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Jemaa el-Fna, Marrakech

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The commercial and cultural center of the city, Jemaa el-Fna represents a UNESCO-designated Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The square hosts daily performances by storytellers, actors, and musicians. Merchants come and go throughout the day, selling fresh orange juice, traditional foods, herbal medicines, traditional water bags made from leather, and brass drinking cups. Put Jemaa el-Fna at the forefront of your travel plans using our Marrakech itinerary planning website.
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  • Crazy place in the world...... Be careful always people there as for bakchich even for talking... Don't try to eat fish on the square  more »
  • The Jemaa el-Fnaa is the epicenter of Marrakech. Whenever you are in the medina and lost, just ask where the Jemaa is. We visited over Christmas/New Year's and things were pleasantly calm. Food...  more »
  • Long ago this square used to be the execution point of the city. Hence it is still called Djemma el-F’nâ, which literally means the Assembly of the Dead. These days with the music, astrologers...  more »
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  • This square is very beautiful and listed under UNESCO. Many tourists visit it because it’s extraordinary charm, unique and must see. Authentic street vendors, magicians, craftsmen, henna tattoos, very nice to sit on one of the terraces above the square. Some vendors may charge for any taken photo especially snake charmers and monkey owners.
  • Visiting Jemaa EL-Fna is like spending some moments in a fairy tale. It is not only a famous and unique sightseeing, it's more than that, it's an idea, a dream, the spirit of a millennium city and the imprint of its historical richness. Spend rare moments strolling between food stalls , tasting traditional local dishes or attending theatrical events performed by local artists , it's worth it .
  • If you find yourself fancy to purchase freshly squeezed juice from one of the market sellers, be smart... Always observe in person process of squeezing... Majority of sellers tend to cheat tourists by adding sweetened water, pre-prepared watered down juice etc. I personally saw packages of white sugar placed on counter, it's rather obvious why it was there... See, stalls are elevated above the ground making impossible to see for customers what's going on behind the counter... Vigilance is essential, since moroccans are like gypsies, trying to deceive you tirelessly
  • Not for the faint-hearted. This place has to be experienced with some caution. The only food stall which had queues was #14. All others use hustlers. Makes you wonder. If you are lucky, you get great Moroccan soup as we did for just 1 Euro including dates. But after all why would any really good cook work there? Only if he would enjoy the crazy atmosphere, the cool jam sessions happening there, the coming and going. Be careful. Photo with snakes will cost you 10 Euro... On the other hand, where else would you around sunset?
  • You can say the most popular place in Morocco. Jema el-Fna Square admires its colorite: cobre spells, street singers and musicians, vendors of freshly squeezed juices, oriental sweets and boiled snails. On the square there is noise and homon, there are national instruments, for a small fee you will be virtuosly signed by the hna. In the square there are many tents where you can try local cuisine. At first we feared a little for our stomach, but on one of the evenings we did not stand up to the smells. We tried cusus, Tajin with chicken, shashliks, fried shrimp, sardines. The main dish is always served with salad, sauces and cakes. Had mint tea. Everything is very tasty! There were no problems with the belly, and the prices were pleasantly surprised. Boiled snails, by the way, are also an excellent dish! For watchful street tents, the square also has cafes and restaurants. Especially popular is one of the cafes located in the heart of the square, it has an outdoor terrace with which the whole square is perfectly viewed. During the day near the square there is a market where you can buy leather products, carpets, dishes, in general everything that the country of Morocco is famous. Можно сказать, самое популярное место в Марокко. Площадь Джема-эль-Фна восхищает своим колоритом: заклинатели кобр, уличные певцы и музыканты, торговцы свежевыжатыми соками, восточными сладостями и вареными улитками. На площади стоит шум и гомон, звучат национальные инструменты, за небольшую плату вас виртуозно распишут хной. На площади находится множество палаток, где можно попробовать местную кухню. Поначалу мы немного опасались за свои желудки, но в один из вечеров не устояли перед запахами. Пробовали кускус, таджин с курицей, шашлычки, жареные креветки, сардины. К главному блюду всегда подают салат, соусы и лепёшки. Пили мятный чай. Всё очень вкусно! С животами проблем не было, а цены приятно удивили. Варёные улитки, кстати, тоже отменное блюдо! Для сторонящихся уличных палаток, на площади также есть кафе и ресторанчики. Особенно популярно одно из кафе, находящееся в самом центре площади, в нем есть открытая терраса, с которой отлично обозревается вся площадь. Днём рядом с площадью работает рынок, на котором можно приобрести кожаные изделия, ковры, посуду, в общем всё, чем знаменита страна Марокко.

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