Bargain hunter's paradise in Marrakesh

8th Jan 2013

Marrakesh is a city awash with exotic colours, heaving markets, snake charmers and music.

It is considered to be the cultural capital of Morocco and is one of Africa's most popular tourist destinations.

For anyone who has ever wondered why that is, they need to take a trip there. Words do not do it justice.

The city, which is also known as the Ochre or Red City due to the red sandstone used on many of its buildings and walls, has a host of museums and historic mosques to give amateur snappers plenty of photo opportunities.

Most of the city was built back in the 12th century and its narrow streets and alleyways have stood the test of time to provide an exotic holiday location as well as a bargain hunter's paradise.

People can buy anything from craft jewellery to rugs, spices, dried foods and even modern electronics from the largest traditional Beber market, or souk, and 18 other souks around the city.

No destination is complete without an array of sumptuous flavours to savour - and Marrakesh doesn't let you down there either. The local cuisine takes inspiration from Europe, the Middle East and Africa so there is bound to be something to tickle even the fussiest eater's fancy.

Flavoured spices such as paprika, cinnamon, mint, saffron, turmeric, ginger, anise seed and coriander are among the favourites, while ingredients such as nuts, fruits, vegetables, lamb, chicken, camel, rabbit, beef and lamb are used regularly.

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