Walking through colorful souks while you’re catching the smell of different aromas that come from a huge variety of spices, you will discover authentic products and bargains, also you will be listening to the sounds of the story-tellers and seeing some fire-eaters or snake charmers. All of this makes Marrakech the most exotic place in the world to do bargain-hunting, this will not only be the best shopping of your life, but also an unforgettable experience.
Throughout different centuries, this place has been a renowned trading center where Berbers, Arabs, nomads, and tribespeople from the Atlas Mountains coincided together in this chaotic central square, Jemaa El Fna, while merchants from Timbuktu, Egypt, and Europe came to deal goods like cotton, gold, silver, and spices. Nowadays not much has changed; therefore, shopping is still a good reason to visit Marrakech.
A variety of alleyways stretch into the heart of the souk, rows of stalls line on both sides while some salesmen are trying to catch your attention. It might be possible that you get lost in the souk’s streets but don’t worry, people usually find their way back to a familiar spot.
A must-see is an old place called Rahba Kedima off Rue Semaine in the north-east part of the souk, where you can find potions, lotions or spices that can cure either a disease or an ailment. Also, it’s important that you don’t miss seeing the souk coming to live at sunset because this is the moment in which musicians, dancers, and henna tattooers gather together, and shortly after the sun goes down the open air restaurants take central stage.
If you want to escape from all the noise, then you should try to go to a riads, which is a traditional home that has been converted into stylish boutiques hotels where you will feel like you’re in an art gallery. Stepping inside one of them will give you the peace you deserve, in there you will feel relaxed and you can rest before going into a new shopping adventure.
How can you get there?
Different airlines fly daily to Marrakech, Morocco so you don’t have to worry about that, you’re free to choose which airline you want to travel with and when you want to do it. Also, you can stay in Dar Les Cigognes, which is one of the luxurious riads. Last but not least, it’s important that you know that there are local guides that can help you find your way through the alleyways.
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