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

Jemaa el Fna
Central square at entrance to market, Marrakech, Morocco
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Marrakech Discovery Tour
Ranked #184 of 547 Activities in Marrakech
Type: Neighborhoods, Performances, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Theater & Concerts, Sights & Landmarks, Other
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.
Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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“Amazing Atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

This is a must visit for anyone who visit Marrakesh - nothing more to be said. The sellers aren't that agressive, they are just persistant and you need to be clear that you are not interested. Don't let it put you off, there's nothing to be concerned about. But like any busy city centre, keep you bag zipped up and be wary of your surroundings - and try not to get lost in the souks!

Visited November 2014
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“Little bit overrated”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

Visited the sqaure multiple times during our weeks stay. Durijg daytime a lot of juice tents (4 dirham for fresh orange juice) and people trying to get tou to iether take pictures with snakes or apes or giving you a henna tattoo. We did not dare to go there at night, so so busy and probably a problem waiting to happend. One thing that absolutaly will happend is that someone will trynto sell you something.

Visited January 2015
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“January trip to Marrakech for 50th year celebration”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Lots going on well worth visiting at different times during the day and evening. Street food stalls in evening has some entertaining characters serving

Visited January 2015
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“Beautiful area- but if you're a woman be very careful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

The highlight of any trip to Marrakesh is wandering through the tiny walkways in the souks and eventually finding yourself in the Jemaa el Fna, the main square always bustling with people with tons of things to see. Getting to Jemaa el Fna can be difficult as none of the streets have names, maps are difficult to read/are incorrect, and some Moroccans take it upon themselves to try to direct you only to ask for money in exchange. The square itself is filled with food stalls, snake charmers, people with monkeys, and women selling jewelery and offering henna tattoos. I would avoid the food stalls AT ALL COSTS. It is not worth saving like 50 cents only to get seriously ill when the place selling you orange juice reuses the same straw over and over again. The restaurants surrounding the square are considered overpriced by Moroccan standards but are steal an incredible steal by American standards. Several have great outdoor seating options with seats on rooftops and balconies, and this is an experience in itself to just sit back and watch everyone around you and the daily life in Marrakesh.

Women take note, some of the men here are INCREDIBLY aggressive and will stop at nothing to touch you. I've had random men try to kiss me, grab my butt, hold my hand, take me inside their shops, etc. Most of the Moroccan men are incredibly nice and friendly and just want you have to a good time in their country, but the few that harass you and yell at you while you walk and ask how many camels they can buy you for, ruin it for the rest. I hate to say this but this is definitely a place where traveling with a man is recommended.

Visited February 2014
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“Jemaa el Fna”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Visited both during the day and evening. The day was busy and I was wary about seeing animals being used. However there were some apes on leads but they looked healthy - though still not happy. There was a number of snake charmers and one wizen old chap with a lovely kestrel - again I was baulking at this. However again the kestrel looked in very good shape and appeared not to be stressed and happy to perch on my head and wrist. The usual stalls with more or less the same sort of stuff. Night time was a blast. Dark but the entertainers had their own lights - storytellers and fortune tellers - men dressed as dancers with their own musicians. Large circles of people around the more interesting spectacles. I was dragged into a large circle to try the 'belly dance' with the he dancer. What a laugh and I got applause from the mainly Moroccan audience. Heaps of food stalls with sitting area - the food looked delicious and the eaters all looked to be enjoying it. A must see.

Visited January 2015
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