City Guide Marrakech, Morocco

Visiting Marrakech

No matter how many cities you've traipsed through on your travels, or how many characters you've met along the way, nothing can quite prepare you for Marrakech. This truly is a feast for the senses, and in your first day walking around the 'Medina' (old town), you won't know where to look and you will wonder what you can hear in the distance.

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Marrakech - In the souk

The Moroccan city of Marrakech is famous for many things, and its 'souk' (market) is just one of them. In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty walks through the souk to speak to some of the different people who run stalls there..

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Marrakech City Reviews

  • 40%


    Overrated and boring

    After booking three days in Marrakech we left after two because we'd seen everything. It's a good base if you want to go and do some of the excursions but it's pretty boring if you just want to explore the city. Give yourself a day to see it all and move on.

  • 60%


    Tourist trap

    Marrakech seemed like it was unauthentic and was designed for tourists. It's nice to spend a day there but I would recommend taking a train to Casablanca, Fez, or Chachouan. Or you could use Marrakech as a starting point for a trip to the Sahara, (you need at least 3 days to get out to the sand dunes). Overall Marrakech is a nice safe city but I don't think it's a good representation of moraccan culture.

    Insider Tip:There's a train that runs from Marrakech to fez every 2 hours and is $40. When in Marrakech don't take pictures of the snake charmers because they will ask for a lot of money. If taking a taxi ask the driver to use the meter (compte in French) or set the price ahead of time otherwise you'll end up paying 10x the normal fare.

  • 90%


    Marrakech is magical

    I read so many differents reviews about Marrakech before getting there, but I will just say one thing: people is extremely kind.

    Insider Tip:Just make sure to clarify between fifteen and fifty when you speak about a price, beside that this city will blow your mind.

  • 80%


    Kech Kech Marrakech ...

    Get lost in the Main City Square, it's the busiest square in Africa, drink the orange juice when the weather is hot, it's just simply amazing, just like finding an oasis at the desert. You can find anything here at the square. You name it. Drown yourself in their culture, feel it. :-) What amazed me was, the guy who brings weight scale, by paying 1 Dirham u got your body scaled! That's authentic. Can't find it in my country. LOL. Nice food also during evening time, you absolutely have to try.

    Insider Tip:Be careful with the pickpockets ...

  • 50%


    Marrakech... not that great...

    Very disappointed with the city. Well not with the city, but with the people who live in it. Once they see your a tourist they won't stop pissing you off!!! everyone will try to take you money. everything is super expensive. for example in Rabat you'll find the same products half the price or more!! walk in the big place at night is a nightmare. the food seller won't stop bothering you! its a shame that with so much to experience, the locals turn your stay in a nightmare.

    Insider Tip:everyone will try to be your guide saying "place x is right there...". avoid this persons. jardin majorelle is a must!!!

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