When you think of Marrakech, you can’t help but picture Place Jamaa el Fna and the surrounding souk (marketplace) in the Medina of Marrakech. It’s one the best-known squares and marketplaces in Africa, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and a must see on everyone’s list if you’re traveling to Morocco. Among the mix of restaurants, stands, and alleyways, you’ll find colorful handicrafts, food, souvenirs, and more. With that said, be sure you know what you’re walking into… chaos!
We’re breaking this posts into a part I and part II since we took so many photos!
During the day, the square is filled with orange juice stands, shops, and snake charmers, but as the day progresses, the square fills up with more food-stalls, magicians, and storytellers. The surrounding alleyways are littered with shops that carry common daily goods for locals and some locally made items that make for great souvenirs.
Later that night, we headed back to the square after dinner, and it was much more lively and crowded with locals. Everyone was trying to get us to sit at their food stalls.
Making our way into the vast network of alleyways and shops, we quickly realized that many of the stalls carry the same goods. Make sure you shop around to compare prices. This is where you can learn to bargain and get the best deal you can.
Be ready to have all your senses bombarded! The sights, sounds, smells, and heat definitely keep you stimulated.
Check out our A Day in Marrakech Vlog here:
What are some of your favorite marketplaces you’ve visited?