El Fina Square

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El fina Square, Marrakech, Morocco

El Fina Square Marrakech Reviews

HelenP HelenP
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El fina Square - the beating heart of Marrakech Jan 10, 2014
This huge expanse of open space is the beating heart of Marrakech. Ever changing throughout the day and into the night, it is a place for entertainment, shopping and people watching.

At its centre gather acrobats, snake charmers, fortune tellers, henna tattooists and brightly bedecked water sellers (not much water is sold but charging for photographs gives good business). Around the edges are stalls selling fresh juice: dates apricots and nuts.

And then there are the tourists; in their own way as interesting and exotic as the vendors and performers on the square.

At the northern end lies the entrance to the famous souks; an 1001 nights warren of tiny shops and alleyways selling a myriad of goods; spices, fabric, glassware, pottery, lanterns and much much more.

At dusk the El Fina transforms into a huge outdoor eating arena with dozens of pop-up stalls serving cheap and delicious food to tourists and locals alike. The place is alive; ablaze with light and throbbing with people and noise.

Above the whole scene drifts a thin white haze as smoke from the many cooking braziers drifts gently into the inky blackness of the night.
el Fina daytime
boy street vendor
girl fighter on el fina square
6 / 6 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
francescodattis52 says:
better than write for lonely is to do it for as :) Thank you!
Posted on: Jan 10, 2014
ilserita says:
Great pics, Helen! Wow!!
Posted on: Feb 10, 2013
HelenP says:
you know, in my dreams I am a lonely planet review writer.. with this I get close to my dreams.
Posted on: Feb 10, 2013
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