• Sarah Hawkins

Treasure of the souks in Marrakech.

Marrakech, the beautiful red city in the sun of Morocco, is best known for its thriving souks and considered as a major economic centre of Morocco. “Souk” is an Arabic word given to the marketplaces.

Be prepared to barter as there are no fixed prices in the Souks, so people may find that intimidating but I find it part of the fun. Just remember the first price the quote you they will be overcharging you - start with 50 % and then slowly barter up from that.

The culture of Marrakech has a bohemian touch to it and complements the Boho lifestyle in a very artistic way.

The markets have so many beautiful treasures to find such as beautiful lanterns, vibrant babouches, tagines, carpets, leather goods, and kaftans.

The maze of narrow alleyways turn and twist their way north of the main square, the Djemma el-Fna. When you step into the bustling market of Medina, the old city which is said to be the heart of Marrakech, you are suddenly hit by the alternating aromas of leather goods and spices.

There is a huge variety of souks in Marrakech and I could spend hours exploring it all and end up spending every penny I own as I stumble on treasure after treasure.

Some people may become over-whelmed at the loud and vibrant souks of Marrakech but if you can get used to the hustle and bustle you will find so many unique items here.

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