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Marrakesh, Morocco

Wander the Marrakech Medina

Originally 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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