Feel the heat of the streets as you roam through markets, wander through botanical gems and explore Morocco’s captivating city. Discover sensational architecture, vibrant colours and delicious cuisine at every corner.
The beautifully mysterious city of Marrakech will entice your senses. Book flights to Marrakech and venture to the jungle of souks in Medina. Find vibrant scarves, scented spices, tropical teapots and charming trinkets. On your holidays to Marrakech, make your way to Djemaa El-Fna square and watch snake charmers enchant cobras, then sip on herbal teas from the traditional healers. Listen to the compelling calls to prayer from the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque. Stroll through the stunning Majorelle Garden and visit the boutique for Majorelle slippers embroidered with Yves Saint Laurent. Explore the areas outside of the Medina, like the glamorous French-feeling Guéliz in the Ville Nouvelle. For adventure outside the city, see the spectacular views of the sublime Atlas Mountains, or visit a Berber camp.
Exchange pounds into Dirham (MAD) before you get to Morocco, and take cash with you into Marrakech. There are very few cash points that accept foreign cards in the Medina. Most are located around the Djemaa el-Fna. Shops will seldom accept card payments. 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.
In the souks, in taxis and at cafés it’s usual to haggle. Be calm, smile and don’t be afraid. 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, you may well be followed with a better offer.
Dress modestly. Morocco is a Muslim country and has traditions regarding clothing. 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. Avoid public displays of affection, especially near religious buildings. For further advice, check with the Foreign Office before you travel.