for reservations.
The Imilchil Marriage Festival starts in the month of September. During this time in the village of Imilchil, local women enjoy music and dances during which they try to find their future husbands. More often than not, this festival is culminated by numerous marriages.
Ramadan lamp, Marrakesh in September.
Things to do
For those of you seeking some respite for the hectic pace of the main city, the Majorelle Garden is the best place to go. Designed by French painter Louis Majorelle over the course of forty years, the garden features a variety of plants and trees, as well as several ponds, fountains and art installations. It is heavily visited by tourists due to its lovely reputation. It will feel like a separate world from the busy streets of Marrakesh.
KiFKiF is a fashionable and locally run shop where every item is handmade by the owner, Stephanie. This little shop can be hard to find but it comes well-recommended by others in the area. KiFKiF sells jewellery, handbags, scarves, clothing and many other items that are sourced from local materials and made by hand. This shop is much more Western in manner, you won’t be expected to haggle and there is much lower pressure to buy anything.
Unique and adventurous, the Moha Camino Berber Travel Company offers day excursions that aren’t quite the usual. Although they were started by Spanish expatriates, they have grown to cater to tourists from numerous countries and have tour guides that are fluent in English. Moha offers a comfortable experience from beginning to end starting with a car that picks you up at your hotel and brings you to your destination. Their tours include trips into the desert, Atlas Mountains or throughout Marrakesh and smaller villages.
Majorelle Garden, a seperate world from the busy streets of Marrakesh.
Where to eat & drink
While Morocco is a Muslim country and most citizens do not drink, there are some establishments throughout to enjoy a cocktail. The Royal Mansour Bar is one of these rare establishments and is located in a luxury hotel within the city. The hotel is fantastically decorated and the bar is no different. Because it is a part of an expensive hotel, this bar will cost you for a drink. But, since you are on holiday, maybe a celebratory cocktail or pint may be in order.
Catering to a wide variety of tastes, the Souk Kafe has a menu filled with Moroccan classics, steaks and even vegetarian options. In a city that is dominated by tagines, Souk Kafe is a popular choice with tourists who want a little bit of everything. There is dining space on their rooftop terrace but it requires a walk up numerous steep steps to get to it. Once on the rooftop however, there are spectacular views of Marrakesh’s minarets.
Rooftop views at the Souk Kafe, Marrakesh.
Where to stay
There is no shortage of budget hotels in Marrakesh and the trick is finding the excellent options. The Riad l’Oiseau du Paradis is one of those options. This hotel has many floors of rooms, which vary in noise exposure from the outside streets. The rooms are comfortably decorated and outfitted for your comfort. One thing to note is that the hotel has housed cats and kittens in the past. If you are allergic to cats, double check with the staff before booking to make sure you won’t be bothered while on holiday. Another watch out, this riad is run by a French speaker with limited English.
A beautiful and affordable hotel option is the Riad Bahia. This well-kept hotel is complete with many comfortable rooms with large windows that overlook the interior courtyard. No windows face out to the streets, which can be a benefit as it means the nights are quieter. One thing to be mindful of is that this hotel is rather hard to get to. While that means you’ll have peaceful nights, it will be harder to find on foot, especially if you are carrying ample luggage.
Stunning without an exorbitant price tag, the Taj Palace Marrakech has traditional yet minimalistic style. This hotel is quite large compared to others in the area. The large lobby with chandeliers welcome guests to one of its 161 rooms. There is a spa on the grounds that offer yoga, meditations and other traditional therapies.
One of the less frequented hotels, the Riad Maison Belbaraka is still one of the best hotel values in the city. The simple yet comfortable rooms have free high-speed internet and a peaceful reprieve from the busy Moroccan streets.
Traditional in design, the Riad Tzarra is an undeniably Moroccan hotel. This quiet hotel attracts mature travellers who want peaceful rest while on holiday. This riad only has four rooms so there will be few others using the hotel bar, restaurant and swimming pool while you may be there.
Moroccan Arabic designed furnishings at the Riad Tzarra hotel, Marrakesh.
September events in Marrakesh
15th September 2015 to 31st December 2015
The Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Arts is celebrating its one year anniversary with a three and a half month exhibition of brand new photographs that have not been seen by the public before and also older photographs that are well known and loved.
Imichil Marriage Festival
22nd September 2015 to 24th September 2015
This festival celebrates the herders that have returned home after the summer of grazing but it is also a match making festival where unmarried members of tribes meet other unmarried members and get to freely choose who they want to marry. This all takes place in Imilchil in the Atlas Mountains near Marrakech. The festival is a great way to experience and gain knowledge of their Berber culture including music and dance.