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“Love lost”
Review of Jemaa el-Fnaa

Jemaa el-Fnaa
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Marrakech Day Tour from Essaouira
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Shopping in the Souks of Marrakech Private Tour
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Evening Food Tour in Marrakech
Ranked #19 of 163 things to do in Marrakech
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This is the entrance to the outdoor market and food court of the city center.
London, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Love lost”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

Seven years ago, i fell in love with Marrakech, so we thought this year we thought it might be a good idea to revisit... (with my parents)... Although i still found the place fascinating, I think the magic I felt all the years ago, had gone. I think for me this place has become too much of tourist destination and however authentic it still trys to be, its not.

Visited October 2013
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66 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Chaos!!!”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

Our first experience of Jemaa el Fna was awful. We found ourselves looking at the wonderful ceramic plates,wooden ornaments and beautiful lights and as we continued to walk through the alleys we eventually were lost. A young fella said he'd help us get back to the main square 'for free' but led us to the leather market and then demanded money. I have never spelt anything as vile as the combination of pigeon poo and ammonia and the bunch of mint that was given to help eliminate the smell didn't help. We managed to get back to the main square once we found the signs but we noticed we were not the only ones falling into this trap.
The square it lovely by night and a lot calmer. If you do buy anything from the souks then haggle - haggle hard. You'll meet some characters that know exactly what to say but don't be fooled. Offer an eighth of their asking price and stick to your guns. If they don't accept, walk away because you WILL find that same piece elsewhere.

Visited October 2013
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london
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“go at day and night!”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

snake charmers, acrobatics, fruit carts, mopeds, loud music, chaos, henna tattoo ladies, argan oil sellers, food stalls, drums, monkeys :( it's worth a trip or 2!!

Visited October 2013
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Yorkshire
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“A very busy/buzzing square”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

A fabulous place to eat, rest and shop. Take in the atmosphere there's nothing like it!
All the souks seem to lead to this square and you should spend time getting lost around to here to experience the real Marrakech

Visited September 2013
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Roermond, The Netherlands
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“Also very nice.”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

Lovely to walk aroound. Pay attention to the café,s. You can have a drink on top of a restaurant. The view is perfect.

Visited November 2012
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