Riad Mehdia

70 Douar Graoua, Medina, Marrakech, Morocco
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Car rental in Marrakesh

by KrazyCathy

Hi all,

I will be heading to Marrakesh in early January with my boyfriend. We fly into Marrakesh on the 5th, will to spend 2 days in the city and then head down to the desert and over to the coast. I fly out of Agadir on the 12th, so time is short. I was thinking of renting a car, but wanted to check and see if folks thought taking a bus or another form of transport made more sense? Any advice?

Many thanks,

Re: Car rental in Marrakesh

by smartidea

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Re: Car rental in Marrakesh

by michel.nagore

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Re: Car rental in Marrakesh

by angiebabe

Yes as i always do, i recommend rental cars to maximise the time one has to travel and see the sights around Morocco - there are many picturesque spots and photo opportunities and though public transport of course can be an interesting way to see the locals it can be slow - especially to areas further away from large cities such as Marrakech to the desert - but its such a scenic route that a car is by far the best way.

you can do that itinerary quite well in a week but you have to stick to a schedule to do it. you can still have time to stop along the way and see the sights such as Tizintichka, Telouet, Ait Benhaddou, Ouarzazate, Skoura, Dades and/or todra Gorges, Rissani and the sahara desert around Merzouga. you would still have time to to drive back Nkob to Agdz and up to Ouarzazate then back to Marrakech and Agadir.
You would have to make do with a day and a night in Marrakech only really.

but with good planning and prereading and preparation to know what you want to see, hints to minimise the effects of the distractions of hustlers and so on, acceptable prices, where to stay etc (of which there are good tips around my pages and other VTers as well)

all the best

Re: Car rental in Marrakesh

by rachido


Well...you better off rent a car to make the most of it.So many nice things to see and places where to stop.
Public transport to those places will be hell !!!
So if need any info, do not hesitate to conatct me.

Good luck !!

Travel Tips for Marrakesh

Marrakech & The Seven Saints

by MM212

Marrakech has seven patron saints buried around the city. Sumptuously decorated shrines (or Zaouïa) have been erected over each of these tombs, typically in the 16-18th centuries. Pilgrims from all over Morocco travel to Marrakech to visit these tombs, over a seven-day period. While tourists are not allowed to enter these shrines, many of them are worth admiring from the outside for their architecture, and if lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the interior. Attached is a photo of Zaouïa Sidi Abdelaziz on Rue Mouassine. I was able to take a picture of the beautiful interior through a window that was left open (sorry, not respectful of local culture, I know...)

Camel Rides

by keeweechic

Prior to the show, you can take camel rides of the few that are paraded around the arena. While the days can be warm, even hot in Marrakech, be careful of the nights especially in the desert. In May, the evening at Chez Ali was quite cool and I wish I had taken a jacket.

Cafe Argana - views over Djemaa el-Fna

by sue_stone about Cafe Argana

Another day, another afternoon tea. This time we were in Djemaa el-Fna and wanted to relax for a while in one of the cafes on the square. We chose Cafe Argana as it has a terrace high above the square offering a great place for some photos of the activity below.

Cafe Argana is set over 3 levels. Downstairs you can have a snack or a drink. On the first floor is the restaurant, and the top floor is the place to go if you just want a drink. We headed to the top floor and found it filled with locals having a tea and a chat with friends. Alison and I managed to get a table by the edge so we could look out over the square below, and relaxed with a rejuvenating mint tea.

Service was pretty non-existent and it was smoky even though there were large open windows, but if you are just after a quick drink then it is not a bad option.

El badi palace

by Oana_bic

Construction of the El Badi Palace was ordered by the Saadien Ahmed el Mansour in 1578 and was not yet completed upon his death in 1603. The most precious materials that could be located were purchased for its creation, all the way to China. There is a beautiful view of Marrakech from the terraces.

First encounter with the pink city

by iris2002

"Square of the dead ..."

Marrakech is a city of 2 hearts. One beats a modern, almost emanzipated rhythm, while the other still holds tight to the beat of the ancient traditions. And nowhere can this be seen better as during Ramadan at the Koutoubia Mosque.
The mad traffic of modern cars with well dressed, westernised people mingles with the mule-carts and women in full veil meandering through the chaos in their often elaborate kaftans, whilst at the Cafe' Glace Moroccan girls in mini-skirts, oversized leather-bags hang over their mobile phones and watch slightly bored through large dark Gucci sunglasses the chaos over a coffee 'nus-nus' (caffee latte).

But now during Ramadan the atmosphere of the no.1 Tourist city of Morocco is subdued, and a slight agression or tension can be felt in the Souks. The Square of the dead, surrounding the Koutoubia Mosque is rather quiet during the day, many stalls closed as we arrive as the majority is getting ready for their prayers. And then, through a rattling loudspeaker from the minaret, the voice of the muhezin drones and from other sides of the city others fall into the prayers: continue


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