From the souks selling slippers in Marrakesh to the spices of Istanbul, a visit to the market is a mesmerising cultural experience, perfect for the first trip of the year.
Wander the maze-like streets of Morocco's medinas and take in the lively atmosphere of the many market stands heaving with excitable tourists and locals hawking their hand-made crafts. Test your haggling skills when contemplating the purchase of carpets and leather goods or take in the powerful aroma of herbs and scented candles.
The word souk means a 'big mess', and this is often very much the case. But the electric energy of a Moroccan market makes the experience all the more atmospheric. From the sound of a snake charmer's flute to the dancing musicians in the main square, discover the markets of Fez, Tiznit and Marrakesh located in the north of Africa.
In the cool shade of Morocco, away from the bustling souks and messy mayhem, enjoy a moment of peace and quiet far from the scorching hot sun and vendors hawking their crafted goods
Just like in Morocco, the souks in Egypt are a fundamental aspect of the culture and an everyday occurrence for those living there / Tourism Egypt
The hundreds of colourful slippers displayed on every corner in every shade are synonymous with souks. Many have hand sewn patterns on the front and are the perfect souvenir to bring home after a trip to Morocco