Marrakech medina is an assault to the senses. The souk is a visual feast of colours – from clothes to shoes to spices and jewelries. Yes, it’s a shopping paradise for those who love colours, moorish designs and fashion. The best thing about this souk is that the vendors are respectful. They don’t harass you to buy something from them. They’d call your attention once or twice to what they’re selling but a polite “thanks” is enough for them to know that you’re just window shopping. The vendors here are the exact opposite of the ones in the medina in Fez who are worst I ever had in Morocco.
Have a visual feast with these photos.
Marrakech Medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The medina was the an economic and political capital of ancient Morocco.
Today, it is known as a shopping mecca for everything you’ve ever wanted to buy.
For the moneyed tourists, it’s a delightful place for delightful things. For backpackers on a budget, buying little souvenirs is all we could ever afford.
Here in this medina, you’ll find uniquely designed clothes and colourful scarves.
They have everything leather – bags, belts, shoes, wallets, etc.
Lantern of all shapes, sizes and designs hang from the ceilings.
Things made of steel, metals, irons, tins, aluminums, copper, bronze, gold and silver are ubiquitous.
Spices? No problem. You’ve got a lot to choose from.
Traditional medicines and beauty products are sold together like they’re inseparable combination.
While strolling, notice the doors, walls, gates, ceilings and columns. The design would never fail to amaze you.
There are murals, too.
Observe local life.
And if you’re lucky, you’ll find Nasser, who’s busy making things out of a sheep’s skin.
Do you know that part of the “Sex and City 2” was shot here? Remember that scene when the girls got in trouble in the middle of the market and they were rescued by women wearing burqas? Well, that was not shot in Dubai but here.
Tips for the shoppers:
Haggle wisely. Make sure you and the vendor are both happy with the price. If you’re not happy with what’s quoted to you, move on. You’ll find more shops around the area, selling the same thing you want so bad.
Not into travelling solo or alone? Discover Morocco via Intrepid Travel. They have tours that aren’t crowded but limited participants. Choose from the different itineraries they have, exploring part of or the whole country. You’ll love their tours!