Middle East & Africa

Marrakech, Morocco

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Places to Run in Marrakech, Medina, and Palmerie

Marrakech (sometimes spelled Marrakesh) is a Morroccan city located in the mid-southwestern region of the kingdom, at the edge of the Atlas Mountains and the Ourika River Valley. Traditionally a Berber farming center, Marrakech developed political, cultural, religious, and economic importance soon after its founding. The Medina quarter within the city’s red ochre walls is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is a popular visitor spot. Running in Marrakech offers lots of fun surprises, from a tour of the walls to manicured paths in parks and street medians.

The most popular place to run in Marrakech is the long, garden lined median of Boulevard Mohamed VI. Other good options include the Menara Gardens, a tour of the Medina Walls, the Agdal Gardens, and the quiet roads around the resort area near Palmeraie. We’ve also mapped a ‘Runseeing’ Tour which explores the top sights of Marrakech.

Taxis, and fixed route “grand taxis,” are the most convenient way to get around Marrakech, though tourists might enjoy a ride on a horse-drawn Caleche. There are also buses throughout the main part of Marrakech, which are cheap but crowded. Due to the interconnectedness of paths around Marrakech, running is a great way to see the city. Note: The summer climate in Marrakech can get very hot, so be sure to hydrate and wear sun protection. Customs surrounding clothing may also be different than what some runners are used to.

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Runners should be aware that summers are very hot and dry, with daytime temperatures averaging 37C (100F). Nights do cool off, so good to go early. Winter temperatures are mild, with nights that can be quite cool. It’s a dry climate, with virtually no rain several months of the year.climatemps.com

For places to stay in Marrakech, see the Visit Marrakech website.

There are some running stores chains in Marrakech, including Decathalon, City Sport, and Planet Sport.

For a group run/tour, see Running in Morocco. Or, find a trail running tour with Trail Running Morocco.

Top local races include the Marrakech Marathon and the Trail Amizmiz.

There are some other noteworthy trail races in the Atlas Mountains and the Agafay Desert like the Agafay Full Moon Run and the Trans Atlas Marathon.