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“Crazy and wonderful” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Jemaa el Fna

Jemaa el Fna
Central square at entrance to market, Marrakech, Morocco
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Ranked #12 of 89 Attractions in Marrakech
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Neighborhoods, Performances
Activities: Shopping
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This is the entrance to the outdoor market and food court of the city center.
melbourne
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“Crazy and wonderful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

A mad house on steroids!! No words can truly describe the frenetic and hyperactivity of this square in the evening. Snake charmers, acrobats, story tellers and colourful water carriers to name but a few. Couple of hints - if you want to take photos of all the characters expect to pay them 20durhams and dont give them any more. Do not eat in the square despite what the travel books tell you - it is not the food that is the concern but the oil in which they cook the food so best to avoid. Best advice is sit in one of the cafes and watch the theatrics go one from a distance - you could easily spend hours doing so. A must see in Marrakech and be prepared for the onslaught of both pleasant and unpleasant aromas!

Visited May 2013
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“A wild and crazy place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Everything from snake charmers to fortune tellers and stands of every kind. It is always busy especially at night.

Visited April 2013
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“Can't miss!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

It's a focus for everything: directions, entertainment, entry into souks, the place to get grilled food... who could miss seeing this?

Visited April 2013
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“The centre of the city”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Action packed square that closes to traffic in the evening; lovely safe atmosphere with many roof top restaurants overlooking all the fun of the stalls.

Visited May 2013
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“Go at dusk!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

We went to the Djema twice while in Marrakech. Once during the day when it seems a large, sprawling market square. And then in the evening when the place is just dazzlingly bright and noisy. It can be a bit intimidating but if you remain polite with the hordes of people trying to sell you something and the packed streets into the Souk it is a sensational experience. We ended the evening by eating in a Riad.

Visited March 2013
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