Get Lost in the Maze of Stalls in the Souks
Immerse yourself in authentic daily life by wandering through the labyrinth of bustling souks in Marrakech. The maze of stalls overflow with everything from colorful spices to handcrafted items, antiques and carpets. Joining a guide will make it much easier to navigate the narrow alleyways and master the art of haggling with the merchants. If you go on your own, just get lost in the excitement. If you keep on going, dodging the donkeys, carts, motorbikes and people, you’ll eventually reach the medina wall. When you need a break, there are plenty of rooftop cafes for relaxing over a cup of mint tea, soaking up the atmosphere from a distance.
Snake Charmers and Storytellers in Djemaa El Fna
The main square, Djemaa El Fna, is the epicenter of Marrakech. Visit in the morning and then returning in the evening to discover how it’s metamorphosed. During the day marvel at snake charmers who bewitch their cobras with flutes while medicine men display their interesting cures. In the late afternoon, it begins its transformation. Many come to promenade in the early evening hours, when the square begins to fill with a carnival-like atmosphere of acrobats, storytellers, musicians, and entertainers, while aromatic food stalls serve delicious, affordable meals.
El Badi and Bahia Palaces
Get an interesting glimpse of Marrakesh history, witnessing firsthand how the architecture and art has changed by visiting the El Badi and Bahia palaces. El Badi, or Badia, is in a semi-ruined state, built in the 16th-century. It was once the most spectacular palace in the western reaches of the Muslim world. Today, only the vast courtyard with its reflecting pools and sunken gardens remain, providing a hint of its former majesty.
Bahia Palace was built in the mid-19th-century and expanded around the turn-of-the-20th-century. Some of the highlights include intricate painted ceilings, a courtyard with a white Italian Carrara marble floor and beautifully carved cedarwood doors.