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Marrakech

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The city is divided into two distinct parts: the Medina, the historical city, and the new European modern district called Gueliz or Ville Nouvelle. The Medina is full of intertwining narrow passageways and local shops full of character. In contrast, Gueliz plays host to modern restaurants, fast food chains and big brand stores.
==Get in== ===By plane=== '''Marrakech-Menara Airport''' ({{IATA|RAK}})Cash, ☎+212 4444 7910, +212 4444 78 65, +212 4444 8506 [http://www.onda.ma/]. Marrakech has an international airport with direct scheduled flights coming in from London, Stockholm, Paris and Madrid and many charter flights arriving from all over Europe. If you are flying from the US, Canada, Asia or elsewhere, you'll have to change planes in Casablanca. Plenty of low cost companies now fly to Marrakech. Some companies fly to [[Casablanca]], where a plane change for the 45 min flight to Marrakech can be made.  From the UK, Easyjet [http://www.easyjet.com] flies to Marrakech from Manchester and Gatwick Airport (and also from [[Madrid]] and from [[Lyon]]). '''Ryanair''' has direct flights from [[Oporto]] (Portugal), [[London]] Luton, and [[London]] Stansted to Marrakech. They also fly from from Frankfurt-Hahn (Germany), Alicante (Spain), Girona (Spain), Madrid and Reus (Spain) to Marrakech. '''Thomson Airways''' travels from London Gatwick and [[Manchester]]. British Airways [http://www.ba.com] are to begin flying from London Gatwick in 2011. BMI British Midland International fly 3 times per week from London Heathrow starting April 1, 2011. TUIfly no longer fly to Marrakech, Atlas Blue[http://www.atlas-blue.com], was an offshoot of Royal Air Maroc very low cost fares but is no more a separate brand for Royal Air Maroc neither a low cost rates that flies in from several European cities. Transavia.com is a new Low cost airline from Air France-KLM group coming to Marrakech from several cities in Europe like Paris. Norwegian [http://www.norwegian.no/] offers direct flights from [[Copenhagen]], [[Oslo]] and [[Stockholm]]. Iberia offers two non stop flights from Madrid. '''TAP Portugal''' offers direct flights from [[Lisbon]]. From inside the country, you can take '''Royal Air Morocco''' [http://www.royalairmaroc.com], with flights from [[Agadir]], [[Casablanca]] (daily), [[Fez]] (daily), [[Ouarzazate]], [[Al Hoceima]], and [[Tangier]].  ==== Money exchange and ATMs in the airport ====Terminal 1 has two money changing outlets in the Arrivals hall and one in Departures. Terminal 2 had ATMsCredit cards, but (as of March 2012) is currently being rePre-built from the ground up. On ATMs, check for the Maestro, Cirrus or Plus logos to be sure that the machine accepts foreign credit cards. Beware as some of the ATMs work only in French. If your card is taken at the ATM, tell airport security and they can help you get it back. ATMs generally dispense only 100 and 200 dirham notes so getting change for small everyday purchases like water, taxis etc can be a challenge. At weekends you may have difficulty acquiring cash as machines are not generally restocked until the following Monday. Sometimes your card may work in some machines and not others, or may support smaller withdrawals rather than larger ones, and may work at some times and not others. You should ensure you have a backup means of funding your visit. ATMs usually dispense a maximum of 2000Dh but other limits may apply dependent on your bank.  ==== More info regarging using Cash / Credit paid Cards and ATMs ====
The Dirham is officially designated as a closed currency meaning it can only be traded within Morocco , however, Dirhams are being sold and bought in travel agencies and at major airports in several countries (notably the UK). The import and export of the currency is tolerated up to a limit of 1000DH. Currency purchased during a visit to Morocco should be converted back before departing the country, with the exception of the 1000Dh level. Travellers should be advised to keep the receipts of currency exchange, as these will be required for the conversion of Dirham back to foreign currency prior to departure. You can change as many Dirhams as you have left.
Using a credit card (VISA etc) to obtain money from ATM's is also possible but one must remember that interest is charged from the moment money is dispensed. The normal practice of an interest-free period which applies to purchases, typically over 50 days, made on the card does NOT apply to cash withdrawals. Banks will allow cheques to be cashed but must be supported by a guarantee card.
==Get in== == Get =By plane=== '''Marrakech-Menara Airport''' ({{IATA|RAK}}), ☎+212 4444 7910, +212 4444 78 65, +212 4444 8506 [http://www.onda.ma/]. Marrakech has an international airport with direct scheduled flights coming in from London, Stockholm, Paris and Madrid and many charter flights arriving from all over Europe. If you are flying from the US, Canada, Asia or elsewhere, you'll have to change planes in Casablanca. Plenty of low cost companies now fly to Marrakech. Some companies fly to [[Casablanca]], where a plane change for the 45 min flight to Marrakech can be made.  From the UK, Easyjet [http://www.easyjet.com] flies to Marrakech from Manchester and Gatwick Airport (and also from [[Madrid]] and from [[Lyon]]). '''Ryanair''' has direct flights from [[Oporto]] (Portugal), [[London]] Luton, and [[London]] Stansted to Marrakech. They also fly from from Frankfurt-Hahn (Germany), Alicante (Spain), Girona (Spain), Madrid and Reus (Spain) to Marrakech. '''Thomson Airways''' travels from London Gatwick and [[Manchester]]. British Airways [http://www.ba.com] are to begin flying from London Gatwick in 2011. BMI British Midland International fly 3 times per week from London Heathrow starting April 1, 2011. TUIfly no longer fly to Marrakech, Atlas Blue[http://www.atlas-blue.com], was an offshoot of Royal Air Maroc very low cost fares but is no more a separate brand for Royal Air Maroc neither a low cost rates that flies in from several European cities. Transavia.com is a new Low cost airline from Air France-KLM group coming to Marrakech from several cities in Europe like Paris. Norwegian [http://www.norwegian.no/] offers direct flights from [[Copenhagen]], [[Oslo]] and [[Stockholm]]. Iberia offers two non stop flights from Madrid. '''TAP Portugal''' offers direct flights from [[Lisbon]]. From inside the country, you can take '''Royal Air Morocco''' [http://www.royalairmaroc.com], with flights from [[Agadir]], [[Casablanca]] (daily), [[Fez]] (daily), [[Ouarzazate]], [[Al Hoceima]], and [[Tangier]].  ==== Money exchange and ATMs in the airport ====Terminal 1 has two money changing outlets in the Arrivals hall and one in Departures. Terminal 2 had ATMs, but (as of March 2012) is currently being re-built from the ground up. On ATMs, check for the Maestro, Cirrus or Plus logos to be sure that the machine accepts foreign credit cards. Beware as some of the ATMs work only in French. If your card is taken at the ATM, tell airport security and they can help you get it back.
ATMs generally dispense only 100 and 200 dirham notes so getting change for small everyday purchases like water, taxis etc can be a challenge. At weekends you may have difficulty acquiring cash as machines are not generally restocked until the following Monday. Sometimes your card may work in some machines and not others, or may support smaller withdrawals rather than larger ones, and may work at some times and not others. You should ensure you have a backup means of funding your visit. ATMs usually dispense a maximum of 2000Dh but other limits may apply dependent on your bank.
 
==== Getting to the airport====
The airport is located about 9km (6 miles) from the city. The best option, if you don't have too much luggage, is by '''bus''' (line 19). Otherwise it's easier to take a taxi which takes about 15 minutes to get to the center of the Medina.
=====On foot=====
 
If you don't have too much luggage then it's possible to walk from the airport to the Medina even though it would take you from an hour and half to two hours. There is a footpath alongside the road all the way and the minaret of the Koutoubia mosque provides an excellent landmark to head towards. If you have enough time you can break the trip with a visit to the Menara gardens, which are between the airport and the city.
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