the medina of Marrakech - just marvellousMonday, January 13, 2014
To put it simply - the Medina of Marrakech is just marvellous. And if you're planning a trip to Morocco or Marrakech do make sure you allow at least one day to explore it (if not two or three), and get lost in the maze of alleyways, narrow streets and endless stalls with their quick tongued vendors.
To survive here you need to get you 'haggle on' - but with a sense of humour. I'm not usually one for shopping but I did come back to London with two lovely scarves and some tea jars. And in the process I met some very friendly, witty people who loved to chat.
Make sure you bring good walking shoes with you too, as the roads are dusty and there's no cars allowed. That doesn't stop the locals whizzing through on their motorbikes, push pikes though, or transporting goods by mule, horse or donkey.
The streets vary in width but overall are pretty narrow - sometimes less than a metre wide lined with stall upon stall selling a large variety of beautiful homemade wares including carpets, twinkly metal lanterns, leather bags and shoes, natural perfumes, scarf's, tea, jewellery, clothing, cooking-ware and so on...
...olives, figs, dates, walnuts, spices, raw meat, cooking smells - your nose will get a work out here as well.
And there are cats everywhere - sleeping in some very unusual places!
My top recommendation for enjoying the Medina? Buy a bag of oranges (about 4 Dirhams - less than .50p) and some mouth-watering coconut macaroon cookies (1 Dirham each) while you're wandering, and then go nuts exploring!!