I’ve now been over a week in Marrakesh and do I like it? Hellz yes! Marrakesh pretty much has no touristic sights, but that is also not why you should go there. You go to Marrakesh to experience the crowded streets with all the noise, smells and feelings that they entail. You can wander the streets for days and still get lost and find new shops or discover new street food. For example we found some 40 eurocent pizza pancakes that we never found again and them there was a 50 eurocent milkshake bar where we went daily and had up to five milkshakes in a row. Days were lazy and most of the time we were just hanging around on the rooftop of Hotel Afrique where we were camping and then just heading out to the streets whenever we were hungry.
Marrakesh were full of touts. Not surprisingly as there were lots of tourists there, both foreigners and Moroccan ones. When asking for the price at a shop you could be sure that his asking price was around ten times what you should pay, and if you got in a cab, tasted something that was offered to you for free or took a picture of snake charmers, people having monkeys on chains etc you were sure that they would ask you for a ridiculous amount of money afterwards. If you did not know better you would easily walk into these tourist traps up to several times a day.
The first couple of days I was In Marrakesh to get surgery for Jussi, then to wait with the rest of the group for the truck to get fixed. After a week in Moroccos secondary biggest city we decided to head to Camping Le Relais, quite a luxury camping (or glamping) site with swimming pool, hot showers, petanque playing fields etc. When the truck arrived we were all happy to finally being able to be able to cook and to get on the road again towards South Africa.
The tannery in Marrakesh was not as impressive as the one in Fez, but at least we got to see it in action