Saturday, September 25, 2010

Djemaa el Fna - the heart of Marrakech

New York has Times Square, London Piccadilly Circus, Brussels its Grand Place. Marrakech has Djemaa el Fna. Here the Mediterranean meets the Sahara.
Marrakech has two famous landmarks. The first is  the tower of the Koutobia Mosque, that rise above the low buildings of the Medina, and visible on a long distance.

Djemaa el Fna has none of the splendours often found in squares of other major cities around the world, but it is a truly magic place for those of us looking for adventure. 

Photo: Csörföly D
The other is the Djemaa el Fna, the square where traders, street vendors, and snake charmers meet during day to offer their services to native and foreign visitors.

Here you may end up with a monkey on your shoulder or involuntarily get an expensive snapshot with a strangely dressed man with a lamp-shade shaped hat on his head.

And do look out for the Henna women - girls!!!

At Djemaa el Fna you sense that  you are most certainly not in Europe anymore.

During nights the square is turned into a gigantic kitchen where you may tuck into a wide range of street food. You may, literally, eat yourself through the flavours of the Moroccan kitchen.

Last time we stayed  at a resort outside the city and missed this experience. In January 2011 we'll return and stay in a Riad within the Medina. Then this nighttime culinary adventure will be on the agenda.

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