The Marrakech Menara Airport, also known as the Menara Airport, is an international air hub serving the city of Marrakesh, the capital of the Marrakesh-Tensift-El Haouz region in Morocco. Classified as a public and military airport, it is an international facility that receives several international flights from Europe, as well as local flights from Casablanca and a handful of Arabian nations. In 2012 alone, the stark and modern airport served over 3.3 million passengers, and has been maintaining the said level since then. The airport has two passenger terminals, but these are more or less combined to form one huge terminal. A third terminal is in the works, while the existing terminals have a total land area of 42,000 square miles and has a designed capacity of 4.5 million passengers per year. The runway and the apron support up to 14 Boeing 737s and four 747s, and also includes a cargo terminal of 340 square miles. The paved single runway measures 10,170 feet long, and is laid out in the direction 10/28. The airport is also one of the six airports in Morocco where ONDA offers its special VIP service called Salon Convives de Marque.
What to see & do
Marrakesh, alternately Marrakech, is one of the four imperial cities of Morocco, and is the setting of the Marrakech Menara Airport. The name of the city originates from the Berber words mur and akush, which collectively means “Land of God”. It is the third largest city in Morocco, next to Casablanca and Rabat, and is seated near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. Its location and contrasting landscape has made it an enviable destination in Morocco, a rare quality of the rather desert-filled country.
Jardin Majorelle – Other visitors brought flowers to the city as offerings, but Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé, built this astonishing villa and brought it to life at the heart of Marrakesh, the city that once adopted him in 1964. It was built with a garden to preserve the vision of its original owner, landscape painter Jacques Majorelle, intact, and is kept open to the public. Aside from the garden which now houses some 300 species of plants from all over the world, other features include the Berber Art Museum, showcasing the rich panorama of Morocco's indigenous inhabitants in displays of some 600 artefacts, the chamber or the heart room, which displays a sumptuous collection of chiselled, filigreed, and enamelled jewels that reflect infinity set in the mirrored, midnight black, octagonal area, and the boutique, which feature a few coffee-table books and souvenirs from YSL.
Djeema el-Fna – The Djeema el-Fna is a square and a market place in Marrakesh's medina quarter. It remains as the main square in the city, and is used by both locals and tourists. It is dubbed as one of UNESCO's Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, known for its active concentration of traditional activities by storytellers, musicians, and sellers. The place is also called a 'cultural space', as it shows popular and traditional forms of cultural expression. The market place and square becomes livelier when night falls and the lights come alive; an assortment of local food and delicacies, novelty items, and live performances fill the huge open area.
Almoravid Koubba – The Almoravid Koubba is a small and architecturally-defined building in Marrakesh, dating to the 12th century. It is the only remaining example of Almoravid architecture, built in 1117 and restructured in the 16th and the 19th centuries. At the entrance and the top of the prayer room is the inscription, “I was created for science and prayer, by the prince of the believers, descendant of the prophet Abdallah, most glorious of all Caliphs. Pray for him when you enter the door, so that you may fulfill your highest hopes.” The inscription refers to the Abbasid Caliph of Baghdad, and gives homage to Ali Ibn Yusuf, the patron of the building.
How to get around within Marrakesh
From the medina, everything in Marrakesh can be reached by foot, but when it becomes too much, other modes of transport include the caleche, taxis, and buses. Caleches are horse-drawn carriages available at the Square de Foucauld. It is a romantic way to go around the city, and is the alternative if travellers do not fancy long walks. Taxi cabs are also available everywhere, although beware of drivers who will try and rip you off. Buses leave almost every 20-30 minutes, with various lines covering various areas in Marrakesh.
How to get there
The Marrakech Menara Airport is the main airport serving Marrakesh. Airlines that travel the destination include Adria Airways, Air Berlin, Air France, Alitalia, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, easyJet, Edelweiss Air, Europe Airpost, Germania, Jetairfly, Jet2.com, Lufthansa, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Royal Air Maroc, Transavia.com, Vueling, and many more.