In the center of Marrakesh’s medina quarter, the Djemaa el Fna square and market place is one of the top destinations for both tourists and locals in Morocco. You never know what you’ll see in this open air space. Snake charmers, fortune tellers, dancers, healers and more line the square, eager to show off their charms and talents.
During the day, the market is abuzz with people milling about and enjoying the entertainment and unique shopping opportunities. Stalls with fresh fruits and juices provide nourishment under the hot sun. For a less casual dining option, head to one of the cafes in the square to grab a bite to eat and enjoy the people-watching from a distance.
At night, the square is hard to miss as music fills the air. Ancient rhythms are beat on drums, while guitar strings are plucked and castanets are rattled. The smells of hot meat and bread are intoxicating, as the Djemaa el Fna becomes a huge dining area for those that want to experience not only local culture, but amazing local cuisine.
Photo source: F H Mira