Is Marrakech really somewhere you can stay on a cheap budget? Forgetting the luxurious hotels and fine dining experiences, let’s see where £50 could get us in a day…
Yes, yes – there are plenty of glamourous riads and villas to stay in when you’re in Marrakech, however if you’re on a budget, the best place to stay is a hostel – duh! With Air bnb on the rise it’s easier now than ever to find a place that costs no more than £25 a night
You can always cook your own food by buying vegetables and meats for mere dirhams in the souks – but let’s face it, you’re on holiday! Chow down some street food like msemen and mint tea for breakfast for under £1, a charwarma for lunch for around £2 and a delicious tagine for dinner for around £3 – that’s authentic Moroccan food for £6 for the whole day!
It’s all about the haggling in Marrakech – it’s not just a tradition, it’s a necessity! Bag some spices, bio soaps or mini decorative tagines for the fraction of the cost you would spend at home. We can’t put a price on these as that’s down to your haggling abilities but don’t go spending more than 200dhs!
Marrakech is famous for its Hammams. Of course there’s the high-end luxury option of getting a full scrub and mask by spa personnel at the top hotels, but if you’re budgeting, go to a local hammam. Take the shampoo and soap you’ve bought at the medina (not forgetting your Kis – scrubber mitt). Pay 15dhs (£1.20) for entrance and an extra 50 dhs (£4) if you want a professional to scrub you down, bathe you and wash your hair.
There you go! A day of food, relaxation, shopping and a full night’s sleep for under £50 😉