The Medina of Marrakech is surrounded by a 28 km long wall, that is 9 metres high and has 20 gates. At the heart of Marrakech Medina is the infamous square called Jemma el Fna. This Square in the Medina of Marrakech is over looked by the minerate of Al Koutobia mosque. The square features spectacles and extravaganzas’ all day and night. The Medina of Marrakech is a UNESCO world heritage site. The souks of the Medina start from Jemma el Fna square. There are quite a large number of cafes and restaurants around the square. In the Medina the souks are split into different crafts, for example, one street would dedicated to leather products, one clay and one for clothing. When shopping in Marrakech Medina, it is important to remember that prices are not fixed and that there is huge room for negotiation. Traders and shop owners of Marrakech Medina are extremely shroud and will do everything to lure you into their shops, they will charm you with their English. A visit to the Medina of Marrakech is a truly authentic experience and a brilliant opportunity to take make some suvinieors with you. You can find some amazing clay Tagines in the Medina, which is the perfect gift to take back with you. Another major gift that is sold in Marrakech Medina are the very colourful Moroccan slippers. These are mainly female slippers but there is also a small selection of male slippers. In Marrakech these slippers are made locally using local leather. If you are wanting to busy something really fancy from Marrakech Medina then why not but a ‘Kaftan’ which is the traditional dress of Moroccan women. These tend to be extremely glamorous and in recent years a number of young Moroccan designers have introduced very stylish and modern designs that can be bought in the Medina of Marrakech.
Riads in Marrakech Medina
Most Riads in Marrakech are in the Medina. Historically all the people of Marrakech lived in the Medina. Over the past 30 years or so, as the City of Marrakech has grown, owners of these Riads have started selling them and moving into newer and more modern parts of the Marrakech. That is why many Marrakech Riads are now owned by foreigners, who have renovated them and converted them into Maison d’hôtes or Guest Houses. Unlike Hotels in Marrakech, a Guest House means that you are actually a guest in a Moroccan house with a Moroccan family. That’s why many Riads in Marrakech do not have TVs in the bedrooms, there is however, a TV room in most Riads where you can sit with other guests of the Riad and watch TV. Riads in the Medina of Marrakech tend to have a distinctive aura. The narrow streets of the medina that you have to pass through to get to the Riad do not prepare you for the tranquil and luxurious setting of a Riad in Marrakech.
For your accommodation we can offer you Apartments in Marrakech, or a Hotel in Marrakech, or why not stay at in a Marrakech Riad.