Marrakesh Morocco, Marrakech-Tensift-Haouz

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How can you get the most authentic cultural experience in Marrakesh?

Anonymous, Unknown location

28 days ago Report

Stay in a riad.
Eat the local food. A little bit of research on good restaurants helps. Don't hesitate to try small eateries, when you find fit.
Hamam. Try the local communal one instead or in addition to the one in your Riad.
Be patient while searching for places. There is a high likelihood that one will get lost in the maze of lanes. People can take you for a ride saying they will guide. Be clear and strong voiced where needed.
Moroccans are friendly, love to talk and share. Be open to interactions.
Accept the chaos and madness of the crowd, dirt, streets and shops. Then it all starts to look good!

Why do you recommend Marrakesh for food?

Anonymous, Unknown location

11 days ago Report

Have fresh orange juice everywhere!!! In the Jemaa El Fna de street vendor sell it at 0.40€ a glass!!! Enjoy the mint tea, tagine chicken, moroccan salads and pastries!!!

Describe what other people like you would like about shopping in Marrakesh.

Michael
Michael, United States of America

12 days ago Report

The souks offer a variety of goods and a chance to haggle, if you like that. If you want to ensure handmade, go to a shop where you see the craftsman working.
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What aspect of the culture in Marrakesh was so different than back home?

steven
steven, United Kingdom

6 days ago Report

The souks are amazing, feel confident haggling and never pay more than 30-40%. It is all done in friendly terms so if you feel uncomfortable just leave - although also a great bargaining tool as they will then match your lowest offer if you say you will leave as there are so many souks selling the same things! Great fun
Beware of the snake charmers - if you get too close they will spot a tourist a mile off and chase you with a snake for your neck! Don't take an you a either unless you have MAD to tip them as we didn't and they were very aggressive

What's your best bargaining strategy for the market in Marrakesh?

Anonymous, Unknown location

28 days ago Report

there's no real strategy but to quote a small portion of the quoted price. say anything from 1/2 to 1/10 of the price depending on what you think is the due worth. and then move the needle.

visit the local artisans cooperative. they have fixed rates. firstly you will be surprised at the price difference. and it gives you an idea of the bargaining scope in souks. secondly it is hassle free buying.

How can you enjoy the sights in Marrakesh while avoiding the crowds?

Nursamaa
Nursamaa, Venezuela

23 days ago Report

It is impossible to enjoy Jmaa el Fna without being hustled by the food vendors. It is very annoying and a bit disrespectful but that's their job. Drink delicious mint tea from a vendor in the last row closest to the medina, you'll spot the glasses filled with mint and sugar prepared for visitors as they sit down. Lots of beggars on the street so prepared to say "LA!" firmly when they start to annoy you.

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Rachel
Rachel, United States of America

27 days ago Report

The Moroccan culture is unique and the city is intoxicating! We were captivated by the hustle and bustle of the square and souks and the ultimate kindness of the Moroccan people! Highly recommend a Moroccan adventure. It's a once in a lifetime experience!

What's your best advice for enjoying the mountains in Marrakesh?

Michael
Michael, United States of America

12 days ago Report

Book an excursion into the Atlas Mountains (there are many tour companies in Marrakech) or take a hot air balloon ride.

Tell us about your most relaxing moments in Marrakesh.

Laura
Laura, United Kingdom

4 days ago Report

Going to a Hammam and taking a day trip to the Ouzoud Waterfalls - by far the best part of the trip.

What is it in Marrakesh that makes history come to life?

Anonymous, Unknown location

1 day ago Report

If you want to travel in history, go to Mararakech.

What makes Marrakesh one of those classic city-trip experiences?

Anonymous, Unknown location

12 days ago Report

Marrakesh and its place Jamaa el Fna are one of those sites in the world that you must have visited at least once in your life. Maybe not representative for al places and souks in Morroco, it surely give an unique experience for people that visit Morroc for the fist time. But be careful to think that this Morroco in a nutshell; Marrakesh has its own, unique energy.

Why is the atmosphere in Marrakesh something people rave about?

Anonymous, Unknown location

12 days ago Report

Marrakesh is an attack on all senses and throws every unsuspecting first-time visitor in the deep of the Morrocan experience. Impressive and overwhelming, but surely not to be missed out on.

What's the best way to make the most of Marrakesh by foot?

Christine
Christine, Canada

12 days ago Report

Book a guided tour or definitely have a guide book with you at all times. Divide the city into walkable portions for you and your group and make sure you include Gueliz (new town).

What sights did you see on your favorite excursion in Marrakesh?

Christine
Christine, Canada

12 days ago Report

The coastal city of Essaouira is 2.5 hrs away and definitely worth the road trip. Stop at a cooperative to get some Arran oil on your way there.
If you're into rock-climbing and an adrenaline-packed experience, climb the rocks around the Ourika waterfalls (you'll need a local to guide you!). Bring hiking shoes or runners with a good grip.

How do you best handle (or escape) the heat in Marrakesh?

Nidhal
Nidhal, Sweden

22 days ago Report

The best thing I did with my husband and my son is that we rent a car with Ac by only 300 Dhm per day, it is very useful in visiting all places during our stay and we traveled by this car to Casablanca and Rabat and to We will travel to Agadir also but you should be drive carefully in Morocco because the people are driving without rule like in Europa.

What's your best advice for browsing without feeling hassled by vendors?

Julian
Julian, United Kingdom

24 days ago Report

Don't feel pressured. There will be a lot of pressure on you - but it's ok to say 'no thanks'. If you find it all too much, head to one of the 'fixed price' markets. You may pay a little bit more - but avoid paying massively over the odds which tends to happen if you don't have the patience for hard bargaining.

Is there more to shopping in Marrakesh than just brand-name stores?

Lynne
Lynne, United States of America

30 days ago Report

Best advice to stay away from brand-name stores, hire a local, state-licensed guide and experience local craftsmen. Recommend the Viator 'food/cusine tour' to anyone who truly wishes to experience a rich and cultural side of Marrakesh.
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What's the secret to sampling all the diverse food Marrakesh has to offer?

steven
steven, United Kingdom

6 days ago Report

Find a nice restaurant near the main square Jamel El fna , preferably with a view to enjoy the square below at night
Stalls on the square aren't as cheap as should be and food very basic and not as flavoursome- worth it for an experience but not necessarily a great one. Also got bad tummy day returning home after 3 days there- you can never pin point what from but the stalls is an obvious culprit!

Tell people going to Marrakesh what you liked and/or disliked about the street food.

Kevin
Kevin, Netherlands

22 days ago Report

Incredibly cheap and real tasty. Fried sardines and eggplant, delicious! And also a dough that was mixed with tomatoes, onions, and spices and then fried to make a delicious pancake-like bread.

What's your best piece of advice for a first-time hiker in Marrakesh?

Ahmed
Ahmed, Egypt

9 days ago Report

learn the french language so u can communicate easily with the locals.

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