A little local knowledge
An ever growing list of things we think you should know but didn’t quite fit in elsewhere on our website
Marrakech is served by Marrakech-Menara Airport (RAK). Around 40 international airlines fly into the airport, which sees around three million passengers every year. A taxi from Marrakech Airport should cost 250DH.
- Directions to Tigmi
Take the southern road out of Marrakech, following the signs to Taroudant, Amizmiz and the Tizn’Test Pass.
About 12km out of Marrakech you will come to a fork in the road; take the right turn and continue for another 12km which takes you into the Haouz Plain. You will see farms and small dwellings along the route with the High Atlas towering in front of you. (On your left you will see the high walls of the white Kasbah of Oumnast where the Djemaa el Fna scene in the film Hideous Kinky with Kate Winslet was recreated.)
A few hundred yards further on you will take a turn off the main road which continues on the barage of Lala Takerkoust and follow a piste (dirt track) for 2km. This will take you over gullies, small ravines and through two other hamlets before reaching Tagadert.
Total distance from Marrakech is 25km and takes about 25 minutes by car.
- Shuttle Bus
The complimentary Tigmi shuttle bus travels to and from Marrakech three times a day for guests who wish to explore the city.
- Flights to Marrakech from the UK
www.ryanair.com – Luton and Stansted
www.easyjet.com – Gatwick and Manchester
www.thomsonfly.com – Manchester and Gatwick
www.britishairways.com – Gatwick
The currency of Morocco is dirhams (DH or MAD). A dirham is made up of 100 centimes. Moroccan coins are available in 5c 10c 20c, 50c, 1dh, 5dh and 10dh. Notes are available in 20dh, 50dh, 100dh and 200dh.
- Exchange rate
The Moroccan economy is fairly stable, but shopping around for the best rate is still recommended. At the time of writing (September 2014), £100 would get you around 1,400dh.
Morocco Standard Time is Greenwich Mean Time. However, they do operate Daylight Savings Time during July and August (except during Ramadan) so may be one hour behind the UK at times during the summer.