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About Marrakech

If you think that visiting Marrakech requires a large sum of money, think again! Sure, there are plenty of locations where you can spend hundreds of euros per night on a room and indulge in lavish "Moroccan" cuisine, but you don't have to! Marrakech is an affordable holiday and weekend getaway destination, with dozens of planes coming daily from Europe. When you travel to Marrakech, don't worry about breaking the bank once you've booked your airfare and hotel; instead, conserve your money while still enjoying everything the city has to offer.

Visit the Alternative Gardens

Sure, the Majorelle Gardens are lovely, but depending on the options you select, entrance costs 50 dirham or more per person. It may not be a lot of money, but every dirham matters when you're on a tight budget. Instead, take a stroll around one of the other two gardens near the medina.This is one of the many free activities available in Marrakech. The Arset Moulay Abdeslam Cyber Garden or the Kotoubia Gardens are both beautiful and near to the medina. You can use the Cyber Garden's free wi-fi (note that the internet can be patchy) to check your emails or make a Facebook update, as well as find a clean public restroom. The Kotoubia Gardens are also an excellent place to walk and take photos of the towering minaret and the surrounding fauna and flora.

Admission to the Marrakech Museum, the Almoravid Koubba, and the Ben Youssef Medrassa

First, go to the Marrakech Museum and purchase a 60 dirham combo ticket that allows you to see all three locations. The Marrakech Museum may be difficult to navigate if you don't speak French, but you may still enjoy the many traditional objects on display. The Almoravid Kubba (dating from the 1100s) is the only existing piece of Almoravid architecture in Marrakech and is certainly a piece of history. Finally, Ben Youssef Medrassa, which is my personal favorite of the three. This was previously a school (medrassa means school), with students living upstairs. Apart from the walls, there isn't much left, but the architecture and artisan work are stunning.

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