Red Sandstone Alleys of Marrakesh
The walled Marrakesh medina is fascinating for its souks, the bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa Square and the many museums. But in all of the excitement of Africa's busiest city, don't forget to get lost in the quieter pedestrian alleys that twist and wind between the largest lanes. Here, you will see the original sandstone hues that have been with Marrakesh for a thousand years, and you'll be able to glimpse more intimately into the lives of the people who live here. One or two alleys will not do. If you spend lots of time in these alleys, you are sure to see unique elements of architecture and city life. At different times of day, sunlight will reflect off the sandstone walls, giving the alleys the same majestic hues you see in the American Southwest.
By Erik Gauger
Fruit & Vegetables Souk
Just of Djemma el Fna is a great little fruit & vegetable souk. All the produce on display is always fresh & has been grown locally. Not many visitors seem to find this place & it is always filled with locals. Walk down from Cafe France & just before the cafes you will see an opening on your left hand side. Pop in & have a look & you will be pleasantly surprised!
By Linda Lyons
The spaghetti explosion of lanes and alleys of the Marrakesh medina are seemingly designed to confuse the unwary visitor, but getting happily lost is part of the fun – you never know what might lie around the next corner. Strike out from the central square of the Djemaa el Fna to explore the many kissarias (covered souqs) and funduqs (courtyard caravan resthouses). The kasbah district contains the city’s royal heritage, while the ancient mellah still bears traces of Marrakesh’s Jewish population. If you do get confused, there’s always someone happy to offer directions, and a café selling mint tea (or shop with a tempting souvenir) is never far away).
By Paul Clammer