Several weeks ago I read a post on the forum warning about the traffic and the fumes. I was on the verge of cancelling our 3 day trip to celebrate our Golden wedding. Well we arrived last Friday, have to say the airport is a nightmare coming and leaving. An hour wait at passport control, did not know you had to fill a form in both ways, the passenger next to me on the plane very kindly explained the procedure and gave us 2 forms which was a great help. Surprised that Ryanair didn’t point this out on the plane or by e mail. Most people were filling them in at passport control which delayed things. We were met by our airport pickup which I arranged on the internet. A very efficient company and taken to our lovely hotel. So far so good.
On leaving the hotel to walk the 10minutes to the square, the noise and fumes of the traffic was horrendous, you could see a blue haze in the air. The square is interesting in the day time and amazing at night. Sheeps head and brains on the menu. Thank goodness we went all inclusive!
I have to say I heeded the warnings about crossing the road, as no one will stop for you. This city is not for the faint hearted, We used the same company that did our airport transfer for a trip into the Atlas Mountains, just the 2 of us in a lovely car, really enjoyed the trip, so interesting to see how the Berbers live and work. Decided not to brave the Medina and souk on our own so did a guided walk, which we were so glad we did, an amazing place, but the fumes from the scooters and trying to avoid getting run over in the narrow alleys spoiled things a bit, you have to do it though, it is so worth seeing. Don’t think we would have found our way out on our own. Thanks to warnings on this forum we managed to avoid being led into the Medina by men who tried to befriend us, one said he was a waiter from our hotel, so beware.
To sum up Marrakech. Glad I went, glad I survived, as crossing the road one time I really thought I wouldn’t make it to the other side, I was almost crying, Oh was ok he thought I was mad. If you have breathing problems I would say it’s not for you. We did have a lovely hotel with beautiful gardens, a real oasis from the madness. The city is amazing ,we also did a horse and carriage ride, don’t know how the scooters cars and horses manage to cope together on the roads but they do. If you think you can cope with the madness then go. I have to say 3 days was enough for me, the lovely weather helped, but the nights were chilly. I enjoyed it, but once was enough, I won’t be back.