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Getaway to Morocco. Marrakech mini guide.

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On December 3 we decided to make a three-day getaway to Marrakech. It was the first time I visited Morocco and I was very excited. Currently, from Barcelona there are several companies that have direct flights from El Prat airport, such as Vueling, Air Europa and Iberia, among others, but finally we found an offer with Ryanair for 64 euros departing from Reus, which we bought in May, a few days after returning from Mexico.

In fact, apart from the price, the best thing about this flight was that it left Friday early in the morning (7 am). Some of the flights to Marrakech that we had found had schedules that were not going well for us. The bad thing about leaving at 7 in the morning of Reus is that we left home at half past two in the morning.

On the other hand, the luck of getting up so early is that we were not caught by the wild strike of the air traffic controllers, since it started early in the afternoon. Something helped us get up so early! We went to the airport by car, which we left in the parking lot for 8.50 euros each day. Being four travelers we got much cheaper than the bus (€ 21 per beard) and, in addition, we lost less time (the bus leaves from the North Station in Barcelona).

To enter Morocco it is necessary to have a passport with a minimum validity of 6 months. Once at the airport terminal, you have to fill out a small form and deliver it with your immigration passport. When leaving, you also have to fill out a form that you get in billing, so, even if you don't have to bill, you have to queue anyway. I recommend you take a pen because there you will find few.

The accommodation, as usual, we chose through the reviews of Tripadvisor. Also in May we made a reservation at Riad Miski, which had great reviews and a very good price. We booked the Cannelle room, which is a bit small, but tastefully decorated. The Cannelle room with breakfast cost € 49 and the Vanille room € 64. The latter is larger and has air conditioning, but in winter it is not very necessary. He riad It was in the medina, about 15 minutes walk from the Yamaa el Fna square, the nerve center of the city and in a little tourist area, which for us is a plus.

The only way to get around the medina is on foot. The streets are narrow and labyrinthine and cars do not fit in many sections, so it is normal for motorcycles to cross at full speed. To visit the new part of the city you can go by bus. Almost all the lines stop at the stops in front of the Kutubia. Another method of transport is the petit taxi (type Fiat Panda) and the grand taxi (Mercedes type). On the back of the taxi put the number of occupants you can carry.

One of the things that would highlight the city are the restaurants. Usually, eating in a tourist restaurant costs € 10-€ 12 for the menu, which I thought was expensive for being Morocco, but you have to admit that the food was very good. There are also more modest restaurants that look good and you can eat for € 6. Street food, as usual, was completely discarded.

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