Residence Al Qantara

Zone Touristique de l_Agdal, Marrakech, 24000, Morocco
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Female Travelling alone to Marrakesh Aug.18th-26th - anyone else? (female ideally).

by brebecca

Seeing if anyone else (female) is travelling alone and interested in doing to visits (To Atlas Mountains, Essouira...).
I'm 32y/o from San Francisco, but fleunt in French (1/2 French) so hopefully that will be helpful in Morocco.

Otherwise, any tips of affordable trips 2-3-4 days to Atlas where I can join a group would be great (Yes, I realize its during Ramadan).

Thanks.

Re: Female Travelling alone to Marrakesh Aug.18th-26th - anyone else? (female ideally).

by brebecca

I have. It wasn't helpful at all. Guess it just doesn't get much real traffic, more of an affiliate site now unfortunately.

Re: Female Travelling alone to Marrakesh Aug.18th-26th - anyone else? (female ideally).

by al2401

Your French will be helpful but realise they speak a very differnt version. I travelled with a French speaker and he often had difficulties until he returned to basics. However, the Moroccans are very forgiving regarding language.

Re: Female Travelling alone to Marrakesh Aug.18th-26th - anyone else? (female ideally).

by jeanfinney

Excuse me, but their French, if not exactly Parisian, is absolutely normal French with an accent and a bit of informality about vous and tu - they are not formal people! - and speaking it is a supremely useful skill and will considerably change your experience, for the practical and human-contact better...

Re: Female Travelling alone to Marrakesh Aug.18th-26th - anyone else? (female ideally).

by zeste2004

hello my dear, i'm really interested in ur trip-plans and i think able to afford u logistic assistance as i'll move in this month untill august to this mountain range preciselly through the axis linking Ouarzazate to Azilal , hope coordinate with u , for more reliability, contact me by email to (zeste2004@hotmail.com) , cheers

Re: Female Travelling alone to Marrakesh Aug.18th-26th - anyone else? (female ideally).

by abdel4better

don't worry about the language u would be able to communicate with people here especially in touristic places
and i really would help u in ur trip but what a pity im not a female =)
anyway if u need some information about atlas mountains or some cities contact me abdel4better@hotmail.com
ps: coming i Ramadan is not a good idea

Travel Tips for Marrakesh

The town square in the day time!

by Cool-123

Here you will find many local people selling goods, especially the medicine. They will show you how the medicine works on the animals.

Ladies, if you want to have tattoo on your hands, you can try here but make sure you will like your orange hands for a month. You should ask the money first before you do it. My friend did it and they asked for more money.

I think most people have tried the orange juice because it looks nice and the weather is hot.

You can enjoy the monkeys and snakes shows with music. You can take some photos but you have to pay for it.

Spices

by tini58de about Local Products

This was my absolute favourite shopping item! I love the smells and taste of those oriental spices, so we bought quite a few of them (which made my back smell beautifully!!)

What I particularly like is the mixtures - and in Morocco they have a 35 spices mix (at one place we even got a 45 spices mix!!!) for just about everything you cook and a 4 spices mix which is usually used when cooking fish.

Since each "melange" (= mix) is slightly different, it might be a good idea to buy those mixtures at different places.

For a warning, please have a look at my tourist trap tips! The mixes are much more expensive than the pure spices.

At a supermarket we paid between 13 and 15 DH for 100 grams, at the souk they initially wanted 40 and 60 DH for about the same spices, but we bargained and got the spices for 15 and 25 DH (and a grouchy face....)

Riad L'Orangeraie - dinner at our Riad

by sue_stone about Riad L'Orangeraie

On our first night in Marrakech we had dinner at our hotel, Riad L'Orangeraie. We had to tell the Riad prior to our arrival in Marrakech that we would like dinner that evening.

There is no restaurant as such, you just choose where you would like to dine within the Riad grounds - be it in the courtyard by the pool, on the roof terrace, or in the lounge area, for example. We chose to eat sitting in the small seating area just off the courtyard, opposite our room.

The table was laid out for us with scattered rose petals, and a large bottle of water. We sat back and relaxed, waiting for our meal to arrive. First up were the 'salads', which were not your traditional salads, but instead were three hot vegetable dishes, all really delicious. There was grilled capsicum/pepper rolled and stuffed with a fruit chutney; Broad beans in a tasty sauce; and char-grilled eggplant/aubergine with tomato and cheese.

Next up was a Chicken Tajine and a big plate of couscous, though we were already nearly full from the salads and couldn't eat it all. We had purchased some wine duty free, so enjoyed a glass with our meal.

There was also dessert - orange slices served with cinnamon and dates. I wasn't a big fan of this, but Alison though it was great.

Mosque of Koutoubia

by icu

First built in 1147, but demolished since it was not correctly aligned with Mecca, the "mosque of the booksellers", was finished in its present shape in 1199. It has ever since been the landmark of Marrakech, rising up from the low houses and markets around.
Its style is a Almohad, but has a good deal of simple Andalucian elements added to it. The minaret rises 77 metres above the ground, while the mosque is sizeable by itself. While it has a strict appearance in red stone today, it is believed that it originally was covered with plaster. There have been plans of renovating the Koutoubia into this presumed original style.

our most expensive visit in Marrakech

by vtveen

The alleys of the dyers souk are filled with brightly coloured overhanging wool and fabric, perhaps still wet from recently being dyed. It is all very colourful with red, orange, purple, blue and yellow threads of wool. It is by far the most photogenic area of the souks and we made a lot of pictures in the alleys, from one of the roof terraces and around a dyers workshop.

It was rather difficult to find this area, coming from the Ben Youssef Medersa. After entering the souk a ‘helpful guide’ brought us to a workshop and we saw examples of the natural materials - such as saffron, indigo, pomegranate and mint - where the dyes are made from. Dye was boiling in a huge bath: interesting to see, but it must be hard to work.
The shopkeeper dressed us with scarves like ‘touaregs’ and it was not only for showing the colours or shooting a picture; no ‘of course’ it was a nice trick trying to sell these silk and cotton scarves. After some haggling - from 450 down to 250 Dirhams - we decided to buy ‘our scarves.

In another alley we were invited to climb onto the roof of one of the buildings. We had some great views of the drying fabrics and the roofs of the souks. Once down again we were forced by a rather aggressive craftsman to pay for the view and he demanded 50 Dirhams (of curse much too much), but I didn’t want to bargain again and paid the money.

The dyers souk is without any doubt a photogenic area and very interesting to visit, even if we ‘had’ to pay a lot of money.

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Address: Zone Touristique de l_Agdal, Marrakech, 24000, Morocco