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Awful Tourist Trap. Monkeys on chains and snake 'charmers' who will try to get you to have photos with the animals. Countless more worthwhile things to do in Marrakech - there's no real way of avoiding the square but no excuse to spend time there.
We enjoyed being in restaurants around the plaza, looking to the madness happening downstairs. It's a lively place, vibrant even. Walking through it might be intimidating, especially during the evening. Hold hands with some people that I didn't know while my hands were in my...More
Fascinating venue day or night.
Very crowded but feels safe and full of locals, families and visitors.
The Square is surrounded by a mirriad/warren side lanes and alleyways selling a huge range of goods, food and fruits.
It is a must see feature of Marrakech...More
If you want to be amazed by the smells and colours, rather go in the evening!!! From a café, enjoying a drink from above is the best option. The place is noisy and unfortunately majority of sellers are incredibly aggressive and pushy!!! We heard many...More
Too much of everything, people, noise, smells etc. Very pushy almost aggressive selling. In your face. Hard to enjoy with the people shouting at you, trying to get you to buy. Would of loved to wonder around and look at what was on offer, instead...More
Took a trip here with my wife from our hotel. This was one of our main reason for visiting Marrakech along with the souk (see separate review).
From the moment we entered Jemaa el-Fnaa we were pounced only hawkers trying to sell sunglasses and photographs....More
Snake charmers, monkeys , horse and carts, motorbikes, intoxicating madness, sights and sounds and smells, you must do it. Great place to eat to soak up the atmosphere. Yes there is hassle, particularly from food stall guys. ‘We’ve just eaten, thank you’, with a smile...More
It is a must visit if you ever visit Marrakech. Plenty of performers, games. Hundreds of stalls offering food, drinks, escargots. This place is full of energy and excitement.
It's a shame that you always have a keep a lookout for your belongings. Would prefer...More
If you want to experience the hustle & bustle of Marrakesh, visit this square with its countless shops, cafes, and activities, For a few dollars, you can approach snake charmers and have a monkey sit on your arm/shoulder----even get a photo. If you do not...More
Response from bcostapereira | Reviewed this property |
Hi, you can book a guide for sure, just ask at your hotel or riad! An alternative is to get a guide directly at the square! There are plenty around and its not at all expensive! For 10 euro or so they will show you around... More
Hi, you can book a guide for sure, just ask at your hotel or riad! An alternative is to get a guide directly at the square! There are plenty around and its not at all expensive! For 10 euro or so they will show you around for about an hour. Cant remember our guides name but we met him at the square and he was excellent. He was an older and very calm gentleman so you can go to the square and try to choose a guide that seems appropriate.
Note that its a busy place with lots of noise and activities, but its perfectly safe. A guide will be an advantage as he can speak with vendors and keep any hassle away.
They have snake charmers who will come up to you and put snakes around you or guys with monkeys who will approach you so be ready for that. They wonts hurts you, its just a bother.
If your worried about anxiety, perhaps go to visit during the day as there are less people around and its calmer.
However, the square is at its best at night with food stalls, music, storytellers, and all.
If you want to avoid the confusion, stick to the outer side of the square and avoid the centre where all the chaos is.
Above all, do enjoy.
I will be going to Marrakech tomorrow, and looking at Saturday and Sunday, it seems that it's going to be quite hot 37 - 38 degrees Celsius. I was planning on visiting these places: - Jardin Majorelle - Ben Youssef Madrasa - Bahia Palace - Koutoubia Mosque - Saadian Tombs Apart from the obvious, but we can leave this for non-peak hours: - Souks - Jemaa el-Fnaa - Medina Which do you recommend I leave for peak sun hours as to avoid sunlight, as in, which of these have the...More
September 20, 2017|
Many of the souks are covered overhead so you'll be protected from the sun there. But you'll have to walk through the very uncovered Jemaa el Fna to reach them! And if you ignore my advice below, you'll also find shade in the overpriced gardens... Everything you've listed above is in the Medina except for the Jardin Majorelle, which, btw, I think is overrated - but then again, I'm a philistine without any appreciation for fashion and little interest in things botanical.
Thank you and trip report-first time visitors (7 Replies)
After reading this forum for months and compiling notes based on the DEs’ answers, we visited Marrakech for the first time last month. Having had time to process everything we experienced, I extend a hearty thanks to everyone here for contributing to an unforgettable experience. To give you an idea of the dynamics of this trip, we were a group of three adults. For my wife and myself, I believe this was the 21st or 22nd country we’ve visited together, but our first time on the African...More
December 08, 2016|
Response frommishmish a|
What a lovely report. Thank you. I so wish you had had longer so that we could have read more of your adventures!
Sunbury-On-Thames, United Kingdom
Staying in Ourika or Marrakech? (25 Replies)
Hi, My family and I were planning to stay in Marrakech and then high in the Atlas mountains. However we are now wondering if we could stay at the base of the mountains in Ourika and still do all of our chosen excursions. Could you please advise if we could easily arrange trips that are not too long in travel time to see the following: Marrakech souks, snake charmers, henna cafe, Jemaa el-fnaa in the day and also in the night. Water parks, visit the waterfall in Atlas mountain and the...More
May 15, 2018|
I have to ask why base in Ourika ( if to get away from the oppressive heat i understand). It is a lovely area , but not a lot to do. I would base in marakech, and take side trip there. But if you do base there , there is easy transport to marrakech. as to get to Essaouira i would just take the supratours bus or the ctm bus,cheap easy fast comfortable.