Marrakech

Marrakech



With its rich and long history, Marrakech could be compared to a shining disco ball, each of its facets reflecting a different aspect of this vibrant city. The Medina, the Kasbah, the Mellah, the Palmeraie, the Gueliz and the Hivernage – each has its own unique identity and ‘crowd’.

People love Marrakech because it offers whatever you came for: rest, business, hip parties (if you’re into that) or just enjoying the abundant joie de vivre, modernity and the fragrant Arabian nights. Within a few hours’ flight from Europe, one finds an instant escape from the home environment.

Marrakech hosts many cultural events, including the International film festival (FIFM), the Montreux Jazz festival and the Art Biennale created by Vanessa Branson. Yes, Richard’s sister.

Marrakech is a city full of glamour and tales. The ghost of Yves St Laurent hovers over the city, but it does not seem to influence the street storytellers of the Jeema El Fna Square, who continue to practice their centuries-old art with an undeterred passion.


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    Business 4. Copyright does not really exist in Morocco. Hence choose your supliers very carefully if you aim exclusivity.

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    Business 3. Moroccans are reliable but they do not necessarily respect delivery deadlines.

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    Business 2. The secret for bargaining the right way and getting a good deal: know the cost of life and the local prices first.

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    Moroccan mint tea. The Moroccan mint tea is an institution, an « art de vivre » and a sign of hospitality. A well-behaved Moroccan will always offer you a mint tea. So it is better for you not to refuse it. In the souk or in a palace, there should be no risk…

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    Drinks. Mint tea and fruit juices are the most common drinks in Morocco. In you feel like having a glass of wine or a cocktail, hotels are the best places.

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    Transport. Marrakech has a very eclectic transport system. For details see Practicalities

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    Business 1. Patience is a top quality to have if you do business in Morocco.

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    Safety ? At night it is not unsafe but avoid to walk alone.

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Shopping :

Marrakech, a heaven for the shopping addicts.

The crafts are numerous and colorful.

Allow some empty space in your suitcase because the temptations will be numerous: divine beauty & spa products (soaps, argan oil, herbs, Ghassoul…), embroidered babouches (slippers), bags, textiles, ceramic, berber rugs and other home decor items,…

Basically, there are 2 areas for shopping:

  1. the Medina which is the old city with its epicenter, the Djemaa el-Fna square. Also called the ochre city because of the colours of its walls and its red sandstone buildings, it’s where you’ll find the souks (the markets): there are 18 of them! You can easily get lost because of its maze of tiny streets…
  2. the Guéliz, with its broad, European-styled avenues, is Marrakech’s new city built in the 1910’s