Medina of Marrakesh
Medina of Marrakesh
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jim_bayfield
Sherborne, UK218 contributions
Jan 2023
Great bustling market. 16,000 stalls in the souks. friendly place with not too much hassle a friendly NO is fine as most of the time you are left alone. Take a coffee or drink on one of the terraces overlooking the BIG square. Probably godd if you are a good , tough negotiator to get that bargain. Best way to see most things is to book a day tiour from your hotel. We paid about £50.00 each for a day tour with a guide, included a great lunch and drinks on the roof terrace overlooking the Square. There was a lot to see and I thought great value, and very interesting day out ( lots of nooks and crannies that would be easily missed if not having a guide.
Written January 21, 2023
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PhineusFlog
Massachusetts68 contributions
Jul 2022 • Solo
From a western perspective, it is truly another world. And based on some of the more recent reviews, if you’re easily offended, aren’t willing to accept a different culture and want the most modern health and safety regulations, then stay the hell home.

That being said, The Medina is otherworldly, amazing, full of potential scams, annoying and beautiful. If you can get through the main square unscathed, wander into the myriad of alleys, pathways and aisles and lose yourself among the hundreds if not thousands of shops, storefronts and stands. Go as deep as you dare and try to find the artisan areas.

The negatives are that as soon as you stop or make eye contact you are endlessly harangued until you either pay too much for something or stalk away waving your hands. You’re really not allowed to wallow in the beauty of the place and buy what you actually want. I would have bought more items had I been allowed to peruse at my own pace instead of getting fed up.

A couple Pro Tips; the current scam at the entrance is someone telling you they work at your hotel and they can show you around. The 2nd trip we were even told which hotel. Most likely the cab drivers tell their buddies which hotels they will be parking at to pick up or the cab facilitator will let them know. Shoo them away.

Tip #2; you’re better off buying T-shirts at the airport. There’s no hassle, you know the price and the quality is probably better.

Tip #3; Just Say No

All in all a very interesting couple of excursions. And yes I would do it again if I ever return.
Written July 8, 2022
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Frank D
Slidell, LA1,310 contributions
May 2022
My first advice for visiting a Median or Kasbah anywhere in Morocco is to just forget about paying a guide to take you on a brief trip where they want to go. Walk or get a taxi to an entrance and just walk on in and experience it as you wander. IMPORTANT: Don't forget your phone with Google Maps active so you can locate your precise position and figure out how to extricate yourself from the maze!

Medinas are a mixture of shops and some residential; Kasbahs are the opposite - mostly residential with some shops. At least, that is my experience from Casablanca, Rabat, Salé, Marrakech, and Tangier. Both are very interesting in different ways.

There are innumerable little shops scattered along the larger byways and in smaller alleyways throughout the Medina.

One can often bargain by simply looking and showing interest in something and asking the price. Just putting it back and walking away seems the most effective negotiation (to me, at least). Prices drop radically if you pause to listen then walk on again (only a couple of steps). Typically a drop of 50% is offered rather quickly and, if one is really interested, a little negotiation will bring the price down a little bit more - especially if you want 2 or 3 of a similar item.

While looking around and obviously looking lost, I was approached more than once with an English speaker who seemed to just want to be friendly and chat me up. This ended up in his shop with his brother showing me the family photos and their area and nomadic lifestyle (Bedouin). And, of course, along with this interest and budding "friendship: and being like a "family member" there was an offer of items of merchandise. They can talk unceasingly without allowing a word from the subject. The point, though, is strictly sales.

I spent some time in and took photos of one of the numerous 'quality' shops with high end merchandise. Beauty, quality, and craftsmanship in things you will rarely see elsewhere. These aren't places where they are actively pushing you to buy something.
Written June 11, 2022
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Graeme M
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom4 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
I expected the medina to be busy and a little chaotic, which it was.

The motorcycles going through narrow, crowded spaces at high speed was not a pleasant experience. It didn’t feel safe and the exhaust fumes are clearly not good for your health. The constant beeping and revving of engines really put my wife and I off. It’s clearly a way of life in Marrakesh, but from a health and safety point of view one that should be reassessed.

Google maps in offline mode was effective in most areas of the medina (mobile data is expensive in Morroco). However, attractions like Bahia Palace are not well signposted and the locals seize on this opportunity to come up with elaborate methods to extract money from you. As with the motorcycles, this deception is clearly not something I approve of and having to keep your wits about you at all times is not relaxing. The best method is to avoid eye contact and ignore the approaches. People will tell you attractions are closed or that you are entering an area you shouldn’t be in to put you off guard before either asking for money or directing you to a friends stall with the aim of tricking you into spending lots (£38 for a bag of local coffee beans - we didn’t buy it and were asked to leave by a very grumpy shop owner. Clearly a well rehearsed routine that we partially fell for on the first day, but it doesn’t add to the experience or the likelihood of me spending money!).

The food stalls in the square are good (excellent ginger tea after lots of BBQ and lentil soup), but the people trying to get you to sit down are incredibly persistent so you need to ignore/decline their approaches carefully. It is mostly good hearted, but can feel over the top (“I’ll get angry if you don’t come back tomorrow” etc).

The medina and it’s sights are definitely worth a quick explore. You don’t need more than 2 days to see everything and by that time you’ll be done with the chaos!
Written August 15, 2022
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Super L
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Dec 2022 • Couples
Glad we experienced the hussle and bustle of Medina but I would never go again. The people are greedy- they are only interested in you for your money and see you as business rather than a person. They don't take no for an answer and get defensive and aggressive if you don't accept their business. They try scamming you at every opportunity and only recommend places where they will receive commision or that are owned by family members. It's also filthy everywhere and the level of hygiene in the restaurants/street markets is abysmal.
Written December 29, 2022
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Peter R
Dartford, UK1,063 contributions
Sep 2022
At the heart of Marrakesh is the Medina the original walled city around which Marrakesh has grown up. The Medina contains lots of historic buildings, an amazing number of Souks, parks, gardens, Riads and restaurants. At night areas around the main square are lively with musicians, snake charmers and much more. An area not to be missed. We were here for only a couple of days so opted to take a local guide recommended by our travel agent. We saw so much more than we would have just walking about on our own.
Written November 28, 2022
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Paul A
Elk Grove, CA92 contributions
Aug 2022
The Medina is not for the faint hearted. This is what I learnt.

1) don't even think of exploring the medina until you take some sort of guided tour so you have some idea of where your riad/hotel is, you know some landmarks etc

2) see rule no.1, can't stress this enough.

3), there are barely any names on streets, you WILL get lost in the souks even with google maps, watch out for kids aged 15-20 or so, they will tell you the route is closed and they can guide you, they are lying and they will charge you for getting you lost and then leading you back to where you were.

4) You'll be likely befriended by someone who doesn't even work/own a souk, he'll invite you to his cousin's/brother's/uncle's stores and there really will be a hard sell going on once you accept his invitation.

5) Stand your ground when haggling, you can and should walk away if you feel boxed in, you're just one of many fish in the sea for them.

Other than that, I had a good time, lots of interesting museums in the medina and I met some very interesting characters who were not neccesarily on the make but maybe I didn't know them that well.

The medina is a different place at night compared to the day, the square is a sight to behold, I went there every night and kept my hands in my pockets most of the time!
Written September 1, 2022
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victorcyho
Toronto, Canada651 contributions
Nov 2022 • Friends
Walking during the day was ok.... a bunch of juice stalls, a few snake charmers and the crowd of people walking by.

When night time came, the food stalls come pouring out. Belly dancers, karot card readers and a lot more all perform with hugh crowds walking around.

The atmosphere is totally different, but safe!
Written November 21, 2022
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Louise M
Limavady, UK50 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
During the day there is not much to see, it only really comes alive at nighttime with street food and street performances.

Don’t be caught taking photos or you’ll be ask to fork out some cash.

Personally I found it a little intimidating and you definitely have to be on your guard.

Felt sorry for the poor horses too. Poorly looked after in my opinion.
Written February 18, 2020
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Manny B
New York414 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
The exploration can be fun, but definitely exhausting. You will probably get lost among the many narrow alleys, so have some kind of tracking app. Be prepared to respond to so many vendors, hustlers and people offering to be your guide. Many of the people you encounter are genuinely nice. But beware of those offering to help you, as they will ask for payment. Regarding payment for goods or services, bargaining is a way of life here.
Written November 5, 2021
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