Planning on visiting Marrakesh any time soon? To help you prepare, here are 10 incredibly useful tips to know before you visit and travel Marrakesh.
10 Useful tips to visit Marrakesh
1. Dress up respectfully
Marrakesh is located in Morocco, an African country where most people are Muslims. Respect their culture and religion. Therefore, try to always cover your shoulders and knees.
2. Stay in a Riad
Although there are many hotels and luxury resorts in Marrakesh, I would recommend you to stay in a typical Moroccan riad which means garden in Arabic. Riads used to be the houses of the rich but nowadays they have been transformed into beautiful residences for the countless tourists that visit Marrakesh year after year. They usually consist out of a limited amount of rooms and really breath the typical Moroccan atmosphere. We stayed in Riad Villa Amira & Spa and were very pleased with the accomodation.
To travel from Europe to Marrakesh, you need a passport that is valid for at least six months as of the date of your departure.
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Moroccan dirham is the currency of Morocco. Ten Dirham is almost 1 Euro (€ 0.94). In most shops they only accept cash, so make sure to bring along enough money wherever you go. You will find ATMs in the new part of the city but there are almost none in the medina.
5. Do not trust any taxi driver
Negotiate and agree on a fair in advance with your taxi driver and always ask if they set up the meter. Does the driver not want this? Get out immediately and take another taxi. It is best to ask your hotel or riad if they can arrange a reliable taxi driver for you, with whom you should agree on a price in advance as well.
6. Avoid the Medina at night
Do not explore the Medina on yourself at night… Even as a couple you will not feel at ease.
7. Get lost
Whether you want it or not, in the Medina you will get lost in the maze of small streets for sure. Do not panic because sooner or later you will find a point of recognition and most times you will find your way back easily.
8. Avoid Jamaa El Fna
Although this central place is the main tourist attraction of the city and it is difficult to avoid the square, you would rather not spend too much time here. Little monkeys hang on leashes and snakes are locked up in baskets while being drugged to lure tourists to take a picture. This is of course no way to treat animals so don’t support these malpractices!
9. Do not trust anyone who gives you unsolicited advice
Do not be too trustworthy in Marrakesh… People who give you unsolicited advice but they will only do this to get something out of it for themselves. So certainly do not respond to this. For example, sometimes young people will talk to you and say that the street you are walking on is closed although this is not the case. They try to mislead you, take you along and ask for a “guidance fee”.
10. Learn to negotiate
In stores, prices will not be posted anywhere, you can expect a ridiculously high price and negotiate the price you had in mind. Marrakech is a super nice city for shopping but keep in mind that you will find the same items in other places throughout Morocco for much less.
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