Whilst driving to Essaouira we were on a road that went through what looked like a racetrack. In fact, all the seats were facing us, or the highway/road, as though we were on the track itself. Turns out we were! When it’s not in use for a car race, the track itself is just the regular highway or road out of town. Apparently it’s closed off and becomes part of the racetrack when there is a race going on. Here’s what Wiki says about it:

‘The Marrakech Street Circuit (also known as Marrakech Racetrack) is a 4.624 kilometres (2.87 mi) temporary street circuit in Agdal district, Marrakech, Morocco. The circuit is venturing by MGP. MGP’s partner in Morocco, D3 Motorsport Development has been given the responsibility of the design of the street circuit. It is the same architect company that designed the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit in Australia. Groupe Menara was supervising the construction in Route de l’Ourika and along Boulevard Mohammed.The paddock had been paved along the walls of the Royal Garden and more than 2500 concrete impact blocks and many debris fence panels had been put in place to bound the track. The 2009 World Touring Car Championship season’s third round at the street circuit was held on 3 May 2009. It was the first international car race in Morocco since the 1958 Moroccan Grand Prix at the Ain-Diab Circuit in Casablanca.’