Medina Shopping Secrets from Marrakech

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What To Expect

Moroccan shopping doesn't have to be a mystery - all you really need to master the medina is a local to show you how it's done! Visit hidden stalls, shop for real-deal souvenirs like leather, lamps, shoes, carpets, spices, and argan oil, and learn to haggle like a true Marrakech insider. Bonus: we've even scored a few exclusive discounts just for this tour.

Highlights

  • Roam around the ancient Marrakech Medina and discover secret shopping spots!

  • Get up close and personal with the local artisans who practice traditional craft methods

  • Learn how to haggle effectively in Arabic

  • Enjoy Berber tea and snacks at a local cafe!

Specifications

Type:
Tours around Marrakech
Departs From:
Marrakech
Meeting Point:
Djemaa El-Fna, Marrakech, Morocco
Duration:
3 hours and 30 minutes
Availability:
daily at 2:00 PM
Product Code:
14294
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Description

The famed medina of Marrakech is a shopper's paradise, but with literally thousands of shops packed into a maze of small alleyways, it can be an overwhelming experience - even for locals!

To help you make the most of the medina, we'll take you to the best shops, where local artisans are crafting and selling unique wares - no lousy souvenirs on this tour! You'll meet with artists who are specialists in their fields and learn about their family businesses and their work, and feel the passion for what they do.

Because we know no two shoppers want the same things, we'll ask the group at the start of the tour which items they're most interested in finding. From there, we'll create a customised itinerary that best suits the group. We will aim to visit at least 5 artisans, which could include:

  • A local leather shop where you can find Moroccan-style carpet bags, leather handbags, and jackets

  • A jeweller specialising in silver and beadwork from the far reaches of Morocco

  • A local herbalist where you can find spices and argan oil

  • Our favourite carpet shop in Marrakech, which offers fixed prices (a rarity in Morocco!) and even a special discount for Urban Adventures travellers

  • A local artisan who makes his own range of leather shoes, including Moroccan slippers, and who can also make tailor-made shoes for you within 48 hours

  • Exclusive access to a wholesaler of homewares/souvenirs deep in the medina

  • Ladies' fashion outlets, including a sumptuous caftan shop and a silk scarf vendor

  • A wondrous lamp shop that sells a variety of high-quality filigree

  • A veritable Aladdin's cave of locally sourced homewares and furniture frequented by local riad owners and Hollywood movie stars

We'll also provide you with a shopping map, so that even after the tour finishes, you can still seek out all our favourite secret shops during your stay in Marrakech.

As you browse, your guide will teach you the art of bargaining. Learning a few key Arabic words and phrases can make a big difference during your shopping adventures!

Along the way, we'll also visit a few street workshops where local craftsmen practice their trades. Watch a master ceramic tile-maker at work and stop into a filigree workshop where those famous Moroccan lamps are created.

We'll finish off the afternoon with a rest stop in the delightful Henna Café, where you'll get to try local sweets and try Berber tea. Best of all, it's food for good: proceeds from the commissions of your tour go to a local women's project jointly funded by Urban Adventures and Henna Café.

Includes

  • Local English-speaking guide

  • Marrakech medina souks tour

  • Secret shopping spots visit

  • Traditional craft methods tour

  • Arabic haggling lesson

  • Berber tea and snacks sampling

Excludes

  • Meals and drinks (unless specified)

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Please Note

  • Children 5 years old and below are not permitted to join this tour.

  • Tour takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes.

  • Tour ends at Dar El Bacha.

  • Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 12 guests.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 4 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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