How to Survive 48 C/118 F Heat in Marrakech

Last month I was in Marrakech, Morocco for a week to attend an international conference. This is my first time visiting Morocco, a country that was on my to-go list for a long time. I have a lot of expectations about Morocco and wished to see the country’s many famous cities: Casablanca, Fez, Chefchaouen, and Khaleesi’s Yunkai and Astapor… But in the end, I ended up spending all my time in Marrakech.

What is the reason? The heat. In July, the country is baked in an unbearable oven. When I first got off the plane, I find it difficult to breathe normally. To complicate matters, Iberia Airlines lost my luggage, so I have no clothes to change into but to wear my suit. My suit, on a 48 C/118 F day. Why would anybody even consider living in a city on the edge of the Sahara, where temperature regularly reaches into high 40s during summer? Aren’t they insane to claim that they love the city?

It took me a week to find the answers to these questions. You see, to avoid the heat during the day, almost nothing happens before sunset in Marrakech. The city seems completely out of life at the high noon. But once the sun sets, this Tatooine on Earth comes to a daily evening carnival. Locals cope with this hot life with uttermost optimism and happiness. Families with their kids play in the countless swimming pools dotted around the city. At midnight they host fancy picnics in the city’s main thoroughfares and gardens, in the shaded Souqs, in the cups of mint tea and ice cream cones.

IP6_IMG_26323
The ever bustling Plaza Jemaa el-Fna, the heartbeat of Marrakech. It attacks all your senses and reminds me of India.

The beautiful Medina (Old City) has stood in this land for thousands of years, and now more than ever its decorated houses and riads, numerous pompous ruins and palaces, crystal green gardens, and the smell of mixed spices and perfumes charm the travelers from near and far. It’s not a perfect city, but it surely is as fascinating and attractive as Venice or Milan, if you ask me.

IP6_IMG_26774
Bahia Palace of the 19th Century.
IP6_IMG_26700
Madersa Ben Youssef, a beautiful example of Islamic architecture
IP6_IMG_26809
El Badi Palace of the 16th Century
IP6_IMG_26816
The rooftop
IP6_IMG_26403
Paella!
IP6_IMG_26459
We went out one night to the Buddha Bar Marrakech, which is awesome.
IP6_IMG_26833
Say Goodbye to Marrakech and its brand new airport terminal
IP6_IMG_26844
Flying over the Strait of Gibraltar, with Africa on the right, and Europe on the left.
Advertisements

4 thoughts on “How to Survive 48 C/118 F Heat in Marrakech

  1. Awesome! I’m glad to hear about how to survive the high heat! It reminds me a little bit of how we ended up doing things in New Orleans all those years ago, but even more slanted toward evening! What was your favorite part of the experience?

    1. Marrakech is cleaner, safer and has more historical traces than New Orleans, but Marrakech has no dancing! My highlight was definitely the food – Moroccan food are the best.

      1. 😦 to no dancing, but it’s awesome that the food was amazing! The market places all lit up at night also look like quite an experience. I can imagine the history can be a lot of fun. Did you look up the history yourself or take a guided tour or something while you were there?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s