This was my first visit to Marrakech, though I had been to Fez a couple of times. Marrakech is very loud, busy, crowded and driven by tourist trade.
The best part of the trip was a day excursion to Essaouira - fresh seafood, quiet, lovely beach. Were I to go to Marrakech again, I would go on a 2-3 day excursion into the desert. I think the high octane atmosphere appeals more to younger travellers. This was, however, a very inexpensive holiday.
Marrakesh did actually not appeal me very well. As a major point I must say, the Medina and especially the Souk can be very annoying since a lot of bargainers/shopmen are very pushy on visitors.
Some tourists were even scared. They keep following you for a pretty long time often, even children. And always wanting money for the most little information they give you (directions, etc). I have been to many countries and markets allover the world so far, but this time it was just annoying. Marrakesh (my personal impression) is not a city you like to hang around. I was doing a desert trek and crossed many other cities which are nicer with more friendly people. Of course the city has a cultural and historical background - 1 or max 2 days are enough to explore Marrakesh though.
Very interesting city, some main attractions to be visited, and a lot to stroll around and feel the Moroccan lifestyle.
Marrakech is a vibrant city with lots of interesting handcrafts that we can buy and see how they make them.
For historical sites best to go for group tours as there is not a lot of text to read about the particular historical place and most of the texts are in arabic or french. The people there are very friendly and they are very helpful however be careful of touters and those who wants to show you around but expect you to give them money.
Fullfill with tourists .. I think: it is the best one in Maroc .. And, there is hop on-off double deck tour bus (Not expensive but, not important)
The best thing to do is to walk in the medina for hours, because the souk is amazing. Don't worry if you don't find your way out immidiately, or then ask some adult person in which direction Jma El Fna is.
The new town Gueliz is also beautiful. Dar Si Said, Dar Batha and Medrasa Ben Yousef a worth visinting, not so much the Saadian Tombs and the ruin-like El Badia Palace. Visit the famous hotel Mamounia for lunch or a coffee, but dress well. Don't get involved the the people on Jma El Fna, just watch them from some distance.
After a few days you can get bored of the food since they don't have many options. we got food poisoning on the second day from an expensive touristy restaurant and were scared to eat anything after that.
shopping in the market can be fun but it takes time to negotiate and it can be annoying that people talk to you all the time. walking in the old town was stressful because there were people everywhere, and cars, bicycles and moppets were driving crazy.
Lots of great things to see; good to have a guide - but it will cost more money than it's worth; lots of great shopping in the local souks/markets.
The big square is a lot of fun; we went there everyday to hang out for part of the day and watch the action - day and night. Also lots of history in the city - but it's a city for tourism more than history and culture.
beautiful weather. friendly but poor people. would be nice break if you do not have problem with your hotel booking
How to haggle for the best price: 1. Decide what you want to pay. 2. Tell the trader a price 20% of what they ask for.
3. Stick to your offer. Look them in the eye, then say "too much". 4. Walk away. They will follow you. 5. Keep walking. They may grab your sleeve. 6. Offer a little more than your first offer. 7. Then stick to your price, and if they don't accept it, try the next place. If the price is genuinely too low, they will not accept, but now you know what to offer next time.
Amazing expensive city. Streets are very dirty. Everyone tries to rip you off and you need to be careful about pick pockets.
If you take a photo of someone they may ask you for money and be very aggressive about it.
Rich in culture, and great central point to go on day trips! there are lots of hidden little gems, like the day spa our hotel recommended.
Great shopping (local products) and beautiful things to see.
don't go to Marrakech unless it's for SPAs. well there are also some nice gardens. but really?! there are so many other cities worth going.
We were put off by the INCESSANT attempts by locals to get money from you. They took or pointed the wrong way through the maze of streets, then asked for money, and became quite nasty if refused.
We would walk miles, just trying to get out of the city. They almost forced you into their shops, and became horrible when you wanted to leave. As night draws in you can feel quite threatened. Marrakech is a labrynth, and no maps will help, public signposts are few. There are many mosques, but unless you are Muslim you cannot enter them, which was a disappointment. I went to other places in Morroco which were not as foreboding, but I will never recommend or go back to Marrakech.
Marrakech was magical, smell, hectic, soulful and full of colour. I reommend reading up about the culture before you go.
Be prepared to be hassled by sellers and make sure you barter when trying to buy anything. We were recommended not to setlle for anything abut one third of the asking price! The food was generally OK, but what we ate in our Riad was much tastier in comparision to the restaurants we sampled. Be cautious with street food; it doesn't always agree with foreight bellies!
Wonderful, busy, noisy yet also quiet nad relaxing. So much to see. Enjoy bargaining with the many traders .
.. always something to see nad doi.
Very interesting city where 'the old meets the new'. Many interesting places to visit but the constant haggling for nearly everything gets tiring.
Unfortunately the local people are not reliable and many of the traders (there are exceptions) can be offensive if you do not buy from them after browsing their goods. They don't seem to understand many people like to compare before buying !
Everything I thought it would be and more . Authentic . Tourism hasn't ruined the place yet , no " international act's " on the Djemaa el Fna yet , hopefully this will stay that way for a while .
Maybe Marrakesh is a bit like Bali who has had Tourism for a very long time , but has managed to live with it well and preserve it's character and authenticity ? The souks are absolutely amazing if you have time to get lost for hours just watching the many trades in action .. Hammams are a god given institution which make you feel REALLY clean and are not to be missed ...
Found the whole Medina area confusing...its history but its also catering for tourism, not so much the single travellers.
We had a great 4 night stay in the Medina. Walked all around the old city sightseeing and shopping. The place is old and rough, if you prefer lovely bistros and posh shopping, then head for Guilez which is the new part.
Lots of excellent hotels and would make a better base for the luxury seeker or sensitive traveller. Hop on/off bus ok. It gave us a better idea of the layout of the city. Would definitely recommend Cafe Arab in the medina for sunset cocktails and excellent Italian food. When bargaining, offer 50% of what they want and settle at around 70-75%. We thought the exchange rate was better in the UK than locally. Definitely visit the Jamma El Efna (main square) at night for an unforgettable experience.
The medina is most interesting. For a break, take a walk in the gardens. Check out Lonely Planet for eating places.
It is better to stay in the medina where there are riads that offer quiet respite or stay at hotels near to the medina. The Gueliz area is a bit too far.
Definitely an interesting city to discover however ... I doubt that I would revist. Highlights of the trip include Quad biking in the desert, a wonderful cooking class, one or two visits to the market (after a while, it gets tiring).
Try to arrange a transfer to your hotel from the airport before your arrival. Taxi drivers are unscrupulous.
A great sightseeing and shopping town. The Fortified Medina is fascinating and if you have not been to Fez, this is about as good as it gets for medinas in Morocco.
The new city Gueliz is as to be expected from modern Morocco. Staying just outside the Medina is certainly more comfortable (and expensive) than inside.
Its a vibrant and interesting place full of culture and lots of opportunities for photos and shopping.
I would recommend eating in the main market square at night. Alcohol is in limited supply due to being a muslim country so consider duty frees or taking a taxi out to the supermarkets. The taxi's are very reasonable but agree a price before leaving and be aware you make get to see the scenic route. As long as you drink bottled water you will stay well. I cant wait to go back!
2 days were more than enough. Locals very pushy and we ended up getting food poisoning. Most of the big attractions can be seen in 2 days then your pretty much done in Marrakech.
We only visited the Medina part of Marrakech (where I suppose most people focus their visits) and whilst it is definitely worth visiting, I wouldn't rush to go back.
I certainly think it is a good place to have been it was certainly not my favourite part of our holiday in Morocco, and I wouldn't encourage you to spend more than two nights in Marrakech. You have to get used to the busy atmosphere and constant bustle and accept it as the atmosphere of the city. I enjoyed haggling in the markets and interacting with stall holders, however I really did not enjoy the constant hassle of people trying to get money out of your for nothing and I found many of the locals quite predatory. I had a much nicer time in other areas of Morocco. Although I was initially quite overwhelmed in the medina, it is definitely worth visiting, you just have to take it for what it is and probably only spend a couple of days there.
Super chaotic, dirty and crazy. Pay attention to cars, moped and donkeys. It's like being in a movie!
Marrakech gave us the oportunity to experience North Africa on the edge of Sahara. Marrakech is a big town, the new part and the Medina.
You need to be mobile in order to experience the entire place and you should provide yourself a tour in the Atlas Mountains combined with a visit to Sahara.
we stayed for 3 days, 2 nights, and found it great. yes you could stay longer, but 3 days will give you enought time to explore the medina.
we stayed inside the old town, north to south. its full of life, walk off the tourist track, and you will explore the real marrackech loved it, will revisit bosco.