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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

  • 80%

    Travelamazing

    Ever been Harassed?

    If you've never been to a country where tourist get harassed none stop... You're in for a treat. At least, if you look like one. If you're white, black or asian, then you look like a tourist. No worries, just get some local clothes and blend in. Get a head wrap or Shamag and cover some of your face. My blue eyes gave me away most of the time. But, I didn't get messed with nearly as much as the women. Overall, I still loved my time there. It was great. BTW, first price is 100% mark up.

    Insider Tip:Cab are going to charge you tourist prices... So like 50 dirham to go to the same place as a local gets there for 5 dirham. Is that a rip off... YES! But, 50 dirham is about 5 euro. How pissed are you gonna be to part with 5 euro? If you can teach them a lesson, Good luck. I hate people that have double standards.

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    Amazing City!

    Anything that you want - it is here! You can buy socks at 1am (as we discovered) and you can see the biggest square in Africa (only 5 minutes walk from our amazing riad). Full of colour, friendly people and fun vibe. I can see myself coming here again and again.

    Insider Tip:Don't get stressed out by the constant heckling. It is part of the experience. Enjoy it and smile!

  • 70%

    Anonymous

    Treat for the senses

    Crazy city, so much to see and do and eat and buy....... If you go in with an open mind, you will love it here. Be ready to be a little overstimulated and watch your belongings carefully, but this city is awesome.

    Insider Tip:Make sure to have plenty of time to just sit back, have a cup of tea, and watch everyone around you. Its fascinating.

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Marrakech, Morocco

    We went to Marrakech for a weeks holiday and it was a great week with a wide range of things to do, although we felt that a week was long enough for us to feel like we had seen as much as we could and be seeing the same things over and over.

    Insider Tip:Go out to the markets early and have a wander around but also don't be afraid to say no to people when they ask you to buy things, they won't get offended.

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Marrakech, lots of culture, lots of tourism

    Marrakech was the most touristy city of all places we've visited in our 2-week journey through Morocco. The locas are extremely pushy, and do not understand the word 'no'. Nonetheless, this really contributes to the experience. Navigating through the small and narrow streets of the Souks, you really get soked up in their crazy vibe.

    Insider Tip:Drink some orange juice on the main square. Have dinner in the evening on one of the stands on the main square (we've been recommended stand number 42 by several people, and indeed it was really good!). Please hassle when you try buying something, counter offer their initial price with a mere 10% of what they're asking in order to get anywhere near a reasonable price for the desired product.

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