Things To Know About The Medina of Marrakech

When you enter the Medina of Marrakech, you may feel like traveling mentally and physically to a world which lacks of any fixed place in time. Anyone has to prepare himself before entering with the idea that everything found in that place will forever mark us, as you cannot ever forget the Medina of Marrakech.

Its area constitutes almost half the map of the city. This, coupled with its labyrinthine plan, creates the perfect place where one can do without the maps given us at any hotel reception, mostly because they will be utterly useless. In this fantastic but quite intense Marrakech neighbourhood you will most probably get lost, no matter how good your intuition and sense of direction may be. 

Without a doubt, the most interesting place in the Medina is the Djemaa el Fna square, listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site, mainly thanks to the efforts of Spanish writer Juan Goytisolo. In this splendid square, the only place in the world animated 365 days a year, you will find all sorts of artists, such as acrobats, snake charmers, male dancers dressed in women’s clothes, Gnawa musicians, story tellers, etc.

The air, at any time of the day, transports the sound of north African rhythms, the calls of street vendors and, in the evening, the smell of all sorts of charcoal-grilled delicacies too. It is hard to describe this place, because magic cannot be told, it can only be experienced by coming to Marrakech.

The souks constitute another essential part of the Medina that no tourist should miss. In the souks, everything and anything can be found: from CDs of traditional music or in US pop singers to water pipes, personal hygiene products, ceramics, lamps, spices, fabrics, puppets, tobacco or strange objects made of recycled material.

Regarding these curios objects, we recommend you to visit the street called Riad Zitoun el Jdid, which offers a great variety of shops where you can buy beautiful furniture made of used tyres, lamps and mirrors made with drink and food tins and cans, and other curiosities that are the result of Moroccan ingenuity.

Just as in the Gueliz neighbourhood and unlike in other areas like Hivernage, in the Medina you can find all sort of hotels, from small (and not so small) family riads where you can share your holidays with the family running the place, to luxury hotels with spa, swimming pool, air-conditioned, etc.

There is also a type of luxury riad, usually owned by Europeans or Moroccan immigrants who are back in their country, that are a happy medium between the most luxurious and the most affordable riads. These riads are traditional houses acquired from Moroccan families (often in exchange of a laughable amount of money) and turned into small luxury hotels or guest houses. The future of those houses is that of accommodate those tourists who want to enjoy the charm of the most hidden streets of the Medina and the beauty of the crafts and the structure of traditional houses, without having to renounce comforts such as swimming pool, Jacuzzi or solarium. In contrast, the future of the families from whom those houses were bought is that of moving to houses located outside the city, much less beautiful and often much less decent too.

Come to the fascinating city of Marrakech and discover its wonderful Medina, one of the largest in Morocco and one of the most amazing in the whole world. The Ochre City offers culture and a fascinating tradition, monuments and countless tourist attractions, and also a great nightlife, a delightful cuisine and the widest range of shopping opportunities.

Moreover, hotels in Marrakech are of the highest quality and quite affordable, and particularly Marrakech riads which are full of charm and very inexpensive. You can also stay in a wonderful villa in Marrakech, closer to the countryside, where its inhabitants will welcome you with open arms.