Morocco Travel advice probably every visitor to Marrakech will get lost in the souks of the medina at least once. Every visitor is at least as likely to be approached at least ten times by one of the many salespeople. And sooner or later every visitor will probably be spellbound by the liveliness, the tangle and the countless impressions.
So that you can enjoy your short vacation as soon as possible without hectic and confusion, we have created some basic tips for Marrakech for you in this article. This begins with the journey from Marrakech airport to the city, and the First contact with the people and the immense Jamaa lafna square and its souks, continues with the mobility and behavior on site, and also for a good preparation for a trek or a hike in Morocco we have prepared a list of equipment and clothes to take with you.
After the transfer and on arrival at your hotel or Riad, quiet installation, before leaving for the first visit of the square and the medina, you would better take a map of the city and a visit card of your accommodation with you, also leave your valuables at the hotel even the passport, just if you want to take a copy.
If you no longer know the way back to your Riad ask for adults, women or men. If you ask young people, they might take you to bazaars to shop, especially to tanneries.
Avoid dark alleys and also be careful with your cellphones in alleys full of people … it can happen anywhere in the world. to drink orange juice you have to squeeze it in front of you and without ice cubes, avoid drinking tap water and buy mineral water, a 1.5L bottle costs 6 Dirhams,
Tap water is safe to drink but you are not used to it. the women who do the henna instead, politely refuse their requests, you risk having allergies, to make a real henna with reasonable prices must be seen with the Henna Café located at Rue Riad Zitoune.
Morocco Travel advice for shopping: in the bazaars you might to negotiate the price sometimes at 50%. However to shop in a place with fixed prices, see the artisanal ensemble on avenue Mohamed V, 5 minutes from the koutoubia minaret.
if you are bothered by salespeople or other people, you can respond with LA CHOUKRAN which means NO thank you, and it calms them down right away.
Morocco Travel advice : here are useful words and phrases:
Hello: Salam Alikum /goodbye: besslama/ Thank you: choukran yes: iyeh-or n’am/ no: La / okay: ouakha /
excuse me: samh lya /how are you? : Labés?/
I understand: fhemt/ I don’t understand: ma fhemtch/
what is your name ? : smitak? /my name is …: smiti …/
where is the …? : Fin kayn…?/ bus: tobîs/
bus (long distance): kar/ bus station: mahatta al-tobîs/
train station: mahatta al-tren/ left: lisser – zlmad/
right: limen – ifos/ Police: al-bolîs/ The hotel: al-otêl /
the restaurant: al-mat’am – or Resto.
if you have free time in Marrakech and want to see something in the city itself, you can visit the majorelle gardens or the secret gardens. If you want to get out of Marrakech, we can offer you a visit to the magnificent Jardin Anima by Austrian artist André Heller, about 40 km from Marrakech on the road to the Ourika valley.
Cheek our Day trip Excursions.
The city with almost 1 million inhabitants is the favorite city of King Mohammed VI. The main languages in Marrakech are Arabic and French (from colonial times), but in the souks the vendors speak all languages, including Chinese. In addition, the Berber languages such as Tamazight are mainly spoken in rural areas and by the elderly. The Berber language is the ancient language in Morocco and northern Africa. on our trekkings in the mountains and in the desert the Berber people are with us, most of them only speak Berber and Arabic, no other foreign languages but with their joy, humor, sense of sharing and music in the evening makes contact very possible.
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