Our guide was free, anticipating our purchases, but many street corners in Mococco’s Medinas are populated with dubious characters who swoop down on tourists befuddled by the complex labyrinth of winding alleyways. They open with lines like “Listen, I not a guide. I want to practice my English” or “I am student. Big welcome, my friend. I show you …” but they will demand substantial payment upon reaching your destination. Download a Google map of the Medina onto your portable device instead.
For a more authentic accommodation experience, find a room at one of the many riads inside the Medina, rather than an ordinary hotel. These are former homes of prominent Moroccans, traditionally constructed around an open central courtyard graced by a fountain and open to the sky, now converted to boutique hotels. Though sometimes hard to find (see above) they are worth the search, offering personalized service in luxurious surroundings at reasonable prices.