Jemaa el-Fnaa is a square and market place in Marrakesh's old city medina quarter. Jemaa el-Fnaa is the most popular place for locals to eat, shop or observe the various shows taking place. This square magically transforms from dawn to dusk.
Jemaa el-Fnaa during the Day is a place enticing visitors with snake charmers, orange juice stalls, water sellers with traditional leather water-bags and brass cups and youths with chained Barbary apes.
It is in the night that Jemaa el-Fnaa evolves into a a carnival all of storytellers, Acrobats, musicians, Chleuh dancing-boys and artists.
Jemaa el-Fnaa square on one side exhibit the Marrakesh souk, a traditional North African market catering both for the common daily needs of the locals, and for the tourist trade. On other sides are hotels and gardens and cafe terraces, and narrow streets lead into the alleys of the medina quarter.
Tourist attractions include hoop bottle games, fortune tellers sitting under umbrellas and women with henna paste to paint hands, feet or arms with “ red tattoos” that will last up to a month or two.