Marrakesh, a former imperial city in western Morocco and it is a major economic centre and home to mosques, palaces and gardens. When planning a trip to Marrakech, there are a couple of things you need to know before you head off to this beautiful city.
Here are some do’s and don’ts when visiting one of the most beautiful cities in Morocco.
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- Sleep in a Riad: There are plenty of fine riads in the middle of the Souk. A riad is a traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden or courtyard and it can be found in the hidden treasures in the narrow streets in the old part of Marrakech.
- Enjoy the typical Moroccan food: How can you think of going to Morrocco and not try the typical Moroccan food? On the street, you can buy cheap food and drinks on-the-go or go to different restaurants for an amazing dinner experience.
- Buy a lot and haggle: At the Souk(an Arab market or marketplace) you can buy many things, like carpets, leather bags, jewelry, shoes and so much more. The only thing you have to do is to argue, haggle and bargain. If you’re successful, you’ll get items 50 percent cheaper than they were called.
- Do not exchange money at the airport: Exchanging money at the airport is a very bad idea because they use a different exchange rate than the banks. It’s a much better idea to exchange your money at a bank in Morocco, where you can get cash for a reasonable exchange rate.
- Do not think everything in the markets is of high quality: Most times, it is difficult to tell the difference between all the treasures in the Souk, be aware that sometimes it is mixed with natural or even chemical and it will be passed off as high-quality material.
- Do not accept directions from strangers: The owners of many riads will all tell you to not accept directions from strangers, as they always want money. Always. When you are lost, just look for the nearest police officer and ask.
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