To understand the nature of the souks in Marrakech, you have to lose yourself in the twists and turns of the city's history and go back in time, from its creation until now. This dizzying immersion in the Kingdom's past will take you to an era when caravan drivers came here to exchange food products and commodities before facing the Moroccan desert.
In Marrakech, the hustle and bustle of the souks is the result of some 40,000 craftsmen. In all, 18 souks have been inventoried and divided into bodies of trade (music instruments repairmen, metalworkers, woodworkers, leather craftsmen, basket makers, spices dealers and other dyers). From oriental slippers to spices, jewellery, rugs and leather bags, this is a real labyrinth where you can meander your way around scents, colours and sounds. From the famous Jemaa el-Fna square (designated a UNESCO Intangible cultural heritage in 2001), you will bask in the soft frenzy of more than 20 hectares of narrow streets, oblivious to the surrounding importation stores.
Jemaa el-Fna square