“There is perhaps no spot on earth so alive, so utterly human as Jemaa Al Fna.” -Tahir Shah
One of my well-loved storytellers could not have said it better.
Jemaa Al Fna, the heart of Marrakech, is like an open theater. In the morning, the square is filled with snake charmers, traditional story tellers, fortune tellers, Berber musicians, water sellers, orange juice stalls and even dentists pulling out molars.
As darkness falls the show continues and the transformation begins. Well-lit food stalls take centre stage and the air is filled with the sound of the thudding of the drums, of men chanting and vendors noisily selling their goods. So enchanting, so real.
There’s always so much going on at Jemaa Al Fna that’s both strange and wonderful.
I’ve traveled to Marrakech twice, and from where I stood both times I was in Jemaa Al Fna, It always felt that anywhere else seemed so unexciting and mundane.