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Colorful Marrakesh Market

Posted by on Jun 18, 2012 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Colorful Marrakesh Market

Marrakech or Marrakesh, known as the “Ochre City”, with a population of over 1,000,000 inhabitants is the most important former imperial city in Morocco’s history.

Marrakesh has the largest traditional Berber market (souk) in Morocco and also has one of the busiest squares in Africa and the world, Djemaa el Fna. The square bustles with acrobats, story-tellers, water sellers, dancers and musicians. By night food stalls open in the square turning it into a huge busy open-air restaurant.

 

The city has one of the largest traditional markets and it stays busy the entire year. Tourists come from all over the world to buy stuff from Marrakech. Try visiting the Djemma el Fna souk for its chaotic beauty and vibrant energy. Get lost in the labyrinth-like market while bartering for spices, jewels or carpets during the day.

A souk can mean either a single market stall or, as in this case, a whole bustling labyrinth of stalls selling everything from rugs and spices to leather goods and love potions.

The souks are divided into different areas for different products; ‘El-Kebir Souk’ for leather goods, ‘Qassabine souk’ for wickerwork, dried fruit and spices, but it is pointless trying to remember names and routes as there are no signs or names and the stalls are crowded together.

One of the best things about the souks is that you can often see the handicrafts being made as the craftsmen sit out on their stalls as they work, whispering ‘come in, have a look’ as you pass.