the medina of Marrakech - just marvellous

Monday, 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.

Walking through the Medina of Marrakech

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...

Medina of Marrakech - hand painted plates for sale
hand-painted plates for sale

Medina of Marrakech - art for sale

Medina of Marrakech - leather shoe soles drying in the sun
leather inner-soles drying in the sun

Medina of Marrakech - lantern shop
gorgeous light shop

Medina of Marrakech - tea pots for sale

...olives, figs, dates, walnuts, spices, raw meat, cooking smells - your nose will get a work out here as well.

Medina of Marrakech - chicken Bastilla (pie) form a small stall

...I settled on a Chicken Bastilla (sweet and savoury pie) for lunch from a small stall.

And there are cats everywhere - sleeping in some very unusual places!

Medina of Marrakech - cat asleep on a bicycle seat

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!!

Medina of Marrakech - walking through the narrow streets at sunset

And once you're all done shopping, bargaining, and, well 'going nuts' - seek out some tranquillity at Jardin Majorelle Marrakech. Happy travel days.

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8 comments

  1. Ohhh I LOVED the medina in Marrakech. I can't wait to go back one day. I'm such a market fiend!

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  2. Amazing photos! What a beautiful place.

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  3. I love the brilliant colors in those hand painted plates!

    Cheers,
    Alyson

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  4. Great article about the city that uses all of your senses!

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  5. What lovely, lovely photos of the medina! Don't you just want to pack all your bags and go right back? Marakekch was such a fun place to visit and I can't wait to return someday!

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  6. This place looks so vibrant! I really hope to make it to Morocco while I am over this side of the world

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