Marrakech medina walk Part 2

The word “Derb” in English means “Street”, and, inside Marrakech old Medina you have thousands of little Derbs »» from the Arabic word Derb = Street or Path.

After you add your cup of fresh fruit juice, either orange, banana or avocado (or everything mixed!), we are now ready to continue walking towards the tanneries. We still have to walk for a while, so please don’t give up yet! Did you bring comfortable shoes with you?

Having the right shoes can make a different while you walk the whole day in the Medina, for sure that after 4 hours walking you’ll be wondering why you didn’t bring those great athletic shoes you had back home?! Marrakech Medina comprises itself inside 19 km long defensive wall made of red mud bricks. Yes it’s big.

On this page you will go from Derb Dabachi street all the way passing Ben Sahel square and visiting Foundouk Moulay Hfid weaving association, all the way straight to Bab Khemis street until you visit one small local tannery. After we walk direction the Marrakech Museum but make a small break at one of many existing herbalists. Have fun!

Let Us guide You! LETS GO!!!

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Suggested Itinerary: Let’s walk around Marrakech old Medina!

In the end of Derb Dabachi we will turn left into Derb Talouat Ben Saleh street, direction of the Ben Saleh Mosque located on a little square with the same name.

After passing the Ben Saleh Mosque, we continue straight on until we reach the Derb Bab el Khemis street, where we’ll find the Foundok Moulay Hfid Weaving Association. In here you can learn and watch live how real craftsmen and carpet masters work on several material. They are specialized in traditional Moroccan weaving of carpets, blankets, bed shits, bed and table covers, scarves, slippers, djellabas and gandoras.

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The visit is free but you can ask the local guide/responsible to tour you around with small explanation for a little money. Discuss with him before. The Association is located on the 2nd floor of the Foundouk Moulay Hfid that is an old 18th century Moroccan caravanserai located in the Essebtiyne district inside the old Medina. You will love it, to see the people working, to view the terrace and enjoy the experience of being among working people in Marrakech.

We keep on going up the Derb Bab el Khemis street, until we finally reach Derb Bab Debbagh street on the right side. Bad el Khemis is a insane full of people street, shops, bakeries, barber shops, fruit stalls, juice shops, you name it! very unique place, enjoy.

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As soon as you reach Bab Debbagh, probably some people will come to you offering their guidance services. This people will take money from you so please, unless you wish to pay, you say no. You can ask local people how to get to the tanneries and inside, you can get a better guide which will explain you the whole tannery process (also payed). Tanning leather involves a process which permanently alters the skin so that it cannot ever return to its raw state.

After you visiting the tanneries, we go up to the same street until Derb Bab Khemis, where you can have another juice on the corner fruit shop, try the special panache juice this time! Vitamins are never too much!

We continue right, and a couple of meters after you turn left to get the Derb Bin Lafnadek, where you walk straight until you reach the Des Amis Herborist. Please check out the map below for more instructions.

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Out PART 2 of this itinerary stops here. Give yourself a rest before we go on. Why not to give it a stop to learn a little bit more about natural herbs at Des Amis Herlalist? Herbalists in Marrakech are an old and respectful profession, and, you’ll enter into a whole different world.

An Herbalist is person whose life is dedicated to medicinal uses of plants. On this herbalist you’ll find a wide and exotic choice of plants, herbal teas, natural products such as perfumes, creams, balms and massage oils.

Beware that prices can change as you discuss and bargain them. Don’t stick yourself for the first asked price. You’re in Morocco, you have to bargain to get cheaper, it makes part of the experience. Go on Bargain and why not accept the tea they probably will make to you? Yes, enjoy Marrakech!

Do you want to continue exploring Marrakech? Please go to our PAGE 3 » Marrakech Medina. Thank you.

Satellite Map of Marrakech, Google Map of Marrakech, Morocco

Click on the little green spots for directions. You can zoom around the map, and, when you click on the buttons you can actually see some videos and photos of the places your passing through.

Do you want to continue exploring Marrakech? Please go to our PAGE 3 » Marrakech Medina. Thank you.

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