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“It is what it is welcome to Africa” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Medina of Marrakech

Medina of Marrakech
Marrakech 40150, Morocco
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Marrakech Discovery Tour
Ranked #6 of 150 things to do in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Activities: Shopping
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This is one of the major landmarks in the city. It is a World Heritage Site and serves as a commercial center for much of central Morocco.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
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“It is what it is welcome to Africa”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013 via mobile

A medina is a square where business is done, there are spice stalls, eating places which serve cheap food and rather nice and loads of shops selling cheap replica rubbish in the main. The stall holders are ok for a while with their cockney accents and jokes but it all gets a little tedious after a while. I felt a little uneasy in places especially the back street areas, there were small gangs of youths simply watching, so have your wits about you, zip bags up keep hold or put wallets in front pockets and put your hands in too.
If you're going to buy make sure you get what you pay for, one of our party purchased a bag and when they unwrapped it they got a damaged one. They will try and Sam you if you are naive.
At night things are a little frantic and precarious. Mopeds everywhere some with lights often not. The food stalls come into their own tough in a big group you were aggressively targeted which could concern some people. Be firm and say no, don't take offence to banter, the food can be around £3 and is nice, the washing up and drying of plates Nd cutlery should not be watched. There s no alcohol here as it is in view of the mosque.
Overall this is Africa and people are desperate for your money. Be careful what you buy as most is junk but go for the experience. One man helped us and took us via his shop, as they do in Egypt, Tunisia etc. we got some great crystals for clearing sinuses for a few pounds. He was a nice chap.
Danger wise no different to a lot of cities in the UK keep your wits about you and try it once, that was enough for me.

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“Eye catching, jaw dropping”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

The old town is an amazing place, unlike any I have ever been. Shops, restaurants, hammams and hotels are all packed together in the old city walls. Definitely stay here!

Visited February 2013
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“Sensory Overload”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Liked the vitality, colors & the pleasant aromas of the spices & the grilling of foods, but did not like the fact that those who are selling items, hastle you to the point of stalking you.

Visited January 2013
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“dangerous place”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

the place should probably be better cleaned and policed. Threatening entertainment artists and shopkeepers trying to shame you into buying. I can appreciate its historical importance but for us it was a bad experienceof a smelly labirynth populated by predatory aggressive sellers, animals and various vehicles.

Visited February 2013
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“Haggle Hard!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

I enjoyed the haggling in the medina and felt safe at all times, remember to haggle hard to get what you want! And bring extra baggage to fit in all your purchases!

Visited February 2013
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