Marrakesh Travel Guide

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

  • Djamaa El Fna - Square

    The heart of Morocco beats in Djemaa el-Fna, where everything happens, and everything has a price, in a non-stop touristy happening. The size of the square, very uncommon in old Moroccan quarters, may explain this intense merging of business and popular arts. The square is a living stage, performing for tourist everything that may lead to a...

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  • Koutoubia Minaret & Koutoubia...

    The tallest structure in Marrakesh is the Koutoubia Minaret, a symbol of the city. Nothing in Marrakesh is allowed to be built higher than this minaret. Dating back to the 12th century, it is almost identical with the Giralda tower (the bellower of the cathedral in Sevilla, Spain, that was originally a mosque's minaret built during the Almohads...

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  • Majorelle Gardens

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I visited the garden November 2014 and was a little disappointed. The botany was bland and repetitive and took twenty minutes to view. It scores 5 out of ten. It is probably worth one visit but no more

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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

    Visited this restaurant after a recommendation from the owner of the Riad we were staying at.You approach the restaurant down an ornately tiled stairway.There are several lounges within the restaurant and we were in the Marjane lounge.This is a large,beautifully tiled room,with a centre stage from which you can watch live Berber music,belly dancers...

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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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  • Cafés

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Great food here, There is a downstairs part and also a room and balcony upstairs. The balcony overlooks the night market which is great, at night it is very atmospheric :) Well worth eating here :) The Tajines

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Marrakesh Nightlife

  • 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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  • 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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Marrakesh Transportation

  • By Taxi / By Petit Taxi / By Grand Taxi

    There are two kinds of taxis in Marrakesh: the petit taxis and grand taxis. The petit taxis are for personal transport around the city and are supposed to be metered (a different issue is the meter seems to be always out of order). Petit taxis tend to be small hatchbacks and those are the ones you want to use from short rides within the city...

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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 Horse-Cabs

    This was my favourite form of transport in Marrakech. It's not meant to be used as a taxi - they are slower and more expensive than taxis, but I ended up using them for short journeys because they are wonderful. After the chaos and commotion of Marrakech, stepping into a caleche is like entering a bubble. All of a sudden the world slows down, even...

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Marrakesh Shopping

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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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  • 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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  • 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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Marrakesh Local Customs

  • 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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  • 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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  • Public Baths

    The hammam is an ancient and integral part of the Moroccan life. Every single neighborhood in the city has got a hammam, a Mosque and a oven to cook the bread. With all these three elements they are auto sufficient. The water is considered sacred, and cleanliness, are essential elements of Islam. In a part of the world where family and community...

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Marrakesh Warnings and Dangers

  • Touts and other annoyances in the Medina

    As the Medina is difficult to navigate (see respective tip for that), many people will try to profit from your lack of knowledge. Many are nice people who want to get a tip in form of a couple of Dirhams by pointing you into the right direction. Some others want to lead you to their family's souvenir shop (or another place where you will lose some...

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  • Fake guides.

    Watch out for the local lads in the Medina who try to befriend you,ask where you are going,and then tell you that the place that you want to go is closed or not open until later.This is a way for them to show you somewhere else and expect a substantial tip in the process.If you really can't shake them off threaten to call the tourist policy.That...

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  • Why did you make me picture?

    Shortly after I made a photo of a building, a man approached me aggresively with the question “Why did you make me picture?”.Me: “I did not make you picture.”He: “Show me!”Me: “I will not show you.”He: “Are you f*cking crazy?”Me: “I am not f*cking crazy, sir.”Note that my politeness was limited to adapting to his rules of grammar after the first...

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Marrakesh Tourist Traps

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    If you like gardens done by artist's there opened just (April 2016) a garden in Ourika called Anima, about 27 km north of Marrakesh before Ourika, you need to make a reservation online (with a free shuttle bus from Marrakesh), done by Andre Heller, Austria (Kristallwelten, Swarovsky Wattens, also Giardino Botanico in Gardone Riviera:...

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  • Landscape Around Marrakesh

    The Palmeraie de Marrakech is a forest with more than 100.000 palm trees next to the city. It's coming from the Almoravides Dinasty, in the 11th Century. The legend says that the soldiers, waiting to enter into the city, spitted the bones of the dates they were eating at the moment, and them all these palm trees grew. Currently it's a luxury...

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  • Medina

    A walkabout in Marrakesh is best enjoyed in the relative sanctuary of the Medina streets, avoiding the traffic chaos of the Gueliz boulevards. The main attraction is the Djemma el Fna square coming alive after sunset with its famous al fresco food stalls, during the day the entertainment continues with performances by acrobats, monkey handlers and...

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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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  • Local Traditions

    The official language of Morocco is just Arab, but French still being spoken for almost everybody in the country (at least in the cities) in spite of it's not an official one. If you speak French you'll be fell absolutely comfortable because the signs, both official and private are written in this language. For those non French speakers at least...

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  • Street Scenes

    One thing we never tired of in Marrakesh was watching, and trying to photograph, daily life on the streets, and fortunately that is an activity very compatible with a broken foot bone! Just find a table at any of the Djamaa el Fna cafés, such as the Argana or Café Glaciers, order a strong coffee or mint tea, and sit back and wait for the world to...

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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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