Visiting the Medina in Marrakesh as a Woman
The city of Marrakesh has many faces. The one most preferred by visitors is the one of glamorous and aristocratic oriental city that is a home of beautiful Moroccan villas (or riads as they call them here) belonging to French fashion designers or movie stars or even some members of royal families from other countries. This face of Marrakesh can be described with soft fabrics and bold colors, gold, and abundance. The medina in Marrakech is something different!
If you want to see the real life of Marrakesh you should visit its beating heart – the Medina. Medina means just town, but in our days it means the oldest part of Marrakesh. In a contrary with an opulent oriental portrait of the wealthy Marrakesh, the old part of the city is the place where you can see and taste the real Morocco because not everything is a luxury and 5-star hotels. As in every country, to know its culture you have to see how the simple people live. In the Medina, you can observe their daily life, work, bargaining, selling the production of their own hands. In the Medina, you will be probably chased by the locals as a tourist as they hope to make some money from you. The narrow streets are difficult for orientation and it is very possible that you will need help to find the way out or address of the riad where you are staying for the night. See how it looks and how it feels, especially a or woman visiting the country, to walk in the labyrinth of the Marrakesh’s Medina in these photos:
If you have been in Morocco, what is the thing that you remember most clearly from your trip?
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