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“Very interesting and MUST DO but be careful not to ask for help!”
Review of Marrakech Souk

Marrakech Souk
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3-Hour Marrakech Souks and Medina Walking Tour
Ranked #3 of 122 things to do in Marrakech
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Reviewed December 8, 2014

We went to the souks on our first day and it was great and very interesting but we got fouled by locals. They can spot tourists and even if you're not asking them where to go, they tell you they know where the souk is and they have to go anyways (for work or to see a family member) and then at the end they ask you for some money. Either be prepared to give money (as all is all they can help you find your way) or say NO straight away is someone is telling you to follow them. We also had one guy who showed us around and was taking some money form the people we bought stuff from. That's another way for them to get money. But make sure you know what you want before accepting help. Also, you have to bargain there. Maybe decrease the price by 50%. Be ready to leave the shop and come back later. Sometimes they will call you back and accept your last offer :)

Thank lem250
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Reviewed December 8, 2014 via mobile

When you are buying make sure you go down 1/3rd of the price they are giving you. You will get it somewhere close to it!
Good if you can speak French and Arabic. Our trip was a wonderful one. Don't miss the Hammam - a treat for yourself to take away all the pain. We had such a wonderful experience!

Thank Trek451013
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Reviewed December 6, 2014

fantastic days lost in the winding lanes and alleys, find the spice market and sit with a snack or just a drink and watch the world go by.i found this much more enjoyable than the main square and cheaper and cooler.

1  Thank Clinton T
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Reviewed December 6, 2014

One of several musts to visit. Get fun over bargaining but don't be intimidated. As a rule of thumb the fair price is about 1/3rd of the vendor's opening bid. Shake off anyone who wants to show you their sister's argan oil shop or offers to guide you anywhere.

1  Thank Helen G
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Reviewed December 6, 2014

My wife and I have just returned from a 4 day break in Marrakesh, Morocco. These breaks are currently being widely promoted in newspapers and magazines at present and ours turned out to be excellent value. We were fortunate to stay in a 5star Opera Plaza hotel which is adjacent to the Opera House and the newly built main railway station with its many cafes on the roof. Marrakesh is full of contrasts - the 500 year old city is enclosed by a wall and is known as the Medina. In it is a treasure trove of buildings, monuments and homes - the most remarkable part we found was the "Souk" with its myriad of ancient passageways, mostly undercover, housing craftsmen of every kind working in conditions that have not changed for centuries. There are a large number of specialised areas such as metal working, leatherworking, woodworking etc. encompassing every trade imaginable to provide for the thousands of local population. You emerge into a huge open market area- Place Jemaa El Fna where you are offered everything you might need including garments, shoes, headgear and even complete sets of false, or individual loose teeth. There are also snake charmers and owners of monkeys who are insistent that you hold one in your arms whist they take a photograph, or you can tour the Medina in a 2 horse open carriage. Two distinct cultures are represented everywhere, the original Berbers and Arabs, but also more than 25% of the city are Jewish, and this amazing mixture exists side by side in perfect harmony, speaking mainly Moroccan, Arabic, French and English. You really appreciate you are "abroad" but never feel nervous as you walk anywhere. Outside the Medina millions of Euros and Dollars have been spent in building a new totally modern city with all it has to offer in 21st century living. Overlooking this unique combination are the snowcapped Atlas Mountains shining brightly white in the sunshine against the azure sky. There is so much to see and all this for less than the cost of 4 days half board in an hotel in London, Birmingham or Manchester.

Thank william15
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