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Marrakech Helpful Hints

*Landing cards are needed, whatever you may be told by your airline. If you aren’t given one on incoming flight to Marrakech, you will need to pick one up when you enter the airport, in the arrivals hall prior immigration. Fill this out, one for each person, whilst you wait in the queue.

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*Keep your boarding card handy! As when you go through immigration you ll be asked to show it, along with your landing card and passport. It is just to check which flight you came in on.

*Expect to queue upon entering the airport. As large flights come in together, you will wait around an hour sometimes longer to get through immigration.

*Change your money at the airport when you arrive. There are multiple currency exchange desks as you pick up your bags in arrivals, all giving you the same rate, so no need to check each one. Hotels offer this service but its far easier and quicker at the airport and you get a higher rate!

*Henna Ladies in the Place Jemaa El Fna, be warned to say no thanks if you don’t want any henna tattoos, the women can try to persuade you or take your arm to put a free henna on. This isn’t FREE and you will need to pay for it.

*If you are taking pictures with monkeys and snakes on or around you in the Place Jemaa El Fna you will need to pay a small fee.

*Bartering in the souks is the normal way of buying, expect to pay a third of what is asked for goods!

*Taxis in and around Marrakech are the best mode of transport, expect to pay around 150 dirhams each way (example price based on trip from palmeraie hotel to souk). Around £11.50

*Taxis will also be happy to take you and bring you back if you prefer, just tell them a time to pick you up and generally you will pay fare on return. Or get their taxi card and the place you are at can ring them for you.

*Feel free to go and explore other hotels in Marrakech, for food or a drink. When entering the chosen hotel you ll just be asked if you are a resident or guest.

*Alcohol within the Medina is not always sold, at cafes and restaurants in the centre of Place Jemaa El Fna. However restaurants and riads on the fringe do sell it.

*When in the souk it is sometimes easy to get lost or off track. My own way of combatting this is to remember a certain place. Such as, the Cafe de France for me. Then if you do go the wrong way you ll come out at another side and look for your place. This is also good if theres a group of you as it can be a meeting place to re group!

Most importantly have a lovely holiday in Marrakech.
SOS Travel

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