The Jemaa el-Fnaa Square

The Jemaa el-Fnaa

Jemaa el-Fnaa (or Djemaa el-Fnaa) is one of the most bustling squares in the world and the largest square in Africa. Located in the old Medina of Marrakesh, the square is a historical centre of trade and communication. In 2021 it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list.

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The Jemaa el-Fnaa on map

Overview of The Jemaa el-Fnaa

The Jemaa el-Fnaa Square is bustling both day and night.

Jemaa El-Fna translates from Arabic to 'Square of the Dead', and it earned its name from being a slave market and the execution site for criminals until the 19th century.

Dancing in Jemaa El Fha Square

During the day, the square is filled with vendors selling everything from spices to souvenirs. At night, the square comes alive with street performers, musicians and dancers.

Berber craftsman in Jemaa el-Fna Square

On the square, many traditional Moroccan dishes are also served. Here you can sample the national dishes, from Tajine to couscous and a variety of street food.

Street food at Djemaa El Fna Square

Around the square there are many restaurants with terraces with a view of the square.

Restaurants with terraces overlooking Jemaa el Fna Square

Jemaa al Fna Square is probably the key place for getting to know the culture and history of Marrakech.

Street trading at Jemaa al Fna Square


May 12, 2023

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