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“Off the beaten path, a cultural treasure and the best hidden spice market” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mellah

Mellah
Marrakech, Morocco
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Ranked #22 of 91 attractions in Marrakech
Type: Historic Sites, Neighborhoods
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This is the Jewish neighborhood in Marrakech. Here you´ll find the Lezama Synagoge, an important historical site, as well as other eating and shopping opportunities.
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“Off the beaten path, a cultural treasure and the best hidden spice market”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Our trip to Mellah came to be when we asked the general manager of the Riad Noir d'Ivoire, the wonderful Rebecca, where we could buy some good authentic saffron and other spices. Knowing that we like a little adventure and dont mind getting a little lost (isn't that half the fun?), she sent us to Mellah, which we reached by walking through the Souks and then all the way down Riad Zitoun. After a few minutes, it feels like you are in another world...there are apparently 40 Jewish families living in this region of the city, amidst many other locals and vendors that cater to locals, not tourists. Tucked away on the left, near a hip looking restaurant, is a covered market where the spice vendor we were seeking had his shop. Several other spice merchants tried to steer us to theirs, but we held onto our little piece of paper which had his name (Khalid) on it, and finally we were presented to him. We took a few photos of his shop to help others, since his family business has been there for years and he was clearly an honest man with authentic prices and very high quality spices. We stocked up on saffron, eucalyptus crystals, and Ras el Hanout, along with a lot of other rubs he invented himself. What a find!

Visited September 2013
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“Quality of the judes”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

You van find everything in this quartier of the judes. They know wat is quality. Fresh spices of all kind, baskets etc you can ashmh

Visited September 2013
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“The Jewish quarter”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

A fairly non-descript area of the Medina, and yet worthy of mention. There's a cool synagogue down some alleyways, which is open to the public. The best flower market and the best fresh fish market in the Medina are just off the Place des Ferblanitiers. The Kosybar is a great hang-out right next to the Badi Palace. Personally I wouldn't be strolling down the derbs alone late at night. An anecdote - I don't know whether it's true or not - during the second world war, with France conquered and the German army advancing across North Africa, it was required of Morocco to extradite all Jews to France. Upon which the authorities stated "We have no Jews here, only Moroccans." And so no Jews were deported to almost certain death.

The Mellah, literally "The Salt", is the name given to all Jewish quarters in Moroccan cities, after the site in Fes which was a military salt depot, and which served as a ghetto for Jews following the ousting of the Moors from Spain.

Visited September 2013
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“Old Jewish Quarter”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

This is a facinating place to roam about . There are i understand about 40 very old jewish families living peacefully here. There are Hebrew writings on many houses . There is a spice and jewelery market. Only a couple of minutes walk from the Riad.

Visited July 2013
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Utrera, Spain
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“Where did it go?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Our guide took us through this part of the town and I was confused, like, "Where is it!?" Well, it is smaller and the Jewish population are pretty much non-existent, from the words of our guide. But I had a chance to go in to where they had worship but yeah, it was okay.

Visited June 2013
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