Photos of the Marrakech
Medina rarely does the atmosphere justice because you really have to hear, see and smell the city for the full impact. Marrakech is one of Morocco's imperial cities. The Medina
is the old, walled part of town where life continues much as it has for hundreds of years. Mopeds battle for the right of way with donkeys in the narrow alleyways filled with shops selling steel, wool and live chickens. The main thoroughfares are crammed with shoppers, tourists and kids going to school.
Tucked away in all corners of the Marrakech Medina, you'll find Riads (traditional houses) that have been lovingly restored and turned into exquisite boutique hotels. The heart of the Medina is the Djemma el Fna, the main square, which transforms itself every night as hundreds of stalls are set up to provide cheap and delicious fresh food. After dinner you can watch snake charmers, fortune-tellers and story-tellers perform until the early hours of dawn.