Budget Travel Ideas in Marrakesh

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Marrakesh is a quintessential exotic African-Arabic backpacker’s town that is more fascinating when discovered on a budget. The raw appeal of exploring the natural charm of Marrakesh minus the frills is a great high for adventure tourists. Here are some super ideas to explore this Moroccan town on a budget.

Budget Attractions

There are very few attractions in Marrakesh that require a lavish budget to enjoy their beauty. Most endearing sightseeing options in the city including the Djemaa El-Fna can easily be savored on a shoe string budget. The old, bustling street in the heart of Marrakesh is full of dancers, musicians, magicians and other performers that light up the pavements of the city at night. There is the Koutoubia Mosque and Dar Si Said Museum in Djemaa along with the ancient Saadian Tombs and the El Bahia Palace at Medina, which a world heritage site and a famous ancient quarter. Jemma el Fna square is another popular historical neighborhood with snapshots of the Afro-European culture.

Budget Activities

There is a range of adventure-packed activities that can be enjoyed on a budget. Travelers can try everything from desert treks on camels in the surrounding Sahara Desert to river rafting and canoeing at Atlas. Other activities include hot air ballooning and quad bike rides through the sand dunes of Marrakesh’s borders.

Budget Shopping

There are innumerable souks or traditional bazaars in Marrakesh, where regional artifacts and products can be picked up at rock-bottom prices. Visitors can lay their hands on everything from local spices, dry fruits, kaftans, lanterns, jewelry and carpets to carved wooden handicrafts, fabrics, shoes and cookware. Make sure to bargain for the best prices and it always helps if you can use basic conversational French to chat with the local merchants.

Budget Eating and Accommodations

The street stalls speckled all over the Djemaa El Fna offer excellent Moroccan fare at dirt cheap prices. Try the scrumptious and deliciously-flavored lamb stew and salads. The Djemaa food stalls sell bread with sausage fillings for around DH 10 and a 3-course meal for DH 100. Though tasty, the food is not always healthy and suitable for the western palate, so be a little careful about choosing your eateries and avoid the ones that are on the back streets on the Djemaa. Some nice budget restaurants and cafes, where you can enjoy economy meals are Café Agrana, Café Mabrouk, Earth Café and Café Alhamra.

Marrakesh has several hostels that cater to backpackers. The Equity Point Marrakesh at Derb Hammam Mouassine and the Heart of the Medina Backpackers at Derb Ben Aissa Dabachi are examples of reputable hostels. There is also a well-maintained youth hostel at Rue Mohammed el Hansali and in the same area you will find several Riads that have been transformed into hotels.

Marrakesh is a budget tourist’s haven and its fascinating cultural and historical legacy can be explored without an exorbitant budget.

 

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