The souks are the heart and pulse of the medina, the ancient walled city of Marrakech. Most first time visitors get lost in its twisting streets and alleyways, and while that's half the fun, don't worry — there is a method to the madness. This thousand-year-old trading city is organized by makers and sellers: the shoemakers, the dyers, the weavers, the carpenters, the blacksmiths, and more. And if you ever get so turned around and find yourself walking in circles, just stop and ask a vendor to point you in the direction of the main square, Jemaa el-Fnaa. Once there, drink a cool, delicious glass of orange juice, catch your breath, and then venture back into the souks to keep exploring.
Here are some tips on navigating Marrakech's souks and bringing the best back home with you!