- Type: Sightseeing, Neighborhood/Area
- Time to Spend: More than Full Day
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Behind the 11th-century, coral-colored ramparts lies the Medina, Marrakech's old city. For centuries, the Medina acted as a political and economic hub whose influence radiated throughout the Middle East. Royals resided here; international trade took place here; and cultures developed here. As you stroll through the Medina's labyrinth of alleyways, you'll see that Marrakech's history remains intact.
Recent visitors say that the best way to experience the Medina (now a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is to let yourself get lost along its disorienting routes. One TripAdvisor user claims, "Just randomly walking around once I am lost, I find things that I would never have come across if I was sticking to the normal paths." Others recommend hiring a guide, who can help you navigate your way through every corner of the Medina.
You can explore the Medina any time—day or night—without paying a fee. Many travelers recommend using the old town as your home base, as hotels here generally cost less than those in the Ville Nouvelle. But a quick word of caution: Do your best to avoid walking alone at night (for safety's sake), and keep an eye on your valuables, as the Medina pickpockets are notorious.