|17:00 (deutsche Zeit)||90 min||10 €||Englisch|
The “red city” in south-west Morocco – with its Medina that has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985 – embodies the cliché of the Arabian Nights like no other city. Magnificent palaces, winding alleys, exotic gardens, brightly coloured spices and brimming markets – all of this is indeed easy to find within the city walls of Marrakech. However, there is also so much more to discover. During our live city tour, we will look behind the facade of the postcard romance; among other things we want to know: How are the tourist metropolis and its inhabitants doing under the influence of Corona?
The highest building in town, the Koutoubia mosque, is close to the main square Djemaa-el-Fna square, where you will not be able to hear your own word through the bustle of streetfood-stalls, jugglers and snake charmers. From the terraces of the surrounding restaurants, you get the best view of the spectacle in the charming light of the sunset. At least this used to be the vibe of “Kech” – the city that never sleeps – until the pandemic was forcing it to take a break.
These days, it seems, Marrakech is slowly coming back to life. Even if many tourist attractions are still closed and there is an eerie silence in the souks – in the parts of the city that are mainly inhabited by locals, you can hardly tell the difference on the daily vegetable markets.
We start our live city tour on one of the highest terraces of the medina to get a view over the city.
After that Pikala Bikes, a social enterprise that advertises the bicycle as an alternative to motorcycles, takes us on a bike tour through the alleys of the medina. Pikala bike tours was founded by locals and will take you beyond the tourist districts to show the hidden gems of Marrakech that are usually kept secret to visitors.
The tour is designed in cooperation with Pikala Bikes and Sofa Tour. Pikala offers bicycle tours in Marrakech, developed with the local Moroccan youth. Our bike guides are also young locals who will offer a truly authentic bicycle experience. Sofa-Tour.de offers a new way of experiencing places in this world interactively from home.