The Souks of Marrakech are a very interesting place to visit! Filled with so many beautiful (and delicious) sights, the Souks are a definite must-see when you are in Marrakech however, here are a few quick tips to help you make the make the most of your trip to the Souks:
1.) Beware of helpful strangers.
Every interaction in the Souks of Marrakech is heavily laden with purpose. People usually want one thing or the other from you – even when it doesn’t seem like that initially, it almost always ends up that way.
This is not a bad thing in itself – just remember that there’s a ‘goal’ behind every conversation and you’ll be fine. Personally, I find it quite fascinating as it underpins the entrepreneurial nature of the market inhabitants and stall owners!
2.) Never accept the first asking price
Typical guide price to pay in the Souks is about a 3rd of what you’re being offered but you can probably go a lot lower! At the end of the day, pay what you feel happy with of course but this was one of the biggest tips I was given when I first arrived and it proved to be very true. You can almost always haggle to get the price to a third of the initial asking price.
3.) Pay attention to vehicles all around you
And by vehicles, I mean everything from donkey carts to cars. I’ve seen cars squeeze through the tiniest little streets and had a cart roll over my foot. Its so easy to get carried away with all the amazing sights, sounds and smells and not realise that there’s a queue quickly building behind you.
4.) Take comfortable footwear!
Trust me – you’ll need it while wandering through the Souks of Marrakech! 🙂
5.) It’s surprisingly easy to get lost here.
Getting lost in the Souks isn’t as bad as it sounds. Eventually, you’ll find your way around and it’s fairly safe to navigate so the main worry about getting lost here isn’t as much to do with safety as it is to do with wasting your own time.
Pay attention to where you’re going and look out for familiar markers so if you do get lost, you’ll at least know when you’re back on the right track to the main square of the Souks.