Marrakech is a colorful mosaic of tradition and modernity, where grit and splendor fit side-by-side. Here you can get lost in the bustling souks and discover the heart of the city. Five minutes from the medina you will find Gueliz, the modern part of the city where boulevards are lined with cafes and chic restaurants. 

Marrakech is the most important of Morocco's four formerimperial cities. Inhabited by Berber farmers from Neolithic times, the city was founded in 1062 by Abu Bakr ibn Umar, chieftain and cousin of Almoravid king Yusuf ibn Tashfin. The red walls of the city, built by Ali ibn Yusuf in 1122-1123, and various buildings constructed in red sandstone during this period, have given the city the nickname of the "Red City" or "Ochre City". Marrakesh grew rapidly and established itself as a cultural, religious, and trading centre for the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa.

We look forward to seeing you in Marrakech where you can indulge your passion for authentic culture and cultivate your intellectual and artistic pursuits.

Weather during Biennale:

End of February, beginning of March Marrakech is pleasantly warm, in the daytime you can expect around 20 C / 70 F, in the night temperature goes down to around 10 C / 50 F, so it gets chilly in the evenings. Although usually sunny, the weather could be rainy too - so you might want to bring a jacket just in case.

How to get to Marrakech:

Marrakech-Ménara airport is 6 km from the city and 15 minutes by car. If you are flying to Casablanca or Agadir, they are a two-hour drive (200 kms) from Marrakech.


Menara International Airport (RAK)

Marrakech Train Station (La Gare de Marrakech)


Taxi Vert
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About marrakech
Marrakech Biennale 4, 2012 Artist: Alexander Ponomarev