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Is it easy to get around Marrakech and to find popular sites

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Is it easy to get around Marrakech and to find popular sites

Hi

I am visiting Marrakech for the first time next year and I have been researching what too visit, such as. Jemaa el Fna, Medina of Marrakech, Kasbah Mosque. I wanted to know if these sites are easy to find once there and are they walking distance from each other? If anyone has any suggestion what to see or do while there it would be greatly appreciated.

Many Thanks

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2. Re: Is it easy to get around Marrakech and to find popular sites

you should get a good guide book..yes, there are many places to visit, within walking distances. taxis are inexpensive, as well. how long do you have ??

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3. Re: Is it easy to get around Marrakech and to find popular sites

Yes. It is very easy. If you stay within the Medina or on the fringe of it, you will spend most of your time on foot where no taxis can reach. Outside of this, taxis are available & cheap but you must negotiate a price. Read some trip reports here or on Fodors to get a better feel.

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4. Re: Is it easy to get around Marrakech and to find popular sites

Hi,

The medina is the entire old city contained within the ancient ramparts.

With a decent map and good orientation from your Riad or hotel staff you should be able to find all the popular sights. Some people prefer to have a guide for their first foray into the old town but it really isn't necessary and more often than not leads to unwanted shopping experiences.

Click on the green things to do tab at the top of this page for some ideas. We don't know what interests you have or what you want from your visit.

Once you have a better understanding of what there is to see and do come back with specific questions and loads of people who know Marrakech well, residents and recent visitors, will be able to help.

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5. Re: Is it easy to get around Marrakech and to find popular sites

Most of the main sites are inside the medina and are walkable, such as: Jemaa El Fna, Ben Youssef Madrasa, Saadian Tombs, and Bahia Palace. The main gardens are outside the medina and are easy to get to by taxi or a long walk; they are: Majorelle Gardens and Menara Gardens.

A basic map will show all of these sites.

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That's good to know John but when you have a language barrier that makes even rudimentary negotiations difficult you do whatever works.

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8. Re: Is it easy to get around Marrakech and to find popular sites

You don't need to be multi-lingual to instruct the taxi driver to use the meter. The meter is always in front of the gear stick. Point at it and say "meter" until it is switched on. If the driver starts bartering with you get out of the taxi.

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