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Revel in Morocco's multi-cultural medinas and souks

Morocco has never forgotten its enduring traditions despite its Modern development. One aspect of Moroccan heritage that permeates everyday life is the enchanted Medina shopping bazaars.

The historic Medina, which is often walled, allows you to wander its winding streets and discover its hidden gems. Mosques, fountains, and artisan stores Behind its ochre walls, hundreds of people reside and work, passing on their knowledge to future generations.

These pedestrian-only, best-preserved medieval cities in Fez, Tetouan, Essaouira, and Marrakech have quickly been designated as World Heritage Sites. Medinas will transport you back in time whether they are found in an imperial city, a seaside city, or a mountainous region.

See its mysterious historic neighborhoods and immerse yourself in its enchanted environment!

Medina of Fez

Fez El-Medina Bali's Fez El-Bali is an old city with a distinct history. Its medina is bursting with vibrant colors, classic architecture, and handicrafts. Fez narrates the tale of the early Moroccan rulers' footprints through its arabesque design and historical illustrations while letting your own imagination soar.

The oldest university in the world, Al-Quaraouiyine, is located in this medina, which was built by the Idrissides. The opportunity to appreciate even the smallest architectural details and handcrafted pieces of art while strolling through its streets offers a window into a city that is both intellectually and spiritually rich.

Medina of Marrakesh

Just like the other medinas of Morocco, the World heritage medina of Marrakech, is the most historic and most visited district of the city. Beautifully surrounded by walls, forming several gateways, it is the beating heart of the "ochre" city.

Not far from the entry, the charming Koutoubia mosque built under Almoravid dynasty’s reign, is located in the southwest medina of Marrakesh near the so called Jemaa el-Fna.

Surrounded by gardens, this emblematic figure served as a model for the La Giralda mosque in Seville.

As you stroll in its traditional quarters, you’ll find bazaars, traditional souks, museums, Riads, and café terraces that will make you enjoy its particular activities.

All these places give access to the Jamaâ El Fna square, which is magically transformed into an open-air theatre as the night falls.

Medina of Rabat

The historic medina, which is the beating center of Morocco's capital, will enchant you to pieces. Its cultural character, albeit embedded in the bustle of a modern city, is seen in its winding lanes, defensive walls, Kasbah, and souks. a culture that encompasses every aspect of the architecture, the way of life of the people, and the handicrafts.

Take time to learn about the history of the Chefchaouen-like Kasbah of the Oudayas, a city of Andalusians who were driven from Spain by Philip III. For a full immersion in ancient craftsmanship and the aroma of leather, also explore its Souika street and its Souk Sebbate.

The boulevard known as "Rue des Consuls" displays a distinct scene: an exquisite painting of vibrant carpets that represents the city's abundance of craftsmanship. Not only the Hassan tower, but also the ruins of Chellah, should be visited.

Medina of Tetouan

The medina of Tetouan, historically known as Titawin, has absorbed Arab and Spanish influences while preserving the fundamental elements of its tradition and culture. Its shape is that of a classic Kasbah.

The pulse of the adopted foreign Spanish traditions can be heard in its winding passageways. Allow yourself to breathe in the sea air combined with bird melodies and experience both the allure of the region's treasures and the unique selling environment in its souks.

An ethnographic museum and an archaeological museum, which guard the most priceless artifacts of the city, are also available to visitors of the ancient medina.

Medina of Essaouira

Endowed with a strong tourist potential, the medina of Essaouira is an excellent tourist destination.

Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage since 2001, Essaouira is a splendid city with historical streets and houses. Also known as the "Mogador", this mid-18th century fortified city is perfectly sealed and enclosed by a Vauban-style wall, with a kasbah that cannot be overlooked.

A fresh breath with the Atlantic Breeze, and the beautiful sights of the city, offers its visitors a comfortable pace in its narrow streets, its romantic ramparts, its cultural wealth and its numerous art galleries.

Go exploring the beautiful landscape with Portuguese drawings on the buildings, and taste the charm of the magnificent sights of La Skala. Don't forget to visit the port and the El Mellah district to immerse yourself in the history of this coastal city.

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