Marrakesh Weather October Averages, Morocco
What's the Weather Like in Marrakesh in October?
October in Marrakesh sees temperatures decline slightly from September and the rains start to come. But with an average of nine hours of sunshine a day This gives you plenty of time to spend your day outdoors exploring the souks and various sites of interest.
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The average amount of rainfall swells to 20 millimeters which typically falls over four days in the month.
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Hotels for Marrakesh in October
Hotel du Tresor
With a string of awards under its name, the Hotel du Tresor is one to consider for a Marrakesh holiday. The combination of well-kept and well-decorated rooms with affordable prices and attentive service, this hotel is in high demand.
Djemma El Fna
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's within a short walking distance to many attractions.
Riad Bab Agnaou
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.
Located near the main square in Marrakesh, the Riad Mirage is a tourist favourite. Each of the six rooms in this riad are luxuriously decorated. Modern amenities like free high-speed internet, room service, free shuttle service and a full-service restaurant are available.
Riad La Terrasse des Oliviers
The Riad La Terrasse des Oliviers is much more intimate and cosy than the average hotel. This hotel has six comfortable rooms and local artwork and décor on show. Immerse yourself in Moroccan hospitality and design without sacrificing contemporary amenities.
For a hidden gem, the Riad Bamboo will be right up your alley. 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.
Restaurants and Bars for Marrakesh in October
Restaurant of La Maison Arabe
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. This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, it also does delivery which makes it a convenient option.
Considered a hidden gem in Marrakesh, the Pause Gourmande has a varied and interesting menu. The restaurant has a menu with international and local influences, with a specialty in pizzas.
Many travellers rave about this restaurant because of its friendly staff and low prices, two things which usually don't go hand-in-hand in this popular tourist city. If you are dining late in the evening, it's best to give them a call and see how late they are open. They have shorter opening hours than the average restaurant.
Atay Cafe Food
For a lovely cafe with traditional food, visit Atay Cafe Food in the heart of the medina. Sit comfortably on the rooftop and you will get a great view from here. Food is reasonably priced and it's a perfect opportunity to try briouates, kefta, tajine or pastille.
Things to Do in Marrakesh in October
33 Rue Majorelle
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 (luckily they are air conditioned.) 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 is still brimming with life and has a synagogue that cannot be missed. The area is not affluent and displays some of the more destitute areas of the city but the experience is one of a kind.
Oasiria Water Park
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.
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 of dancing, music and food.