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  • Even football murals can help for navigation
    Even football murals can help for...
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  • Old grafitti-style sign
    Old grafitti-style sign
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  • Inside the Medina at night
    Inside the Medina at night
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    Navigation in the Medina

    by Airpunk Written Mar 19, 2015

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    If you are in Marrakesh for the first time, chances are high that you will underestimate the task of navigating in the Medina. With a circumference of 16 kms and a dislike for straight lines in architecture that makes even Hundertwasser blush, you will get lost here easily.

    A very (I repeat: very) good map is the most important thing you need. Unfortunately, I have not seen any good map of the Medina until now. Only with the combination of a handout from my riad, the map from the Lonely Planet guidebook and google maps, I was able to get around myself.

    Some say that you can use Koutoubia Mosque with its high minaret to navigate, however with all the high buildings and narrow alleys, Kotoubia Mosque is almost never visible from the point you are. Try to remember certain shops or other landmarks. Giving them silly nicknames like “cow heads street” (for a street with a lot of butcher shops) or Grim Reaper's tailor shop helped for me, it may also help for you.

    If you are lost, do not worry. Go to a shop and ask a shopkeeper, preferably one selling goods of everyday life – souvenir shop owners may try to sell you something before giving you the information you need. (On the other hand, if a butcher succeeds to talk you into buying half a lamb, both of you deserve the outcome of this deal). Asking people of the streets is not the best idea, especially kids have fun in pointing tourists into a wrong direction. These kids and touts may try to exploit your lack of knowledge, therefore become familiar in how to deal with them (see: Dangers and Annoyances – tips).

    The new red signs pointing you to the Djama El Fnaa are – in my opinion – not much of a help. The old grafitti-style signs worked better for me. Unfortunately, both are often destroyed by people who want to exploit lost tourists.

    Remember: The best way through the medina is not the shortest – it's the one you know! One of my travellogues describes how to get easily from Djama El Fnaa to the Marrakesh museum.

    Old grafitti-style sign New red sign Inside the Medina at night Even football murals can help for navigation

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    The cheapest way to get to Medina (Riad)

    by keibunkin Written Jan 20, 2012

    The petit taxi and the grand taxi outside of Airport are usually charge 2 or 3 times more. I asked the reason why, they said Tourist has more money and it is affordable for them.

    If you do not want to ripped off. Please take a petit taxi outside of Airport which is only 5 min walk. Normally they have to use the meter.

    I appointed LOST in Marrakech (lostinmarrakech@yahoo.com) who arranged an interpeter (acutally transportation service) for tourists. A woman came to airport and pick us up, walk to outside of airport and negotiate with taxi driver. We paid the exact amount shows on taxi meter (no tips) and get to Jamaa el fna. From there, she walked with us all the way to the door of our riad.

    It was night and we don't speak neither French and Arabic. We paid 100DH + Actual Taxi cost but it was worth to pay.

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    Walking the medina and souks

    by dutchboycalledjan Updated May 3, 2011

    Our Riad, Ma'ab, arranged a guide for us for a walk through the souks. We agreed a price of 40 dirham. However, we were very dissatisfied with his knowledge and attitude. After about 30 minutes, we renegogiated his fee to 20. In the end his attitude recovered and we gave him 25. The Riad took it up with the guide organizer.

    We lost our way once, found a small cab, called the Riad and asked them to instruct the driver to bring us back. Before we left I negotiated the price from 60 to 25. Of course the driver had no 5 dirham change, ;-). but it did take us longer than we expected. Many times people proposed to show us the way, but we always declined. If nothing works, try the Arab no thank you: "la, shakram". Usually worked for us. We were told that you can also threathen to call the tourists police.

    Meknes and Tingehir is much more relaxed than Marrakech.

    A guide on a 4 hour trek in Tingehir asked 30 dirham. He carried our back pack and was very attentive. We gave him 40.

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    Walking the medina and souks

    by dutchboycalledjan Updated May 3, 2011

    Our Riad, Ma'ab, arranged a guide for us for a walk through the souks. We agreed a price of 40 dirham. However, we were very dissatisfied with his knowledge and attitude. After about 30 minutes, we renegogiated his fee to 20. In the end his attitude recovered and we gave him 25. The Riad took it up with the guide organizer.

    We lost our way once, found a small cab, called the Riad and asked them to instruct the driver to bring us back. Before we left I negotiated the price from 60 to 25. Of course the driver had no 5 dirham change, ;-). but it did take us longer than we expected. Many times people proposed to show us the way, but we always declined. If nothing works, try the Arab no thank you: "la, sharkram". We were told that you can also threathen to call the tourists police.

    Meknes and Tingehir is much more relaxed than Marrakech.

    A guide on a 4 hour trek in Tingehir asked 30 dirham. He carried our back pack and was very attentive. We gave him 40.

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    Walk!

    by tini58de Updated Feb 10, 2006

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    Most of the time we walked through Marrakesh. Distances in the city are not that far and in order to really enjoy the sounds and smells and sights of the city, there is no other way but walk!

    Especially in the suuqs you just have to walk, but be careful: there are a lot of people on bicycles and motorcycles who don't seem to ever use their brakes..... So you better watch out and jump!

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    On foot around Marrakesh.

    by suvanki Updated Dec 30, 2005

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    On foot is the best way to get around Marrakesh's centre. Through the Souks, Medina, Mellah area, your walking tour will find many hidden corners and sights that you can't reach by taxi or car, or that you'd miss as you whizzed past!

    So, comfy shoes on and just lose yourself in the labrynth of the many alleyways and roads of Marrakesh!

    Don't forget to look up as well as straight in front- there are lots of 'hidden treasures'

    Don't get worried that You'll not find your way out- theres always someone to direct you to 'the square' or the nearest landmark.

    Wall painting, Marrakesh Red Rock of Marrakesh- Medina area Old doorway- Medina-Marrakesh Carved archway- Medina Marrakesh Carved niche- Marrakesh Red Rock of Marrakesh- Medina area Old doorway- Medina-Marrakesh Carved archway- Medina Marrakesh Carved niche- Marrakesh
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