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10 souks in Marrakech

10 souks in Marrakech

 

10 souks in Marrakech must visit

 

Marrakech’s earliest inhabitants made their living from trading with the Africans and with the Spaniards who came by sea.

Luxuries like gold and ivory came from the south, while leather, metalwork and ceramics were sent north.

Even today, trade continues to be the city’s mainstay, with thousands of craftsmen eking out an existence in the maze of souks that fill much of the northern half of the medina.

A trip to the souks in marrakech is part history lesson, part endurance test – to see how long you can keep your purse in your bag or your wallet in your pocket.

1- Rue Semarine

The main route into the souks in marrakech is via an arch just north of Jemaa El Fna and along this perpetually busy, sun-dappled alley.

Shop owners along Semarine attempt to entice with a miscellany of robes, kaftans, carpets and antiques.

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2- Souk El Kebir

 

Straight on from Rue Semarine, this is the heart of the souks in Marrakech. It’s a narrow alley that lurches from side-to-side and up-and-down.

It is lined by dozens of the tiniest shops – barely a person wide – each overflowing with goods, particularly leather.

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3- Souk des Babouches

 

Every shop and stall here sell nothing but brightly- colored, soft-leather, pointed-toe slippers known as babouches.

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4- Souk des Tapis

 

Earlier an auction place for slaves, this souk in Marrakech is now crowded with a number of carpet sellers

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5- Souk des Teinturiers

Sheaves of freshly dyed wool (below) are hung from ropes strung across one particular alleyway for a vibrantly colorful scene.

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6- Fondouks

 

The fondouk is an ancient hostelry for travelling merchants built around a courtyard. Most are now gritty workshops.

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7- Souk El Khemis

Entrepreneurs renovating riads  scout this flea market to the north of the  medina for unusual items of furniture.

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8- Souk des Ferronniers

 

Multiple hammering sounds fill the air in the medina’s medieval parts where the ironworkers (below) create furniture,  lanterns and other items.

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9- Souk El Bab Salaam

 

This covered market serves the nearby mellah quarter with everything from food and spices to caged birds.

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10- Rahba Kedima

 

This open square is home to sellers of dried scorpions, leeches and other bizarre substances and objects for use in sihacen, or black magic.

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There are many markets in Marrakech, both old and modern, and the Marrakech city guide provides you with a special page for shopping and touring the most important markets and stores in Marrakech.

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