The busiest square in Africa Jemaa el-Fnaa is the best way for tourists to learn the culture and the way of life of local folks in Marrakesh. The square is justly called the heart of the city. The reason is far not the vicinity of the important administrative offices and attracting entertaining center. For more than a thousand years the central square of the city has been an established place for holding national holidays and fests, bright fairs and performances. During hiking the travelers may meet local merchants offering authentic souvenirs and crafts, culinary experts selling tempting sweet delicacies and street artists.
During the day the square changes as a chameleon constantly getting totally new looks. In a few minutes the magnificent square turns into exciting concert stage, a huge entertaining complex featuring exciting attractions or into the colorful market place featuring plenty of rows of shopping stalls. The square gets emptier only at dawn, however with the first rays of sun the square gets filled with merchants again.
Those wishing to buy fresh Moroccan oranges should visit the square as early as possible. Along with rows of stalls one will see small street cafes in which the passersby are offered the best refreshing drink ever being the orange fresh. Apart from sunny fruit the market offers a huge choice of prune, honey sweet dates and various nuts as well as home cooked sweets. There one will find various souvenirs and healing herbs which are of immense popularity among city visitors.