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CNNGo travels to Morocco's ""Red City"", Marrakech. The Medina, or ""Old City"", is the beating heart of Marrakech and its labyrinthine souks make it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa. One of the city's most famous guides, Abdellatif Benhrima, shows us the humble workshops where hundreds of artisans hammer, weld and sew local wares. Shopping is de rigueur when in Marrakech. Writer and hotelier Maryam Montague takes us to ""the Aladdin's cave"" that is Mustapha Blaoui's shop in the Medina; we then delve into the sights and sounds of the city's most famous landmark, Jemaa el Fna - the square is a playground for snake charmers, fortune tellers, monkeys and musicians. For the benefit of the food enthusiasts, Mohamed Fedal, aka Chef Moha, shows us where the locals do their weekly shopping - the Mellah Market in the Jewish quarter. Haggling is considered a national sport here and Moha shows us how it's done. There's life in Marrakech beyond the old city walls: rap artist TwoTone, tells us where the cool kids cool off during the hot summer months, while fashion designer Artsi Ifrach and photographer Laila Hida show us that underneath Marrakech's traditional façade lies a vibrant and exciting arts scene. In contrast to the hustle and bustle of the old city, Marrakech is the gateway to the Atlas Mountains. Less than an hour's drive from the city centre, traditional Berber villages are scattered at the foot of the Atlas Mountains: we go on a hot-air balloon trip to enjoy spectacular views of the Ourika Valley.
Duration30 min
GenreCNN Travel & Lifestyle
Episode No.49
Production CountryUnited States
Production Year2014
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