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Farmhouse Cooking Class from Marrakech
"A private guide will pick you up from your centrally located hotel or nearby your riad at 9:30am to start the day. Board the air-conditioned vehicle and head out to a farm just outside of Marrakech. There you will be introduced to a local Moroccan cook who will lead you in how to prepare a traditional meal. The main course changes daily with vegetarian or gluten-free options available. Included in the lesson will be how to make side dishes such as bread salad and crepes. As you prepare your meal participate in the famous ""Guess the Spices"" test. In this game you will be given samples of spices that are not yet labeled then you must smell the jars to guess which spice is inside. The winner will be the one who guesses the most correct spices! Once you have finished cooking your meal
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3-Day Private Trip to the Draa Valley from Marrakech
"Day 1: Marrakech – Aït benhaddou - Oasis Fint (D)At approximately 8:00am your driver will pick you up at your hotel or on the nearest parking area if you are in a riad. Depart from Marrakech by the Tizi N’Tichka pass and Berber villages on the side of the mountain. The driver will make various stops so you may attain beautifu for a visit to the Kasbah which dates back to the 11th century and is classified as a UNESCO world heritage site. Proceed to Ouarzazate then directly to Oasis Fint a lost magnificent greenery case in the middle of nowhere. Walk alone into the Oasis if you like as the driver gives you general information about it. Head to your guesthouse where you will enjoy a late dinner. Overnight: Oasis Flint guesthouse ) Depart towards the Tizi Tiniffift pass comprised of lunar landscapes and head in the direction of Agdz. Visit Tamnougalt Kasbah and the palm grove alone. Continue along Draa valley in edge of Oued
From EUR154.00
 
Private Day Trip: Imlil Village and Kik Plateau with Lunch from Marrakech
"Your driver will meet you at your hotel at 9:00am. Leaving Marrakech in a private vehicle head through the small winding roads that go in between the rocks and steep gorges at the front end of Asni. A famous place of rendezvous for villagers throughout the region famous for its souk on Saturday. Stop for a visit by yourself at the market and the famous parking lot meeting with your local guide for a walk around to the Kasbah the waterfalls and back by a village perched on the heights of Imlil. Next have a traditional Berber meal in a family home. After lunch return to the vehicle and back with your driver to Asni road then the kik plateau where stunning valleys can be seen. There will be time for a stop at Lake Takerkoust before returning to your hotel around 5:00pm. The mountain walk does not presen
From EUR43.00

On foot / Walking Tips (6)

Navigation in the Medina

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.

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Airpunk
Mar 19, 2015

The cheapest way to get to Medina (Riad)

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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keibunkin
Jan 20, 2012

Walking the medina and souks

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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dutchboycalledjan
May 03, 2011

Walking the medina and souks

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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May 03, 2011
 
 
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Walk!

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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tini58de
Feb 10, 2006

On foot around Marrakesh.

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.

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Dec 30, 2005

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Dyers District

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