Sightseeing in Marrakech
Pass the Souq and carry on north after the museum of Marrakech and the mosque. Keep going through the little alleys and head north west towards the Medina. You’ll need a good map but if you follow the streets to the Jardin Majorelle, you’ll get a taste of how the local people live and work. You’ll go past local markets, woodworkers, tanners, butchers (still have to find out what a budin is by the way…), people on their lunch break. Be brave and eat in places where local eats – you’ll find it rewarding sitting among locals and observing the real local life around you. Once out of the medina carry on the main street and reach the Jardin Majorelle, an oasis in the hearth of Marrakech.
Jardins Majorelle is a botanical garden and artist’s landscape garden in Marrakech, Morocco. It was designed by the expatriate French artist Jacques Majorelle in 1924, during the colonial period when Morocco was a protectorate of France.
Unleash the pro photographer in you and take a trip to the dyers souk and tannery where you’ll find a treat for the eyes and a test of your sense of smell
Shopping in Marrakech
Leading out of Jemaa el Fnaasquare are the labyrinthine souks. Have a price in your head that you want to pay for something before having a go at haggling and enjoy!
For somewhere less touristy, head out of the city to Berber markets such as the one in Sefrou.
Other Marrakech tips
Feeling hot? Then a trip to the Atlas mountains is for you. Toubkal is the highest peak in North Africa, but you don’t need to climb all that way to cool off, a visit to the foothills closer to Marrakech will provide that welcome relief as well as a glimpse of rural Moroccan life.
See those men with the pliers in Jemaa el Fnaa Square? They’re dentists. Avoid.
The scenes showing the Cairo streets in the film The Mummy were shots of a Marrakech souk. Because the souk is such a maze, the actors and crew were warned not to wander too far from the set or risk getting lost.
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