In the centre of Jemaa El Fna Square, you will friend lots of brightly painted juice carts.
These carts supply fresh orange juice to locals and travellers alike, squeezed to order, and are amazingly cheap ( about 20p / 34 cents ), and taste great.
We were warned that the same bowl of water is ued to wash out the glasses all evening, and that this might make us ill, but we did not seem to suffer any adverse effects.
You may also be approached by a local beggar asking you to buy them juice. They will usually give you an old water bottle so they can take it away to drink later, and at these prices how can you refuse.
A Grand taxi from the airport to the medina
We got a "grand taxi" from the Marrakesh airport to as close to our riad in the medina as the car could get for around 150 dirhams. Grand taxis are probably the better way to go to and from the airport depending upon how much souk shopping you intend to do, thanks to their larger size/bigger trunk space. You should tip the taxi driver.
You'll find several taxis waiting outside the airport upon your arrival. Or you can have your riad schedule one to be there waiting for you with a sign at your arrival time. Upon departure, have your riad/hotel call a grand taxi for you to meet you as our driver did.
We found that grand taxis in Marrakesh do not run on meters, instead, they ask where you want to go, then tell you a fare. Not sure if this can be negotiated, it probably can. We didn't bother as the price seemed fair enough.
One of the highlights of a visit to Marrakech is exploring the souqs (covered markets). The main market area is located in the Medina, north of Djemaa el-Fna. It consists of a maze of narrow alleyways and small squares all lined with colourful stalls and shops selling a wide variety of locally produced products.
The souqs are busy and noisy, with a constant flow of people and motorbikes. Some traders will try to coax you in to inspect their goods and may even offer you some mint tea to help seal the deal. Make sure you bring your haggling skills with you - every purchase must be negotiated and it can take some time to finally agree on a price.
Within the souqs, there are alleyways specialising in a particular type of product. Souq Sebbaghine, for example, is the dyers' market, and you will see colourful clothes being dyed and dried here.
If you are after leather goods, then head for Souq Semmarine or Souq el-Kebir, or to see leather goods being made head to Souq Serrajine.
You may well also come across Souq Attarine where you can shop for brassware, or Souq Hadadine, the blacksmiths market, where you may be lucky to see the artisans at work.
My favourite souq was probably Souq Smata, which is the slipper souq - there is shop after shop of colourful slippers! I also liked the High Tech Souq where the small shops were crammed with electrical goods - televisions were stacked from floor to ceiling.
The medina is the old part of Marrakesh with narrow streets and pittoresque squares and sites! Unfortunately we did not have so much time - I would love to return one day to get a better feel for this part of the town!
Magnetically Magical Marrakesh
"A place so full of life and sensory overload..."
The sounds, the scents, the sights and of course the tastes, they continue to flood my thoughts and I want to be back there. My pictures and tips can do this place no justice. But I will try...
I can still hear the call to prayer resonating in my brain, at first, frightening, that first morning at 4:30ish (am) but with time, welcomed, amazing, beautiful...
We never stopped walking, the souks were an endless maze, as were the visions to behold on the square by night, -if- you could steal a peek through the throngs of Marrakeshis, we'd just wander and wander, then wander some more...