Marrakesh Travel Guide

Marrakesh Sights

Souks

  • Market/Bazaar
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 03/09/2017

Fodor's Review

The vast labyrinth of narrow streets and derbs at the center of the medina is the souk—Marrakesh's marketplace and a wonder of arts, crafts, and workshops. Every step brings you face-to-face with the colorful handicrafts and bazaars for which Marrakesh is famous. In the past, every craft had a special zone within the market—a souk within the souk. Today savvy vendors have pushed south to tap trading opportunities as early as possible, but the deeper in you venture, you will be rewarded by cheaper prices and by seeing authentic artisans–-metalworkers, the carpenters, the tailors, and the cobblers–-at work. Look for incongruities born of the modern era. Beside handcrafted wooden pots for kohl eye makeup are modern perfume stores; where there is a world of hand-sewn djellabas at one turn, you'll find soccer jerseys after the next; fake Gucci caps sit beside handmade Berber carpets.

As you wander through the souk, take note of landmarks so that you can retrace your steps without

too much trouble. Once the shops' shutters close, they're often unrecognizable. The farther north you go the more the lanes twist, turn, and entwine. Should you lose your way, retrace your steps to the busiest thoroughfare and then look for the brown painted signs (usually found at key intersections) indicating the direction of Place Jemaa el Fna. But mostly you'll rely on people in the souk to point the way. If you ask a shopkeeper rather than a loitering local, you'll be less likely to fall into the clutches of a "faux guide."

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Marrakesh, Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, Morocco

Published 03/09/2017

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