"Djemaa El Fna square" Djamaa El Fna - Square Tip by SWFC_Fan

Djamaa El Fna - Square, Marrakesh: 131 reviews and 265 photos

  Djemaa El Fna square, Marrakech
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  • Djemaa El Fna square, Marrakech - Marrakesh
      Djemaa El Fna square, Marrakech
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  • Food stalls on Djemaa El Fna at night - Marrakesh
      Food stalls on Djemaa El Fna at night
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  • Orange juice carts at Djemaa El Fna - Marrakesh
      Orange juice carts at Djemaa El Fna
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  • Activity at Djemaa El Fna square - Marrakesh
      Activity at Djemaa El Fna square
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  • Food being cooked at Djemaa El Fna - Marrakesh
      Food being cooked at Djemaa El Fna
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The world famous Djemaa El Fna square is undoubtedly Marrakech's main tourist attraction.

This bustling square is listed by UNESCO as a "Masterpiece of World Heritage" and fully deserves this title.

It's hard to know where to start describing Djemaa El Fna, so the structure of this tip will reflect that of the square - a little bit disorganised and chaotic!

The square is a hive of activity by day and by night. During the day, the square is dominated by carts selling freshly squeezed orange juice, dried fruits, spices and nuts.

Crowds gather around snake charmers, acrobats, dancers, musicians and storytellers. Old ladies sit beneath umbrellas with syringes full of black henna, ready to tattoo any flesh in sight! Next to them, an elderly gentleman will offer to shine your shoes for just a few Dirhams, or tell your fortune if you prefer.

You steady yourself to take a photo, but just as you get your shot in focus, a young child somersaults in front of your camera and asks for "just one Dirham please mister", while somebody is tugging on your sleeve in an attempt to sell you a wooden toy snake.

Watch where you're pointing that camera! If the snake charmer (or the man with a monkey chained to his shoulder) thinks you're trying to photograph them, a demand for money will promptly follow. Men in traditional, colourful Moroccan dress will actively try to invade your photographs!

As you step to one side to avoid a man selling leather belts, a moped dashes past, narrowly avoiding a collision with the oncoming donkey that is pulling a cartload of tourists through the square.

By night, the aroma of grilled meats and spices fills the air. Crowds flock to the hundreds of food stalls for kebabs, seafood, snails or maybe a sheep's head. Beating drums and singing provide the background noise, while the smoke pluming from the food carts provides the atmosphere.

Stop by one of the carts selling hot ginseng and cinnamon tea, stand shoulder to shoulder with the locals watching the activity unfold around you!

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  • Updated Mar 18, 2007
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