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in the big square, I forget the name of it...the food's cheap, tasty and suprisingly clean. Drink loads of the ridiculously cheap fresh orange juice. Wander around the city there's not really much to do once you've spent a couple of days there though.
DON'T HAVE YOUR PASSPORT,PHONE,WALLET, IPOD AND CAMERA STOLEN.
DON'T GO WITH THEM.
I and a friend got lured into a cemetary and basically severely threatened. We managed to walk near enough to the exit to be able to make a bolt for it.
And it helps not to be a westerner there the week after the Twin Towers had been hit.
That's a good tip - Essaoiura is only a 3 hour bus ride away from Marrakesh, and is as chilled out as Marrakesh is bustling. So it's good to head out there for a bit if you've got the time, even if it's just for a night.
the coast road from Agadir to there is something else. Cracking birdwatching along the way. Look our for the Bald Ibis around Tamri - one of only three places in the world where you can see them! Essaoiura's also good for Eleanora's falcon.
General Morocco tip as mentioned above: If guides come and ask to assist you, tell them you've visited before or they'll not leave you alone.
good, nice walks along the expansive beach which has ruined castles amongst other things. Wouldn't say it's that good for conventional surfing though...it's very windy but the waves aren't that big. There are a lot of kite and wind-surfers about.
outside the Djemaa el Fna - I've been twice and both times someone I was with has gotten sick.
Marrakesh is a really good place to just wander around and do things slowly than 'do' specific sightseeing.
and i was fineish, a bit of pooing issues, but my veggie companion was propper ill midway trough
and got kidnapped
i recommend you dont get in to a shady fella's car on the promise that they'll take you to a beach party
in which case the beach party is where it's at!!
near the main square has quite a good all you can eat buffet every evening. I eat meat and was fine the kefta's quite nice as are the chicken and vegetable tagines. Shooping-wise the covered markets off the main square are great, but it's quite easy to get lost or wander round aimlessly for ages...
but it's quite well known, and therefore if i remember correctly was more expensive than where we stayed, which was somewhere down an alley round a few corners on a street off the south west side of the main square, it was lovely, an not in any guides, but they ran very well priced tours to the sahrah
Thanks for all your top tips
My friend Susie and I were looking for some winter sun places. Hmm. I know there is incredible coastline but imagine it to be cooler at this point.
1) Bring plenty of spare luggage. Arm yourself with a pocket of change. Then head for the souks. There are plenty of wonderful bargains to be had, and its almost impossible not to find ideal presents.
2) Taxis are cheap. Anything more than 30 Dirhams (~£1.80) is expensive.
3) Places I loved: Jeema El Fna (already mentioned), Majorelle Gardens (Yves Saint Lauren's holiday home), the Medina.
4) Be aware of walking down dodgy-looking streets. It's more than likely that you shall be ushered into a nearby shop, or someone will thrust something in your hand in a bid to gain your custom.
5) Brush up on your French. Although the majority can get by on English, it won't hurt to have a few phrases at hand.
6) Buy a guide book, otherwise you may feel a little aimless. I used the one written by the guys at Wallpaper* and found it helpful.
7) If you see an opportunity to see the Atlas mountains, or head to the coast, or visit Fez then do it. Just make sure that whoever you're booking with are legitimate and not solely after your money!
8) Head into the centre to eat. This is where you'll find the couscous, boiled legumes and tajine (simply delicious). If you prefer to eat in the tourist areas prepare yourself for endless nights of pizza, toasties etc.
9) Anymore I can think of I shall come back and type them down.
Being the first customer at the souks has its rewards. The locals feel it's bad luck to turn away the first shopper of the day, this leaves you open to a swath of bargains.