Enlighten the senses at the Jemaa el-Fnaa in Marrakesh
Marrakesh in western Morocco is a city like no other, vibrant and bursting with colour, tradition and exciting sights to see you are sure to have a city experience you will never forget. Unique terracotta architecture sits against a backdrop of mountains and eclectic colour. Souks (marketplaces) that scatter the maze-like alleyways with things to buy from household items to fabrics, spices and jewellery. At the very centre of Marrakesh sits the Jemaa el-Fnaa a square that will take your senses on a journey creating memories that will last a lifetime.
The Jemaa el-Fnaa can be found in the Medina quarter (old city) and is used daily by locals and is popular with visitors. Inspiring and exciting the markets within the square really do provide an authentic experience of daily life in the city and should definitely be included on your agenda when visiting Marrakesh.
Throughout the day the square changes as different locals come to trade. During the morning the market is full of stalls selling refreshments such as freshly squeezed juices and fresh fruit and then as the day moves on more and more sellers and performers appear from snake charmers, storytellers, magicians and chleuh (dancing boys). As the night draws in the market takes on a vibrant dining scene filling the air with the aromas of fresh spices and local delicacies to tempt the taste buds. The market traders set up mini restaurants for you to enjoy tasting something new to eat and soak up the atmosphere.
Setting the senses alive day or night the market really does provide you with a vibrant experience of colour, aroma, sound and interest all unique to Marrakesh. With sellers providing henna, jewellery and textiles to wear you really can immerse yourself and find a little something to take home to remind you of your time at the Jemaa el-Fnaa.
Surrounding the centre of the square sits a permanent souk (market) that provides locals with all they need for daily living. This is a wonderful place to meander and admire the impressive spice mountains, cascading rainbows of silks and cloths, and mountains of fresh produce, many of which are unique to the area. Enjoy the music and sounds that drift through the air as you wander.
Edging the Jemaa el-Fnaa are streets lined with hotels, cafes and gardens, little alleyways lead off the streets taking you further into the city. With museums, Mosques and Palaces to explore an adventure in Marrakesh is going to be exciting and unique. Ensure that you take a moment to enjoy a refreshing beverage and listen to the sounds around you, take in the aromas and immerse your senses in an experience only Marrakesh can provide.
Before you leave for your adventures ensure to check any dress codes required, opening times or entry fee requirements for the places you would like to visit as this will save you valuable time and help you to be fully prepared.
Set your senses alive and enjoy all that the Jemaa el-Fnaa and Marrakesh have to offer.