Looking for a destination that’s a little bit exotic and wild at the same time? Or a rich culture with just the right pinch of spice? If yes, you may find what you’re looking for in Marrakech located Morocco, a country located in North Africa. It is one of the main tourist destinations in Morocco. From exploring the mosques to camping in the desert, clubbing to surfing, these are just a glimpse of what this city has to offer for a traveler like you! You can also check out these villas in Marrakech where you can comfortably rest while turning your dream vacation into reality. We want you to experience only the best of this vibrant city. Take a look at our tips to give you a heads up on what to expect in this amazing country.
Dress Appropriately. You are entering a Muslim country so be mindful of what you’re wearing. Women need to dress more conservatively. Choose to cover up to avoid unwanted attention and being harassed often in crowded places. This is also advisable when visiting mosques. As a general rule, both men and women should cover their shoulders and hemlines should be at least knee length for women. We suggest that women should have a shawl or scarf handy in case it’s needed. Learn to blend with the locals.
Learn to Haggle. If you want to buy something in the markets or souks, you need to learn the art of haggling since it is an internal part of their culture. Don’t be nervous, it is expected. If you’re willing to spend time, it is possible for you to get the items you want for at least 25-50% off the published price. You also need to know that price and value of what you’re trying to pay for before you start to haggle and walk out if you can’t get the price you want. Chances are they’ll call you multiple times.
Tipping. It is recommended to have some change ready for tips. As a good general rule of thumb, 1 DH at a local place and 3-5 DH at nicer places.
Stay Away from Strangers Offering Free Tours or Directions. Regardless of hiring a local guide, there will be a lot of locals offering you tours while walking around markets or souks. Be mindful because if you choose to avail of their service you may end up completely lost and be obliged to spend more money. You always need to have money to pay them off. Just plan ahead, do your research or ask someone that you can trust.
Be Careful What Water You Use. We’re worried about your safety. To be on the safe side, drink only bottled water and even use it to brush your teeth. Be mindful also of using an ice when you’re out. Avoid also drinking tap water in Marrakech. Don’t worry, water is very cheap in the city and around the souks. In fact, you can easily find it for about 50 cents. Just be sure you have a Moroccan Durham on you in exact change.
Watch Your Pockets. Majority of the Moroccans are friendly and honest. But sometimes we need to think of the worst-case scenario. Be careful about pickpockets especially in crowded places like the markets.
Agree on a taxi fare before getting in. Just like in any other destinations, once in a while, we might encounter scammers same here in Marrakech. You need to prepare yourself to argue with taxi drivers in order to get the proper taxi fare. As an estimate nowhere in the old town should cost more than 50 dirhams. You can have an arrangement with your hotel for your transfer. It is much better because taxis outside the airport are known for trying to rip tourist off.
Ask Before Taking Photos. Expect to pay for a photo. It is advisable to ask first before taking photos of anything, people or even shops unless you’re purchasing something. They may get angry at you and even demand money as a payment for the photos you’ve taken. It’s good to first have an agreed price before taking a photo. Let’s be respectful at all times, just like traveling anywhere in this world.
Visiting Mosques. Numerous mosques are present in Morocco, you might not be allowed to enter unless you’re Muslim. Don’t worry there’s an exception. You can still visit the massive Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca. Regardless of being able to enter or not, you can still get a beautiful photo from the outside.
Be mindful of the two different Sahara trips. Don’t be fooled by vendors. Local tour operators might tell you that you can pick a 2-3 day trip to the desert and when you ask about the difference of the two, they’ll just explain to you that it’s just the same, except for the duration, the other one is longer. To give you a heads up, they’re not the same.
Both tours stop in Ouarzazate on the first day and just the end of the similarities. The 2-day tour will proceed to Zagora and the 3-day tour goes to Merzouga, much further away but it’s worth the travel for the sand dune experience.
We want only the best for your dream vacation to this lovely and colorful city of Marrakech. Whatever you decide, don’t forget to seize and enjoy every moment. Are you ready to get swept up in the magic of Marrakech in Morocco? Let’s go!