Fed up with doing your Christmas shopping while trudging through rain and a sludgy excuse for snow from one crowded shop to the next? The souks of Marrakech offer a delightful alternative to your usual Christmas-shopping experience while at the same time affording the opportunity to grab some warming winter sun and top-up on the fading summer tan while relaxing beside the pool of one of the finest riad-hotels Marrakech has to offer.
Christmas Shopping in Marrakech – the Medina
Hidden within towering terracotta walls, Marrakech’s ancient medina is home to some of the world’s most fascinating souks. The Djemaa el Fna, the medina’s beating heart, is packed with huge carts piled high with fresh and dried fruits and vegetables, nuts and exotic spices, pottery and metal goods, henna artists, snake-charmers, musicians much, much more. And at night, especially, food stalls tempt one with deliciously spicy smells, but the real. But for the hidden treasures and most memorable shopping experiences you must head for the Medina’s shadowy alleyways.
Exploring these labyrinthine alleyways Christmas shoppers in Marrakech have the chance to haggle for a bargain: here you’ll find brightly coloured leather slippers (babouches), antique jewellery and flowing kaftans, intricately carved wooden boxes, beautiful leather bags and colourful ceramics; there are also lanterns and candles of every shape and size as well as stunning, traditional hand-made Moroccan carpets, to name but a few.
Relax in the tranquillity of one of the best riad style, boutique hotels in Marrakech
Exploring the Medina’s souks is both exhilarating and exhausting which is why coming back to the tranquillity and rarified atmosphere of Les Borjs de la Kasbah with its exceptional levels of service makes such a welcome contrast. The perfect end to an exhilarating day.