"Marrakech - Incredible but exhausting!" Top 5 Page for this destination Marrakesh by sue_stone

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Marrakech is a crazy city. Noisy, dusty, busy and smelly, it is an exhausting place to visit! I loved it. Well, most of it.

I spent 4 nights there with my sister Alison. She suggested that we stay somewhere a little up-market, and that turned out to be an excellent idea - our stylish Riad (Moroccan style boutique hotel) was a quiet haven from the outside world, a place to escape when we needed a break from the souqs (markets) and the over-friendly locals.

We spent our days haggling in the souqs, visiting tombs and exploring the narrow streets, discovering more and more intriguing treasures along the way. I drank as much of the country’s favourite drink – Mint Tea – as I could. We loved eating like the locals - who needs cutlery when you have a lump of bread and your hands to use instead!

Highlights included hanging out in the main square - Djemaa el-Fna – the heart of the city. By day it is filled with fresh orange juice vendors and snake charmers. By night it becomes an open-air food market, filled with smoke, music and beggars. I also enjoyed exploring the souqs, laughing at Alison’s haggling attempts (sorry Ali!) and amazing over some of the bizarre items for sale. We also indulged in a fabulous massage at a posh day spa.

Lowlights included the pressure to pay anyone that may have been in one of your photos taken in Djemaa el-Fna (leading to me having an argument with a snake charmer….perhaps not the best idea when only one of us was holding a cobra!), and the constant un-wanted gaze of the local men, and their calls of 'gazelle, gazelle' in our direction. Oh, and our visit to the putrid smelling tanneries wasn't much fun either.

If we had had a little more time I would have liked to get out of Marrakech for a day or two and visit the Atlas Mountains (whose snow-capped peaks we could see in the distance), and perhaps one of the nearby towns. Oh well, looks like I will have an excuse to return to Morocco one day, and perhaps drag Alex along too.

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  • Last visit to Marrakesh: Jan 2007
  • Intro Updated Feb 15, 2007
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  • Flying.Scotsman's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2009 at 3:43 AM

    We've just booked 5 nights in Marrakech in January and your tips and photos are a big help, although maybe we'll give the tanneries a miss! I'll let you know when we add Marrakech to our pages.

  • Nov 6, 2009 at 8:39 AM

    You can now take in/out 1000 Dihrams. However, don't bother. The exchange rate for cash or card is far better in Marrakech. Change some money at the airport for a taxi. Everything else you can change at banks, hotels and authorised exchanges in Marrakech.

  • LadyRVG's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2009 at 6:58 AM

    Thanks for the pics and tips! I'm looking forward to visiting Marrakesh and seeing my friend Hicham.

  • giampiero6's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2009 at 7:41 PM

    Just beautiful...I love that photo and I'm using this page in a presentation about VirtualTourist!!!! Great!

  • Jenniflower's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2009 at 4:49 AM

    Marrakesh is so bright and colourful - a mecca for photographs hey!? My sis went last year, and we are hoping to get here too sometime. Lovely page Sue :)

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2009 at 6:49 AM

    Hi Sue! Always wanted to visit Marrakesh, and hopefully will visit someday! I hope they fix that fountain in Medina...what thirsty animals drink from the unused fountains? Just curious...Norman :)

  • Robmj's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2009 at 11:52 PM

    Awesome page, going later in year, so will refer to your tips, good to see your also enjoy heineken judging by a pic on your home page, Cheers!

  • Oct 31, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Excellent page !!! I have always wanted to visit Marrakesh.

  • Tijavi's Profile Photo
    Sep 19, 2008 at 2:52 AM

    Another oustanding page with lots of helpful tips and cool pics. I'll check out Stall 14 at the Djemaa if I do make it to Marrakech.

  • Toyin's Profile Photo
    Aug 2, 2008 at 6:49 AM

    I guess I enjoy those reptiles more in a good pepper soup. kneeling infront of them is no much fun though, I agree. Excellent page - Marrakesh.

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