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Old 10-23-2014, 04:23 PM
 
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Yes, that's true. Fez is less touristy. Marrakesh is still a magical place. The trick is to avoid tourist season, avoid tourists, and try to avoid the touts. (Touts are very pushy in Morocco.)

You've already made up your mind. Why belabor discussing Marrakesh?
no... I haven't made up my mind. I am trying to get information here regarding what is interesting in Marrakesh.

When you say magical, you mean in terms of what (I mean beside the plaza and the market which I have seen on the video)? It is not a rhetoric question and I truly want to know. I will make a trip to Spain next year and will decide if I should spend a few days in Morocco as well.
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Old 10-23-2014, 08:49 PM
 
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People, especially European tourists seem to rave about Marrakesh. I was a bit intrigued but when I did more research, after checking out the photographs, reading travel journals and watching some videos, I really didn't find there is much so intriguing about this city.

To me, it is all about that Djemaa El-Fna square, where people perform shows and sell stuff, and the market place there you are likely to be ripped of heavily for things you don't really need. I know the The Medina has all those small alley ways where you can see craftsmen making stuff. And everything looks really run-down and chaotic. I am not saying it is not interesting, but one doesn't fly 10 hours just to see people making carpets. I watched quite some youtube videos and there doesn't seem to be anything that excites me that I have this "I want to be there" impulse.

Or I am missing something? Does Marrakesh live up to the hype?

I am interested in seeing the Sahara though.
Marrakech looks neat but I think I would rather go to Casablanca. That city intrigues me.
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Old 10-24-2014, 12:47 AM
 
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Marrakech looks neat but I think I would rather go to Casablanca. That city intrigues me.
Casablanca didn't do anything for me. It is very, very modern (for Morocco, at least). Nearby Rabat was one of my favorite cities because they take great care not to change anything there.
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Old 10-24-2014, 12:58 AM
 
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no... I haven't made up my mind. I am trying to get information here regarding what is interesting in Marrakesh.

When you say magical, you mean in terms of what (I mean beside the plaza and the market which I have seen on the video)? It is not a rhetoric question and I truly want to know. I will make a trip to Spain next year and will decide if I should spend a few days in Morocco as well.
Don't bother going to Morocco from Spain. Tangier is just about the worst of the world's awful tourist traps. It will take so long to get to Marra, even by train, that it's not worth it. I couldn't see even Rabat in three days. What's the point?

May as well take the ferry from Gibraltar to Spanish Morocco (the city of Ceuta) -- that can easily be seen in a few days, and has the "oddity" factor that a trip to San Marino or Liechtenstein holds. (But Ceuta is definitely Spanish, not Moroccan.

If you ignore my advice, at least get as far away from Tangier as fast as you can. It's one of the worst places I have ever been.
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Old 10-24-2014, 02:50 AM
 
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I concur, Tangier is no fun - no fun at all- I wonder haw Bowles and other writers/artists could live there and rave about it...and nearby Tetuan and Nador further east along the mediterranean coast are in the same league; best avoided.
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Old 10-24-2014, 07:57 AM
 
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Don't bother going to Morocco from Spain. Tangier is just about the worst of the world's awful tourist traps. It will take so long to get to Marra, even by train, that it's not worth it. I couldn't see even Rabat in three days. What's the point?

May as well take the ferry from Gibraltar to Spanish Morocco (the city of Ceuta) -- that can easily be seen in a few days, and has the "oddity" factor that a trip to San Marino or Liechtenstein holds. (But Ceuta is definitely Spanish, not Moroccan.

If you ignore my advice, at least get as far away from Tangier as fast as you can. It's one of the worst places I have ever been.
thanks for the advice and you are absolutely right.

I wasn't referring to Tangier. When I said a side trip to Morocco, I meant to fly from Seville (or somewhere else) and spend a few days in one or two Moroccan cities, not a day trip to Tangier. That won't be worth it.

Maybe Fez and Rabat? I lot of people seem to like Fez more than Marrakesh. I really hate it when everyone tries to sell me stuff and scam money out of me.
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Old 10-24-2014, 11:39 AM
 
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That's part of the experience. They'll try to do that in Rabat and Fez as well. There just aren't QUITE as many of them. It's something you're going to have to deal with if you go to Morocco. Embrace it or have no fun.

And I would STILL go to Marrakesh if that was my only city to visit. The Jemaa el Fna is famous for a reason.
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Old 10-24-2014, 05:26 PM
 
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Casablanca didn't do anything for me. It is very, very modern (for Morocco, at least). Nearby Rabat was one of my favorite cities because they take great care not to change anything there.
Thanks for the tidbit.
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Old 10-25-2014, 01:06 AM
 
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Thanks for the tidbit.
Yeah, if you're going there because of a Bogart movie, go to Rabat, Fez, Meknes and Marrakesh. That's what you're looking for.
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Old 10-25-2014, 11:10 PM
 
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Yeah, if you're going there because of a Bogart movie, go to Rabat, Fez, Meknes and Marrakesh. That's what you're looking for.
It's not just for the Bogart movie, but that is part of my interest. I have been to Tetuon. That was a neat area (and reminded me of Raiders of the Lost Ark) but I would love to see more of the country.
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