What to do in Marrakesh Marrakech
Replies: 16 - Last Post: Mar 19, 2012 7:37 AM Last Post By: Marocfan
Mar 16, 2012 11:30 AM
What to do in Marrakesh MarrakechHi guys,
I have been to Marrakesh on numerous occasions but I feel like there is not much to do for a couple in Marrakesh... we will be spending a week in Marrakesh late March and I am running out of ideas of activities/eating places during our stay. Thanks in advance for your help
Mar 16, 2012 11:58 AM
1"running out of ideas"
I'm sure Marocfan will be along shortly to set you right...
You don't say what your interests are; I'm not a great city fan so I would be heading for the hills for at least one overnight stay at Imlil.
Another less active choice would be an overnight trip to Essaouira on the coast. Or an overnight trip over the Atlas mountains to Telouet and Ait Benhaddou.
Mar 16, 2012 2:37 PM
2If feeling jaded in Marrakesh, go to the bus station at Place Bab Doukkala, and try out one of the public service buses on a three hour trip to Essaouira, this will give you an introduction to third-world transport at its worst, but all human life is here, hustlers, hawkers,beggars,plying their trade up and down the gangway, each time the bus makes a rest stop, although there are not too many on this route, the bus usually completes the journey non-stop.
Essaouira is a relief from the frenetic pace of the cities, much more relaxed, and offers great hikes along miles of deserted beaches, the north one being my favourite. Seafood is as fresh as it gets, and in the evening there are lots of bars for a civilised 'pub crawl', and not a 'lager lout or hooray henry' in sight!
The perfect destination..........Miguel
Mar 16, 2012 5:03 PM
Mar 16, 2012 5:12 PM
4Yes better, I am stuck with Marrakesh since I have to visit the family... I would however consider a lamb brain in Jamaa Lafna in lieu of a a brain transplant:)
Mar 16, 2012 5:13 PM
Mar 16, 2012 5:51 PM
Mar 17, 2012 2:27 AM
I didn't realise you were Moroccan either, if you can get a visa, why not take a holiday in my country, Scotland, where you can enjoy endless daily rainfall, cold damp grey days, crime-infested city streets, some areas of which are no-go areas at night, because of Buckfast-drinking Neds (non-educated delinquents) drug addicts aggressively demanding money for their next fix, streets filthy with litter, and at weekends drunks everywhere, whose dialect of the English language you would find incomprehensible. Don't expect any rescue by the police, they only carry a stick and aerosol pepper spray (no guns allowed here).
So Boho, are you sure you are bored with Marrakesh? If I was a rich bloke, I would swop countries with you tomorrow (hope my lottery ticket comes up tonight)
Mar 17, 2012 6:51 AM
8miguel, that sounds like many areas of the USA! So appealing!
Mar 17, 2012 11:07 AM
9Marocfan, I live in the Midwest; Minneapolis and it is safer here than Marrakesh from my experience. To give you an example, I would leave my car open here where ever I go BUT will not do it in any major city in Morocco! I think Minneapolis/St Paul in the US but most of the Midwest is safer than Morocco. I do not know about Scotland but I am sure there are good and bad areas in all countries; Poverty is high in Morocco and people are sometimes left without options/income so you have robbery everywhere. They broke into my car 2 years ago in Fez while I was enjoying a coffee 100 ft from the car! They stole everything they could see (I was lucky I had the idea to keep my camera and paperwork under the seat:) ...This has never happened to me here in the US (in over 11 years).
Mar 17, 2012 5:48 PM
10I grew up in the Midwest...and disagree. Crime is everywhere in big cities, including the Twin Cities. You just have been lucky. And I have not had any crime problems in Morocco...maybe I have just been lucky. But I would worry if I were in Casablanca.
Mar 17, 2012 7:46 PM
Mar 18, 2012 6:41 AM
12Yup, been there. Beautiful in the fall when the leaves are turning. Miserable in the cold, snowy winter. And in the summer you can go to the leach-infested lakes nearby. But of course it does have the Mall of America. The violent crime rate is 15th highest among the 50 US states, according to the FBI crime statistics.
Mar 18, 2012 8:41 AM
13Always ranks among top places to live in the US. Lived here for 11 year and only been to MOA ONCE. Clean air (much much cleaned than any place in Morocco!). Crime, I do not agree with you; I do know how they base their statistics! The most pristine lakes in the world (Boundary waters), so many parks and REAL 4 SEASONS:)
Mar 18, 2012 3:16 PM
14If you don't visit MOA at least once a month they may kick you out of Minnesota LOL.
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