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“An experience, but exhausting” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Medina of Marrakech

Medina of Marrakech
Marrakech 1000, Morocco
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Ranked #9 of 91 attractions in Marrakech
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites, Neighborhoods
Activities: Shopping
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 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. Come ready to haggle!
Beccles, United Kingdom
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“An experience, but exhausting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

I would advise any visitor to Marrakech to do the Medina, but be prepared to be hassled the whole time. I really think that you have to work on the premis that all the stalls see you as a gullible tourist and their role is to take as much money off you as they can, by doing and saying any rubbish to convince you to part with your money. After three trips to Morocco and Marrakech, though I am not afraid to bargain, I am not really convinced that I have come away once with a bargain, and I know that I have been ripped off several times. Saying that, they have a fantastic range of goods that are brilliant for presents.

Visited July 2013
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Amman, Jordan
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“Amazing place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

I loved that medina. During the day one can brows its narrow streets, visiting shops and endless bazaars. At night the main square comes to life as people navigate toward the exotic aromas and the entertaining sights. There is always something to see: snake charmers, acrobats, sooth-sayers, musicians and food stalls. For more information visit alextravelblog.com

Visited April 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Lunch by the pool”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

The hotel is lovely and the gardens very attractive- we were offered the "full lunch menu" as not guests who were being given poolside snack menu. In for a very expensive lunch which was beautifully presented and was delicous but let down by state of canopy style umbrellas which could have done with a clean!
Visit if you want a romantic meal but be prepared for expense.

Visited July 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Colourful, noisy, intense, chaotic mayhem - but very enjoyable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

The medina is very enjoyable and we stayed within the Medina at Riad Nashira. There is lots to see and do to enjoy the Souks and bartering with the locals to buy your items can be fun. Whilst it’s fun at first it actually does get a little tiresome after a few days of it but that’s just the way business is done in the Souk. The Medina is safe and you should have no problems walking around beyond the constant barrage of greetings from traders willing you into their shops. To enjoy the Medina even more, we hired a guide through the Riad who walked us around the Medina on a 4 hour walking trip and took us to lots of interesting places including lots of alleys, streets and areas that I wouldn’t have thought of walking down without a local. But this meant we got to see some amazing parts of the Medina off the beaten track where dyes were being made, and all kind of metal and leather work was being done by locals churning out the goods.

Visited July 2013
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“Very busy, colourfull and a real labyrinth”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

The medina is a must see, because of the variety of goods on sale there. You also see handcraftsmen at work. Pity that you can not just wander around and see for yourself as within some seconds someone comes up to you trying to buy you anything (you don't really need). You also need a guide to find your way through this labyrinth (we did) and take care, anyone seeing you lost in this small streets and coming up to you to help you expects some dirham for their kindness. Even if you didn't ask them to lead you all the way to one or another site, they just go ahead some metres before you, look back from time to times if you are still going in the same direction and at the end ask (demand) a 'contribution'. I suppose when you see the scale of poverty in some parts of this town, its normal that one hopes to earn his living in doing so.

Visited June 2013
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