Unusual Marrakech (Self Guided), Marrakech

Most of the tour guides would introduce you to the most popular attractions, taking you on a tour to the imposing palaces, important religious sites, museums and, of course, some shopping places. However if you are looking forward to seeing a more uncommon Marrakech, this tour is just the thing you are looking for. Take this tour and discover the local traditions of a unique and unusual Marrakech.
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Guide Name: Unusual Marrakech
Guide Location: Morocco » Marrakech (See other walking tours in Marrakech)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
Author: ann
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • High Tech Souk
  • Mouassine Fountain
  • Souk des Teinturiers
  • Fondouks
  • Hammam Bab Doukkala
  • La Maison Arabe
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High Tech Souk

1) High Tech Souk

Located near the Almoravid Koubba, High Tech Souk is widely considered one of the most bizarre and strange souks of all. It is probably the hilarious contrast of small insignificant shops tucked into mud-brick walls exhibiting all of the latest inventions of the high-tech industry, from flat-screen TVs to digital cameras and computers.
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Mouassine Fountain

2) Mouassine Fountain

The Medina of Marrakech once counted 80 fountains; the oldest and most important still in use today is the Mouassine Fountain.

The fountain is part of the Mouassine complex that comprises a 12th century mosque, a library, a hammam and a madrasa. The fountain is situated directly to the north of the mosque’s ablution chamber.

The fountain is rectangular in shape, 18 meters long and 4.70 meters wide. It has three arcades with a carved cedar canopy surmounted by green tiles. Two of the arches are plain – these were for watering animals. The third arch, which is for humans, is intricately decorated.

The fountain was built in 1570 on the order of Sultan Moulay Abdellah. It is fed by underground channels that were created when the city was founded in 1072. The water comes from the Atlas Mountains.

These channels are called khettera, or qanat, and they have been in use in desert countries since the 1st millennium BC. They were developed on the Iranian plateau and the idea quickly spread. They consist of a series of vertical shafts, like a well, connected by sloping tunnels.

Although locals might drink the water, it isn’t a good idea for tourists to try it. Just admire the fountain, take photos of it and stick to bottled mineral water.
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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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Fondouks

4) Fondouks

Originally storehouses and workshops of local merchants, the Fondouks are nowadays very popular among tourists. Only 140 of them are left today in Medina. These beautiful medieval courtyards and inns offer the best treatment one can wish for. They also have a quite interesting architecture.
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Hammam Bab Doukkala

5) Hammam Bab Doukkala (must see)

Hammam represents a Middle Eastern variant of a steam bath. Locals go to a hammam at least once a week. Hammam Bab Doukkala is among the oldest in Marrakech. This cute community steam bath dates back to the 17th century. It is located on the Bab Doukkala street in the Medina.

Tip:
Bring some traditional Moroccan soap, a scrubbing mitt, a towel, two pairs of underwear, flip-flops, shampoo, and maybe a plastic mat to sit on.
Women's hours are from noon until 7pm, while men's are early morning and later in the evening (10/11pm).
Massages are also available.
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La Maison Arabe

6) La Maison Arabe

Located near the Bab Doukkala Mosque, La Maison Arabe is a famous hotel in Marrakech. It owes its reputation, not merely to the fine service or free cooking workshops, but especially to its great hammams (steam baths). The building itself has a typical Morrocan architecture and is surrounded by alluring gardens, so you will have plenty of space to wander around.

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