A number of Arabic dialects are spoken but French is the common language so it helps if you know a little. In the cities most could speak English.
Most major airlines do not fly direct to Marrakesh from Australia, although this is to change. Qantas/Emirates offer flights via Dubai arriving in Casablanca. There is a train service from Casablanca to Marrakesh that takes 2 hours. A first class ticket is approximately $20. Allow an hour for a taxi ride from the airport to the station. Alternatively you can hire a driver for approximately $150 to take you directly to Marrakesh (1.5 hours).
Hip Marrakesh is a great App you can download on your phone that has a map of the medina and tracks you so if you do find yourself completely lost then this will get you out without asking for direction which can be costly.
There aren’t any fare meters in the taxis so be sure to confirm your price before hopping inside. Your hotel concierge can help with this too.
As Morocco is predominately Islamic, alcohol is not found everywhere. It is only served in some restaurants and hotels.
Tourists can be targets for locals vying for a dollar. Be mindful when accepting help as it may lead you elsewhere.
Ali ben Youssef Medersa
"You who enter my door, may your highest hopes be exceeded' reads the text over the entryway of Ali ben Youssef Medersa an Islamic school attached to the Ben Youssef Mosque. It is home to some of the most beautiful art and architecture in Marrakesh.
Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech
The Photography Museum of Marrakesh houses a permanent collection as well as special exhibitions. There is also a sweet café on the roof terrace where you can enjoy a great view of the Medina.
Majorelle Garden is a 12-acre botanical garden and artist's landscape garden. It also has an archaeological museum that is open to the public. Majorelle Garden was owned by Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé. After Yves Saint Laurent’s death in 2008, his ashes were scattered there. This little area of Marrakesh is also home to local designers and art stores.
Koutoubia Mosque is the largest mosque in Marrakesh and the centre of the city. Five times a day, a voice rises above the Djemaa din as the muezzin calls the faithful to prayer from the Koutoubia Mosque minaret.