Morocco’s markets are a matchless explosion of colour characterised by the variety and quality of the products on sale, the heady aromas, the mixture of tones and the characteristic cries of the sellers. A stroll around the narrow streets is guaranteed to transport you back in time to another age.
Shopping in any Moroccan town or city is an unforgettable experience, as the colours, the hustle and bustle and the variety of these markets are a treat for all the senses. Bargaining is the name of the game – and if you’re planning on buying something, the stallholders will almost be offended if you don’t join in. So take good note or you may end up paying over the odds.
You’ll find countless things to buy in these souks, which makes shopping for all kinds of items and gifts easy: rugs, leather goods, dried fruits and nuts, lamps, wooden boxes and much, much more besides.
Moroccan herbs and spices are unique; there are some delicacies that you’ll only find in this country, so don’t forget to take some home to flavour your dishes or offer your friends a refreshing cup of herbal tea. You’ll also find lots of beauty products made from ancient recipes: for instance, apart from being used to decorate women’s bodies, henna is also excellent for strong, glossy hair.
You’ll also find it hard to resist buying traditional Moroccan clothing: slippers, caftans and baggy trousers all look great when teamed with more traditional western styles.
A sight definitely worth seeing are the dyers’ souks such as the Sebbaghine Souk in Marrakech; dark alleyways hung with skeins dyed in a riot of colours. Natural pigments such as indigo, saffron, wild mint, poppy, rose petals, madder, mallow, pomegranate and cobalt are added to the wool which is rolled out and left to dry in the sun.
These outdoor markets are also frequented by hairdressers, dentists, prophets, fortune tellers, scribes and a host of other trades and crafts men. A real sight for the eyes.
Let yourself be drawn in by the souks of Morocco and treat yourself to a unique experience in an incredible country.