Jemaa el-Fnaa and Marrakesh Souks

–by Tamara

Jemaa el-Fnaa is a square in Marrakesh’s Medina (old city). It is one of the best known squares in Africa, being the main attraction for tourists in Marrakesh, and is the oldest square in Morocco.

On the square, and in the souks that starts right behind it, you can feel the mixture of traditionalism with modernism; you can see how old culture and methods mix with today’s society.

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The square.

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You can buy different souvenirs and enjoy the tastiest orange juice from the stalls in the back.

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You can also witness snake charmers…

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…and take photos with adorable monkeys.

Not far from the square is the Koutoubia Mosque, which is the largest mosque in Marrakesh.

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Koutoubia’s minaret (a construction typical for mosques, which is used for call to prayer).

As you progress deeper into the square, you arrive at the Marrakesh’s souks. IMG_2306 The souks is always very crowded, with hundreds of tourists, Moroccans, Berbers and others walking around. IMG_2323

The endless crowds of the souks.

The endless crowds of the souks.

Virtually anything can be bought in the souks:

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…sweets,…

...drapery,...

…drapery,…

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...different types of clothing and accessories,...

…different types of clothing and accessories,…

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…and many other things.

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Even pet chameleons!

Even pet chameleons!

And tanjia -- traditional Moroccan dish, which consists of meat cooked in a clay pot. Yes, you can eat the head too.

And tanjia — traditional Moroccan dish, which consists of meat cooked in a clay pot. Yes, you can eat the head too.

One important spot in the souks is this little passage. IMG_2358 It is beautifully decorated and filled with pictures of King Mohammed VI and the Royal Family. IMG_2356 IMG_2359 IMG_2360 IMG_2361 And just some pictures to finish with 🙂 IMG_2343 IMG_2345 IMG_2327 IMG_2338 IMG_2307 IMG_2312 IMG_2347 Do definitely visit the square and the souks if you come to Marrakesh as it is a unique experience! However, do not go into the souks by yourself — it is a real maze, where you can get lost in a blink of an eye. Take someone who knows the place with you.

All photos were taken by me 🙂

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