Marrakech

A medieval city of drama, myth and mystery, Marrakech will captivate all who venture behind its ochre-coloured walls. Step inside and you will be transported back to a place and time that has been consigned to the annals of history. The winding alleys of the medina and the sights, sounds and smells of the souks, the human drama that is Djemaa el-Fna square and the Atlas Mountains rearing up in the background, make Marakech Morocco’s crown jewel.

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The city divides into two highly contrasting districts. The medina, founded by the Almoravids nearly 1000 years ago, and the Ville Nouvelle, a French colonial modernist project from the early 20th century. It is the medina, and its central square Djemaa el-Fna, that will undoubtedly fire the imagination.

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Planning Your Marrakech Visit

Where to stay?

Riads – traditional Moroccan houses with private interior courtyards – are a huge part of Marrakech’s appeal. Some of the best riads in Marrakech are now hotels, so it’s worth shopping around for a unique place to stay. Some of the top affordable options include Riad Rbaa Laroub, Riad Edward, and one of the oldest houses in the medina, Dar Hanane.

How to dress?

Most Moroccans are religious but tolerant. Some areas are more conservative than others, so a good rule of thumb is to observe how well-covered those around you are. For women especially, an outfit deemed to revealing might be a magnet for harassment. It’s also worth checking in advance whether the places you plan to visit have a dress code, particularly at religious sites and landmarks.

How much money to take?

It depends on the nature of your trip although you should expect to spend about 300-500 MAD a day on food and 50 or so on taxis. Cabs to and from the airport should set you back about 200 MAD and souvenirs are generally cheap. Keep your expenditure low by haggling hard and only paying in the local currency (Dirham). That said, some pounds, dollars, or euros can be very useful in emergencies.

What people are saying about Marrakech

★★★★★ Abdulhaq and Mohammad were the best guides I could have asked for

When I think of all the people I met in my week stay in Marrakech, the 2 locals who stood out and impressed me the most were Abdulhaq and Mohammed. I would highly recommend doing this activity with these 2 loving people

★★★★★ Very good trip,professional and friendly

Guide Rachid explane all about Berbere life and culture,He has been friendly and take care about us, also driver, confortable car. All the day goes like as the program, the best tour we made in our holidays in Marrakech.

★★★★★ A brilliant, fun afternoon with a good two hours of quad biking

We were picked up by taxi and taken to the quad bike centre, which took a bit of finding. Once there we were given helmets and shown what to do, quick and easy as literally just stop and go controls. Then we set off in our convoy with two guides who checked continually that everyone was ok. The guides were very attentive and went at the right speed for everyone and there were plenty of opportunities to stop for photos on the way. My daughter (16) rode as passenger as she was unsure about driving but the guide was so encouraging and kind to her that she ended up driving herself and leading everyone else! All felt very safe and was a great experience riding through remote desert with the Atlas Mountains as a backdrop. Plenty of riding time and the guides were lovely. Would definitely recommend. We also had a tagine lunch as an optional extra at a desert guest house which added to the experience.

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