A walkabout in Marrakesh is best enjoyed in the relative sanctuary of the Medina streets, avoiding the traffic chaos of the Gueliz boulevards. The main attraction is the Djemma el Fna square coming alive after sunset with its famous al fresco food stalls, during the day the entertainment continues with performances by acrobats, monkey handlers and snake charmers, there are too many other sideshows to list and the expanse of colourful Souks to the north of the square offer a unique shopping experience.
The 12th century Bab Agnaou and Bab er Robb can be reached from the Djemma square south on foot along Avenue Hommane al Fatouaki then through the busy narrow streets, signposted continuously from the Badia Palace, the signposting was so accurate I actually managed to arrive without losing the way at all. It's an interesting and atmospheric walk in the ancient ochre-coloured Medina. European boutique-style restaurants have now started to spring up near the two gates, their incongruous presence confirming Marrakesh as the tourist capital of Morocco!
When you first arrive in the Medina you wonder how you will ever find your way around.The network of alleyways is something i have not come across before.Some of the alleyways are a bit daunting especially at night,although i never felt threatened at any time.Watch out for the moped rider or cyclist who appear out of nowhere with only inches between you and them.Many of the riads are situated in the alleyways and it is a challenge finding your way back especially by night.
When we came out of the Sadiaan Tombs, we bumped into a tour guide who was a local man we asked him to direct us to the palace he took us through some narrow passage ways past a womans mosque and we saw a storks nest, as well as some local bakerys and shops, we didn't have time to stay around there, it was like a maze. we ended up going through a shop but we were lost so decided to walk back towards the city square. That was an adventure.
You just have to get lost in the souqs. You can't even see the sky which will make you feel weird when comming out of it. You then see the strong sun shining while being used for a couple of hours inside the souq with great shadow.
In summer time the average temperatura is above 40 degrees celcius and this type of coverage is essencial to smoth the temperature a little bit.
The most common materials to cover the souqs are palm fronds.
This is one of the entries to the Souq of Essraane inside the huge labirinth of the old medina of Marrakesh. Inside you hava a couple of worshops that produce some good that are to be sold in shops within the medina and also a painters workshop.