In Marrakesh, you live a mix of sensations. Some are good, others not so much. Marrakesh is a city of contrasts and where the cultural differences are evident. It is important to take some things into consideration before heading to the “red city” but don’t worry, we prepared a list for you with some tips that will help you to get the best experience from Marrakesh!
Be very careful when crossing the streets
It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to cross the main street or an alley with 1 meter wide, you should always be careful! Motorcycles, bikes and wheelbarrows are everywhere and they don’t stop. Who’s walking by foot is the one that has to stop, otherwise is at risk of being ran over.
Don’t let yourself be tricked by the snakes and the monkeys
In Jemna El Fna square, there are many demonstrations with snakes and monkeys. People with those animals are always trying to put them on everyone. Try to avoid this because they only take the animals after you gave them a big tip.
Always negotiate before you buy something
Everything in Marrakesh is negotiable. Never buy something before negotiating the price because usually you can reduce one or two zeros to the price. Going to Marrakesh and not negotiating prices is like going to Rome and not seeing the Pope.
Be careful when taking photos
It is very important to be careful when you’re taking photos because the Moroccan people hate to be photographed. Even if you’re not taking photos of them but they think that are being photographed, they will address you with some aggressiveness to make sure you delete the photos.
Don’t be scared with the prayers
In Marrakesh, people pray five times a day and two times are during dawn. Imagine what it is to be sleeping and suddenly starting to hear voices in arabic. It is a little scarier because you don’t know what’s going on but after the first prayer you get used to it.
The menu is always the same
Moroccan food is always the same. They vary between couscous, tanjine, harire (soup), briouettes and pastillas. The drink is also always the same, mint tea.
Euro is well accepted
In Morocco, the official coin is the dirham but they accept euros everywhere. It is very common to pay in dirham and receive the change in euros.
The smell is very intense
I believe most of the Moroccan don’t usually take showers. The smell of sweat is a constant, mixed with the diesel on the street, horse waste, smoke from food is not a pleasant mixture. On the other hand, the smell of spices and natural parfums is very nice.
The Moroccan can be very annoying
You need to have patience to go to Marrakesh. The life goal of the Moroccan people is to foist things on tourists. From the restaurantes’ employees that cross in front of people to introduce the menus, the sellers from souks that run after the tourists to try to sell something, the “guides” that want to show places that only them know about…
Besides these tips, there are others that you also need to take into account, such as, always drink bottled water, leave tips, don’t wear clothes that are too short, buy a travel insurance, respect the habits and costumes of the places and, also very important, travel with an open mind and available to a different culture!
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