Medina of Marrakesh
Medina of Marrakesh
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  • Rschagrin
    Delray Beach, Florida16,964 contributions
    Happening Place
    We went at night when the Medina comes alive with snake charmers, performers, musician, and vendors. The square is surrounded by streets selling the normal tourist items plus lots of shoe & sneaker stores plus clothing stores. Be prepared to bargain and watch out for pick pockets.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 2 March 2023
  • Jason
    Le Dorat, France30 contributions
    30th Wedding anniversary short Break
    Short break to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. Booked for nights at a Riad. What are extremely vibrant and busy town. The markets are absolutely chaos. You have to have eyes in the back of your head as the scooters and motorbikes run up and down the small side streets at some speed. This is quite off putting, but on the four days we were there. We did not see anyone get hit by a vehicle. You need to work out which bars sell alcohol as there are various bars and restaurants that do not sell alcohol. The ones that we attended all extremely clean and the food was absolutely excellent. All staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Strongly recommend in doing the balloon trip over the Atlas Mountains at sunrise. This was absolutely breathtaking and myself and my wife loved it. We also did the waterfall trip which even though was an extremely long day. It was very enjoyable as it gave us a break from walking around the markets and also extremely good value for money. The lunch at the waterfall restaurant is thrown upon you. You need to tell them before they start serving that you don’t want any lunch, but for 20 dinar, it was quite nice and reasonably priced. Would recommend downloading this app mapsme you can use this app without having any Internet . There is a slight lag while in close inside the markets, but you’ve just got to be a little patient. While in the markets, there is no hassle of any of the stallholders they’re all extremely polite, and if you don’t want to barter, you just need to say no, and I’ll leave you alone. Even though at first, it’s quite intimidating, the actual local people are all extremely friendly and nice. One in the markets do not be pulled in by the ladies that do the henna tattoos. They want to charge you a lot of money and the work and detail is extremely poor. Is there a cashpoint machine is dotted around the area and there is a limit on how much you can take out. It’s a close currency so it is best to try and get rid of all your money before leaving the country unless you’re going back. Overall, we had a fantastic four days and would highly recommend going to Marrakesh on a short break . PS. Had a shave at a barbershop with a cutthroat, razor highly recommend it fantastic shave.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 March 2023
  • drjem2018
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom50 contributions
    Pressure to buy
    The medina of marrakesh is a full on sensory experience. It is very colourful and highly scented (with spice and dried flower stalls). The sellers are very keen to entice you into their little shops and this makes browsing difficult. Most articles dont have a price and this can feel awkward. We found that no one haggled.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 March 2023
  • PR Vagabond
    San Juan, Puerto Rico273 contributions
    First time trip to Marrakech - stay in a Riad in the Medina, forget the hotels
    Not spending your time in the Medina while in Marrakech would be like going to NYC and not visiting Manhattan. It is everything is promises to be and more. You will see the best of Marrakech as well as people from all over the world. For good reason - a place that should be on everyone's bucket list.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 9 March 2023
  • Peter H
    United Kingdom60 contributions
    Medina of Marrakesh - a personal walkabout
    The Medina is a Wow! I couldn't get enough of the place and on one day walked 16000 steps! There a literally thousands of bazaars, big, small and tiny, selling everything you can think of and some things that will prompt you to look away . The people are friendly and all very keen indeed to relieve you of your Dirhams. We bought a few things, all at far less than the requested price. Offer a third, haggle a bit then tell them 'there are other places selling the same' and walk out. You'll be stopped for sure! Top tips - 1. Walk on the right and avoid any sudden deviation. You might otherwise walk in front of an impatient moped rider or a donkey cart. 2. Stand still for a moment to study your map or phone and you will be pounced on by a 'guide' who might walk with you for a minute, likely not where you want to go, and demand money. 3. Avoid the monkey handlers and snake charmers. They will drape a poor animal around you, ask you for your phone to take a photo and then..sorry..you've been scammed! You won't get your phone back without parting with a crazy amount of money. 4. Avoid the Henna ladies. They will paint your hands for a few minutes and then..sorry..you've been scammed! 5. The leather goods are tanned using traditional methods, shocking when you research it(!) The goods look great but could smell terrible, especially the camel hide slippers. An unmissable experience! Don't let anybody ruin your day.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 11 March 2023
  • heleneansell
    Plymouth, United Kingdom8 contributions
    Never changing
    I came here as a 6 year old back in the 60's and turned in 2023 quite bit older and the memories were all still there. The square is full of life, traditional snake charmers and fruit sellers. A fitting end to a stroll round the souk.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 14 March 2023
  • Mike S
    9 contributions
    Jemma El Fna
    This place is quite mad! So much going on, you’ll need a couple of visits to take it all in. You also ‘must’ visit at night, lots of different food stalls and performers.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 16 March 2023
  • Ed Longley
    Guildford, United Kingdom633 contributions
    Amazing sensory and shopping experience
    Exploring the souks in the medina is an amazing way to experience some of Marrakesh. The sellers are friendly, non-pushy, and there’s a world of things to buy. The moped fumes can get a bit much, but apart from that, set aside some time to get lost, and enjoy!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 March 2023
  • Rose787
    Shrewsbury, United Kingdom18 contributions
    In the thick of it
    A sight and sound explosion of the senses. Have fun, smile and don’t be afraid to barter. Amazing food stalls, be selective sheeps heads and offal abound . But grills and taglines, lots of juice sellers
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 March 2023
  • Terri B
    26 contributions
    Exactly what you have heard about
    We stayed right in the Medina. It's as crazy as you hear. There are no cars, but you are constantly dodging motorbikes and bicycles. We felt safe exploring as a group. We had an organized walking tour to start, and that was well worth it.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 31 March 2023
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Regína B
Reykjavik, Iceland4 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Went from Agadir to Marrakesh and did the walking tour of the old Medina. It was really good to have a tour guide as the Medina is a labyrinth in itself. Also good to get tips as to what to watch out for and what is safe. We got a very good and informative quick history lesson from our wonderful tour guide, Akram. He also guided us to a rooftop restaurant that served traditional Moroccan tagine that was really tasty. On our free time we wanted to visit the Bahia palace but it was unfortunately closed due to some filming that day. But instead had fun in the buzzing market square, bargaining, snake taming and people watching.

All in all we had a very fun time and learned a lot about the Moroccan people.
Written 13 February 2024
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Ilovetravel
Birmingham, UK371 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
We have just visited for the third time and this place never changes. During the day you will find snake charmers and chaps with monkeys (both quite cruel how they keep them), also food stalls, dancers etc...all very touristy!
A great way to watch the action is from one of the many roof terrace cafes, particularly as the sun is setting. This is when many, many stalls set up for the evening and turn the square into a huge open air restaurant which you should try atleast once during your stay.
BEWARE... these stalls used to be super cheap but try to rip you off nowadays, most have menus if you ask... so always order from menu. Enjoy.
Written 29 January 2024
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johnhp702
Derby, UK18,583 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Wandering around the Medina is an experience like no other, sounds, fabulous smells, stalls selling all kinds of items, scooters zig zagging along the narrow alleys and of course the donkeys pulling carts, its mayhem but so enjoyable and not to be missed.
Written 15 January 2024
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BritDesi
London, UK27 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
felt like a typical asian market, lot of buzz, small lanes, huge array of small shops, street artists..etc

some tips to survive

1. Start with 1/3rd of whatever price you get quoted. everyone is out there to get you pay a lot higher. as a shop keeper said, Europeans bargain max 10-15% of the price they get quoted, without releasing the price is so inflated, that they would still lose out big time. 1/3rd or even 1/4th is the best way to start. walk away if you are not getting a deal. walk deep as all shops sell the same stuff. you will eventually hit a bargain. it is like a game of your patience to buy in the price range of your choice.
2. beware - crowded places is good for pick pockets - cash and phones in front pockets. also watch out to the small scooters which zip past even in these small lanes.
3. don't eat or buy before you agree on the price. eg : we had an issue with a man selling corn , who quoted 3 dirhams for one. as we started buying 5, a random stranger walks in and makes the shop guy change the price to 10 per....it is very common across morrocco, even in shops who are selling biscuits and water. you will see a lot of comments on scammers. it is what it is. ask 2-3 times whether the price they are saying is for the whole or 1.
Written 9 January 2024
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AvidTraveler12
Winchester, UK1,828 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
The Medina in Marrakech is one for the bucket list, it covers a huge area, at its heart is the Djemaa El Fna. Full of hustle & bustle and selling genuine antiques to tourist crap and many things in-between. The sights and smells are a wonder to behold. The Riyad where we stayed was in the middle of the Medina.
Written 8 January 2024
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Daisy Z
Corona, CA145 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
The place was very crowded and very lively. We were there around 4pm and sunset was around 5pm. You could definitely finish the entire plaza in 1-2 hours. Its recommended to exchange your dollars around this plaza since the exchange rate was a better deal than other places. Also, keep in mind do NOT take pictures of the people playing with monkeys, if they saw you taking a picture they would ask for payment. We also got confronted by shop keepers when we tried to take their pictures. Apparently, people here believe in dark magic and there was one type of dark magic that trap people's face inside a photo and curse people so that's why the locals hate it when you try to take their photos. Watch out for your pockets near the plaza, this is where most of pickpockets happen but other than that, you are quite safe. We also went to a tea place near the center of the plaza, you go to the roof top and you could view the entire plaza.
Written 4 January 2024
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Miguel S
1 contribution
Jan 2024 • Couples
Aggressive, rude, annoying people asking for money all the time .

They scamming you with such a joy it’s in their DNA.

I don’t recommend going there you can buy same stuff from internet for half of the price.
Written 3 January 2024
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Hawaiian Canuck
Vancouver, Canada1,369 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
This Medina is so iconic that you have to go a few times to experience all the atmosphere and humanity that is a part of it. For me, I found that I could not handle the crowds, the constant pushy sales tactics, the never-ending stream of shopping crazed tourists, the substandard products and just the tackiness of some of the areas.

Go and get lost in the Medina - the best places are on the periphery…the small quiet corners away from the main shopping souks where the locals live. I loved turning a corner and finding a small garden, a sumptuous architectural marvel or a little leather store with the owner craftsperson making their wares on the front step.
Written 3 January 2024
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Royale
London, UK107 contributions
The Medina if Marrakech is a place where you are consyantly approched by vendors to buy something. They will say absolutely anything to get you into their shops, " cheap as chips", " hey sister", "love your bag, shoes, bracelet, whatever you have on", "cheap as asda, cheap as primark" "almost free"..you have to tell them what you want to pay..NEVER give them what they ask for as it it usually 3 times more than what you should expect to pay. If you are a bargain hunter, you can get good deals..but if not, you will just get bumped! They are extremely friendly and charming but can get nasty when you talk them done..not all, but some vendors can be abit rude. Just laugh and move onto the next. This place is never ending, you always have choices and will ckme across so many new parts of the medina no matter how many times you go. Have fun, as it is alot of fun..and remember, Bargain hunt..thats the joy of Marrakech! 🤩
Written 2 January 2024
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thatnyctraveler
New York City, NY88 contributions
Dec 2023 • Friends
You have to do this experience it’s incredible. Even if you don’t buy anything, you should look during the day versus the night. It’s a different marketplace. I recommend that you go deep into the souk to purchase your items. Don’t buy as you see things entering because you see things repeatedly; however, the wholesalers are at the very back where the best prices are. You should always bargain. They give you a price, but you cut that price in half and meet them in the middle, never giving them what they ask for, except maybe where the wholesalers are. They work hard making the items, so do what you must do based on your wallet. If you don’t want to buy anything, ignore them, be kind, say thank you, no thank you, and move on. You can find lots of authentic stuff and a whole bunch of knockoffs, so buyers beware. That’s why I recommend you shop where the artisans are, meaning the people making the items. Purchase heaviest items on your way out. Be careful of the motorcycles cause they’ll ring you over. You don't need a guy either since they'll bring you to friends that have fixed prices for you. Explore on your own and have a great time.
Written 26 December 2023
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