Shopping Adventure in Marrakech, Marrakech

Probably no shopping in your life will compare to this extraordinary experience: vivid, bright, juicy colors of carpets, clothes and shoes; enchanting smells of local perfumes and spices; crafts, handmade jewelry, pottery; and of course, the long shopping mazes and souks. All this is included in the tour below, so don't hesitate! This tour belongs on your "must do" list!
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Shopping Adventure in Marrakech Map

Guide Name: Shopping Adventure in Marrakech
Guide Location: Morocco » Marrakech (See other walking tours in Marrakech)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
Author: ann
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Jemaa el-Fnaa

1) Jemaa el-Fnaa (must see)

Jemaa el-Fnaa is the busiest and most visited of the squares in the Medina quarter of Marrakech and you will love it at any time of the day or night.

The square has been the central marketplace, commercial area and meeting place since the founding of the city in 1072. When the Almoravides dynasty was overthrown by the Almohades in 1147, a lot of the city and its buildings were destroyed, but the marketplace was quickly restored.

Along one side of the square are the famous souks, on the other sides are hotels, gardens and terrace cafés. There is always a great ambiance here and lots of people and noise.

During the day you can buy fresh orange juice or water from sellers dressed in traditional costume and bearing authentic leather water-skins and brass cups. There is a lot to see, with Barbary Macaques who perform tricks or sit on your shoulder while you have your photo taken. There are amazing snake charmers and acrobats.

In the early evening, the juice sellers move on and their place is taken by bands playing all sorts of music to which young Chleuh boys dance to amuse the public. Storytellers settle down to regale locals with their tales (sadly not in English), magicians practice their art and medicine men sell plant remedies.

At night, the music steps up a beat while food stalls are installed and the square becomes a huge open-air restaurant. The stalls are numbered, so once you have found the one for you, don’t forget to jot down its number for when you return to this lively square.

Why You Should Visit:
Totally in line with expectations. Ever since the trade routes, this square has been the meeting point and it still bursts with energy and trade vibes. Noisy and exotic.

Tips:
There are many food stalls with traditional food, although these have much higher risks of illness than restaurant food. Select a busy restaurant with locals in it (best and authentic food) and enjoy.
The other option is to eat at one of the several rooftop restaurants surrounding the square. Great view of the action but less confronting, though slightly more expensive.
Beware of pushy salespeople, "free offers", people with animals (e.g. monkeys, snakes), pickpockets, motorbikes, bicycles and carts.
If you visit at night, don't shop – it's too busy to do much. Just walk and enjoy the atmosphere. During the day (ideally morning when it is cool) is the best time to shop & bargain (bargain hard!).
Consider hiring a guide. Expect to pay $40 for 3-4 hours (agree on this when hiring) as the Jemaa is massive and it is very easy to get lost. Make sure you tell the guide what you want to see.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 6am-1am
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Souk Semmarine

2) Souk Semmarine

Located near Jemaa el Fna, Souk Semmarine is famous for colorful textiles. If you are after an authentic Moroccan bag, shoes, or clothes, then this is the place for you to wander around. Next to the Souk Semmarine you will find Souk Laksour.
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Souk des Teinturiers

3) Souk des Teinturiers

Souk des Teinturiers dazzles with dyed sheaves of wool and textiles. There are plenty of souvenir shops along the souk. It is considered one of the most colorful shopping places in Marrakech. Souk des Teinturiers is also known as dyer's souk.
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Rahba Kedima Square

4) Rahba Kedima Square (must see)

If you want to get the feeling of stepping back in time to early Marrakech, you don’t have to look further than the Rahba Kedima.

This is one of the best market squares in the Medina district of the city. It is really more of a triangle than a square and is more exciting and friendly than the souks.

The sellers set up their wares on the ground or on trestle tables and they are always happy to haggle. They all seem less harried and happier than the sellers in the over-crowded souks and you are certain to find a great bargain here.

You will find traditional hand-woven baskets, raffia bags and a superb array of brightly colored woolly hats. Some of the stands offer a mind-boggling range of goods: dried scorpions, leeches for medicinal purposes, snails (whose slime, you will be assured, does wonders against wrinkles) and other strange and sometimes rather repulsive objects used for witchcraft and black magic.

The square is lined with rug shops and spice shops selling all kinds of exotic herbs and spices. Some shops sell animals – chameleons and other lizards and tortoises. Don’t forget that it is illegal to take these animals home with you, due to quarantine laws, so don’t get carried away and tempted by the low prices.

When you have finished your shopping, do go and have a coffee or a mint tea in the famous Café des Epices, which also sells sandwiches and snacks.

Why You Should Visit:
Like any bazaar, this market square has quite an impact and will keep you spellbound.
It's very easy to lose yourself in the array of Moroccan articles, spices and smells.
More sophisticated and stylish than other, busier spots.

Tip:
The owners here are a bit more aggressive than in the souks – some will try to chase you down to buy stuff.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 7am-6pm
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Souk Zrabia

5) Souk Zrabia

Marrakech markets are known for their colorful handmade carpets, so it's no surprise that much of the local population is involved in making them. Souk Zrabia, or Le Criée Berbère, is found on the left side of the Rahba Kedima. Here you will find handmade carpets, brightly painted at a reasonable price, and a lot of colorful shoes, quite a change from the pre-French Occupation slave markets.

Walking Tours in Marrakech, Morocco

Create Your Own Walk in Marrakech

Create Your Own Walk in Marrakech

Creating your own self-guided walk in Marrakech is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Religious Walking Tour in Marrakech

Religious Walking Tour in Marrakech

Morocco's official religion is Islam. Therefore the most numerous religious structures in Marrakech are the mosques. This tour will introduce you to the most famous of them, as well as to some historic cemeteries, koubbas, and mausoleums. Prepare yourself to learn about the history of Islam and enjoy the architecture of Marrakech's religious attractions by taking the tour below.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Cultural Walking Tour in Marrakech

Cultural Walking Tour in Marrakech

One of the first things your thirsty, adventurous mind starts wondering about when arriving in a new city is the culture of its people, especially when the city you're in is Marrakech. Everything here seems unique and authentic, blending together traditional African style and European influences. Take the tour below and enjoy the best of Marrakech's culture.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Marrakech for Kids

Marrakech for Kids

Marrakech is a great travel destination for families with kids. Not only it will be an interesting cultural experience, the little tourists also will benefit from joyful and fun activities. Magicians, snake charmers, and camel rides will certainly impress your child. Take the tour below and delight yourself and your beloved children with the best attractions for kids in Marrakech.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Marrakech's Palaces Tour

Marrakech's Palaces Tour

A nice activity while in Marrakech is visiting the few palaces this city possesses. Some of them, refurbished and restored, successfully function today as museums. Others, on the other hand, are slowly turning into ruins, but still have a long story to tell and spectacular architecture to amaze with. Take the Marrakech's Palaces Tour and enjoy the mystic atmosphere of these grandiose buildings.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.2 km
Medina Walking Tour in Marrakech

Medina Walking Tour in Marrakech

Dating back to the 19th century, Marrakech's Medina reveals an old Islamic capitol featuring important architectural historic and cultural sights, surrounded by beautiful ramparts. In 1985 it was listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. This walking tour will take you to the most popular attractions in the south part of Medina.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
North Medina Walking Tour in Marrakech

North Medina Walking Tour in Marrakech

Since 1985 the Medina of Marrakech has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk the narrow streets and discover the best of cultural, historic, and religious sights in the north part of Medina. Take the time to explore the Dar Si Said and learn about Morocco's art. And of course don't hesitate to enjoy all the souks and shops along your journey. Just take the North Medina Walking Tour in Marrakech.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Marrakech for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Marrakech has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Marrakech, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.