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Dar Cherifa literary café

Brought back to life by top craftsmen, the oldest house in the Medina has become a unique type of cultural centre.

"This is a beautiful, welcoming house, a wonderful place that breathes culture. Thanks to its considerate hosts, the original concept of literary café means that you can experience art in its true form. Painting exhibitions, sculptures and evening concerts: I was able to cross paths with poets, calligraphers, potters and even colourists eager to share their art, usually around a glass of mint tea or a tasty meal. The association for the protection of Jemaa El Fna, of which the Spanish writer Juan Goytisolo is a member, chose this as the venue for their conference in support of the legendary square being recognised as part of the oral heritage of humanity. And, in 2001, UNESCO's decision to designate it as such was celebrated here. It is highly symbolic."

Antonia, 31, Spanish director.