Shopping in the Medina of Marrakech

 

If we visit the city of Marrakech, one of the main attractions is walking and shopping in the Medina. This is the old city area, declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, and offers an exotic web of narrow streets and historic buildings.

Since most of the mosques and palaces scattered around the Medina are not open to non-Muslims, the great attraction for tourists is in the souks (“suqs” in Arabic) that give color to the area and offer a fun day browsing among the many products and attractions that they house.

The first thing to know is that you should not be concerned about security. The souks of Marrakech are very touristy and therefore do not enter them without the company of a local or a tourist guide. Simply take the same care with our purses or wallets as we walk through the area.

The heart of the Medina of Marrakech is the Djemaa el Fna, a crowded place where you can find food stalls, musicians and dancers, snake charmers, water sellers, animals, and henna painting, among many other things. You also have to be careful not to take pictures without permission (yes, once you do, they ask for money in return). And, always ask the price of things before trying them.

From the square arise countless streets where you can find shops and stalls of all kinds.You will see artisans working on different materials: leather, wrought iron, wood, and many more. You will be able to purchase Hookahs, tables, lamps and other decorative items as well as hats, jackets, slippers , handbags, and djellabas.

Objects actually sold there are not things you can not find in Spanish cities such as Granada or Cordoba. You can also purchase natural orange juices, nuts and, of course, teas, herbs and spices of all kinds.

In the souks, you can test your art of bargaining . The Djemaa el Fna is a good place to eat something. But, if your health is not that strong, just be careful. It will be more advisable to eat in hotels or in some restaurants. After a hot day of shopping, it’s nice to sit there in one of the terraces to contemplate the life of the city.

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