Absorbing a slice of local life in Marrakech medina to gain more insight into how Moroccans live their lives is why we’re spending so much time here. We want to inspire other travellers to spend more time exploring local neighbourhoods and learning more about the everyday life of the locals in the places they visit.
They’re the main aims of our Grantourismo project in a nutshell. Which is why we’re spending two weeks in Morocco in Marrakech (aside from a 3-day escape we’ll do to Essaouira this weekend), rather than travelling further afield as we’ve done on previous trips over the years.
We’ve been spending most of our time here so far in Marrakech’s medina or old city exploring the alleyways around our riad Dar Rocmarra, and on our way to the souqs, and on to the main square Place Djemaa Al Fna.
We have spent a lot of time simply ambling our neighbourhood near Bab Doukkala – and we’ve had just as engaging a time as we have on previous stays when we’ve raced around Marrakech doing all the sights.
Marrakech is just one of those cities that is a constant delight. From dawn until sunset when the main square really comes to life there is non-stop action. And any direction you move from the square into the labyrinthine lanes you might come across a silverware market, a string of leathermakers, dessert-makers or a little tea shop where locals come and while away in the shade during the hottest part of the day.
The colour, the action, the movement, it has it all for a photographer, particularly if you travel light on the cameras and keep your eyes peeled for photo opportunities. Now, if you had that kind of colour in your ’hood, you wouldn’t want to leave here either, would you?