One of Marrakech’s main attractions is its medina. Vast, it is full of souks where tourists can buy souvenirs and handicrafts.
But the medina of Marrakech is also a place to live, where thousands of locals live on a daily basis. We discover these districts of the medina of Marrakech by moving away from the tourist heart of the city, namely the Jemaa el Fna square.
One of the main interests of the medina of Marrakech is the souks and shopping.Each traveller will find for himself: oriental pastries, carpets, beauty products but also leather products (slippers, bags,…) or oriental decoration, wooden objects,…
A real mess of products from Moroccan crafts.Be careful though, some unscrupulous sellers do not hesitate to sell products “made in China” by making them look like creations from Morocco. Be attentive and know that in the medina of Marrakech, everything is negotiable!
The main souks are located near the famous Jemaa el Fna square. You can then walk through dozens of narrow streets full of shops of all kinds. A guaranteed change of scenery!
Moving away from the tourist heart
If you wish to discover a more authentic medina and understand the way of life of the inhabitants of the medina of Marrakech, we recommend that you move away from the tourist heart of the medina.
Any advice? One and only one: get lost in the medina! You’ll still end up finding your way back. Stroll around the medina without any real objective. You will make beautiful discoveries: mosques, small traditional restaurants, craftsmen’s workshops,…
The medina of Marrakech is quite large, we advise you to spend at least two half-days strolling aimlessly through this maze of alleys.
You should also know that the medina of Marrakech has some interesting monuments that deserve a visit such as the Ben Youssef medersa, the tanneries or the Almoravid Koubba.
Immerse yourself in the medina of Marrakech
To immerse yourself in the medina of Marrakech, nothing beats staying in a riad in the heart of the medina of Marrakech.
It is the best accommodation solution to live in the heart of an authentic district of Marrakech. In addition, the traditional architecture of the riad will definitely plunge you into the east and its change of scenery.
You can also have a good breakfast with local products.
Staying in the heart of the medina is also a very good location and avoids unnecessary trips between your places of visit and your accommodation.
You will find riads at very different prices. For a correct riad in the middle of the medina, it is necessary to count between 80 and 100 euros per night for a double room.