Navigate Marrakech with Confidence
Get insider travel tips and recommendations to make the most of your Marrakech adventure. Learn about local customs, transportation options, and more to ensure a smooth journey.
The sun can be intense sometimes in Marrakech, so don’t forget to pack sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat to protect yourself from the sun’s rays.
-Money and Cards:
We recommend carrying a combination of Moroccan Dirhams in cash and credit/debit cards during your stay. While many establishments in Marrakech accept card payments, it’s important to note that some smaller restaurants and shops may only accept cash. To ensure you have flexibility in your transactions, both ATMs and currency exchange facilities are readily available throughout the city. This way, you’ll be well-prepared to enjoy your time in Marrakech without any payment-related concerns.
-Backpack or Day Bag:
A small backpack or day bag is handy for carrying essentials while exploring the city.
-Local SIM Card:
If you want to use your phones while in Marrakech, you can consider purchasing a local SIM card for data and calls from the airport or from the selling points in the square of Jemaa elfna.you can also get one from the Riad upon early request.
-Comfortable Walking Shoes:
Marrakech’s medina (old town) has many narrow, uneven streets. Comfortable walking shoes are a must for exploring the city.
– Power Adapter :
In Morocco, we utilize European-style electric sockets, specifically Type C and Type E plugs. For guests arriving from countries that use different plug types, it may be necessary to have a power adapter on hand to charge their devices.
At Riad Marraplace, we understand the importance of staying connected and powered during your stay. To ensure your convenience, we offer power adapters to our guests, free of charge. However, please note that the availability of adapters may be limited due to high demand. We recommend requesting an adapter upon booking or check-in to secure one for your stay.
- Transportation Options:
Getting to Marrakech:
By Plane: Marrakech is served by Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK), which is well-connected to major international airports. Guests can book flights to Marrakech with various airlines. Upon arrival, they can take a taxi or airport shuttle to reach Riad Marraplace.
By Train: Guests can reach Marrakech by train, and the Marrakech Train Station is a convenient option. The ONCF (Office National des Chemins de Fer) operates the train services in Morocco, and tickets can be purchased at the station or online in advance. Trains offer a comfortable and scenic journey.
By Bus: There are reputable bus companies like CTM and SUPRATOURS that provide comfortable and reliable bus transportation to Marrakech from other Moroccan cities. Guests can book their bus tickets in advance, and these buses often have amenities like air conditioning.
Taxis: Taxis are a common mode of transportation within Marrakech. Guests can easily hail a taxi on the street or use ride-sharing apps. It’s important to negotiate the fare with the driver before getting in, as many taxis do not use meters. A taxi ride within the city center, including to the Majorelle Garden, typically costs around 20 to 30 Moroccan Dirhams (dh).
Horse-Drawn Carriages: For a unique and leisurely experience, guests can opt for horse-drawn carriage rides to explore the city. These carriages are often found near tourist areas and can provide an enjoyable tour of Marrakech.
City Buses: The city buses are a budget-friendly option for getting around. Guests can find bus stops, including one in front of the Koutoubia Mosque, within a 5-minute walk from Riad Marraplace. Bus routes cover various parts of the city.
Walking Distance to Monuments: Most of Marrakech’s famous monuments and attractions are within a walkable distance from Riad Marraplace. Guests can enjoy strolls through the historic streets and easily reach destinations like the Medina, Bahia Palace, and Saadian Tombs on foot.
- Navigating the Medina:
Medina Map: Upon arrival at Riad Marraplace, guests can receive a complimentary, easy-to-follow map of the Medina from our friendly reception staff. This map highlights key landmarks, streets, and attractions in this historic area, making it simpler for our guests to explore Marrakech.
Walking Tips: Exploring the Medina on foot is a delightful experience, and we encourage our guests to immerse themselves in its rich culture and atmosphere. To make the most of their walk, we recommend wearing comfortable shoes and staying hydrated, especially during warmer months.
Guided Assistance: Our dedicated staff is always ready to assist our guests. If you have any questions about navigating the Medina, landmarks, or anything else related to Marrakech, feel free to approach our team. To make your experience even more enjoyable, one of our staff members would be delighted to sit down with you over a complimentary tea. They can explain the map in detail, share tips on shopping, and provide insights into the main attractions of the city. This personalized guidance ensures that you have a memorable and enriching stay in Marrakech.
- Local Cuisine:
Food Recommendations: Marrakech is a culinary paradise, and we encourage our guests to indulge in the rich flavors of Moroccan cuisine. Here are some must-try Moroccan dishes:
Tagine: A slow-cooked stew featuring tender meat, poultry, or fish, infused with a blend of aromatic spices and served in a distinctive clay pot.
Couscous: A staple dish made from steamed semolina grains, often paired with vegetables, meat, or fragrant sauces.
Pastilla: A savory-sweet pastry filled with layers of flaky pastry, pigeon or chicken, almonds, and a dusting of powdered sugar and cinnamon.
Harira: A hearty soup made with tomatoes, lentils, chickpeas, and a blend of spices, typically enjoyed during Ramadan.
Mint Tea: A refreshing beverage made from green tea leaves, fresh mint, and sugar, commonly served as a gesture of hospitality.
- Shopping Advice:
Marrakech’s markets, known as souks, are a vibrant and exciting place to shop for unique souvenirs and local products. Bargaining is a common practice in Moroccan markets, and here are some tips to make your shopping experience enjoyable and fair:
Start with a Smile: Begin the bargaining process with a friendly greeting and a smile. Establishing a rapport with the vendor can go a long way.
Know Your Budget: Have a rough idea of how much you’re willing to pay for the item. It’s important to set a budget before you start negotiating.
Polite Haggling: Bargain respectfully and maintain a polite demeanor throughout the process. It’s a cultural exchange, and politeness is appreciated.
Counteroffer: When the vendor quotes a price, feel free to counteroffer with a lower price. Negotiation is expected, and the initial price is often higher than what the vendor expects to receive.
Be Patient: Bargaining can take time, so be patient and enjoy the process. If you’re not comfortable with the final price, it’s okay to walk away. Vendors may call you back with a better offer.
Marrakech offers a wealth of high-quality, handcrafted items. Here are some recommendations for items to look for when shopping in the souks:
Moroccan Rugs: Handwoven rugs and carpets with intricate designs and vibrant colors are a popular choice. Look for quality and craftsmanship.
Ceramic: Moroccan pottery is renowned for its beauty. You can find exquisite hand-painted ceramics, including plates, bowls, and tagine cookware.
Spices: Marrakech’s spice markets are a sensory delight. Purchase aromatic spices like saffron, cumin, and ras el hanout to bring the flavors of Morocco home.
Leather Goods: Leather products such as bags, belts, and shoes are of excellent quality. Look for genuine leather and craftsmanship.
Textiles: Moroccan textiles, including fabrics, scarves, and clothing, often feature intricate patterns and embroidery.
Shopping in Marrakech’s markets is an adventure in itself, and we encourage you to explore the diverse array of products available. Don’t hesitate to ask our staff for recommendations on reputable shops and guidance on finding quality items. Happy shopping!