Kid-Friendly Tour of the Marrakech Medina

The highlight of Marrakech for adults and kids alike is undoubtedly the medina (old city). Stepping into the medina is like landing on another planet — one where the same traditions have been in place for hundreds of years.

The medina is comprised of a network of souks — open-air markets — where anything and everything is on display. Many of the handicrafts are produced within the market and you can watch artisans at work. This is the only shopping experience we’ve encountered thus far in our travels that our 8-year-old Devon has enjoyed. Shopping in the souk engages every sense — it’s colorful, loud, filled with smells (pleasant and otherwise), and little hands can touch almost everything.

We toured the medina with a guide arranged by Boutique Souk, a luxury concierge service who organizes everything from boutique hotel stays to weddings in Morocco. When you use their service to book a hotel, you get their travel planning services for free. We stayed at one of their recommended hotels, the Beldi Hotel, at the end of our trip. More on that later in my Morocco with kids series …


Our guide was ideal for this kind of tour. He made sure we hit many of the different specialty areas of the souk. We stopped to browse when we felt compelled, otherwise he led us through an incredible labyrinth of streets and alleys.

The first stop was through the food market with enormous quantities of food on display.


Bartering is essential and expected throughout the market.


The live reptiles on sale were a hit. Devon wanted to bring this baby chameleon home. Wouldn’t Swiss customs like that!


The amount of “stuff” for sale is nothing short of insane. This seller was offering a bit of everything from a Minnie Mouse phone to old cameras. It begs many questions including where these goods are from and who buys them …


The main event for our family, however, was the man who carved wood with his toes. Don’t try this at home kids!


Of course, part of the fun is buying souvenirs. In our case, hard bargaining still left us feeling robbed. I know, that’s not the spirit! We laughed in the end and know it’s all part of the experience.


You could spend hours and hours in the medina and never get bored. A guide who can lead you through the maze is a must — really, don’t even think of going on your own for the very first visit or you may never come out. Finding a kid-friendly guide who knows the shopkeepers who are most likely to engage children is a plus. Be sure and stress the age of your kids when you book the tour.

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Relevant Links:

Review of Four Seasons Marrakech for families

Tips for planning a trip to Morocco with kids

Dispatch from Marrakech,Morocco

Meander through Tangier, Morocco

Adventure travel with kids, tips for planning a family safari in Africa

Tips for planning a trip with a tour operator

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  • I never would have thought of Marrahech for kids, but it sounds very entertaining, regardless of your age. I want to see someone carve wood with his feet.

  • Ugh! I so hate bartering. Did the guide help you with that part? Or would that be placing him in an awkward position?
    Loving the baby chameleon though. You’d definitely never know what you were going to find next.

  • Love the updates and I would love to take my kids there. How old do you think they should be ideally for this kind of travel? I think they would learn so much. (and me too!)

  • We’re still on the fence about taking the kids into Morocco next summer when we’re in Spain. You’re inching me closer to a visit though!

  • I love the Marrakech Medina, and mad props to you for toting the kids along, as well, as that place is pure madness. I could barely keep up with my husband, let alone a couple of pint-sized travelers!

  • It reminds me of our visit to the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul on our summer holiday. Morocco is someplace that I definitely want to visit with our kids and your pics and stories are making me want to get there sooner rather than later.

  • Great photos! My little Muffin loves going to markets like that, with all the people and excitement and colors and noise. With a curious, not-shy toddler in tow, the shop keepers are usually delighted to let us touch and taste things.

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