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“Amazing” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Jemaa el Fna

Jemaa el Fna
Central square at entrance to market, Marrakech, Morocco
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This is the entrance to the outdoor market and food court of the city center.
Bath, United Kingdom
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

What an amazing experience especially sitting at a restaurant overlooking the square watching it change from day to night. I wouldn't walk around dressed inappropriately especially at night. However if you dress without being 'on display' its fine. The colours, smells, sights are truly wonderful.

Visited August 2014
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“Not as expected”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We visited the square on four occasions during our recent holiday, in the morning, afternoon (2) and evening.

Overall we enjoyed each visit but the evening was not as good as we expected. Perhaps the wish to sample food at different stalls was an issue as the stall holders often said "everything is the same and you should come to me not him"

The people selling rip off items became a bit tiresome.

Visited July 2014
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“Awful”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Visited this square at first during the day. The entrance is pleasant enough with some stalls selling dates and fresh fruit juices, but approaching the centre we came across the sad sight of monkeys in chains and snake charmers, and if you stop for a moment or try to take a photo there'll inevitably be someone there demanding money or attempting to give you a henna tattoo.

We decided to give it a second chance and visit at night, but this time it was just plain awful. As you approach the multiple food stalls which are set up in the evenings, you are harassed left, right and centre to eat at the respective stalls. One of the stall owners actually pushed my friend after he declined and attempted to prevent him from walking around his stall, and after I said no to another stall owner the guy swore at me and threw up his middle finger!

Eventually we conceded and sat down at one place where unfortunately I had the worst tajine I've ever tasted (watery and bland, I think the vegetables were just cooked in plain stock) and had one mouthful of a chicken dish where the chicken was clearly off.

The square just feels like an area that is there purely for the exploitation of tourists. It's intense, and that's fine, but there isn't really much that's authentic or pleasant to experience or see here.

Visited February 2014
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“quite scary”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We went to the sqaure as its called at night very very busy people every where; beggers pik pockets u do have to be careful howeva great experience and if ur up for it be firm and haggle urself a bargain horse an cart was great also suks very good for costs mountain trips was an experience to a lot of up hill climbes no good for the unfit an u don't get to go in the water we were very hot stay at the bottom in the water

Visited August 2014
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“It's getting worst and worst. ”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Today, I've been shocked.

I have seen a horse on the ground. He fell.
But, the driver forced him to stand up, in despite of his injuries and his tiredness. This is the driver 264, please, in respect of the horses, don't get on his "trash".

Moreover, there is more and more peddlers, and year by year, it's getting worst. There is no legislation, and Morrocean government should take care of his twelfth most visited attraction.

That's awful. Really. I'm disgusted.

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