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One of the biggest and best preserved historical old world city in Morocco or may be in all Africa. Once in a lifetime visit is a must I have met some people who come here every year and thinks it is worth it
Go here to get your vacation shopping done in an authentic Moroccan manner. Be ready to haggle with prices (and stay strong!).
The only disappointment is the snake handlers (free for the snake on you, pay to get it off) and monkey handlers. The animals...More
A city full of unesco you’ll never get board the culture and the crowd here epic feeling ...a must go to city ...how old is the city ...it ancien ...morocco is where the discovery of the oldest human fossile found on earth
Having not been in Marrakech that long, we still chose to stay in the medina.
This one feels if you can work your way around the nooks and curves the streets offer you'll do just fine.
It has a sense of that your alive in...More
If shopping is your thing...please wear comfy shoes and stay hydrated because shopping is what you're in for here. You can find anything and everything here. From food, clothing, furniture and jewelry, everything is here.
A sight that will stay with me for ever!! Absolutely breath-taking! A crazy, chaotic and magical place by night!
Eat in one of the restaurants with a terrace over-looking the square for a truly stunning experience!!
Lives up to the hype - very easy to get lost, thousands of stalls selling anything you can think of, and difficult to walk more than 20 metres without someone latching on to you to make the moment a hassle. I was looking for an...More
There are different tricks used by different people to make fast cash. I got my wallet robbed in Paris, conned in London, robbed of my camera in Barcelona and so on. But strangely, everything has gone peaceful in developing... More
There are different tricks used by different people to make fast cash. I got my wallet robbed in Paris, conned in London, robbed of my camera in Barcelona and so on. But strangely, everything has gone peaceful in developing countries.
Medina in Marrakech is a maze of very narrow alleys. You need to take a few precautions like keeping your valuables in your front pocket, not talking to anyone etc. You will be absolutely safe. Another care you must take is that, if you ask the price of anything, it is supposed to be sold at seller's price. There is no price tag anywhere. The price is decided by the seller looking at your paying capacity. So if you think that you would ask the price of different items and then budget accordingly, you will be in for a shock. Some items that are available at the showrooms at 10 dollars will cost you 100 dollars (shamelessly). No point in bargaining, it is completely at the mercy of the seller what price he quotes finally.
Further - if someone approaches you and tries to help you for as simple thing as telling you the direction, remember, this is taken as a service and there will be a "price" for it. In place of telling you the direction, the person will accompany you (it happens more regularly than expected) and then will demand a sum. Licensed guides are ok, if you hire them from hotel.
My experience is - there is no beggar in Marrakech. I have seen streets full of beggars in mega cities like London, Paris, New York, Amsterdam.... but not in Marrakech. Morrocans do not beg, it is against their pride.
Forcing to buy things - no until you ask the price. The moment you ask the price, they would think you are interested and will try to sell you at highly inflated costs as I explained above. Best bet is to not ask for price. Do it in Shopping center (there is one near Kasbah Mosque, forgot the name) where you will get authentic items at reasonable price.
Pickpockets - I did not encounter anyone, but I took all the precaution.
Safety - it is safer than any western city.
So put all your dobts to rest, take basic precaution and some of the points other readers have provided and you will enjoy it thoroughly. It is a great place.