Jemaa El Fna – World UNESCO Heritage
Jemaa El Fna is a cultural square and marketplace in Marrakech, also called Red city since its foundation in the 11th century around the time the Almoravids founded the city of Marrakesh. It is among the top tourist attractions in Morocco, the symbol of the Red City’s identity, and attracts more crowds, especially at night. In 2001, UNESCO proclaimed Jemaa El Fna square as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.
In the coming sections, we will see a list of things to do in Jemaa El Fna in Marrakech and you have a map of the best closest hotels and riads to the square.
Things to do in Jemaa El Fna
While you are sightseeing in the red city medina, spending the afternoon and/or evening in Jemaa El Fna square is a must to watch a huge range of unique performances, taste some Moroccan street food, drink fresh orange juice, and buy some Moroccan souvenirs for your family.
During the day, the square is filled with snake charmers, Many skilled acrobats, people playing with monkeys, some Moroccan music folklore groups, henna Tattoo designers, a row of orange juice stalls, and traditional water vendors with their red costumes.
In the afternoon and evening, Jemaa El Fna square becomes more crowded with magicians, storytellers, traditional medicine peddlers, and street food stalls usually filled with crowds. At night, there are more food stalls with smoke rising from the grills, and each stall workers do their best to amaze tourists to have dinner at their stall.
Around the square, there are many rooftop restaurants to enjoy drinking Moroccan mint tea, eating the famous Marrakech dish called Tanjia, Tagine, or many other Moroccan dishes while you are enjoying the overview of the square during a day or at night.
Is Jemaa El Fna safe at night?
The square is very safe like the whole city of Marrakech and there are enough police and soldiers to ensure the safety of people during the day and at night.
Best Accommodations around the square
As a visitor of the red city, you have many choices regarding the best accommodations near Jemaa El Fna square and around: