Marrakech Souks and Medina Tour
The Marrakech souks and Medina tour starts in Marrakech’s iconic Djemaa el-Fna. Originally, this vast square was a place of public execution and meant “assembly of the dead”. It is now the central meeting point and home to storytellers, astrologers, snake charmer, acrobats and toe-tapping Gnaoua troupes. It sits at the heart of the Marrakech Medina, the old walled part of the city. You’ll return here later, but first, you’ll head into the narrow alleyways that lead off from the square into what is known as the souks (or souqs).
Each area of the souk, by and large, sells something different. Furthermore, your guide will lead you through at your own pace. You begin with Souk Semmarine, which used to be the main textile souk but has now diversified. You can see a wide range of goods for sale, such as lamps, pottery, brass, belts and bags all on display.
Next, you arrive at Rahba Kedima Square. Notably, basket-weavers ply their trade here, and you can also see colourful rugs on display. You might also see some of the medicinal stalls selling frightful objects such as snails, dried scorpions and leeches. Apparently, snails are excellent to stave off wrinkles! Stop for mint tea in the Café des Epices where you can take stock and watch the world go by.
You have now arrived at the Central Souks. Each souk specialises in a particular craft. These include Souk Larzal (wool), Souk Btana (Sheepskins), Souk Zrabia (Carpets), Souk Des Bijoutieiers (Jewellery), Souk Des Cherratine (Leather), Souk Des Babouches (Slippers), Souk Haddadine (Blacksmiths), Souk Chaouari (Carpenters), Souk Teinturies (Dyers), Souk Des Chaudronniers (Coppersmiths). Your guide is on hand to point out various tidbits of interest along your way.
Dip out of the souks for a stop at Le Jardin Secret. This traditional medina garden contains a soothing canopy of palms and banana trees set within a 17th-century riad courtyard. Head up the tower for stunning views over the Medina.
Turning south, you reach Mouassine Fountain, built in the 16th century by Abdallah el Ghalib and is also one of the 80 original medina fountains.
We tend to suggest doing this tour in the afternoon so that you can remerge into the Djemaa el-Fna when spice-infused clouds bellow from the lantern-lit grills. Above all, the Marrakech Souks and Medina Tour is a perfect first taste of Morocco.