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Marrakech, Morocco, Africa
Rue El Ksour, 38, 40000

Jemaa El Fna


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Jemaa el-Fna, also Jamaa el-Fna, Djema el-Fna or Djemaa el-Fnaa, is a square and market place in Marrakesh's medina quarter, old city. It remains the main square of Marrakesh, used by locals and tourists.

Jemaa el-Fnaa attracts many tourists from different parts of the world because of the everlasting moments it creates. In the year 2001, UNESCO recognized Jemaa el-Fnaa as the place of Entertainment, hence genuine evidence of what you can expect while in this destination.

Jemaa El Fnaa is a junction point that sits in between the Medina (Marrakech’s old historical part) and Gueliz (Marrakech’s new center of attraction). This square is close to the Royal Palace, and it sits in the heart of Medina. It is the first place to come across while going to Medina’s famous.

During the day it is predominantly occupied by orange juice stalls, water sellers with traditional leather water-bags and brass cups, youths with chained Barbary apes and snake charmers despite the protected status of these species under Moroccan law. As the day progresses, the entertainment on offer changes: the snake charmers depart, and late in the day the square becomes more crowded, with Chleuh dancing-boys, story-tellers (telling their tales in Berber or Arabic, to an audience of locals), magicians, and peddlers of traditional medicines. As darkness falls, the square fills with dozens of food-stalls as the number of people on the square peaks.

The square is edged along one side by the Marrakesh souk, a traditional North African market catering both for the common daily needs of the locals, and for the tourist trade. On other sides are hotels and gardens and cafe terraces, and narrow streets lead into the alleys of the medina quarter.

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