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Marrakech: Morocco’s Fun Spot!

Andy Lynes | THE INDEPENDENT   in 
September 18, 2014

There is nothing quite like walking into Djemaa el Fna after dark. There’s a feral quality to Marrakech’s packed main square and you never know what might happen next, including having a snake thrust under your nose, or being emotionally blackmailed by a child hawker who pretends to cry when you refuse to buy a packet of tissues you don’t need. Tightly packed rings of onlookers form around busking groups of traditional Moroccan musicians, while hungry tourists buy kebabs or freshly squeezed juices from the dozens of food carts that fill the square. Nearby, someone is holding a vulture on a lead. The bird is dyed blue.

It’s a timelessly chaotic scene that plays out within the 19km perimeter of the city’s red clay walls that date back to the 12th century. Marrakech has a rich history and you’d be foolish to miss out on the likes of the mid-19th century Palais de la Bahia (palais-bahia.com) with its theatrically painted and gilded woodwork ceilings or the equally impressive 16th-century Medersa Ben Youssef (medersa-ben-youssef.com), a former Islamic college and fabulous example of Moorish architecture. And you simply wouldn’t visit Marrakech without losing yourself in the narrow lanes of the souk where shops are crammed with jewellery, leather, lamps, and earthenware tagines.

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