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Things to Know Before Visiting Marrakech

Maddy Faulkner by Maddy Faulkner

Monday, 20th August 2018

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Things to Know Before Visiting Marrakech

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The city of Marrakech can be overwhelming for new visitors. It’s tremendously busy, incredibly disordered and sometimes difficult to find your way round. But, that’s all part of the fun!

Amongst the chaos, beautiful architecture, bright colours, the smell of spices and delicious local cuisine await. It’s all about knowing where to go to discover what this magical city has to offer - and that’s where we come in.

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We’ve put together a list of tips for first-timers to help make your visit as memorable as it can be (in a good way!).

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Dress wisely

Morocco is a traditional Muslim country, so dress respectfully in order to avoid unwanted attention. Women should wear loose clothing that covers at least their knees and shoulders, and men should cover their shoulders.

The streets are also often uneven so bring sensible and comfortable shoes for all the exploring you’ll be doing.

The heat should also be respected and travellers should prepare for all climates. During the summer months, temperatures can soar upwards of 40 degrees celsius. Stay hydrated with bottled water and walk around the city in the morning or late afternoon, when the air is cooler.

Temperatures average around 20 degrees celsius in the Winter - however, it can get very cold at night so be sure to pack a jumper at this time of the year.

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Prepare to be hassled

Wherever you go in the city, expect to be hassled by shop owners and restaurant workers. In the souks especially, traders will be keen to get you in to look at shoes, spices, ceramics and tea. Simply decline respectfully if you’re not interested.

If you are interested in the products on show, the majority of shop owners are incredibly friendly and willing to help wherever they can. However, as a tourist you’re more than likely to stick out like a sore thumb, so expect unfair inflated prices.

Haggling is all part of the fun! Set a maximum price in your mind and if the trader refuses to accept a reasonable offer, walk away. This tactic works a treat and often they will agree to your offer. Don’t feel rude as they’ll definitely be making a hefty profit regardless

Stay at a traditional riad

Although there are plenty of luxury resorts dotted in and around Marrakech, traditional riads are the best places to fully immerse yourself into the Moroccan experience. Often located not too far from the hustle and bustle, riad’s are private sanctuaries tucked away down narrow, unexplored streets.

Riad Edward, located just outside the centre of the Medina, retains all of its original character and charm. Beautifully restored and managed by its English owners, it has the highest rooftop garden for miles, simple yet functional rooms and a large courtyard. Double rooms start from £48 per night, including a traditional Moroccan breakfast.

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Sample the food and drink

Try and eat as much local cuisine as you can. Although upmarket restaurants serve delicious food, they can be incredibly expensive. Visitors can find equally as good food for a fraction of the price in the night market and small cafes overlooking the city’s main square.

Do not drink water from the taps here as it could be contaminated. Instead, opt for bottled water or take a reusable water bottle with a reliable filter. Visitors simply must try the mint tea served in courtyard cafes and rooftop terraces - it’s divine and deliciously sweet!

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