An Arab market or marketplace; a bazaar.
I could walk the souk all day armed with my shades, a small pouch of Dirham and my camera but then I am fearless when it comes to traveling solo. My Husband being the sensible traveler preferred to hire a tour guide for our first visit which not only kept us safe but taught us some tricks and tips of how to handle the souks.
My sister is also a keen traveler and photographer and she will also wander down the beaten paths with her camera to capture the real culture and shots of the locals.All photo credits are courtesy of my talented sis.
If you hate crowded spaces, people getting all up in your face or walking long distances then the souks is not a place for you!
Hire a tour guide for your first visit. Starting from around twenty five pounds you can have a guide lead you around the Souk. Not only will you learn the history of the markets but your guide should advise you how much you should be purchasing an item for.
Our guide taught us that we should be haggling to pay half the original price of the item from the seller.
Do not be shy. Market traders understand that haggling is a fun experience for the tourist and clearly expect it. Do however be polite and respect the traders property.
I loved the spices, the outfits and the leather shoes in the souks and opted to buy handmade products. This is also where our guide came in handy and explained that some stalls do sell imports from china. He knew where to lead us and also included a tour of some of the architect down those side streets my husband would never had dared to go otherwise! Morocco was where i rode my first camel! Obviously not in the souks but beware of the snake charmers and monkeys in the square. Luckily there are lots of roof top bars so we just admired the action from a distance.
If we venture into the souk again i will for sure do my research and find a suitable route, we are bound to get lost down all those side streets.The Marrakech Souk is one of my favorite places i have been to and i plan to go back for a visit this year! I would probably take minimal items in my suitcase but come back with it bursting full of market treasures!
Finally – I always find it polite to offer a small tip in exchange for a photo of the locals. images like these are priceless and a little gratefulness goes a long way. As you can see my Sister has ventured beyond the souk to see workers in action.