Exploring Marrakech, Morocco
The city of Marrakech, Morocco is located in the middle of the country, nestled at the feet of the Atlas Mountains, a charming city divided in two.
The Old City or the Medina, and Gueliz, or the Modern City, make up an overall city of culture, history and rather interesting architecture alongside a bustling shopping centre with a vibrant night-life.
This is quite possibly the liveliest square in all of Africa, if not the world, and it is the largest souk – or traditional market – in the country.
Marrakech isn’t know for expensive accommodation but staying around Djemaa el Fna will be more expensive than any other part of the city, so make sure to look for some deals beforehand.
The best way of approaching a souk isn’t to rush, it’s to reserve yourself a bunch of time to wander the stalls and alleyways so that you can get a feel for what’s on offer and then to never pay the asking price, always bargain, it’s part of the experience, and is expected actually.
The souk’s atmosphere is completed by drums beating and crowds clapping from all over the place, not to mention the fact that you’ll see a weird and interesting blend of traditional costumes and modern dress and all of that imbued in the smells of different and exotic foods.
Rue Bab Agnaou
This is a considerably more peaceful area, where the streets are clean and safe being the home to the Royal Palace and the Saadian Tombs, as well as the ruins of the El Badi Palace.
This place can be found through the impressive ramparts to the Kasbah area, and you’ll find small bazaars, not on the scale of the main souk, but considerably less frenzied as well as various food stalls and restaurants.
The Museum of Islamic Art can be found here and not far you can find the Dar Is Said Museum. Keep inmind the Koutobia Mosque which is just besides the Djemaa El Fna.
Keep some Morocco car hire services in mind when traveling there.