Jemaa el-Fnaa Square

Jemaa el-Fnaa square

Are you planning to visit the Jemaa el-Fnaa Square? See our information below!


The Jemaa el Fnaa square is the international symbol of Marrakech and one of the first pictures you come across when you look up Marrakech on the internet. Millions of tourists visit the square every year, where a colorful crowd buzzes day and night, the magic of Marrakesh begins, this crossroads where the world meets, this place where nomadic humanity takes the time to share a moment, fill its bag or to sell the content.

The Jemaa el Fnaa square is the heart of Marrakech, the old city, where two symbolic streets meet, an open-air space that gives life to the buildings of the Medina. During the day, this fascinating place is filled with vendors selling colorful wares as tourists haggle and fruit vendors selling blood orange juice. In the evening the square changes and there are snake charmers, monkeys, fortune tellers and countless artists on the square, making the Jemaa el Fna square a whole new spectacle. Keep an eye on! You will also encounter scams and very pushy merchants!

In summary, go there! Because the Jemaa El Fnaa square is the identity of Marrakech.

Opening hours:

The Djemaa el Fnaa Square is open every day from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. For the best performances and live artists, it is wise to be there around 4 p.m.

Photographer: Annie Spratt
Photographer: Annie Spratt

Tips and Tricks!

Here are a few tips worth knowing before you visit Jemaa el-Fnaa Square!

  • During the day, watch out for vehicles and carts that cross the plaza. After 2 p.m. no more vehicles are allowed, from then on you can walk around carefree.
  • Beware of pickpockets who usually come out when it gets dark.
  • The square is home to snakes, chained monkeys and snake charmers, both of which are ethically questionable practices. It is best to avoid it and not give in to animal cruelty.
Photographer: Raúl Cacho Oses

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