Explore the souks of Marrakech in the lanes around the Djemaa El Fna in the city’s old Medina. Discover quarters dedicated to Berber carpets, leatherwork, dried fruits, spices, and more. Watch the street entertainers charm snakes, tell stories, and more.
What to Expect
Explore the intricate maze of narrow streets in the historic Medina of Marrakech, and discover some of the souks off the famous Djemaa El Fna Square.
Protected from the sun by slatted awnings, you will find a variety of quarters established by craftsmen according to a structured system. There are souks of basketwork, dried fruit, spices, clothes, wool, skins, Berber carpets, leatherwork, ironwork, jewelry, and more.
Go to souks such as the Rue du Souk Smarine, which leads onto the Place Rahba Kedima, site of the old slave market. Today it’s an important place of commerce, though of a less unsavory nature! See old apothecary shops, and haggle for bargains along the way.
Next, visit Djemaa El Fna, the traditional meeting place for peasants and merchants from the Sous region, High Atlas, and South Morocco. The square fills with fruit and spice sellers in the morning. See the guerrab (water carriers) in their traditional costumes, and vendors plying baskets, ironware, and more.
By the afternoon, at the time of your tour, Gnaoua dancers descended from former Guinean slaves arrive to play music, tell stories, and charm snakes in Djemaa El Fna Square, providing a theater of entertainment to passers-by.
What's Not Included
- Hotel pick-up and drop off
Know Before You Go
• Please meet your guide outside the Palais Arabe restaurant on Djemaa El Fna Square at least 15 minutes before scheduled departure time