Where and What to Hire
Marrakech does not offer a large choice of car hire companies however of those available some are large internationally recognised. Hertz and Sixt operate from Marrakech Airport while Morocco Rental Cars is located close to Gueliz Plaza in the city centre and Oria Cars next to Marrakech train station. For those wanting a limousine for that special day out, Atlas luxury cars are available for hire to north of the city centre. Otherwise a range of two four and five-door vehicles can be hired. If a 4x4 is available, this is a good option given the unevenness of some of Marrakech’s roads.
Morocco has a good road network and is relatively free of traffic until you reach Marrakech which is almost always in a state of gridlock due to the number of motorbikes, scooters, cars, lorries and even donkeys clogging up the roads. Driving in Marrakech is on the right hand side of the road with speed limits of 25 miles per hour in the city centre and 62 miles per hour on the motorways. Road blocks are common in Marrakech and outside, so be sure to have your driving license on you at all times. Be aware that some roads in the Medina are too narrow for cars. Cyclists are also commonly fond weaving in and out of the streets of the Medina.
On-street parking is rare and is manned by a parking warden who it is polite to tip should a space be found. Private parking is available in many hotels and some pay and display car parks close to souks and the main square. Most charges are approximately 5dh or ‘what you fancy’ paying.
Where to Go and What to See
While having a car in the city centre of Marrakech is not necessary, it proves useful for exploring the surrounding area. Marrakech is the perfect base from which to explore the stunning High Atlas Mountains, just over an hour south. What awaits is breath-taking views, towns like Amizmiz that has one of the biggest Berber souks in the High Atlas, rural villages and snow capped peaks in the winter months where winter-sports fans can ski to their hearts content. Another unforgettable experience is a visit to the Erg Chebbi or Erg Chegaga dunes for a night under the vast, solitary, starry skies of the desert. For a great family day out, the 2 and a half hour drive to Agadir means plenty of beach fun! With marvellous modern 60s architecture, glorious beaches, a golf course and plenty of bars, restaurants, cafes and clubs, there is something there for everyone. For kids there are camel rides and souks filled with snake charmers and performing monkeys to marvel at while Oasiria Water Park is a brilliant way to stay cool. Toddlers, teenagers and adults alike will enjoy the wave pools and water slides. Just under an hour from Marrakech is Terres D’amanar Aerial Park with zip lines, camel rides, Berber activities and traditional camping.