Marrakech is the capital of the mid-south-western region of Morocco called "Marrakesh-Asfi". It owes its nickname "Red City" or "Ochre city" to its red sandstone building walls. It is among the 5 biggest cities of the country and benefits from a hot semi-arid climate (about 12 C in winter and 32 to 45 C in summer).
The Jemma El-Fnaa is one of the most famous squares of Africa and is the city's activity and trade center. Snake charmers, acrobats, magicians, musicians, monkey trainers, herb sellers, storytellers, dentists, pickpockets and entertainers in medieval garb still abound in the square.
Marrakesh hosts many national and Islamic festivals including the National Folklore Festival, the Berber Festival and the International Film Festival of Marrakesh, which aspires to be the North African version of Cannes.
The best way to explore the streets and alleyways of the city is to dive in and get lost. Check out for the dotted signs that will point you back to the Dejeema el Fna and don't hesitate to seek help from locals. If you let them walk you to a place they might ask you for money, in that case no problem, you can politely decline, but if they did take you to a nice place you would ordinarily miss, it doesn't hurt to give 10 or 20 dirhams (1 or 2 euros).
Keep in mind that bargaining is a huge part of the Moroccan culture; don't be afraid to do it. When you get used to it, it's a very nice and fun way to start a conversation with locals and learn more about their way of life.
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