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Visit to Marrakech and the Djemaa el-Fna square

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Djemaa el-Fna square during the night @viajarcomeryamar

Marrakech is the southern gate par excellence. Here came caravans of camels, Berbers, turegs, Arabs and all races that define a merchant and a traveler.

The central point of this fascinating human congregation is Djemaa el-Fna square. It is a place created to underline the importance of the interior and not the exterior like most places. There are hardly any visible or artistic buildings around it except for some minaret emerging from its sides. The important thing is the fascinating human tide that congregates in this huge square. Snake charmers, henna stands, water heaters, storytelling, musicians, monkeys, jugglers and a multitude of human beings who trade, share, are amazed and give life to a show that is difficult to compare.

At dusk the square of Djemaa el-Fna dresses in smoke because of the multitude of places to eat that spread through the great square. The appetizing aromas intoxicate one and you will easily get carried away by the tide, you will sit on a bench before the food, you will enjoy as never before and you will be glad to have chosen Marrakech as your tourist destination.

One of the multiple food stops in the famous Marrakech square @viajarcomeryamar

It is convenient to go up to the terrace from a restaurant or cafe to get an idea of ​​the spectacular Djemaa el-Fna in all its magnitude. Without a doubt, it is one of the most amazing places in Morocco.

The square is a perfect metaphor for union and cultural exchange. Today, that human congregation is far from those contacts between Berbers, Arabs and the distant kingdoms of Kanem or Benin. On the contrary, the current amalgam diffuses between locals and tourists mostly from Europe.

Even so, the atmosphere of the Djemaa el-Fna square continues to surprise and every minute that passes promises surprises and strong emotions. Ideally, sit in one of the stalls and enjoy the show that happens before you.

The last day of our route by car through Morocco left us in Marrakech, the starting point of the trip. My colleagues left at noon and I took advantage of the last hours of my trip to see other areas of the city that we had missed during the first day of the trip. I left the guide at the hostel in order to enjoy the unpredictable wandering through one of the most fascinating cities in the Maghreb.

I got lost in the huge souk north of the square. Luckily I'm brown and pulling low made in mediterranean- and above I went without a camera, so few merchants make me dizzy with their aggressive sales style. I walked through its labyrinthine lanes full of lamps, carpets, species and everything that human beings can imagine.

I linked the souk with the mellah -he jewish quarter of Marrakech- founded the 16th century following the Jews who emigrated from the Iberian Peninsula after the well-known expulsion. The Jews were not allowed to live in the medina and settled in this neighborhood at the gates of the Royal Palace and surrounded by the walls that protect the medina.

View of Djemaa el-Fna square at sunset @viajarcomeryamar

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