EASY FLIGHTS TO MARRAKECH
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Flights to Marrakech
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Marrakech is Morocco’s iconic and enigmatic walled city, full of old-world charm and exotic mystery. Experience a sensory overload as you wander its labyrinthine streets and vibrant markets searching for that perfect pair of jewel-topped slippers.
Marrakech has been a trading post for hundreds of years, the maze of souks in the Medina selling everything from spices and gold to pots and pans. Discover the stories of Djemma el-Fna square, watch snake charmers as you sip mint tea and listen to the captivating calls to prayer from the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque. Explore the areas outside of the Medina, like the glamorous French-feeling Guéliz in the Ville Nouvelle. Or venture to the relaxing gardens of La Palmeraie, where you’ll find luxury hotels amid the tree-lined boulevards. For those looking to escape the city, you can experience the spectacular views of the sublime Atlas Mountains, or visit a Berber camp. Our flights to Marrakech will have you there in no time.
Exchange pounds into Dirham (MAD) before you get to Morocco, and take cash with you into Marrakech. There are very few cash points in the Medina, they are located around the Djemaa el-Fna but often they will not accept foreign cards. Shops will seldom accept card payments, unless they are high-street chains or big-name restaurants. The Dirham is a closed currency, so you will not be able to change back to sterling on departure. So get yourself a bargain in one of the souks.
Morocco is a Muslim country and has traditions regarding clothing. Dress respectfully and modestly. Men should try to cover shoulders and have knee length shorts, at least. Women are advised to wear longer skirts or shorts, have neck and shoulders covered and it is recommended to keep hair covered in rural areas. If women choose to wear a djellaba (a long, loose garment), you will be treated with more respect by Moroccan men, and be able to keep cool from the hot sun.
Try not to follow sign posts in the Medina, as they are wrong and will get you lost. If you need directions, ask a policeman or souk owner, but do not let anyone ‘guide’ the way. They will likely take you to a shop where you will be ‘obliged’ to buy something or give monetary rewards. The best way is to ask the shop owners to point you in the right direction. Whilst it can be unnerving, getting lost is one of the pleasures of Marrakech.
Marrakech’s road systems can only be described as chaotic. Cars, mopeds, donkeys pulling carts, even big delivery trucks bustle through the city. Add a non-existent traffic system and you understand the need to be alert. If you get lost in the city, catch a cab. They are cheap, but you should agree on the price before you get in – 30 dirham should get you anywhere within the Medina. Keep money kept safe, preferably in a money belt, just to be cautious.
A few things to know before bartering in Marrakech. Be calm, smile and don’t be afraid – it is just a bit of fun. Shopkeepers often speak a lot of languages, so don’t presume they can’t understand. Offer fair prices, as they are trying to earn a living – about half of the opening price is a good place to aim. Finally, walk away if you think they are ripping you off, they will often follow with a better offer. You can haggle with taxis, souks and also at cafés.
Look like you know where you are going, even if you don’t. Never tell anyone where you are staying. Don’t accept offers for tea, as this is an opening gambit. Be polite but firm when saying no – ‘la shukran’ (no, thank you) or ‘mish eise hagga’ (I don’t want anything) will often work. Women should travel in pairs or groups, avoid physical contact with men, and wear modest clothes. However, if you are touched inappropriately, shout ‘Shooma’ (shame on you) and locals will intervene on your behalf.