Souks of Marrakech

The souks are the beating heart of Marrakech. This labyrinth of alleyways and small squares cover much of the northern half of the medina (or old town). It’s a real hive of activity with thousands of market traders, stall holders, craftsmen and workshops all vying for space and attention.

It’s a fascinating place to wander around, but as a tourist it can also be a bit of an endurance test – you will get lost and you will get hassled. But if you can stay patient, try to maintain a sense of humour and keep your wits about you then the experience will be rewarding: 

© Mark Simms Photography (2015)

15 Responses to “Souks of Marrakech”

  1. marysmirror

    These pictures are wonderful… All this colors… They are just amazing- I especially love the first one…
    But getting hassled doesn’t sound that good… Hope it wasn’t that bad…

  2. Chillbrook

    What a fascinating place to visit and photograph Mark! Glad you came out unscathed. How about the wallet though.. new rug perhaps? 😉

    • Mark Simms

      Well I came out of the Souks physically unscathed, but had a bit of a fall later on in the holiday…..more of which later. We bought a couple of things from the souks….a tajine and a Hand of Fatima (a good luck trinket)……but we are dreadful at haggling. We got them for about 60% of the starting price, but apparently you should be aiming for more like 40%. It’s never a good sign when the shopkeeper is laughing as you walk away.

    • Mark Simms

      I was really surprised actually at how many American tourists we came across in Morocco…..we’ve been to Egypt, Jordan and Turkey before, but Morocco definitely had the most Americans of all those countries.

  3. ckponderings

    Lovely shots, Mark. I loved these when I was there last month… Still working through the photos, though, lol!! 🙂


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