|| Marrakech ||
Welcome to part 2. The grit and all things beautiful of the ‘Red City’, it has full of unexpected surprises and hidden secrets this city has to offer, so many things to see and do, even outside the capital – Essaouira, Fez, Tangier and beyond; what’s not to love?
Enjoy the final instalment of my trip to Marrakech! I hope to visit Tangier, Fez next time!
|| Tips for visiting the souks, more like how to survive in the souks ||
The souks is like a complex network of alleyways with shops-like Aladdin’s caves and market stalls, you’ll find all sorts of incredible things like spices, handmade babouche slippers and robes, leather bags, homeware, rugs, jewellery and trinkets and antique furnishings. chaotic and spectacular, it can be very overwhelming and frustrating to navigate around all at once. Here my tips on how to survive in the souks.
- Hire a local guide to accompany through the labyrinth of souks. If you’re happy to wander alone and getting lost for the experience, get a map.
- Keep an eye on what’s going on around you. Expect dodging mopeds, carts and donkeys in the narrow streets of the medina, they come at you from all angles and beware of blind spots.
- Bargaining is a skill and most of the traders spoke French and Arabic. It would help if you had a grade A in French language, okay-ish negotiation skill and a firm attitude, you can survive. If you can’t get a discount, smile and say ‘thanks’, move on.
- Beware of pickpockets. Theft happens all around you, so be vigilant and take care of your personal belongings and pockets. It nearly happened to me once when my phone was taken out of my tote bag, thanks to my quick reaction I managed to grab it back like a bird of prey.