For those that are looking for a fun and exciting place to visit on their next holiday, consider Marrakech, Morocco. This wonderful city has a lot to offer. When seeking information about the area you will find that the common advice is to make sure that you wear clothing that is modest as this is a Muslim country, make sure that you do not use the black henna, and when in the souks you will want to haggle over prices. Here are some other, less common insights that you should be aware of when travelling to Marrakech.
Getting Moroccan Money
When exchanging your money it is actually better to do so in Morocco. The exchange rate in London is often a bit worse than it is in Morocco. Additionally, there are ATMs located throughout the country so you will be able to use your bankcard from the United Kingdom as well as bank cards from other countries.
It is hot in Marrakech. However, it is a dry heat, which is not as bad as the humid, hot summers that are seen in other places throughout the world. With a dry heat it is important to make sure that you drink plenty of water. The nice thing is that the air is dry, which makes you want to drink anyway. Avoid alcohol and sugary drinks as they tend to make you more dehydrated.
It is a good idea to bring a compass with you when travelling the streets of Medina. While this sounds a bit weird, a compass can be very useful as the streets are narrow and there are very few landmarks. The souks are extremely difficult to navigate and the shopkeepers are only going to give you directions if you make a purchase.
It is also important to be careful while you are walking through the streets as there are few sidewalks and you will have to share the streets with bikers, people on mopeds, cars, and even some donkeys.
Where to Stay in Marrakech
There are several choices of where to stay while travelling in Marrakech. Riad Magellan offers a great small boutique hotel located near the heart of the area. The hotel offers cooking classes, as well as other great amenities to the people who stay there.
Another boutique hotel that is worth consideration is the Riad Dar Karma. The hotel is small with only three rooms and three suites, but sits in the middle of the historical centre of Marrakech. It is easy to access with your car, but once you are there the best way to get around is by foot. A taxi is another great option if you want to explore even more of the city.
The Dar Najat is a favourite among tourists as well. The hotel has an extremely friendly staff who will do your ironing and washing for a small charge. Breakfast is served when you are ready for it and consists of fresh orange juice, coffee, eggs, pancakes, fruit, and breads.
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