Orange juice sellers
A whole section of Djemaa el Fna is reserved for stalls selling fresh orange juice. It is really good. A glass will cost DH3. But, be careful. The glasses are used by hundreds of people and not properly cleaned. You can also buy a 1.5 litre bottle for between DH15 and 20, depending on your bargaining skills. But, make sure you taste it first, as some of them are watered down. It is good, however, to take a bottle of some of the best fresh juice in the world back to your hotel room each evening.
We flew from Karlsruhe/Germany directly to Marrakesh with hapagfly.
It was a totally enjoyable flight of about 3 hours, lovely food, friendly staff and excellent vision!
The airport in Marrakesh is a very small one by the name of Menara, passport control was decent, customs as well and best of all: the airport is only some 10 minutes drive from the city!
There are 3 predominent residential areas in Marrakesh for anyone wanting to invest in the city. Hivernage, Palmeraie and Gueliz district. You will see many modern apartment buildings springing up and a lot of the apartments are sold off the plan.
We took a day trip booked thru the Hotel Sofitel to Essouira. It is a seaside town on the Atlantic - it was a port for the Portugese at one time and several movies have been filmed there "Kingdom of Heaven" with Orlando Bloom being one of them. It is about a 2.5 hour drive from Marrakech and the guide we had was AWESOME - he had impeccible english which was quite a WELCOMED find in Morocco!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you Sofitel! and was very entertaining. We stopped along the way at a couple sites and had a lovely lunch in Essouria. It is a much more slower paced place then Marrakech!
As ever when I come to Marrakech the main attractions of Djemaa el-Fna is lively at anytime of day but gets even better around dusk when Jugglers, storytellers, musicians, snake charmers all come out to entertain the tourist and locals. Another must do is to eat at one of the many open-air food stalls that come out at Dusk.
To get around and see all the sights you can take a city bus tour that you can hop on and hop off whenever you like during the day but for me the best way to get around is on foot. Alot of the main sights are all in walking distance from Djemaa el-Fna but if it is too much there is a horse and cart aswell.
The Medina is one of most croweded places I have been to, but a visit to Marrakech is not complete without a visit to the souks. Everything you can think off is here in these crowded alley ways of the medina from art, jewellery, books, clothes, food, sweets, bread, household goods, Souviners...etc. You can easily spend a half day walking around and getting lost in the Medina, it is huge but fastinating.
Other places to visit outside the Medina is The Kasbah area, The Koutoubia with it's 70m tall minaret and Palais De La Bahia, but there are also many other places aswell. And if you get tired of all the hassle from the medina then take a walk up Ave Mohammed V and you will come across the Cyber Park Gardens which are peaceful and nice to walk around and across the road from the gardens is an Ensemble artisanel where you can buy your sourviners at a fixed price without the hassle of bargaining. if you carry on up the road some more you will come to Ville Nouvelle, the new Marrakesh where you will find cafes and resturants and some upscale shops.
Marrakech is the gateway to Southern Morocco, from here you can get buses to anywhere in Morocco including Essaouira, Agadir, Casablanca, Fes and also Western Sahara which is pretty safe these days. As for trains they only go North from Marrakech. You can also arrange tours to the desert aswell, weather it is in Zagora or Merzouga.
Destinations In Morocco
Essaouira - Agadir - Merzouga - Boumalne - Ouarzazate
Fes - Meknes- Tangiers - Casablanca - Moulay Idriss
Volubilis - Rabat - Skoura - Tinerhir - N'kob
Al-Hoceima - Asilah - Chefchaouen - Larache - Lixus
Nador - Oujda - Safi- Taza - Tetouan
More Destinations In Morocco
Ait Benhaddou, High Atlas Mountains, Tizi'n'Tinfifft Pass, Tizi'n'Tichka Pass
El-kalaa M'Gouna, Ait Airb, Dades Valley, Dades Gorge
Draa Valley, Jebel Sarhro