Yamaa El Fna, The Largest Square In Marrakech

Yamaa el Fna, the largest square in Marrakech

Morocco is one of the most exuberant and striking African countries. Its traditions, its gastronomy, its spices and its architecture attract our attention a lot. Of all its cities, one of the most special is Marrakech, its heart being the Jemaa el Fna square. Let’s get to know her a little better. You come?

Get to know  Yamaa el Fna square

This is the main square of the city. It is very close to the famous Koutoubia mosque. In addition, it is the epicenter of other smaller mosques that seem to want to get closer to the Koutoubia and reach its splendor. A whole landscape of a religious nature, but wonderfully artistic.

Yamaa el Fnaa Square
Yamaa el Fnaa Square – Lucky Business

In the past this was where criminals were executed, hence many believe that the name of the square means “assembly of annihilation”. Others say that having named it “assembly” or “meeting” was a macabre way of remembering that the heads of criminals were displayed in the square as if it were a meeting.

But, on the other hand, there are those who believe that the name has to do with the Almoravid mosque that was in the area and that was destroyed. Whatever the meaning of its name, the truth is that visiting this square is a must in your visit to Marrakech.

What is Yamaa el Fna square like?

This square stands out for its enormous dimensions and for being surrounded by souks, which are typical Moroccan markets. Cafes, restaurants and terraces decorate your space, creating a unique environment in which everyone wants to get together to see each other, do business or just have a good time.

Snake charmer at Yamaa el Fna
Snake charmer at Yamaa el Fna – Alberto Loyo

During the day you can see storytellers, salespeople, dentists, writers and representatives of any trade you can think of. Everything on the street! Everything can happen in Yamaa el Fna, even the unimaginable.

And, of course, we cannot forget to mention its food stalls, where you can enjoy the most exquisite Moroccan delicacies for very little money. Also in its surroundings there are restaurants and bars that have an added attraction: the possibility of contemplating the lively atmosphere of the square from above.

This square is so special that Unesco inscribed it in 2008 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. In addition, Alfred Hitchcock chose her to shoot some scenes for The Man Who Knew Too Much . And he was also the protagonist of the novel Hideous Kinky, by Esther Freud.

What’s different about Yamaa el Fna square

This is not a typical European square that is in an old town surrounded by huge buildings, since it only stands out not very tall buildings that are mosques, but that combine with each other in full harmony.

Yamaa el Fna square at night
Yamaa el Fna Square – Matej Kastelic

As we have mentioned before, this square is the heart of the city, but it goes beyond that, it is the essence, the living soul of Marrakech, and, above all, the greatest heritage that the city has. Without a doubt, it is the most important square in Morocco, as we must not forget that the city of Marrakech has given its name to the country.

A diaphanous space full of activity will open up before you. This square seems like a continuous fair in which both locals and tourists can enjoy 24 hours a day. Because if during the day you can find almost everything in their stalls, at night you can also enjoy it.

When the lights go down it is time for the food stalls, so the atmosphere in this square does not decline. On the contrary, it is time to enjoy Moroccan gastronomy, to perceive its spicy aromas and taste its tasty specialties.

As you can see, Jemaa el Fna square is one of the most spectacular places in Morocco, a place that you cannot miss on your trip to this exuberant country. Enjoy this special corner to the fullest that will awaken a thousand and one sensations. Are you going to miss it?

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