Morocco Travel advice

Morocco Travel Guide
Marrakech The Red City
Marrakech, the red city. Oriental dream. In the past there were numerous caravans stopping over on the way to and from the desert. The city is a tangle of alleys, voices and smells. For a short trip from Europe, Marrakech is a perfect destination, as it combines a comparatively short journey with good weather and cultural highlights.

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.

Morocco Travel advice
Atlas Mountains
View of Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains
Background to Marrakech Marrakech, founded by Abu Bakr ibn Omar on May 7, 1070, is one of the four royal cities of Morocco, along with Fès, Meknes and Rabat. Located at the foot of the High Atlas, Marrakech is also known as the “Red City” because of the numerous red houses and the over 19 kilometers long city wall that surrounds the medina.

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.

Equipment and clothing to take with you for trips and treks in Morocco

For the mountains
(Toubkal and Mgoun)

Crampons and ice axes and gaiters. (Possibility to rent them in imlil in Winter). . Walking shoes: bring high mountain shoes to protect the ankles. Remember to take spare laces… you never know! . Tennis or sandals for the evening. (sandals will also be useful in the desert). . Socks: loops for the day to put in hiking shoes. And normal socks. . Waterproof pants in winter. .Warm down jacket and light long sleeve shirt. Pairs of thermal underwear. . Rain gear (K-Way, Goretex jacket) . Fleece gloves and a hat for the ascent. . . .

For the
desert

Sun protection: be careful in all seasons, the Moroccan sun can be very strong. It is therefore advisable to bring a high coefficient sunscreen. . Lightweight canvas trekking pants or Bermuda shorts: it is better to avoid shorts that are too short so as not to shock the population. . T-shirts: not too offbeat for women so as not to shock the local population. . Cap or chech for protection from the sun . Sunglasses. Long sleeve t-shirts. .Wipe-type moistened towels. .Optional, according to your habits: binoculars, camera, trekking poles. .An additional simple bag to contain belongings in case you want to leave them at the hotel until your return from the trek.

In common for the mountain
and for the desert

. A big bag that will travel on the backs of mules and dromedaries. . A sleeping bag. . A small backpack for your daily things. . Small first aid kit: medicines against gastric disorders, antibiotics (ask your doctor for advice), enough to treat minor ailments on the feet and your personal medicines. . Toiletry bag. . Towel and washcloth: a washcloth is often very useful when the river and the well serve as a bathtub ... . Lip stick and antibacterial hand gel. . Headlamp with battery and spare bulb. . Toilet paper and a lighter to burn it.

Documents, papers

Passport, including a copy of it, 2 passport photos as a reserve Cash, credit card, traveler checks: Currency USD / Euro (small bills) Purse, money belt Insurance cards ID card for medicine. indication Address lists, writing materials, etc. Travel program Do not forget Unlock Maestro card for Morocco.

Different materials

Umbrella (also serves as sun protection). (Reading) glasses, replacements, lenses, etc. Pocket knife, not in hand luggage on the flight! Drinking bottle, Sigg (also serves as a bed.bottle), at least 1 liter. Headlamp with spare batteries / charger. Sleeping bag up to approx. -5 degrees inflatable pillow, neck pillow. Lying mat (thin foam mats available).

If necessary:

If necessary: Camera, charger. small solar panel. 220 volt adapter. Telescopic sticks. Needle and thread. Song book who likes to sing

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