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“Sensory Captivation”
Review of Jemaa el-Fnaa

Ranked #4 of 182 things to do in Marrakech
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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.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Jemaa el-Fnaa totally excites all of the senses and keeps you on your toes. There are so many people there from such a diverse array of places that it's hard not to feel captivated by the mere experience of being there. Part of exploring and understanding Marrakech.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

In the afternoon it was just a large square with stalls and shops round the sides with various 'entertainers' looking for your money. Keep away from the people with snakes and monkeys. The animals are not treated well and shouldn't be exploited like this. Women will be pestered to have henna designs and you'll be offered everything from a 'genuine' iPhone to a badly made wooden camel. We found that a smile and 'No Thanks' was enough to keep most of the hustlers at bay. There's no need to be rude or aggressive as we saw from some tourists as these people are only trying to make a living. Similarly don't get upset when a shopkeeper asks a ridiculous price for a souvenir. It's just the opening gambit of the game. He's not out to cheat you, he expects you to haggle.

The square changes quite dramatically in the evening when the square is full of food stalls and entertainment from musicians, gymnasts and various others.

Accept it for what it is and just enjoy the hustle and bustle. It's also a good place to practice your haggling skills before venturing into the souks.

Thank AndyWatson
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

To leave marrakech without visiting jema al fna could be considered a sin. It is for me the very heart of the city, bustling with life, people, exotic shops and souqs and almost gives off a feeling of travelling back through time. The "time-travelling" experience is somewhat thwarted by the scooters trying to force their way through the crowds and is simply annoying. Steel yourself against beggars and annoying street merchants and prepare to ignore most and learn to say no before engaging in any kind of conversation, unless you plan to buy something. There are various cafes you can sit and enjoy the view as you drink mint tea.
Ps. They have monkeys and snakes

Thank KubilayCoban
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Didn’t have the best experience during the day. A lot of people approaching you with monkeys on chains on their shoulder etc.

Completely different experience at night. We went up to a roof top to look down on the square for a while whilst we had a mint tea too and it was magical!

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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

In some ways this is what on expects of Morocco-a place crowded with snake charmers, one-man bands, acrobats, food stalls, etc.

Thank Carmen P
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