Marrakesh Travel Guide

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Marrakesh Highlights

  • Pro
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     Atmosphere of Djemma El Fnaa At night, sights all within walking distance. 

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     Can be overwhelming when very tired 

  • In a nutshell
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     One of the great African cities 

Marrakesh Things to Do

  • Djamaa El Fna - Square

    To describe what is on this place and what is special is to best explain what there is and isnt on this square and its hard to imagine something which isnt there at some point of the day... food stalls selling you everything from fresh juices to bbq to cooked snails and hot sweet mint tea..... to hundreds of musicians, performers and story tellers....

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  • Majorelle Gardens

    Majorelle Gardens were donated to Marrakech by Yves Sant-Laurent. Yves has a phallic pink memorial in the gardens. Although Morocco is a relatively liberal Islamic country, it's still slightly odd to wander the former home of such an overtly gay celebrity. In the souks a shopkeeper was trying to sell me a pouf - "it is a pouf not a poof - we don't...

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  • Souks

    Deep inside the souks you can find a small square open up and draw you inside with its sound and colours. This is the spice market. In the centre of the square you will find the itinerant vendors, whose wares change by the day - woven baskets, wood carvings and all kinds of goods for tourists. But around the edges of the square are the permanent...

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Marrakesh Restaurants

  • Local Cuisine

    Moroccan cuisine often makes it into the top ten of many world food lists, but for many travelers the diet of tajine and couscous can get a bit monotonous. It doesn't help that Moroccan food is generally rather plain - lacking in sauces, spices and even salt. Ordering a turkey tajine can result in several large hunks of turkey meat cooked in its...

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  • Street Vendors

    Djamaa el Fna is the best choice for dinner at night if you like a good atmosphere. The square has dozens of food stands serving good local dishes in an atmosphere that is out of this world. A stay in Marrakesh is not complete unless you have spend at least one evening here. I love their cous cous.

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  • Cafés

    The cafe first rose to fame in Peter Mayne's A Year in Marrakech. The writer spent many afternoons sitting in the cafe watching the festivities in the Djemaa el Fna, It was the focus of his early days in the city. It later became a popular place for tourists, offering some of the best views in the city, especially at sunset as the square changes...

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Marrakesh Nightlife

  • Djemaa El-Fna - the busy main square at...

    Here in this huge square in the medina is the focal point of Marrakech. Many would agree with Paul Bowles, (probably the bestknown foreign writer who lived in and wrote about Morocco, immersed in Morocco's literary scene for about 50 years) who had said that without this square and the spectacles that go on in it Marrakech would be just another...

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  • storytellers and great food.

    Djamaa el fna is the place to be at night in Marrakesh.It's beaming with life and has street artists and storytellers everywhere.There is lot's of food and drink on the square (no alcohol) and the place has a magic feel to it that i have never seen anywhere else in this world.Trust me.An evening visit to Djamaa el Fna is a must.

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  • Not a clubbing town

    Marrakesh bars may disappoint you. The city is split into old and new sections. Most of the attractions are in the old town (inside the walls) hotels like the Atlas Medina are a good walk from there. (for a man its a very safe town to walk around) club med have the prime spot beside the town square. Both have plush 4 star hotel bars- nice but dull,...

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Marrakesh Transportation

  • By Bus

    At first glance the hop-on hop-off bus service in Marrakech might seem the ideal way of introducing yourself to the city. Unfortunately Marrakech is a bit different to most cities. Much of what is interesting in Marrakech lies inside the ancient walls of the Medina, and there's not much of that part of the city that a bus can visit. For the Medina...

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  • By Taxi / By Petit Taxi / By Grand Taxi

    If there's anything that annoys tourists in Marrakech, it's the taxi driver. If you read about the city you'll be sure they are the scourge of the city. They have meters, but they never use them. They'll happily charge tourists ten times the going rate, and more. They can be rude, crazy and downright dangerous in traffic. But they are cheap, and...

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  • By Train

    The magnificent Gare de Marrakech is the end of the line for Moroccan trains heading south. From here you can only go north. The main route is to Tangiers, via Casablanca and Rabat. It's about 3.5 hours to Rabat, 5 hours to Casablanca and 8.5 hours to Tangiers. You can take a night train which is slower and takes about two hours longer to reach its...

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Marrakesh Shopping

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  • Clothes & Shoes

    One of the most unusual places in Marrakech is the shopping plaza in Gueliz. It's a small island of brilliantly polished marble pavement and towering modern shops, in mile after mile of crumbling dereliction. You enter it like some kind of peace bubble. Take a calm, casual walk past the expensive international stores, and sit down at the tranquil...

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  • Local Products

    Marrakesh is one big open air market and must be one of the best plces in the world if you want to go bargain hunting. You can buy all sorts of things like lamps, hats, water pipes, carpets, spices. You name it and they most likely got it somewhere. Everything from water pipes to exotic spices. Remember to bargain. That is the way everyone goes...

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  • Food and Drink

    If you absolutely need something you can't find anywhere else you can try the Marjane hypermarket on the edge of town. We broke our pushchair and needed a cheap replacement - we tried here and found one. It's huge and is stocked with everything you can think of. The hypermarket itself contains a number of smaller shops, but all around the...

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Marrakesh Local Customs

  • Djellabas and kaftans

    The traditional Moroccan dress for both men and women is this long hooded garment known as a djellaba. It seems very practical – the body is protected from weather and from the dirt of the street, and the hood can be pulled up to give warmth at the start and end of the day, or shade from the intense midday sun. Men mostly choose a neutral shade...

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  • Bargain!

    Some people love the challenge of haggling, others find it an unwelcome stress. It's best to try and enjoy it if you plan to buy something in the souks, and the best strategy is to stay firm and calm, and preferably keep a smile on your face. It's hard to give a guide to what to offer if you don't know the value of it yourself. Rough guides like...

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  • Henna Ladies

    Moroccan ladies desperate to paint henna designs on foreigners' hands and feet seem to be everywhere in the Medina, with the biggest concentration in el Djemaa el Fna. There are two types: natural brown henna and a chemical dye known as black henna. The latter lasts longer, but it is dangerous, as it can cause bad skin reactions and even...

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Marrakesh Warnings and Dangers

  • Marrakech , Hammam Majorelle

    This afternoon after a very relaxing hammam , before leaving the place , as I realized that my pants have been given back to me not in the ordered way as I delivered, I wanted to check my wallet before leaving the place knowing exactly how much money i had as I just passed through a cash point before entering the Hammam.So I verifyed that I had...

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  • Weather

    Marrakech is an African desert city on the edge of the Sahara, and consequently the weather can get pretty extreme. Thankfully the climate is moderated a little by the proximity to the Atlantic ocean and the barrier provided by the Atlas mountains, but still the average temperature for July and August can get up close to 40 degrees centigrade (100+...

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  • Travel with Toddlers

    A lot of people I know were interested in finding out how challenging it is to travel in Marrakech with a toddler and a pram. My answer? It's completely possible, but can be quite difficult at times. Moroccans love children and treat them well - that's the good news. People will help you with your pram, but cars won't stop for you on street...

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Marrakesh Tourist Traps

  • General Warning

    The saying that "the wider the smile, the sharper the knife" is to an extent true. On my way to the Merdesa, a young local claiming to study Economics at university offered to lead me but instead guided me to the tannery. Though interesting as well, the tannery was a trap really as after he passed me on to another man who explained the process of...

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  • Water Sellers / Beggars / Intrusive...

    André's tips to Marrakesh: DON’T SHOW NERVOUSNESS- even if your knees are shaking. BE EASY GOING- Moroccans are outgoing people, and most of them well intentioned. Keep that in mind and you’ll see that many times even after declining whatever they’re offering, you’ll be greeted with a ”welcome to morocco” BE POLITE – works on every corner of the...

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  • Places/ Buildings to avoid

    This was the restaurant in which I had my fall but that is not the reason I am suggesting that it is a tourist trap. Even if I had not been in pain during our meal here I would still have regarded it as a rip-off. We had booked on the recommendation of Katy, the owner of our hotel, and it’s our own fault that we didn’t ask her for more details...

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Marrakesh What to Pack

  • Clothes

    And empty suitcase. There are so many beautiful things to bring back with you. Make sure you have the room to do it. Seriously though: I use a wheeled backpack when i travel. I find the backpack helps me get onto trains and buses with ease and the wheels just make it easy when in hotels or airports Ladies: I have seen young and older women wearing...

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  • General

    Unlike some tips I'd read before-hand, you don't need to bring toilet paper, they have it here (although in small rolls), it's fine and the the toilets in the hotels are NOT holes in the ground, they are regular, western style toilets. A compass was the most helpful thing I brought to Marrakech, as you can easily get lost in the alleyways.

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  • Climate

    I take my travel mac with me everywhere I go usually, but, to be honest, Agadir was so hot and we reasoned that it was bound to be even warmer in land.... When we first arrived in Marrakech it was throwing it down and bitterly cold - especially as we were only wearing jeans and t-shirts! So - Be Warned! - bring light rain gear when travelling to...

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Marrakesh Off The Beaten Path

  • Towns /Cities / Sights around Marrakesh

    A really happy time was had by all our family when we travelled to the desert. We were dealing with Adil, a friendly agent who provided us with plenty of information. The Sahara was great ! The camels were really friendly too.

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  • Landscape Around Marrakesh

    The roads that head out towards Asni, Imlil, Ouirgane, Taroudant etc have great views during the winter months of the snowtopped Atlas mountains - much like the views from the roofs around Marrakech looking in that direction, and certain vantage points in the Menara gardens that look in that direction - lovely!

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  • Medina

    When you first arrive in the Medina you wonder how you will ever find your way around.The network of alleyways is something i have not come across before.Some of the alleyways are a bit daunting especially at night,although i never felt threatened at any time.Watch out for the moped rider or cyclist who appear out of nowhere with only inches...

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Marrakesh Sports & Outdoors

  • Golfing

    I think the best thing about this company is the friendliness of the staff ! thanks to the team at Circuit Marrakech for a very enjoyable journey to Essaouria, and the great food you provided us with. One word…brilliant !

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  • Best experience!

    Circuit Marrakech Private Day Tours provided one of the most exciting and fulfilling tour services I have ever come across. My wife and I were nothing short of absolutely amazed at what they were able to offer and we will definitely be back one day in the future! In addition, I’m so confident in recommending them that I have suggested them to...

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  • Football

    Moroccans are crazy about football, although there's not been a lot to celebrate in recent years due to the fall from grace of the Moroccan national team - the former African champions. The club teams have been doing much better, especially the two Casablanca giants, Wydad and Raja. In fact it was the club team, Raja, that was in Marrakech when I...

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Marrakesh Favorites

  • Djamaa El Fna - Square

    There are many public toilets in Morocco. They can usually be found near mosques. Most are the squat design but in service stations they have sit down toilets. It is courteous to tip the attendant who keeps the place clean, you should pay for the paper they offer. In Djemaa El Fna there is a public toilet behind the plant stalls. Not suitable for...

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  • Places Around Marrakesh

    The city of Marrakech has many sights and sounds and flavours to it. However the best places to escape all the noise is to head out of the centre about 20 mins outside into the palmaraie or the palm grove of marrakech. The best way to embrace and to enjoy the best views and the scenic location is on a quad bike or even a horse riding tour. These...

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  • Local Traditions

    To experience local, ethnic living, you MUST stay at a RIAD in the medina. They come in a range of comfort standards.. Check these sites: http://www.hipmarrakech.com/ (sorted in price categories on homepage itself!) http://www.babfirdaus.com/ http://www.31best-riad-marrakesh.com/ (popular for bookings) http://www.riad2000.com/ (popular for...

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Top 10 Street Food Cities: Marrakech

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Multiple VirtualTourist members recommended Marrakech's main square, Djemaa el Fna, as THE spot to find your street food snack while in Morocco. Located in the city's medina quarter (old city), the square contains close to a hundred food stalls serving a variety of Moroccan cuisine that can be eaten at nearby wooden tables on the square. The options range from the standard Moroccan fare of roasted lamb and couscous, to more exotic fare like

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