Unusual Marrakech, Marrakech (Self Guided)

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
Author: ann
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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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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.