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Medina Quarter
Medina Quarter

Medina Quarter

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Medina, Marrakesh, Morocco
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The Medina (Old Walled City) of Marrakesh contains several impressive monuments: the Koutoubiya Mosque, the Kasbah, the battlements, monumental doors, gardens, etc. Later architectural jewels include ... Read more
the Bandiâ Palace, the Ben Youssef Madrasa, the Saadian Tombs, several great residences and Place Jamaâ El Fna, a veritable open-air theatre. UNESCO transcribed the Medina as a World Heritage Site in 1985.

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Essaouira, Morocco

Marrakech’s dense Medina Quarter is littered with locals aggressively hawking nearly every good imaginable.Come with a strong mind and prepare to barter.

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Most of the main attractions can be found within the medina, along with the colourful souks. Have fun haggling over your purchases and don't forget to make time for a coffee and some people watching.

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Foster City, California, USA

The word "medina" itself simply means "city" or "town" in modern-day Arabic. The medina is typically walled, with many narrow and maze-like streets. The media quarter of Marrakesh is an UNESCO World Heritage Centre with many historical landmarks.

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The heart of bustling Marrakech, home to the souks...and also some great Museums (The Medersa Ben Youssef) and places of cultural interest.

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Brooklyn, État de New York, États Unis

The old city is full of chaos and joy. Fragrant smells, people, animals and plenty of motorbikes and taxis to dodge. Enjoy the frantic outside or step in to heaven inside a plush restaurant or above it all on a gorgeous roof terrace.

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Nizwa, Oman

Pointy shoes, leather bags, scarfs and hubbly bubbly fans rejoice, this is your paradise. All that and more than a few things you can't even imagine (magic potions, anyone?), await in the old medina of Marrakech.

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Fremantle, Australia

Compared to the medinas in Fez and other cities, I found this one a little too touristy and manufactured. I really didn't like the snake charmers and monkey trainers; it is animal abuse on display. If you're in Morocco and want a real medina experience, save it for a different city.

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Halifax, West Yorkshire, UK

A maze of alleys and narrow streets, it is a wonderful place to wander and lose yourself for half a day, providing that you aren't in a rush to get out, as the maps are of no use whatsoever. We never felt worried or concerned for our safety.

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Oakland, California, USA

The Medina of Marrakesh feels a little bit like Disneyland. It was probably amazing at one time, but is now touristed to the point of excess. It is an assault on the senses, but not in a good way. Everything is fighting for your attention, which basically means your money. People grab at you, yell at you - anything to get you to potentially buy.

The deeper into the market you go, the better it gets - vendors with real items, not just the generic fare everyone has - who take the time to engage you with conversation rather than just yell their guess at your nationality at you.

The treatment of animals for tourist attention is also disconcerting. There are many magical medinas in Morocco - this does not happen to be one of them.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

The medina is an interesting place. You'll see sheep heads, next to candles, leather bags, and motor cycle parts. Every body wants to sell you their stuff.

There's only one simple rule: they will never sell for a price they're not happy with. So try to go as low as you can. If you want to get an idea of what things are really worth, visit Ensemble Artisanal before going into the souks. Here, all products have price tags on them.

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Durham, North Carolina, USA

It's difficult to walk through the Medina of Marrakesh without feeling like you're in a movie. Beautiful fabrics, pungent spices, glittering jewelry ... you could buy every decorative item for your entire house here, and still have enough left over for a tagine dinner. If you visit Marrakesh, plan on spending an entire day doing nothing but wandering through the Medina.

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very busy place)))) day & night a lot of things are on sale, a lot of performaces presented!!)))) very amusing and interesting !!!!

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New York City, New York State, USA

The Medina in Marrakesh is amazing. You may want to have a guide with you, as the Medina can feel a bit daunting and the frenetic environment is best navigated by a pro, who knows where and where not to go. One of the most amazing things in the Medina of Marrakesh is an ancient synagogue, which is exceptionally beautiful and is a fascinating place to visit. If you are in the mood to shop for rugs, options abound, but you will have an easier time finding the great sellers and friendly prices, if you go with a local guide, who knows which vendors are worth visiting and which ones are best avoided. I found amazing miniature stone carved animals in the Medina of Marrakesh and if you stay away from the cheap, tourist stuff and focus on the hand-crafted items, you will find some true treasures to bring home with you.

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Jakarta, Indonesia

It feels like going into a labyrinth - you can get in but can't get out. Make sure you have a local guide. It's exciting to explore those small alleys in between old buildings! The shopping can be equally crazy - just make sure you have enough space in your luggage

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London, United Kingdom

The heart of the city - a must-do on a visit here. Bustling, atmospheric, and actually qualifies for use of the word 'exotic' for once. Great way to experience the lifeblood of the city. Just keep track of directions - it is a veritable labyrinth and even those with the very best senses of direction risk getting lost easily.

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New York City, New York State, USA

The Medina is one of the most intoxicating places on earth! Remarkable mosques, landmarks, souqs, story-tellers, tattoo artists, dancers, musicians, restaurants and shops are a few attractions in this old city. Do shop: the souqs are the best places to shop for colorful and exotic pottery, rugs, lanterns, bedding and ornaments.

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Be careful so you don't get lost! But it's fun to explore the medina.

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Wembley, UK

I absolutely loved Marrakesh when visited during Christmas and New Year.

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Uma viagem pela cultura marroquina. Cuidado para não se perder nos labirintos e nas seduções... cuidado c os assédios...

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Genova, Italy

La Medina di Marrakesh e la sua piazza Jamaa El Fna, da sempre sono la meraviglia agli occhi di chiunque visita questa città. Non a caso l'Unesco ha deciso di annoverarla tra i suoi patrimoni. Sarete estasiati alla vista degli incantatori di serpenti e dai cantastorie. La piazza è un caos di folklore unico nel suo stile. Tornando a casa rivivrete davanti ai vostri occhi le immagini delle donne che decorano la pelle con l'henné, sentirete l'odore degli incensi e l'eco dei venditori che vi invitano a scoprire i loro Bazaar.

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