Hope you enjoy reading about BIG CITY LIFE. Specifically about Marrakech and Casablanca. We share the brightest moments of our experience.
Tip nr. 1 – TRY TO BLEND IN
If it is possible leave your big backpack in a hotel. As you move around the city your outfit will be less touristic. It is going to save you a lot of bargaining and arguing. Even a pocket size photo camera in your arms speaking for you. Good for you if you only take a photos with your cellphone.
Tip nr. 2 – ENJOY TRAFFIC AND LABYRINTHS
All large cities has busy streets, busy cafes, busy museums and markets.
Especially traffic on streets. Just be careful. Better an extra glance to the right and to the left. For me it was really challenging to walk around Marrakech. We stayed in a hotel in old medina, witnessed a traffic jam on medinas narrow streets – like in a rock concerts.
Tip nr. 3 – DID YOU KNOW – EVERYONE KNOWS BETTER THAN YOU?
As quick as possible get used to situations when everyone offers anything to you.
Be ready to put on a stone face and create look that you know where you are heading!
Tip nr. 4 – THE SPORT OF BARGAINING! BE SMART!
Be ready to have your own technique of bargaining. Always say your best lower price you would give. Don’t argue about restaurants price. It is as it is mentioned in the menu! About everything else you are aloud to say what you think.
Be smart! Say the possibly lowest amount of money. And be ready that salesman will say “no” for this offer. Than it is the right time to turn your back and leave! After few seconds salesman will run after you! He will agree on your price. Believe us – this works!
Tip nr. 5 – GOOD TO KNOW WHAT KIND OF TRAVELING YOU PREFER
Going around the country and its biggest cities is the best way how to get to know yourself. After Marrakech and Casablanca we realised that our team is more interested in landscapes, nature, mountains, small villages than a busy labyrinths of cities where people are in rush.
Tip nr.6 – ENJOY WANDERING AROUND THE CITY
Before you go somewhere, check before you go! Find information on google recent reviews from other travellers to know if your chosed place is opened or available for a visit. For example Cathedral in Casablanca is in the renovation. Also big parks are closed for the same reason.
Tip nr. 7- TRY CITY TRANSPORT
If there is a local transport take a chance and hop on it. We took a ride on Casablancas tramline. It is interesting way to get to know city from other perspective. We saw areas which can not been reached in short time by foot. Also if you want to save some money it is a good choice in Morocco. This tram ride was really cheap. For 1 way ticket in Casablanca we paid 60 dhm (60 euro cents). Another version is to take a taxi. For example we took a taxi from mosque to our hotel. Fast and easy for getting around because distances are considerably large.
Tip nr. 8 – CHOOSE WISELY. HOTELS
We wanted to save some money and in Marrakech choosed to stay in cheap hotel. For two nights double room costs around 20 euros per night. Of course don’t question about the cleanliness of the room. Also be ready that closet can be out of order. Shit happens! 😀
In Casablanca we choosed Hotel Centrale. Double room, 3rd floor, view over the city to the port and rooftops was a good decision. Nice, simple and clean room. Only for 45 euros. All good! 😀
Tip nr. 9 – IT IS COMMUNICATION STYLE
But then again be ready that receptionist will test your nerves. For example Emils asked at what time starts breakfast. We knew it was included in cost. At least booking com included this info.Receptionist badly joked about it by saying it is not included. Joking is fine, but the manner he said it was strange – through joking, through laughter and mockery. But for us it was a funny experience. Maybe other travellers would write it down on internet as a bad reference. Who knows! Here in Morocco it is a way of communication and hospitality is mixed with jokes and ridicule.
Tip nr. 10 – FINALLY LET’S TALK ABOUT THE FOOD
In Marrakech we had experience with snacks and fresh juices. In restaurant menus we found similar meals – all popular in local cuisine – various tagines, soups, salads and well known desserts.
We ate Moroccan chickpea soup with cumin and ras al hanout spices.
I tried a pie with vegetables and phyllo dough. Emils tried also interpretation of pasta. Suggestion nr.1- better try local food. Don’t go for italian foods in Morocco. You will get only interpretation.
In Casablanca we ate street food with potatoes and different mix of meat. At first we got a compliment – rise with sauce and meat. I think there was a turmeric used, because rise was yellowish. No other specific flavour. All together very delicious. Suggestion nr.2 – less is more delicious.
As the main meal we got 4 types of meat and potatoes. Interesting sauces – similar to mayonnaise and various pickled vegetables. Pickled vegetables are very popular in Moroccan cuisine. Suggestion nr.3 – try all types of pickled goods. For a dessert (which we didn’t ordered!) got the interpretation of pannacota and creme brule. Somewhere in between. Delicious!
Summary! Big cities offers local and international foods and menus. Local is better than interpretation of European cuisines. Although breakfast menu is always continental – bread (croissant type or sweetbread), cheese triangles, white or black coffee or mint tea, boiled egg or omlete, peach/orange jam, sometimes honey.
Best advice we can give – don’t take a dessert in a restaurant. Enter the market square and choose most wanted fresh juice which is pressed right in a front of your eyes – pomegranate, orange, strawberry, plums, sugar cane and many others. Our favourite – sugar cane. Try it and you will never be able to refuse. The flavours of Morocco in your cup!