Lying at the northern point of the world famous Souks, hidden down a small alleyway off the main Souk passageways, it is possible to find a row of Iron workshops inhabited by local Marrakchis. Although this spot remains uncharted on the majority of tourist maps and guides, if you download our MarrakechRiad app and follow the ‘Iron and Clay’ Medina walk it is easy to navigate towards this secret corner of Marrakech.

Whilst exploring this area we spoke to Hakim, a local iron worker who invited us into his small workshop to show us the beautiful iron gate he was making. Hakim was reluctant to have his photograph taken (a common occurrence in Marrakech). Indeed, at this point in the Iron and Clay walk, it is important to remember that you are venturing into someone’s place of work; but it is this rare intimacy that makes this small section of the Souk so special: it is possible to glimpse the wonders of Marrakech beyond the tourist gaze as the iron designs that so popular across all of Marrakech and a remain a prominent feature in all of our Riads, are constructed in front of your eyes.


This area of the Souks are just a 5 minutes walk from Riad Cinnamon and Riad Star at the heart of the Medina. If you would like to find out more about the free MarrakechRiad app, the ‘Iron and Clay’ walk or any of our other Medina walks then our Riad staff would be happy to help.



Moroccan Mint tea and pastries

One of the delights of Magical Marrakech is a traditional mint tea which is usually made from seven or more mint and herb varieties.  What could be more refreshing as you relax in your Marrakech Riad.

The video above shows a young man called Mohamed who takes care of his family mint and herb stall in the Marrakech. We are delighted to support the local community in the Marrakech souks near to our Riad hotels.  There is no better way to gain an appreciation of this ancient culture than to stay in the heart of the old town Medina.


Marrakech is a riot of colour, take a short stroll from your Riad hotel into the Souks and you will be captivated. The patterns of decoration are also enchanting, in Islam it is forbidden to produce a

representation of a living creature, for this reason traditional arabic and Moroccan decoration involves repeating geometric shapes. Our friend Paul has a photographers eye for the Red City’s endless Colours and Patterns recorded in the gallery below. Please enable Javascript and Flash to view this Flash video. Riad Cinnamon and Riad Papillon are perfect getaways for your Marrakech break.

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The Marrakech Dyers Souk is located in the central medina just a few minutes walk from our Marrakech Riads. Traditional natural dyes are prepared by hand each day by skilled craftsmen using ancient techniques handed down through the generations.The souk is bright and colourful as the hot Marrakech sun drys freshly dyed yarn hanging overhead. A Riad in the ancient medina is the perfect base for your Marrakech break. Reserve accommodation today!