Marrakech, Morocco In-Flight Catering and Travel TipsNovember 11, 2014 by Stacey Farooqui
Marrakech, Morocco is an interesting city full of color and stunning architecture. The city is so colorful that it is nicknamed the “Red City,” due to the buildings created out of red sandstone. While summers are hot and dry beyond the comfort level for many visitors, fall and spring bring milder temperatures and rain. Winter days are just as comfortable, but nights can get cold. Marrakech is not typically a business destination, but instead is a booming tourist destination for Europeans. While Arabic and Berber are the most widely used languages, one-third of the population speaks French and one-fifth speaks Spanish.
Morocco is located in northwest Africa, and Marrakech is one of the country’s major cities. Marrakech Menara Airport (GMMX) is the main airport in the city for commercial and business aviation flights. In-flight catering is available for delivery at Menara Airport. In spite of summer’s high temperatures, peak season starts in March and goes through October.
If you have a full day to yourself in between flights, there are several ways to explore Marrakech – including camelback desert tours, or you can opt for a tour in a 4×4 vehicle or dune buggy. No matter your preferred method of transportation, you will have a memorable adventure. Day trips are also available to the Atlas Mountains, which are capped with snow in cooler months and provide a beautiful backdrop.
Marrakech also hosts annual events that highlight the local culture and artistry. The Marrakech Popular Arts Festival is held each year in July and features entertainment that will make you feel like you stepped into a storybook. Here you will find a variety of musicians and dancers, along with fire swallowers, fortune tellers and snake charmers.
For a truly Moroccan shopping experience, head to a “souk,” which is an outdoor marketplace. However, keep in mind that you will need to haggle and that the more interested you appear to be in an item, the higher the price you will be asked to pay. Souks are very busy, but if you embrace the flurry of activity you can leave with some amazing crafts. For more straightforward shopping, visit stores like Max & Jan, Creazen Spirit or Original Marrakech.
If you enjoy history and culture, exploring the architecture of Marrakech is the perfect way to learn about the city and its people. The Medina of Marrakech is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site and used to be the capital. The Medina has several examples of Moroccan architecture to take in, such as the Koutoubia Mosque and Saadian Tombs.
Gastro MK, Amal Moroccan Restaurant and L’Annexe are all highly-rated restaurants in Marrakech. To take your culinary skills to the next level, schedule a day at Faim d’Epices, where you will be taught how to prepare traditional Moroccan dishes. This is a hands-on experience that will take a full day, b t is well worth the time investment.
If you are looking to immerse yourself in experiencing Morocco, staying in a “riad” is the best choice. Think of a riad as a “bed and breakfast.” However, be sure to thoroughly research the riad you are considering, since quality can vary and some are cash only. There are also opulent boutique hotels available in a variety of price points. La Maison Arabe is one of the most well-known hotels in the city and offers fine dining with two restaurants on-site – Le Restaurant and Les Trois Saveurs.
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