"My thoughts on Marrakech" Wilaya de Marrakech by johnaalex

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Marrakech lived up to my expectations. It was hot busy and dirty. The 21st century is evident in parts but if ever there is an acute petrol shortage there should be enough horses and donkeys for business to carry on much as usual – if not better.
The souk is a warren of little streets with shops staffed by predatory assistants just waiting to rip off an unsuspecting tourist.
The main square during the day is home to a few snake charmers and various others “tradesmen”, in particular orange juice stalls. There are numerous restaurants around the square with roof top terraces that offer some sanctuary plus a good place to observe the action.
At night time the square really comes to life. Numerous stalls with mobile genrators to power their lights set up as open air kitchens selling a wide range of hot food, kebabs, fish, sheep heads etc are all cooked to order and there are tables and benches for the customers. I saw numerous tourists eating there, but I decided not to chance it.
The snake charmers are not there after dark (possibly no bad thing), but there are still enough street performers who will pester for money – especially if you point a camera in their direction.
Also, from a distance the square may seem to be a pedestrian zone, however this is not the case – cars, taxis, motor bikes etc criss cross the square day and night so you have to keep your wits about you!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The history and atmosphere.
  • Cons:The number of people trying to rip you off.
  • In a nutshell:An unforgetable place!
  • Last visit to Wilaya de Marrakech: Sep 2004
  • Intro Written Sep 20, 2004
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