Getting Lost in the Medina of Marrakech

 Even if you have a strong sense of direction the chances of you getting lost in the Medina of Marrakech are high, with the labyrinth of unmarked streets.

 

Getting Lost in the Medina of Marrakech

The medina is the older part of the city, full of history and culture, it is also fascinating. A sprawling area in which you can get hopelessly lost, it is good to have a rough idea of where you want to go, so get a map and circle the main places you want to visit.

Getting Lost in the Medina of Marrakech

Tip 1: To help you get your bearings and find your way back to your accommodation:

Look for landmarks and take photos of them.

Getting Lost in the Medina of Marrakech

Note: Most small streets and alleyways don’t show up on maps

(even Google Maps)

Getting Lost in the Medina of Marrakech

If you are walking around Marrakech, even if you don’t look lost someone will stop you and suggest that you follow them. They could offer to take to to the main square (Jemaa el-Fnaa) or a Berber market. Whatever their intention, this will result in three things; confusion, an obligation to pay someone for something you didn’t need or want, and then spending times returning to where you originally wanted to go.

Getting Lost in the the Medina of Marrakech

Tip 2: If you need directions:

Ask a policeman or someone working in a shop

– just don’t let them take you there personally.

 

Getting Lost in the Medina of Marrakech

Throughout the narrows streets of the medina you will encounter a barrage of traffic, bicycles, motorcycles, donkeys (also with carts) stray cats and hundreds of other pedestrians. There are no footpaths, lanes or traffic lights, so amid the chaos, keep your eyes open and your wits about you.

Getting Lost in the Medina of Marrakech

Tip 3: Keep to the right side of the street:

Otherwise you will find yourself walking against a tidal wave

of traffic coming from the opposite direction.

Getting Lost in the Medina of Marrakech

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Getting Lost in the Medina of Marrakech

 

Have you visited Marrakech?

Did you explore the Medina?

What were your thoughts and experiences?

Let me know in the comments.

 

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6 Comments

  1. 4th March 2017 / 3:48 pm

    Haha such good tips! I was there couple years ago and was constantly lost. I used the Koutoubia Mosque as a landmark but some other mosques look like it! LOL

    • 5th March 2017 / 6:23 pm

      Ha! I always manage to get lost no matter where I am – but it’s all part of the fun.

  2. 6th March 2017 / 8:00 pm

    This is beautiful! I got lost in the photographs alone – I can’t imagine what actually being there must be like!

    • 8th March 2017 / 10:49 pm

      Thank you. It’s a fascinating city. Definitely provided me with inspiration for photos and blog posts.

  3. 18th March 2017 / 2:37 pm

    Oh yes! I remember getting lost there a couple of years back. But that’s half the fun of it 🙂

    • 18th March 2017 / 3:00 pm

      Definitely. Getting lost is a great way of finding your way around and discovering any new place.

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