Souqs of Rissani

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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain8,249 contributions
Stunning market! Fantastic place!
Dec 2019 • Family
Souqs of Rissani is the main market located in the town, near Merzouga Desert, in Morocco. In fact, it is a very big market divided in some souqs: clothes, sweets, dates (the most important local feuit), spicies (what smell!), meat zone and animals zone (very interesting, especially if you come here with children, because they can see donkeys, cows, bulls, goats, chickens and a lot of different other animals). For me, the most impressive market, we saw in Morocco. Better than Fez, Meknes and Chefchaouen. A hidden gem close to the desert. Too!
(see also Rissani Market, Moulay Ali Cherif Mausoleum)
Written 9 February 2020
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Marvin G
Ogdensburg, NY843 contributions
Want a "date" with a Medjool; this is the place
Oct 2019
The date market located off of the main intersection in town is the place to be in early October. They hold a 3-day festival there every year just after the date harvest. You can try them before you purchase. There are many varieties to test out, but the Medjools are the largest, sweetest and juiciest of them all. The festival involves both prayers and entertainment as well as a food fest. People come from all over the region to participate.

The date is one of the first foods eaten after each day of fast during Ramadan, even before partaking of Harissa soup. It is offered as a token of welcome and friendship to anyone who enters a Muslim home in addition to mint tea. We were there during the day watching the transactions between farmers and vendors who either sell directly to the public or to dried fruit and nut merchants in the country's Medinas.

You can purchase them by the crate, still on the stalk like bananas or already packaged in either a single variety or mixed packages. We had fun walking from vendor to vendor trying their fruit. We finally negotiated a price for several pounds that we would eat during our travels and have mixed into some tagine dishes for sweetness. Oh, but they were good and nutritious too. Yuuummmmm!
Written 13 December 2019
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sandra n
Sun City, AZ1,281 contributions
Chance to visit an authentic souk
Oct 2018 • Couples
Before going out to the Sahara desert, we spent some time stopping in Rissani, Morocco. Enter through their beautiful gate and we visited the Souk or Souq of Rissani where you will see very authentic Moroccan local flavor here. We had a local guide drawing our attention to Moroccan specialties. We were able to step behind the scene at a great bakery and see how they make that delicious bread and the sample while still warm was so good! Enjoyed this souk in a special delightful way. So glad we had a chance to stop here.
Written 26 May 2019
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podrozniczka60
New Jersey13,603 contributions
Colorful markets of Rissani
Jan 2019
Markets of Rissani seem colorful and exotic but not any more attractive than Marrakesh or Souk aux Dattes. Same rules apply. Follow the safety rules and mind your belongings and you will have interesting time.
Written 5 March 2019
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Barbymusiclove
1 contribution
A truly unique place
Oct 2018 • Friends
Picturesque and authentic place. Not to be missed, it's like taking a trip in a lost way. A truly unique place.
Written 29 January 2019
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William Kwon
San Francisco, CA83 contributions
Simply authentic!
Nov 2018 • Family
We had a much better time at this souk compared to any other souks in all the big cities we visited in Morocco. This is by far the most authentic experience with the locals visiting the market. Although we went around 2pm, there were people still working there. We heard that it's very busy with the locals shopping in the morning. There's even a parking lot for the donkeys!
Written 2 December 2018
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KanwarTavy
Mumbai, India669 contributions
Amzing
Nov 2018 • Couples
Really interesting- everything is made and sold here- of course bargaining is par for the course! - from meat to clothes to almonds, dates, sheep, cows, metalwork, woodwork, you name it is there. The most amazing thing was the donkey park- where customers parked their donkeys while shopping!
Written 14 November 2018
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John R
Gosford, Australia769 contributions
Markets as the locals have them
Oct 2018 • Couples
Rissani, on th edge of the Sahara, has one of the most comprehensive locals markets or souks. All the produce is generally local, most produced in the neighbouring oasis and many handcrafts ranging from carpets to the polished fossils
Written 9 October 2018
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kkenworth
Oakland, CA7 contributions
Visit Maison du Sud / House of South in the Rissani souk.
Jun 2018 • Couples
This souk is definitely authentic, locals come from small desert villages around the area to buy, sell, trade animals, fruits and vegetables, spices, camel saddles, anything and everything you can think of.
We ended up at Maison du Sud which was filled with a large selection of antique Berber pottery, jewelry, teapots, trays, metal work, lanterns, wood furniture, tapestries and rugs.

We looked at many rugs but they didn’t have the size we wanted.
We left with a couple of metal lanterns instead.

Good quality, authentic stuff, definitely worth a visit.
Souk Number 9 (see photo).
Written 7 June 2018
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zulrubie
Johor Bahru, Malaysia465 contributions
Good experience
Oct 2017 • Friends
Good experiece to ride camel to an hour to the camp, overnight the camp with good tridional moroccon food and entertement by the staff
Written 25 October 2017
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