What you should know before hiring a car in Marrakech
|Marrakech city centre
|Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK): 3 mi from city centre
Car hires in Marrakech: practical information
Where to rent a car in Marrakech
Morocco is a hot destination and we're not just talking about the climate. Most tourists grab cheap flight tickets from London to Marrakech thanks to so many deals and then explore the rest of the country from there with cheap car rentals in Marrakech. Driver's in Marrakech can be ruthless though, so be warned! There are a few car rental companies in Marrakech Airport although if you're just using your car hire Marrakech city, it's probably best to get a car organized by your hotel.
Driving in Marrakech: parking and other tips
Parking in Marrakech takes practice. For one thing, there seems to never be enough of it so if you do find a spot, take it! There's rarely free parking anywhere so expect an attendant to approach you as soon as you park. Ask what the parking conditions are before you leave your rent car in Marrakech unattended. Expect to pay around 10 dh for a half day, depending who's on shift.
One thing is for certain, if you rent a car in Marrakech and your hotel in Marrakech offers parking, use it. It will likely be cheaper than constantly paying attendants and much safer than parking on the streets.
Road trips from Marrakech: what to do, what to see
Looking to do some shopping while on holidays in Marrakech? Amizmiz is the best spot to go if you're interesting in browsing the treasures in the Berber souks, located in the Atlas Mountains which are only an hour's drive away. Just remember to barter down the prices. Only pay what you really think the item is worth, to you.
Also in the Atlas Mountains is the Ourika Valley, a great spot for trekking and hiking. Near the valley are a number of waterfalls which can be tricky to get to so make sure you pack a pair of good hiking shoes and plenty of provisions like food and water. Despite being so close to Marrakech, this valley and the Ourika River are still considered "unspoilt" territory.
Why not take a ski holiday while visiting Marrakech? Take your discount car hire in Marrakech to Oukaimedan, just located to the south of Marrakech. Rental ski equipment is available, which is good if you're flying with a low cost airline from London. A full day pass which includes the price of the lifts is 250 dh.