Djema el FnaNovember 27, 2017
Mother’s Day Gift from CHEERZMay 4, 2018
Here’s a sum of what you absolutely need to know before traveling to Marrakech, a few tips to enjoy your trip at the best!
- When landed at Menara airport, get ready to take a lot of time to quit: there are severe checks even at the arrivals, even a last one at the very exit door
- Withdraw at least a hundred of your currency before you leave your Country (if $, € or £), you never know! (in fact, see following point)
- Arrive in Morocco already having a thousand Dirhams, you might find yourself in the same circumstances we experienced: no way to find a charged atm (no cash in any!!😵) – and forget the idea of withdrawing in the Medina
- Don’t listen to the porters trying to help you at the exit of the airport unless you’re carrying 3 luggages each: you won’t need their help for those 20mt between you and the taxi station 🙈
- Be aware that if a taxi driver is asking for more than 100 MAD to get to the Medina, he’s cheating you as hell 😇
- Get ready for a lot of pollution and to dodge from mopeds zipping around
- Try mint tea!!
- Taste as much typical dishes as you can, they’re all exquisite! Just take care of the massive presence of coriander in almost every recipe, it’s the dominant spice in local cuisine but you might don’t like it (well, personally I love it but seeing my husband complaining about it I’ve learnt it’s possible European palate is often not that used to spices.
- Walk around the street markets! You’ll certainly find inspiration and some gifts for f&f or – why not – for yourself
- While doing that, don’t worry about the intensive pressing of the merchants: get ready to feel like honey for bees
- Stay in a Riad! They’re amazingly beautiful and characteristic, provide a careful hosting and you’ll just be spoilt for choice: you can find for any taste and for any budget. Prices vary from 24 to 100€ for the mid-market and raise until 300€/night for the luxury ones
- Don’t take pictures with monkeys and snakes (actually they’re Cobras): they’re mistreated and bred in captivity 🙁
- Visit Le Jardin Majorelle! Do that also for me, as in this first trip to Marrakech I hadn’t time to get there also (I know, what a shame!)
- Did you know a few miles from the city you’ll find mountains? The tallest one is over 4500mt and is often covered with white snow. So Moroccan people are not new to ski slopes. Surprised, eh?
- Make an excursion to the desert 🐪 🐫
- Visit Souk Market
- Visit Jemaa el Fna
- If you have more time, visit the new city for a glimpse of Moroccan modernity
- Get ready to find super friendly and adorable humans, especially if you’re traveling with children
- If you can avoid drinking alcoholics, that’s better! Of course it’s not forbidden nor not welcome, but locals will appreciate your sobriety for sure
- Open your ears to the muezzin call: you’ll hear it 5 times a day and simultaneously see worshippers praying wherever they are
I think that’s enough so far. Comment in the box below if you think I missed some tips! 🙂