Marrakesh, Morocco travel tips

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Take time to wander around the markets. It's one of the best ways to get to know the city, and you'll find all sorts of beautiful leather goods, baskets, and spices to bring home.

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Check out the drinks at the lovely rooftop Cafe Arabe.

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Take in a photography exhibition at Dar Cherifa, or simply enjoy the beautiful architecture here.

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Look for a riad with a rooftop garden or terrace--it provides a great way to escape the cacophony of the city--you can observe all the chaos from above.

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One of the most elegant restaurants in the city is Le Foundouk, which is housed in an incredible riad.

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For lovely Moroccan leather goods, be sure to stroll along Rue Fehl Chidmi.

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Some of the city's finest shops can be found on Rue Dar El Bacha.

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If traveling as a couple, have dinner at Dar Yacout, one of the city's most romantic restaurants.

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Be sure to wander through the Tanneries. It can be a bit smelly, and can feel a little sketchy--even though it's usually not--but it's an interesting experience.

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There are many fabulous riads in Marrakech, but for a great location, book a room at Dar Rocmarra.

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Keep in mind that just like shopping in the souks, you have to haggle over taxi fares--get an idea from your hotel what a fair price is.

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For a great meal, check out Le Marrkchi, where you can also watch belly dancers perform.

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For an extremely comfortable stay, book a room at Riad Al Moussika Marrakech. Rooms are spacious and the beds will make it difficult to leave.

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In the heart of the old medina you'll find Riad Dar Najat, decorated with original African artwork.

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Riad Amina is in the heart of the city and has an exceptionally friendly staff.

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If you want to stay in the heart of the medina, book a room at the Riad Magellan, a boutique hotel.

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Owned by Richard Branson, Kasbah Tamadot has one heck of a location---it's in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. You take balloon rides over the mountains.

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Just fifteen miles outside the city in the Berber village of Tagadert, you can book a stay at Tigmi. It's a peaceful retreat after the chaos of Marrakesh.

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Absolutely one of the most opulent places in Marrakesh, Selman Marrkech is something to behold. A massive pool, two fine restaurants, and walls of black marble....it's exquisite.

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Located in a converted fort, Kasbah Agafay offers stunning views of the Atlas Mountains, yoga classes, and cooking classes. There is also a hammam.

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