Commerce and orient madness in Marrakech



"Yaay, now we know the way back!"

It was a true achievement when we learned how to get from the centre of Marrakech medina (old town) back to the place we stayed in. I was so excited that I loudly denied a local boy's request to help us with getting from that brown houses labyrinth. One thing you should know for sure - these gestures of gard usually should be paid for in shiny, or rather in paper dirhams. In order to spend less, learn how to navigate in medina - be attentive of little things - posters, signs, minarets and so on, or make a photo of every turn in your way.
However, it's wonderful to walk through medina streets hiding several treasures. These are some of them:


1. Jemaa El Fnaof course. Who didn't visit this square, they didn't visit Marrakech. You simply must see all that chaos, noise, lots of goods everywhere. It's full of life really.


I strictly refused to support "vendors" of animal photos - monkeys and snakes that torture those poor animals for few euros (we saw one dragging a monkey tied around her neck through the ground of the square).
However, I totally recommend uplifting yourself (literally) on a nice terrace with a view. Instead of Café Glacier with awful service and only about 5 drinks to choose from, where most of tourists head to watch sunset, I recommend nearby restaurant El Waha.


2. Medersa Ben Youssef would surely be a beautiful showcase of Moroccan culture, if it wasn't closed by 2020 due to a reconstruction. Despite of that, it wasn't a wasted time to go there. Right opposite stands a nice cultural place where (in the time of our visit) took place an interesting exhibition. It's called Fondation Dar Bellarj Maison Des Cigognes.
3. On the way to medressa, there's one more interesting place - Herboriste des amis herborist of friends. 
And that's how we felt there! A friendly shop assistant showed us this place, so much alike to any shop in Diagon Alley. He behaved non-obtruding unlike of others and we could smell and touch everything and he even prepared us tea. If you're in Morocco searching for beauty and health, it's a must see.


4. A different tranquil experience could be found also in Jardin Majorelle gardens, which were once home to Yves Saint Laurent. It's no wonder why he liked it there - they're full of colors, ornaments, beautiful plants...

5. Bored from city rush? Visit parc Lalla Hasna near Kasbach. It's a place of tranquility and nature beauty.


USEFUL TIPS
AIRPORT TRANSFER - Service through rideaways was fine enough for us. Drivers were alwayson the place on time. 
FOOD - I personally liked chickpea soup  harira and sweet cakes and didn't like fatty bean soup bissara and little pies filled with something that looked like pasta. You can eat for cheap on Jemaa, be prepared for heavy persuasion though - everybody wants you in their food stand. The best drink after the meal is orange fresh juice, which is really cheap.
IN MEDINA, always walk on the right side. This tip comes useful along other people, donkeys, motorcycles etc going through narrow streets.
ON MARKET, you will need persistence to negotiate. Very rarely have goods there rigid price, you need to be patient.
Download theapp with Marrakesh map, which will help you with navigating through the streets without google maps.
At last, watch the  video with our Marrakesh adventure:

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