Marrakesh Travel Guide

  • Marrakesh
    by tim_japan
  • Djemaa El Fna by night
    Djemaa El Fna by night
    by EviP
  • Tranquility
    Tranquility
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Marrakesh Things to Do

  • Djamaa El Fna - Square

    4 out of 5 stars

    Sooner or later it seems, all paths in Marrakech lead to the Djemaa el Fna. The name (sometimes spelled “Djamaa el Fna” or “Jamaa el Fna”) means “Assembly of the Dead” in Arabic but a visit here suggests life in all its vibrancy. To call this the city’s main square doesn’t begin to do justice to it. This is a meeting place, a shopping centre, a...

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  • Majorelle Gardens

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    These gardens were easily my favourite of the sights we saw in Marrakech on our 2009 visit. This may be because we visited them before my injury, when I was able to explore them properly, but I am confident they would have been high up my list in any case. They are simply stunning, and even the large crowds of tourists who flock here (come earlier...

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  • Souks

    4 out of 5 stars

    North of the Djemaa el Fna lie the souks, a rabbit warren of lanes, many of them shaded with a lattice of wooden staves. They are both tourist attraction and local shopping centre, and the further you go from the square, diving into their depths, the more of the latter you will experience. We explored a small area on the western fringes on our...

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Marrakesh Hotels

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  • Riad Aguerzame

    Situé dans la médina de Marrakech, près du palais Moulay Idriss, le Riad Aguerzame, entièrement...

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  • Riad Kniza

    Beautifully decorated room, cozy aura, clean bathroom, delicious food and warmhearted staff. I got...

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  • La Maison Arabe

    This riad is consider the oldest- may be the fiart- and best riad in Marrakech. Hoever. it is a bet...

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Marrakesh Restaurants

  • Local Cuisine

    4 out of 5 stars

    We had lunch one day in this pleasant spacious café just off the Djemaa el Fna. All the tables outside were taken but we got one just inside the door with a view of the street outside and of the airy double-height dining room within. There is also a roof terrace if you’re feeling more mobile than I was, though I imagine the views are slightly less...

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  • Street Vendors

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Fast Food

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Nice fast food parlour with shawarma dishes and usual suspects like fries and sandwiches. Had some chicken shawarma which was served with fries, salad and four different dips. The restaurant is located in a pedestrian shopping street, therefore be aware that you will be approached by street vendors if you are sitting outside.

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Marrakesh Nightlife

  • Djemaa el Fna

    If the Djemaa el Fna is a performance by day, at night it becomes a spectacle. As you approach, your first sight of the square will be the glow of a myriad lights, with against them the dark silhouettes of what appear to be thousands of people, and above these the smoke rising from a hundred barbecues at the many food stalls. As you start to...

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  • Not to be missed

    If the Djemaa el Fna is a performance by day, at night it becomes a spectacle. As you approach, your first sight of the square will be the glow of a myriad lights, with against them the dark silhouettes of what appear to be thousands of people, and above these the smoke rising from a hundred barbecues at the many food stalls. As you start to...

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  • Expat Hotel Bar in modern Marrakesh

    The bar of the Nassim Hotel is one of (if not THE) the most popular expat haunts in Marrakesh. The bar is accessible for non-hotel guests as well. To being with, however, it should be pointed out that there is little English about this bar, except for the audience and dark wooden panels. There are not even English or Irish beers on the menu or...

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Marrakesh Transportation

  • By Taxi / By Petit Taxi / By Grand Taxi

    Although Marrakech’s Medina is quite compact and best explored on foot, you will probably find yourself wanting to take a taxi from time to time, and certainly if you decide to venture into the newer parts of town. For us in 2009, with my lack of mobility, they were essential, although many parts are accessible only on foot and some of these were...

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  • By Bus

    The airport is served between 8 am and 9 pm every half an hour by bus no. 19. A ticket on this line is 30 Dirham, return 50 Dirham (2015) which makes it around ten times more expensive than a ticket on any other bus line. Still, it is cheaper than a taxi (around 60 Dirham one way, depending if the meter is working or on your haggling skills) or a...

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  • By Train

    Marrakech as got a modern and beautiful train station, opened in 2008. Even thought you're not going to travel by train it's worth to visit the station. It contains several shops and fast food restaurants. We passed by the station several times by taxi, but also you can see it from the tourist bus. There are direct rail link with Casablanca and...

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Marrakesh Shopping

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  • Clothes & Shoes

    I should advice you to have a look in shops that smell to leather, in the case of the babouches, searching for real traditional ones. Please, avoid the plastic in any case. Speaking about the veils a good shop should have a variety of them and the touch of the fabric will tell you about their quality. Avoid as well the Chinese copies. The...

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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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  • Local Products

    As said in the previous tip of the craftsmen in the patios, the Medina's street are a real truly Moroccan experience, the main reason to come to Marrakech for most of the people. The Medina is a mess, but very well organized with its owns rules. You'd better walk always on your right and you'll be fine with motorbikes and people :-) Try to be a...

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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

  • Hustling

    Among the most persistent of the hustlers in the Djemaa el Fna are those working with the snake charmers. They seem to have eyes in the back of their heads – even when I attempted a casual shot amongst a crowd of other tourists this guy spotted me and was over in a flash to demand a fee for the photo. Once I had tossed a few dirhams in his hat he...

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  • Traffic

    The Medina of Marrakech is an ancient town, its houses built and streets laid out long before the advent of modern motor traffic. Cars are a rarity here, apart from on the couple of streets that are just wide enough for them, but that doesn’t mean you can wander freely without paying attention. This is not a “pedestrian mall” but home to very many...

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  • Falls

    Now, most of you reading this are probably more sensible and less clumsy than I am. It is a miracle in fact that I haven’t had a serious injury before now, as I do make a bit of a habit of falling over. But just in case you are a bit like me, I write this warning: The beautiful courtyards in the lovely old buildings of Marrakech often have a...

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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...

    The water sellers are men dressed in very colourful suits, with big hats and lots of coppers cups hanging on their chest. They are supposed to sell water from their letter deposits, but their main purpose is to have a typical picture for the tourists. They will call you with the sound of theirs cups and will try to take your attention. They will...

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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

    Two days after my fall, and with one day of our holiday already lost to doctors and clinics, we decided to press ahead with our original plan of a day trip to the coast, as sitting in a taxi watching the scenery go past seemed a lot easier than tackling the streets of Marrakech on foot. And so it proved – we had a lovely relaxing, though long, day...

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  • Landscape Around Marrakesh

    Marrakech is a fascinating city, but it can be quite an intensive experience. One way to unwind is to take a trip to the nearby Atlas Mountains or their foothills. We opted for a drive in the Ourika Valley by grand taxi – an undemanding way of spending the day under the circumstances. At just 60 km from Marrakech the valley is a popular day-trip...

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  • Local Traditions

    Here are some more pictures of people at work. The woodworker; the van, which by the way I believe is made in Harbin, China where my son lives; and the restauranteur. The last picture was taken just across the street from the entrance to our riad. There was a few chairs and a counter behind her, but I think she mainly did carry out. Very different...

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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 General

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  • 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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  • Local Traditions

    While Arabic is the first language of Morocco, French is spoken so widely it might almost be considered a dual language country, at least here in Marrakech. Street signs are in both languages, many shop signs indeed are only in French, and café menus are always available in French (and only occasionally in English). We found that while many people...

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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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Top 10 Street Food Cities: Marrakech

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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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