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“Not enough adjectives to describe this place” 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.
Jersey, United Kingdom
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“Not enough adjectives to describe this place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

We loved and hated Jemaa el Fna equally its an amazing hectic atmospheric place but the constant hassling drove us crazy. We felt like we couldnt stop to look at anything as if you show any interest at all you soon regret it. We would love to have eaten at one of the stalls but even that proved to be challenging as they have boys trying to drag you in to their stalls and so decided to try one of the restaurants with a balcony to sit and wonder at this crazy place which we did on several occasions :-). Saying all of this I think everyone should see this square its amazing just do your homework regarding the tricks used to get your money

Visited March 2013
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Livingston, Scotland, United Kingdom
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“Never seen anything quite like this”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

This place needs to be seen to be believed. Noisy, chaotic and totally overwhelming to all the senses. Not as much hassle from the locals trying to sell you stuff as you would expect (compared to our experiences in India for example) - apart from in the food stall area at night.

So a must see attraction with a couple of caveats.... You will get ripped off at the food stalls if you don't bargain. Also I found the treatment of the animals (monkeys, snakes etc) to be a bit distressing.

Visited May 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Square”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

Brilliant nice atmosphere, went to the great balcony and paid 20 dirhams for a drink to see the view which was worht it.
all the markets were there and was able to hagle.

Visited May 2013
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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“Not for me”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

I really was looking forward to the famous Jemaa Al Fna,but found it to be too much hassle to enjoy. Be prepared, brace yourself to be poked, prodded and intimidated (yes ) into parting with your money!! Do not go there taking photographs of the locals or monkeys, snakes, without paying for the photo as you will be shouted at to hand money over. The whole area is chaos watch out for motorbikes, and cyclists as they take no prisoners!! There is a very strong smell of urine not sure if this was from the horses?? If you want to buy an item do not pay what they ask, get the price down start really low if you don't want to pay what they ask just walk away and chances are they will come for you and meet your price. I did this successfully. I went back to the area again in the evening just to see it lit up. Again it was chaos everywhere. Not suitable for small children and the faint hearted!!

Visited May 2013
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Fleet, Hampshire
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“Madness and mayhem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

A must see especially after dark when the whole place comes alive. We ate a few times - would recommend 75, 14 and 111. Look out for tea sellers and sample delicious cinnamon tea. The spicy snails are worth trying - I was a bit unsure about these having never eaten snails before but I enjoyed these. You do get hassled by restaurant front men and you will see some distasteful sights such as monkeys in chains with dresses on performing dances etc. it's a little shabby round the edges but hey, that's marrakech

Visited May 2013
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