23 July 2019

Marrakech Tourism Tips & Taboos

Marrakech tourism is exhilarating but travellers should know some important tips and taboos before arriving. 

Marrakech is one of the most tourist-friendly destinations in the world. The Red City has opened its doors to travellers for several decades, and millions of visitors continue to explore its meandering alleyways and majestic historical sites. 

With that said, it’s worthwhile knowing how to make the most of the city as it is easy to get overwhelmed by its vibrant scenery. Also, it is still very much steeped in tradition and there are taboos that you should be aware of so as to not violate them. If you’re planning to visit Morocco soon, here is some Marrakech tourism advice that will keep you and your family safe and comfortable during the trip. 

Marrakech Tourism Tips

Marrakech is a very active and colourful place that is both exciting and at times confusing, so it helps to know a few pointers before you arrive.

Getting Around the City of Marrakech 

The first image of Marrakech that might appear in your mind are the sights and sounds of bustling marketplaces in the old city (Medina). However, the city is a busy metropolitan centre, which at times, resembles its more congested counterparts such as Casablanca and Rabat. Ultimately, the city is a unique juxtaposition of old and new, providing travellers with a few options in terms of manoeuvring through the city. 

Know the Most Kid-Friendly Spots 

Travelling to Marrakech for a honeymoon or a solo adventure is one thing – travelling to Marrakech with kids is completely different. When deciding what to do in Marrakech with kids, especially younger ones, it’s vital to know what activities will appeal to them. Fortunately, there are many things to do in Marrakech that will engage young travellers. Here at Le Farnatchi, we offer access to several experiences that kids will enjoy. 

There are several other activities for your kids to enjoy. For younger kids, especially those ages 7-10, activities such as attending an astronomy workshop will provide spectacular views of the starry night sky above. This will take place outside the main city where there is little light pollution to drown out the celestial lights. If you have kids who love animals and performance theatrics, make sure to visit Jemaa El-Fnaa where they can see snake charmers, monkeys doing tricks, and traditional street dances. 

Learn Some Basic Phrases 

It is always a good idea to brush up on the local languages before visiting a foreign land. The city caters very well to English (and French) speakers, but learning a few basic Arabic phrases will make it easier to interact with vendors and guides. Here are some simple expressions:

To say “Hello”: “As-salaam alaykom”

To say “Excuse Me, Sorry”: “smhelier”

To say “Thank You”: “Shukran”

To say “Bye”: “Ma‘a as-salāma”

Of course, these phrases are mainly for greetings and conversation sign-offs, but using them with locals can make them more facilitating towards you.

Marrakech Travel Advice for Safety & Comfort

Marrakech still holds on strongly to its cultural values and traditions. It is important to prepare yourself to be immersed in a new cultural landscape before travelling. Here are some things to keep in mind while in Marrakech. 

Marrakech Travel Advice to For Safety and Fun

Your stay in Marrakech should be an unforgettable one. By following these guidelines, you’ll give yourself and your family an opportunity to enjoy some of the city’s most exciting activities. More importantly, you will avoid committing taboo actions that can lead to embarrassment or negative interactions with the locals. Ultimately, your journey to the Red City will be a trip of a lifetime that you will always cherish.

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Marrakech Tourism Tips & Taboos