Djemaa El FnaCurrently Open
- Address: Rue el Ksour , Marrakesh, Morocco
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Walking Area, Square, Street Market, Family And Kids, Street Food
Djemaa El Fna - Review
This grand square adjoining the Palace Jemma El Fna is a pot pourri of smells, colors and textures. Like a neighborhood out of an exotic movie, this place is full of esoteric and simply unbelievable sights and sounds. You’ll see old morocco men enjoying a game of cards over a shisha in one corner, you’ll encounter over-zealous shopkeepers and street chefs vying for your attention, you’ll come across fascinating magic potions, alladin-style lamps and magic carpets on sale and yet you are the exotic foreigner for them!
Djemaa el Fna can be many things to a tourist ; a chaotic but entertaining circus, an overwhelming experience or an exasperating confrontation with the reality of Morocco. For all this and much more, this place warrants a visit. Don’t miss out on the scrumptious local cuisine on offer at the innumerable food stalls. After all, the best way to visit a new place is through your stomach!
Djemaa El Fna Information
- Stick to Bottled water.
- Use your bread as a bowl instead of using the cutlery and crockery that is offered on the food stalls.
- Don’t forget to haggle around a bit before settling on a price.
How To reach Djemaa El Fna by Public Transport
- Take the Local sight seeing bus or even any of the local municipal buses, all of which stop at Djemaa El Fna.
Restaurants Near Djemaa El Fna
- There a number of food stalls in this area.
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Things to Know Before Visiting Djemaa El Fna
95% of people who visit Marrakesh include Djemaa El Fna in their plan
05 AM - 06 AM
44.02% of people start their Djemaa El Fna visit around 05 AM - 06 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Djemaa El Fna
90.14% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Djemaa El Fna
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Djemaa El Fna, Marrakesh Reviews
Beautiful experience to walk around the square. Try it different times of the day as atmosphere changes a lot along the day. It can be very intense during the night. Be cautious of henna ladies, don't take pics with snakes and monkeys and be aware that some guys will push you hard to sit at their place to have dinner. It can be a very intense experience so be aware. A good tip is to enjoy food or coffee in one of the surrounding restaurants to enjoy the sunset and the happenings right below.
What a place! So much life and bustle. Note: you will get touted so just build up the thick skin and follow your eyes and nose. Don’t take photos of street performers unless you’re ready to tip and I plead to you to not engage in animal handlers because these are all abusive cases that must be curbed. Don’t contribute to unethical tourism. Enjoy great food such as snails, fruit juices, spiced teas and sheep’s head at the market. Grilled skewers aren’t extremely Moroccan so hard skip on those.
Look out for ‘helpful’ locals that want to aid you by luring you away from the main routes before demanding money from you. They first say ‘you can’t go that way, that’s for Muslims only’, and (not wanting to offend their religion) they take you down a confusing maze of streets, all the way saying they don’t want money because they are ‘good Muslims’. They will then say, ‘the route you want is up there’ (you can easily tell you’re not in the right place), and then demand ‘a gift’ for being so helpful. When I refused, one of them stole my sunglasses. There are multiple groups doing this (I had at least 4 or 5 trying to misdirect me over the course of an hour), so my opinion is that you are better off avoiding this place, and Marrakesh in general, due to the disgusting behaviour of its citizens. The souks are just full over overpriced tat as well.
Definitely not for everyone as the place is literally packed as hell! Aura is not comparable with anything I experienced in my life so far so it is in fact a must see in Marrakech. Very good food for low prices, lots of smiling, friendly people but also many "performers" who will do anything to get the money out of your pocket. For the sunset it's a good idea to sit with a glass of mint tea on one of nearby terraces and watch the transition of the place. Unforgettable!
An assault on the senses for most North Americans. Unless you want to be taken to the cleaners/fleeced, ignore all attempts to talk to you. Don't speak English or French. The more the swindlers can communicate to you, the easier it is for them to exert their influences on you. Find your own way. Don't ever get led anywhere by anyone, or they may (likely) take you for a ride and ask for a pittance. They will always tell you 'left, then right', invariably making you more and more lost and away from the public eyes of other tourists. And you are very likely to step in donkey or horse poop...