More to do than just lying on the beach

DIY Trip from Agadir to Marrakesh

Tour operators ask a lot of money to do this trip in a group -
but it is very easy to plan for yourself - and at minimal cost

Two Day (one night) Trip to Marrakesh
Or stay longer if you wish!

Please note that bus tickets may sell out quickly, especially during holiday periods
Visit the Supratours or CTM bus ticket office in Talborjt, Agadir a few days before your journey
  to buy return tickets to Marrakesh for your departure and return time (if known)
You don't have to buy your return bus ticket in Marrakesh


When you arrive in Marrakesh, negotiate your taxi fare to the Djemaa el Fna square
This may cost 30 or 40 dirhams

The days of 50 dirham hotel rooms and metered taxis in Marrakesh are long gone
I was there during Ramadan September 2006 when the meters were turned off
Taxi drivers got tired of 8 dirham metered fares with passengers staying in
5 star hotels and buying expensive rugs etc. They wanted a slice of the tourist cake
So they turned their meters off
If you are two or more people the driver might ask how much you want to pay per person
Just tell him that you only ever pay for the taxi and no more than 30 dirhams

Where to Stay?
For great value for money and an enjoyable visit we recommend the Hotel Cecil

The Hotel Cecil, just off the Djemaa el Fna Square (se
e map, above)
 (20 metres down the side alley next to the Café Glacier)

53 Sidi Bouloukate, Jemaa El Fna, Medina, Marrakech 40040
Tel: +212-(0)6249-88105

This is a budget hotel in the style of an old riad
It is quiet, clean and friendly with breakfast, 24 hour reception and free wifi
It has been refurbished to a good standard and has a large roof terrace
Great prices available at and include a very good breakfast
(if you don't like white bread ask Abdel Aziz for round brown bread and he will bring it for you)

Where to Eat? So many places...

The red outline marks the spot

A great budget eatery is the Café Toubkal (opposite the Hotel CTM on the Djemaa El Fna)
This café restaurant is open 24 hours and serves meals until around 10-10:30pm
After that, the deli at the rear of the restaurant serves drinks and light snacks throughout the night

The restaurant next door (left of red markings) is not recommended
I once saw a waiter there throw a 10 dirham tip back at a Japanese tourist
"Is that what you call a tip? the olives and bread cost more than that" he said
The poor guy was shaking as he felt in his pocket for some more coins
He was so flustered that in the end he just gave up and walked away

Fancy a Drink? in the Medina there are now several places - mostly upmarket
but there is one regular place to have a quiet drink where it isn't expensive
The Grand Hotel Tazi

It's a 5 to 10 minute walk down to the end of Rue Bab Agnaou
If you dress smart casual you will be allowed entry as a non-staying guest
Seating is on comfortable sofas with their own waiters and tables
Best to pay as you go - it is not advisable to run a tab
If you don't want the small dishes of nibbles on the table, give them to the waiter
at the time of your first order, otherwise you may be charged for them
Be aware that most bars in Marrakesh have hidden CCTV cameras and male bouncers
Any kind of disruption, drunkeness or disputes by clients are swiftly handled
All bars actively guard against losing their alcohol licence (which is a valuable asset in Morocco)

Recommended Sightseeing in Marrakesh
over a 2 day (1 night) visit
All of the places below are the main must-see visits of Marrakesh

The Djem Elfna Square - the main attraction

Tiskiwin House - now renamed
Bert Flint African Arts & Crafts Museum at Musée Tiskiwin
8 Rue de la Bahia, Marrakesh
(near the Dar Si Said Museum)
Open 9.30am to 12.30 and 2.30pm to 6pm daily
Tel: +212 524 38 91 92

Home of Dutch philanthropist, Bert Flint, in Morocco since 1957
Bert Flint has made a Museum in his house in the Medina
Each area of Morocco has a room of its local culture on display
  Underrated place and a real joy to visit

Dar Si Said Museum
Another must-see place, impressive riad of huge proportions

Jardin Majorelle
Excellent. Previously owned by the late Yves Saint Laurent and the late Pierre Bergé
A giant garden of huge flowers and cactii plants over by Bab Doukala
also has a Berber Museum, bookshop and café and

(the late) Pierre Bergé at The Memorial to Yves Saint Laurent
R.I.P Yves et Pierre

Palais el Badi

Palais Bahia

Saadian Tombs

Medersa Ben Youssef

Treat Yourself to some Designer Clothes
at very reasonable prices

Photoshoot at Jardin Majorelle
Wearing clothes bought at Canal 70
Shop with Habib and Aziz

Canal 70,
70 Rue Semarine,

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DIY Trip to Taroudant

Interesting Articles on Morocco
Remembering the 1960 Earthquake

Visiting the Souk in Agadir

From Agadir to Merzouga: A Twelve Day Journey

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Security in Morocco

General Info on Agadir and Morocco

The Hammam in Talborjt
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