Wander the Marrakech Medina

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    Added by Kyle Frost

    The medina is Marrakech’s old city, and one of the top attractions in Morocco. Enclosed by 19-kilometers of pink walls built around 1122, the whole city used to be inside the walls.

    There is an endless array of shops, narrow alleys, food, and more to explore. Every corner and street is different and the best way I can recommend to experience it is to...get lost. You really don't need a guide. I recommend the app MapMe, which has almost all of the tiny alleys and streets in the Medina. Whenever we felt like getting back to the main drag or heading home, we jus pulled out the app and were on our way.

    The Medina is truly one of the most photogenic places I've ever visited, but you'll have to do a bit of exploring to find those perfect moments that aren't surrounded by a million people.

    Marrakech Medina Tips

    - If you're here to shop, be prepared to walk away to get the best prices. I've traveled a lot of places where you're expected to haggle, but Marrakech put them all to shame. I think because there are *so many* tourists here all the time, shop owners tend to start at exorbitant (think 10x or more what the 'reasonable' price is) prices because occasionally someone is naive enough to bite. Go low, really low, and then be prepared to walk off to see how much lower the price will get.

    - There's great light all the time in the Medina, but head out in the mornings if you're trying to get a few photos with less people around.

    - If you're truly looking to explore, prepare to walk. A lot. I tracked our morning wander one day and we hit 10 miles pretty easily. 

    - Most people speak English, French, and Arabic fluently

    - Stop somewhere random for a cup of mint tea. Make it spontaneous.

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    3 months ago

    Especially interesting if you like street photography

    I am not into shopping but I very much enjoy witnessing the city life of other cultures, especially as I like to photograph. In that context, the Marrakesh medina is an excellent place to be as it is full of life, colourful and full of experiences (if you let yourself be carried out). Compared to Fez, it is not as genuine or special, but on the other hand, it is far easier to walk without being carried out by an almost running crowd and people are generally more open and much more accepting in seeing you photographing here and there (especially if you try to photograph people). I enjoyed the street food as well and also the smells from the spices (though in some places they can be overwhelming). I totally agree with the OP that you should be prepared to walk a lot!

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