Jemaa el-Fna

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Marrakech, Morocco
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Situated within Marakehs's medina (old city), Jemma el Fna (Djemaa el Fna) is popular with locals and visitors alike.  You'll find stalls selling orange juice, leather water-bags and brass cups, chained Barbary apes, snake charmers and more.  Good bargains can be had if you're ready to negotiate!
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First To Review: Andrej R.
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Jul 24, 2008
The fascinating market place at Djima el Fna (spelling varies on many maps) is well worth a visit while in Marrakech as are the little alleyways that lead off from it but it is easy to get lost once you venture into them!

Bargains can be found in the market despite the vendors just loving to empty the wallets of the passing tourist trade, but haggle HARD but always remain good humoured, no matter how irritated you might get, and you can get some superb bargains.

Unfortunately there are also some of the more unsavoury characters in the marketplace, who also like to empty the tourists wallets only without giving anything in return. Watch out for you valuables wherever you go when you are in Marrakech, opportunist thieves will have spotted your camera, wallet, whatever and made off with it before you even notice anything is wrong. Like most crowded places when you travel, keep your wits about you.

There are also some fantastic restaurants surrounding the marketplace that serve delicious food and can serve as a useful escape from the square should you need to take a break from the chaos and have a coffee or some food. A lot of them have terraces where you can sit and eat, or drink, and watch the madness below.

Accommodation around the area can vary from disgusting to palacial depending on how much money you are willing to spend, check your guide books and internet sites for up to date recommendations.

Finally, many of the hotels around the area can arrange trips for you. Shop around and again try to haggle on the prices. If you get the chance, get a group together and hire a landrover and driver to take you over the Atlas mountains and into the Sahara on a camel. Some of them can ever arrange a night with Berbers under the stars, a magical experience that you will never forget.

Enjoy your time in Marrakech but remember, haggle for EVERYTHING! :-)

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Mar 5, 2009
A place I describe as "complete mayhem"; and completely fascinating for this. Your senses are thrown awry by all the local smells and vast crowds of people. The square can take days to get used to, that's if it doesn't outright offend you the first time you see it. It's a mix of old and new, somewhat contrived since it's a UNESCO world heritage site, but also with plenty of local flavor to taste. The square has a life of its own and changes personality at various times of the day. In the morning you can see the hustle and bustle of the marketplace. Then around 5-6 o'clock, the stalls clear out, and the food stalls come in for dinner. After dinner, the food stalls clear out, and then the locals stay. Some are telling stories or acting out theatrical comedies in small circles in their local language or belly dancers trying to trick you into giving them money. Of course the vast majority still around after dark, are men, and prostitutes, so you might feel uncomfortable. As far as haggling, the shop keepers are spoiled by well off French tourists. I found that instead of naming my price and walking away, I did the complete opposite - named my price, and would not go away until they gave it to me.
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Jul 1, 2009
Jemaa el fna squere is groovy by night,but not only the night food market or the magical squere with its fourtine tellers and magicen,it has also to offer a night life for the young and the restless, out of the medina in jilaz lots of modern night clubs,dance bar.pub etc.. Best place going clubing are La pacha. with tecno music Near el sadi casino there os another nice club the vip. For dance bar African chic for salsa music la habana club. For arabic music and belly dancers pardise club
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Oct 31, 2008
When you first arrive you'll be frightened from the crowds, the smoke and noises. You may think to quit at once.Then you discover it's very safe, odd, and amusing . You can smell the barbecued meat and see snake charmers, acrobats, Berbers' skill with tattooing. You can buy trinkets, leather stuff... You'll be amazed by children who sell their goods and talk to the tourists in different languages(Spanish, French, English). You should visit Jemaa el Fana at night as well as in the morning, for the scenes change from morning to night.
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Oct 22, 2008
faut être prudent...
C'est magique mais il faut être sur ses gardes, en tant que touristes, nous sommes des "proies" faciles pour les voleurs.
Il y a des charmeurs de serpents, des vendeurs de petits singes, des troupes de danse, des conteurs( mais mieux vaut parler arabe si vous voulez y comprendre quelque chose), des tonnes de petits magasins, des dessinatrices de henné et un marché énorme aux millions d'abricots et de dattes.
Ce n'est pas pour rien que la place Jemaa el-Fna fut nommé patrimoine international de l'UNESCO!
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