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A Guide to Majestic Marrakech

Marrakech  the Red City – known for its chaos and charm – a must see. Built by the Berber Empire, it is a popular tourist destination and one of the busiest cities in Africa. Marrakech is comprised of two distinct areas – the modern city (more commercial) and the “medina” (old city) home to the Jemaa el-Fnaa square and the markets. 

Here is a guide to help you know what to see and do in Marrakech, Morocco!                Expect to be overwhelmed, charmed and to get lost!   

 Things to remember 

  • Dress respectfully, try to keep shoulder and knees covered and don’t show too much cleavage 
  • Be careful taking photos of street vendors, ask first, some may try to charge you! 
  • Morocco has a closed currency ! 

Getting about                                                       Morocco is a very walkable city. Lots of Petit taxis, buses and caleches (horse and carts) oh and camels !  

 Absolute musts 

1) Jemaa el-Fnaa by day 

This ancient square is the beating heart of Marrakech. Embrace the chaos, a loud, vibrant atmosphere in this local gathering point. Filled with snake charmers, henna artists, food vendors, street performers, locals and tourists.  

 2) Wander the Souks 

Opposite Jemma el-Fnaa, you’ll find the famous maze of markets. Walk through the maze of stalls, feeling like you’ve stumbled in to Aladdins cave. Here you will find silverware, glassware, metals work , textiles, leatherwork and the best handbags ever ! Haggle haggle haggle !  

    
 3) Explore the spice market 

Not only to satisfy your nose with the amazing smells, but to satisfy your eyes! A sensory overload ! Take in the buzz and submerge yourself in the atmosphere. Even if you don’t buy, you must go look!  

   
4) Caleches – Horse and Cart ride 

The horse and carts line the streets, they all seem well looked after, we chose an old man who was 90 and looked like he adored his horses. He led us through the old town and new, sharing his knowledge and facts. Showing us things we would have never been able to explore by foot or car or bus. Travelling down all the narrow streets and getting to experience Marrakech through the life of the locals.  

     
 
 
5) Get a Henna TattooMake sure you agree a price prior to getting it done. This is amazing to watch, the women are so talented, the tattoos look beautiful and it’s was amazing to experience a piece of the Moroccan culture.  

   
6) Explore the Medina by night 

As the sun goes down, the square really comes to life. Smoke from the food stalls spirals high in to the dusk sky, snake charmers play their eerie music and the vast space floods with onlookers. Ps the kebabs are awesome !  

 Have you ever been to Marrakech or anywhere else in Morocco? Is it on your wanderlist ? 

   
 

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46 thoughts on “A Guide to Majestic Marrakech

  1. It really sounds like an amazing place to explore and I’ve always wanted to. Does it seem like the tourism is what’s influencing the markets and craftsmen in the souks, or is it still pretty purely their daily life?

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    1. Brianna, I’ve had a lot of issues with men heckling, groping and acting inappropriate, even out with my husband. Even the local women have issues with it here. We’ve been in Morocco for 10 weeks now and it can be a concern. Just be firm, ignore the comments and if they get physical, put them in their place immediately. Also dress conservatively and don’t accept offers for meals. I’ve also found wearing sunglasses helps and avoiding eye contact. Regardless, I am enjoying Morocco, just have to be a little careful, and planning to come back. Don’t let it discourage you from coming.

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      1. It can get extreme. I’m pretty sure I have broken at least one finger, possibly some toes, put a nasty elbow into a guy’s ribs and gave some really ugly bruises. They like to take advantage of the crowded spaces including the lines through customs at the airport. It’s just one of those situations to stay on your toes with and you’ll be fine. There’s enough nice people, it makes it all worth the effort.

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      2. No worries. Apparently it happens! Not letting it spoil Morocco for me 🙂 But doesn’t hurt to let others know ahead of time it can happen, so they can be prepared!!

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      3. Wow that’s awful
        I experienced nothing of the sort !
        Yeah I mentioned about the clothing and glasses in my blog post and to be firm but fair with them! But generally I felt safe and not at all threatened !

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    1. It was very cheap but you have to haggle! We stayed in an all inclusive resort outside the city so I didn’t get much of an idea of cost in that sense ! But in the centre food and market goods is very cheap , especially the handbags 😉

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  2. I’ve been seeing all your lovely Marrakech pics on Insta, this is a great wrap up! I’m going with my Mom in a few weeks and this has made me even more excited!

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  3. Many of my friends have been to Morocco recently and told me about how amazing it is, especially Marrakesh. Your article, with the colorful pictured made me want to go there sooner than I’ve planned. If only there was enough time for all the countries I want to visit 🙂

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  4. Yep, been yo Marrakech and also loved it. I think it was Paul Bowles who said that, without Djemma el Fna, Marrakech would be just a mother Moroccan city, and I think he’s right. I agree with you that it really comes to life at night, and the effect can be rather magical. Has to be one of the top destinations in Morocco for sure. Great photos, thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  5. I went to Marrakech when I was just a little girl and I don’t remember much, other than my mom scaring me about the “dentist” on the market square that pulled out teeth with pliars and the snake charmers. I would love to revisit it again and stroll through the Medina. Thanks for taking me on a mini vacation and trip down memory lane 🙂

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