My friend and I (2 girls) visited and spent 4 nights in Marrakech. Beautiful and clean and well maintained little Riad located just on the outskirt of the old medina. Lovely host and friendly Riad staffs.Got Wifi service. Each room is different, but gives a sense of traditional Moroccan style to guest. Breakfast was simple croissant/ bread& jam/ coffee or mint tea.
We decided to catch the airport bus service just outside the airport terminal. (There is only one bus service to and from airport and Jemaa el Fna). Cost 50 or 70DM single/ return- takes 30mins into city centre. Taxi from Jemaa el Fna to the Riad cost 70DM (the driver said it is because we are hiring taxi after 10pm- evening fare cost more). If the taxi driver said he doesn't know where Riad Dar Tuscia is, just say to him it is near Grand Taxi by the Bus& Train terminal.
However, just to let you know that they will stop by the old medina wall where there is a small basketball court for the locals. You will need to walk through the old medina arch into alley way, bare left you walk through the old medina arch, go down a mini slope, you will some local corner shops on your right, as you get to the main courtyard. Turn left and you should see 'Dar Tuscia' on the arch way wall in front of you. Turn right and it is around the corner. First metal gate/door on your left.
We joined an excursion on our second day to Orkia Valley to visit 2 of the seven waterfalls. It was cheaper booking through the Raid. The host explained that the tour company recommended by our booking agency usually visits the Raid 1-2 day after your arrival to promote their excision packages, if you are not interested, there're a lot of excursion companies out by Jemaa el Fna, they are dearer in price. But definitely see the 'real deal' of Marrakech! don't miss out the rural scenery, stunning views and landscape.
Advice if you are planning to join any excursion.Do check and ask for the price or any thing extras for the guided tour around where you are visiting. Prior arrival to your destination.
We found out that our excursion package meant to only include the driver and transport to Orkia valley. The tour guide mentioned at the end of the tour that he needs to charge us extra for being our tour guide and also because he asked us if we want to climb up to see the second waterfall. We managed to deal with it in a civilized way. Luckily, we had 3 other french travellers who negotiated with the tour guide..... he was making such a big fuss and raised his voice in front of other tourist! At the end, the driver for involved and pretend that he forgot to ask if we want a tour guide which he said he was suppose to ask us on route to Orika Valley. So he said he and his company with deal with the tour guide. To be honest, we sensed that it was more like a set up between the driver and tour guide so they can earn more from tourist. Of course, no tip was left for them.
We got some hassel from local young boys and men when we explored the old medina, maybe because we are 2 female travellers. Especially during the evening, our advice for all the ladies it to say 'la shokran' (which mean no thanks) and walk away quickly! It worked on us 8/10 times for us. Other than that, all the locals are very friendly and helpful. We found that there are alot of people adult as well as children begging around the main square. We offered them food and drinks rather than money. I saw some tourist giving out toys for the young ones. They seems to appreciate any offering. .
If you need to ask for direction, especially in the souks, ask people in uniform/ hotel staff or shop owners. We found that locals walking around the souks will offer your help, pretend to be your guide, but will say to you 'I'm not a tour guide, I live around here, I know where this place is, I will take you', afterward, they will demand for you to pay for their guide and service. Just to rip tourist off more!
Bottle of 1.5L mineral water cost around 6DM from the local corner shops. Don't get rip off as they may charge extra when they see you are a tourist! 10DM in the city centre.
Wear comfortable footwear- rocky, uneven roads, be prepare if you wear sandles to return to your Riad/ accomdation with sandy dirty feet! Wet wipes and wet towels! We got hats, cost around DM 25 for a decant material hats, you can get one as cheap as DM10! Remember, always bargain them down in the souks!
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