You’ll never forget the first time in a Souk (in Arabic: سوق) and I can assure you this. If you have never set foot in it, imagining the colours, smells and myriad of objects sold is almost impossible.
The first Souk I was lucky enough to visit is the one in Marrakech, located in the heart of the Medina precisely in the square Jemaa el-Fnaa.
what is a Souk?
The Souk (also Suk or Suq) by definition is a market but in my opinion it is the true heart of the city. Immense, labyrinthine and fascinating, it makes you immerse yourself in an almost surreal atmosphere, at first impact at least for me, rather disorienting. So, your first time in a Souk will be an experience to remember.
A true meeting place of the Moroccan people where people meet and exchange not only goods, but stories of everyday life. Open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. non-stop.
What to buy?
Within a Moroccan market there are many possibilities of choice and they are structured according to the different sectors of activity. After wandering around for a few hours I bought several things including: a Tajine, a typical Moroccan terracotta pot, the Argan oil and the Moroccan pots.
Unfortunately, having only a hand luggage I could not take anything else. Anyway, it’s very easy to get carried away, both for the variety and for the price. ( 1 euro = 10.4 diraham)
There is also no shortage of coloured lamps, quantities of multicoloured spices, carpets, fabrics and small pigment factories. Indescribable!
Things to know before getting lost in a Moroccan market
In my personal experience I have to say that sellers are very insistent this is true, but also respectful. The first thing to learn when you have the intention to appear in a place is surely the art of bargaining. They will always try to make more money out of it, so it is good practice to inquire about the average prices of the products.
When it happened to me, I didn’t know what to do and I got carried away. At first I felt a certain sense of danger but in the end I just found myself in a small fabric factory with silent ladies weaving. They were kind enough to let me visit the upper floor of their shop that overlooked the rooftops of Marrakech.But you still have to be careful.