Djemaa el Fna

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  • Day8

    Marrakech ich komme

    April 22, 2017 in Morocco ⋅

    Heute ist Samstag und die meisten verlassen leider wieder das Camp. Auch Konstanze, Sten und Lucia. Irgendwie ging mir Marrakech nicht aus dem Kopf und da mein linkes Bein nicht optimal funktionieren wollte, saß ich 16 Uhr im Bus Richtung der Stadt aus 1001 Nacht. 19 Uhr angekommen in Marrakech ging es mit dem Taxi Richtung Hostel. Equity Point Marrakech. Man sagt es sei das beste in ganz Marrakech ... und ich muss sagen es überzeugte mich sehr schnell. Was für ein Innenhof, von der Dachterrasse ganz zu schweigen.Read more

  • Day96

    Salem Marrakech

    July 31, 2017 in Morocco ⋅

    I love Morocco; the sounds and smells, the food, the people and the laid back lifestyle. Always a pleasure to be able to visit Marrakesh with its ancient Medina of narrow alleys and myriad shops and Riads in the maze like alleyways. The Riads are spectacular, so cool and opulent even when the sun is beating down and its 40C outside; the Riad with its courtyards, fountaiins and shaded spaces is a haven of peace and tranquility in this busy and bustling city.Read more

  • Day5


    November 5, 2017 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    In the morning we were woken up by the Berber at 4 because we needed to catch the bus leaving at 6 from Merzouga. So we made ourselves ready within a few minutes and got on the camels to bring us back to our hotel. It was magical to experience the sunrise in the Sahara while sitting on the back of a camel.
    We had a quick shower at the hotel and then went to the bus station to board the 12h bus ride to Marrakesh. We saw a lot of changes in the vegetation and also the narrow windy roads leading over the Atlas mountains. But it was too long of a bus ride to be enjoyable... So we were glad when we finally arrived in Marrakesh.
    The negotiations with the taxi drivers were unsuccessful so we decided to walk into the city centre. And it was a wise decision in favour of our feet :) At 8:30 in the evening we finally arrived at the Jeema el-fna, the main square in the center of Marrakesh. With lots of shops, markets, vendors and artists there's always something going on. So we just dropped our stuff at the hotel and then went out to explore the main square until late at night... We tried the moroccan soup, a spicy tea and some sweets. Afterwards we went on top of the Hotel Fourcade, a stop where my dad used to stay when he was in town. It also offered an amazing view from the rooftop over the whole city and especially the main square.

    We spent the morning in the quarters around Jeema El-fna after a big breakfast (sweet of course) at the hotel's rooftop. First we just walked to some sights along the narrow streets that form a sheer endless labyrinth of walkways and alleys. But that's the right way to see and experience a city. Then we went to a former palace Badia, an impressive large complex in the centre of the city. Afterwards we had a coffee in a small shop amongst some friendly locals.
    Refreshed we continued the exploration of the markets with curiosity. Eventually I found a tea pot that looked great but the price was a bit too high... So we haggled for half an hour until we came to an acceptable price :) It's an elementary part of the transaction. Later we headed back to the train station to catch the bus to Essaouira.
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  • Day26

    A Marrakechy Christmas

    December 26, 2016 in Morocco ⋅

    Onto another famous Moroccan city, but not before taking the mountain pass to make sure I can say I've seen snow this Christmas.

    However this scenic route meant I arrived in Marrakech just as it was getting dark on Saturday, almost the busiest possible time. So far I had been relying on the trusty 'maps with me' app. It had every single alley of Fes in it, all offline ready for me to use at anytime. In fact in Fes it helpfully told me what was a street and what wasn't. All this made me feel good about picking a hostel in Marrakech that I could ride up to the door. You can probably see where this is going, particularly anyone who has been to Marrakech. But for those the haven't. Take a street 10ft wide, subtract 3ft from either side for the souk stalls, then in the remaining 4ft fit the population of Marrakech doing its shopping, then place me on a 3ft wide bike trying to part the waves, whilst frantically work out which direction I should be going. 45 minutes later I arrive at a location you most definitely shouldn't ride a bike to. Unfortunately the go pro was out of charge otherwise it would have been an amazing video to watch back.

    Marrakech is all hustle and bustle without my input. It's all good natured and enjoyable but I have never been so pestered in my life. It's a great experience, the whole city is just constantly trying to sell you something, even if it's just directions. The main square, jemaa el fna, is supposedly the busiest in Africa and at night it comes alive with a mix of locals are tourists. There are various food and drink stalls, but in the open bit of the square, people gather round Berber story tellers, musicians and dancers. The place just has a constant noise of people and drumbeats.

    I also went to the Bahia palace where there is a bit of quiet and you can see the best examples of the carved plaster and wood.

    1) A local looking out of one of the windows at the Bahia palace
    2) Snow on the mountain pass
    3) More Bahia palace
    4 and 5) Jemaa el fna, the second one is taken on a long exposure so you can see how a lot of the square is busy moving around, but then there are these circles where people are standing listening to the story tellers
    6) Local takeaway
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  • Day9

    At Riad Ghali

    June 2, 2017 in Morocco ⋅

    I'm having my first Moroccan breakfast. Honestly, I have no idea how to eat it! It's funny how often that thought has crossed my mind lately, knowing that I have no idea what the custom is. I think that feeling of being forced out of my comfort zone is my favorite part of travel.

  • Day2


    April 9, 2014 in Morocco ⋅

    In Marrakesch angekommen gehts direkt hinein in die Souks, schmale Gassen, in denen man sich leicht verlaufen kann. Das Ziel ist das Riad Slitine, unser Zuhause für die nächsten zwei Nächte...

    Ein Riad ist ein traditionelles marokkanisches Haus rund um einen Innenhof gebaut. Riad leitet sich von dem arabischen Wort für Garten ab. Und unser Riad hier in Marrakesch ist ein besonders hübscher orientalischer Traum...Read more

  • Day2

    Djemaa al Fna

    April 9, 2014 in Morocco ⋅

    Am späten Nachmittag gehts zum Höhepunkt von Marrakesch:
    Wir besuchen den Djemaa al Fna, den zentralen Marktplatz und allabendlich Treffpunkt von Gauklern, Schlangenbeschwörern, Händlern, Wahrsagerinnen, Hennakünstlern, Musikern...
    Einheimische und Touristen tummeln sich hier gleichermaßen.

    Von der Terrasse eines Cafés haben wir einen fantastischen Blick auf den Platz und das bunte Treiben. Musik schallt zu uns hoch, die Orangen leuchten in der Abendsonne. Hats uns beim Schlendern über den Platz noch nicht gepackt, hier oben mit Muße nimmt uns die Atmosphäre dieses besonderen Ortes gefangen...
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Djemaa el Fna, جامع الفنا, Djemà-el-Fna, Djema al-Fna, Ĝemaa el Fna, Plaza de Yamaa el Fna, Jamaâ El Fna, Dżamaa al-Fina, Praça Jemaa El Fna

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