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Marrakech Souk

The souk is a labyrinth of narrow streets filled with the markets for which Marrakesh is so famous. The principal markets stretch from Djem‚a el Fna to the northern ramparts. These days, various goods are mixed throughout the souk, but most sections are still distinct. Souk Semarine has fabrics, various inexpensive souvenirs, and a kissaria, or covered miscellaneous market.

Souk Rahba Qdima has rugs, carpets, and sheepskins as well as apothecaries. Souk el Attarine has perfumes; Souk des Bijoutiers has jewelry; Souk des Forgerons has copperware; Souk Larzal is the wholesale wool market; Souk des Teinturiers is the wool dyers' market; Souk des Babouches sells the pointed slippers; Souk Chouari is where carpenters work in cedar; Souk Haddadine sells ironwork; and Souk Cherratin offers a variety of leather goods.

Beldi (in the Souk)

9-11 rue Mouassine
Phone: + (212) 44 44 10 76
A tiny boutique at the entrance to the souks, it is the display space for the work of brothers Toufik and Abdelhafid. Together they tailor seasonal men's and women's collections of Moroccan clothing in the most beautiful colors and fabrics. Everything is fashioned with flair and an eye to Western tastes.

Herboriste Du Paradis (in the Souk)

93, Palce Ben Yousseff
Phone: + (212) 44 42 72 49
herboristeduparadis@wanadoo.net.ma

In the center of Marrakes lies this hidden gem, filled with spices, natural cosmetics and medicinal herbs.

Al Badi Palace

The remains of the Al Badi Palace is where gold, marble and onyx were traded for their weight in sugar by the most celebrated Saadian ruler, Ahmed el Mansour (1578 - 1603). All that remains are devastated mud walls that enclose a large square.

Palace of Bahia

Constructed between 1894 and 1900 by Muhammad al-Mekki,
this palace was home to Ahmed Ibn Moussa, the son of the
grand vizier (a high-ranking political advisor). In addition
to its extensive gardens, the palace houses several tiled courtyards, lavishly decorated reception halls, a mosque
and many private quarters.;

Majorelle Gardens

Owned by designer Yves Saint Laurent, this peaceful green oasis contrasts the "Red City" of Marrakech. Named for Jacques Majorelle, the French painter who lived much of his life in Morocco, the garden is filled with streams, fish-filled pools and various floras.

Les Bains De Marrekesh

Phone: + (212) 24 38 14 28
www.ilove-marrakesh.com
"Treat yourself to all the delights of oriental beauty rituals." Various relaxation and beauty therapies await you at this luxurious spa.

La Porte d’Orient

9, Bd. Mansour Edhabi, next to Glacier Oliveri
This gallery houses Moroccan and Asian antiques. It's geared toward those who prefer to browse before buying.

Essaouira

www.essaouiranet.com
The town was founded in 1785.  It was built according to the plans of the French engineer, imprisoned during the reign of Mohammed Ben Abdullah. It is for these reasons that, in contrast to other Moroccan medinas, the main roads here run straight and at right angles.

Essaouira has been a sanctuary for many Hippies, such as Bob Dylan and Jimmy Hendrix.  Hendrix actually wrote “All Along the Watchtower” while vacationing in Essaouira.