Marrakech Travel Blog› entry 31 of 38 › view all entries
Arrived in Marrakech to find my pre-booked hostel full. Big inconvenience but I managed to get a cheaper place (and a lot more basic) right bang on Djema Al-Fna ... that is the square in the middle of Marrakech which comes alive every day with ... snake charmers, traditional drummers, acrobats, story tellers, henna artists, boxers, games ... and strangest of all, mini-golf. It has a great carnival atmosphere every day.
Some of these activities give way to hundreds of stalls selling food ... a lot of it is BBQ, so it is like a medieval meat-fest ... and the smoke is something you've got to see to believe.
The other big attraction in Marrakech is the souq ... it is rather touristy but still full of character.
With my cheap room, there isn't a toilet or shower attached ... not that a shower is any good with only cold water. The local hammam is only a few doors down and less than EUR1 to enter. I'm nearly a local now ... some locals rely on their hammam for their hygiene. Also, I have bought my own scrubbing mitten ... it is a mitten made from an abrasive material ... so it is something like brillo-for-bodies.
I find Morocco rather expensive ... eg. a meal in a simple place will cost about EUR4-5. I am not used to paying that kind of money in a third world environment ... you could eat in a fancy restaurant for that kind of money in Malaysia, or have three simple meals in air-conditioned comfort in Singapore (a developed nation).
I thought the problem might be related to the number of French and Spanish that they attract, and they can afford to price things higher. But I don't think so ... many locals eat at same kind of places.