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“Crazy square” 5 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 88 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.
Nantwich, United Kingdom
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“Crazy square”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

People watching heaven very scary though you have to have your witt's about you here. The locals try and charge you even if you take a picture of the scene

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“A must visit but the people are annoying”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

It's great to go and experience the main square, both during the day and after sunset as most books say. The place has a very different character at each of these times.

However, it's not really anything special. The food stalls look great lit up with all of the steam but the people are so pushy, in your face and a general pain that it makes it a bit tiring constantly saying no or swerving the idiots who try to touch you and lead you into their stall or store.

Worth a visit but you're only going to love it if you like busyness and annoying people.

Visited August 2014
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“Not the best of Marrakech”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I have read many enthusiastic comments about this place but I cannot share them. We have been there and also had dinner but I must say that it looks a little bit too much touristic for me. Nice but I think that this is not the best thing to be seen in Marrakech.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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“The heart of Marrakech but beware of the henna tattooists!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Fabulous 'heart' of Marrakech. You will constantly be drawn back here at different times of the day. Be careful at night if you are a woman/women on your own, because the henna tattooists are likely to try and gram your arm and give you a tattoo, whether you want it or not. They then demand money for this. My daughter and I got caught but I told them from the outset that I would not be paying them and did not. However, if you do feel obliged to pay, do not give more than 50 Dirham for one hand. They will ask for anything between 200-600 dirham. The main concern though, is that they tend to mix hair dyes with the henna, so you can never be sure what is in their mixture!

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Olympia, Washington
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“Yay you went there, now you will regret it”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The main square is the heart of the Medina and entrance to the Souks but there's nothing spectacular about it. It's large, noisy, has a very strong odor and you have vendors walking right up in your face and trying to force something into your hands. We actually had to physically run away from one man trying to force us to buy things, because in Marrakesh once you touch it you buy it. There's nothing impressive there at all, just a bunch of wagons and street vendors that will rip you off.

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