One of my favourite cities in the world. Such an attack on the senses is Marrakesh with it’s mysterious Medina, the people dressed in their traditional clothing, the wonderful and alluring Djemaa el-Fna where you will find snake charmers, old men selling teeth – yes teeth and many other wondrous things.
Upon our arrival we checked into our riad with it’s colourful Moroccan tiled walls, carpets, lamps and palm trees. The riads in Marrakesh are a great place to stay and ours was very close to the Medina.
We immediately headed off to the main square and wandered around the many souks looking at the amazing array of trinkets to buy.
The main thoroughfares are Souq Semmarine and Souq el-Kebir, originally these souks were dedicated to leather work however they now sell all manner of things.
Being good natured when bargaining is expected in the souks. A rough guide is to halve the price of the amount quoted then work your way up. Also remember that shops are open between 10a.m. and 7p.m. every day except for Friday afternoon.
In the evening Djemaa el-Fna (the main square) comes alive with people from all walks of life. Here you will see storytellers, palm readers, snake charmers, acrobatics and toe-tapping Gnaoua troupes.
Once the vendors commence cooking the smells are divine and you cannot help but sit down at one of the many stalls and eat the delicious local cuisine. There are many bars and restaurants all around the square and these are some of the best places to go for a drink and to sit and watch the amazing spectacle below.
The next day we reluctantly left the ancient and exotic Marrakesh and Morocco. I have to say it is probably the most fascinating country I have ever had the pleasure to visit.
Our tour with Peregrine Adventures was so well organised I can highly recommend them.