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Marrakech Travel Tips

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Insider advice for your Marrakech vacation


Elinacrinser
7 days around Morocco with the best Tour operator Desert Dream 4x4 5 stars
I frequently travel alone. I enjoy this kind of travelling, and had never any serious problems or experiences, in all the countries I travelled so far.
Normally, I travel without guide, but this time, travelling in a completely new country, I decided to book a guide, who will show me around in Morocco.

I wanted to learn to know this north african country by heart with the help of an experienced tour operator, who will give me an insider point of view.
After some research, I found „my“ guide: Desert Dream4x4.
With a good feeling from the very beginning, I met Younes and also my driver in the airport in Marrakech. They brought me to my hotel and there we talked in detail about the program of the tour. And this program was lovely and nice! Lively cities like Marrakech, Fes and Meknes, amazing gorges like Dades and Thodra, Kasbahs and villages, and great encounters with the locals throughout the tour.
I learned a lot about the cultur and habits of the nomad and berber people, and often could put my questions directly to the locals, which I met during my tour. I was very thirsty for knowledge...
And my questions were also answered in detail by my knowledgable and nice guide, Younes.
With a lot of humor and patience, he made this tour to a special and never boring experience.
I felt safe at every point of my tour, due to the professional and caring manner of Desert Dream4x4.
This tour operator is recommendable to both single travellers and all other kind of travellers!


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Vihren
Marrakech 5 stars
Marrakech is one of the most wonderful cities in the whole world and a real masterpiece of the Islamic, Arabian and Berber civilisation. The city is famous for its thousands souks in the old medina, most of which are full of shops and merchants trying to sell their goods to anyone. Be careful when roaming through the medina, it is very very easy to get lost and since many streets have no names or labels you'd better just remember the general direction that you are going. In the southern part of the city there are the remains and gardens of several great palaces – Palace El Badi and Palace Bahia. Here, like in all Moroccan cities the royal palace is closed to visitors.

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Bellatravel
Hundreds of lamps at the Medina Souk 4 stars
If you want a break from the mad crowds at Djemaa el Fna you can venture in the beautiful charming Souk in the Medina quarter. There were shops with hundreds of lamps and ceramics. The atmosphere is much calmer than at the central market and the shop assistants where sitting outside drinking tea and saying hello as you passed by. My friend decided to venture for a shortcut apparently through some alleys which become a bit scary as we got lost in the windy cobblestone streets. It felt like being in an Indiana Jones movie with dark deserted alleys. We finally found our way out but I will not recommend anyone to get out of the Souk main area.


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Bellatravel
An authentic tour to the Berber Culture- Berber Trail Desert Tour 5 stars
The Berber Trail Dessert Tour was a fantastic opportunity to visit real traditional Berber villages, the gorgeous abandoned Kasbah of Telouet and enjoy stunning views of the Atlas Mountains.
Whitin the Berber route the Tizi´n Ticka path opened to beautiful green valleys. The landscape was changeable from rocky sandy areas to green fields, palm groves where you could see the Berber look after their goats. It was lovely to witness part of their real lives and visit some of the locals in their houses. The Berber Clay villages sometimes appeared invisible as their colour merged with the background.
An authentic tour to the Berber culture!


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Bellatravel
Horse Carriage ride around Marrakesch 2 stars
This is a nice activity with nice views of the old town. As it seems that you need to negotiate for everything around there we consulted with the hotel about the price for a Horse Carriage ride. The carriages are nearby the Market. You will easily have 2 or 3 man offering you their carriage. We went with the one that offered the price suggested by the hotel, which was not surprisingly the cheapest. When we were already sitting one of the other man came to us insisting we go with him so our driver decided to wipe him with the horse wipe and shouted at him like a crazy man,in yet another display of local affection, while gently smiling at us. They say is 45min ride but you´ll be lucky if you get 30min. As we went around the town walls and the King Palace the driver warned us not to take pictures of the palace wall as it was prohibited and we could get arrested or shot. As all the walls looked the same to me I also refrain of taking pictures here.


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Elizaoprisor
Marrakesh 4 stars
I found Marrakesh very amazing and truly said, a unique place. It has many good things, including the lovely atmosphere you find there. There are many places really worth visiting, like the Saadian Tombs, the Botanical gardens and the El Badi Palace. A not so nice, but worth visiting place are the Tanneries. The trip was kind of depressing, but I don't regret having taken it. The most amazing place though, is the huge Jima-el-Fna, the enormous colorful bazaar. Of course, visiting Marrakesh can be very stressful when you're approached by a different street performer or vendor every two minutes and you're sometimes even followed by them. I didn't really see people trying to steal, but rather forcing you to pay them for services that you didn't ask for. On a whole, I think that a visit to Marrakesh is a lot better with a tour guide and a group from home, rather than going on your own.

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Elizaoprisor
Traveling by taxi 3 stars
In Marrakesh there are many taxis, separated into two categories. The small taxis are small cars that can take up to 3 people. I have noticed that many Moroccans share the taxis and I have also seen some tourists doing it. The small taxis are cheaper and the drivers don't use the meters. The fare was about 10 Dirrham. Beware that at night, prices double. The big taxis can be used by many more people and are almost always shared. There are many taxis around the cities, so don't worry about finding one. All of the taxis can take you to the airport, but it's better to ask the price beforehand, as they tend to charge more than the normal fare.

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Elizaoprisor
Henna Tattoos 2 stars
You shouldn't be surprised by the multitude of women that will approach you as soon as you get in Marrakesh. Most of them work in the big bazaar Jima-el-Fna. Just like the men trying to take pictures of you and a monkey, the women can also become aggressive. One grabbed my hand before I even saw her and tried to paint it. I withdrew my hand as fast as I could and left at a very fast pace. The Henna they use nowadays is very dangerous, because they mix it with chemicals. The real Henna is brown and lasts a lot less than the black one. I think it's difficult to tell where you should get a good quality Henna Tattoo. Better ask at you hotel and maybe they could recommend you somebody they know.

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Elizaoprisor
Tourist Traps : Unwanted guides 1 stars
All throughout Marrakesh, close to the main tourist attractions, you will be approached by many Moroccan men, trying to guide you through whatever it is you're about to visit. They are really dangerous, because even though you tell them you don't need a guide, they will follow you throughout the trip and afterwards demand a huge sum of money. They often get aggressive when you don't pay them, but I heard there is a tourist police that you can go to. Maybe threatening them with that could work. I think the best thing is to travel with a group or to speak good French and make yourself understood that you don't need them to guide you. It's really frustrating.

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Elizaoprisor
Tourist Traps:Monkeys 1 stars
Sadly enough, all the rumors about the tourist traps in Morocco are true. What I saw really often were the guys that try to make take pictures of yourself and a monkey. I think it's horrible, first because of the fact that the monkey leads an awful life in the hands of those people. Second, because most of the tourists don't really want their pictures to be taken with the monkey, but they are forced to. It goes like this: they approach you and if you give them any sign of attention, even a look, they will put the monkey in your arms and on your shoulder and then make you pay a ridiculous sum of money. The best thing to do is to ignore them and don't even look at them.

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Elizaoprisor
Tanneries 2 stars
One of the main attraction of Marrakesh, or one of the most marketed, are the Tanneries. Even though they are famous, I couldn't imagine anyone having a pleasant trip there. I found it really depressing and it made me think twice before buying leather products. Except for the fact that the smell there is almost unbearable, you get to see pieces of animals laying on the ground and very small children working to soften the leather. Apparently, the people who work there, work the whole day with very small breaks. I didn't enjoy my visit there, but I think it's a good thing to take the trip t the Tanneries, as it sheds a whole different light on the leather industry.

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cbreese
Bars and drinking in Marrakech 1 stars
Don't assume that because Mick Jagger and the Stones hung out here it's easy to enjoy a beer or a glass of wine, even with a meal. Booze is basically banned in the old town except within the privacy of Riads and in the new town it's only available in a handful of western-style hotels and bars. There are a few dingy and secretive off licences and I never quite worked out if booze was actually technically illegal or not. The perfectly modern and stylish bars I did find encouraged drinking away from the view of the road. Drinking alcohol in the street, and even carrying it home from a shop uncovered in a plastic bag, is a very bad idea. Play it safe and stick to hotels.

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cbreese
Marrakech 3 stars
Also known as Marrakesh, the city sits in the south west of the country near the Atlas Mountains. It is a place undergoing rapid and obvious transition. One half, the old, walled city, is cramped, historic and in parts predominantly a religious place. The other half, to the west, is sprawling and modern with shops and bars. Bustling markets or souks, beautiful mosques, and a developing choice of restaurants are all on offer. Be prepared for a lot of glares for wearing so much as a tight T-shirt – this is still a very religious, Islamic city, even if it appears in parts to be hurtling towards westernisation.


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