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Reviewed yesterday

You basically just wander around here through the alleys. Many of the buildings are beautifully colored, and for the most part it's pretty peaceful and quiet. We were here in the daytime and didn't have any issues regarding safety, even though most of the smaller alleys were pretty empty. Every now and then you'll come across someone's nicely arranged courtyard or front patio garden.

I only spent a day in Tangier (and Morocco, we visited on the ferry from Tarifa) and kept hearing about all these scams and such before we came. We weren't really bothered by scammers/beggars, and did not see many other foreigners around, but that might just be chalked up to experience because we have traveled quite a lot. It was actually much tamer than I was expecting it to be. Just be confident and act like you know what you're doing, don't wear anything to attract attention to yourself, and keep your valuables secure. I think a common problem is that people aren't used to random strangers coming up to you, pretending to be your friend, trying to extort money, and they think they need to be polite to the scammers. You don't have to be polite, but you don't need to be rude, either. If you feel like you need to interact, just be firm with them and don't make any eye contact. If they keep pushing, just keep walking and keep repeating "no", "I don't need help", etc and they eventually will back off and try to find someone new. Most of the time they're just a nuisance, but if you're concerned for your actual safety, try your best to walk back toward a main area with more people. There are definitely friendly locals around, not everyone is trying to take you for a ride, but if someone comes up to you and starts offering you directions or whatever, they're not trying to be your friend. Usually the culprits are younger men/teens. If you need help or directions, it's better to go into a shop or restaurant.

Thank LazyRose
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Don’t visit Tangier and question if you should visit Morocco if you are white and of Scandinavian or British decent. We were assaulted by a group of kids, harassed by beggars and didn’t see any other tourists in our time here. If you enjoy being the centre of attention and don’t care for your safety and valuables, perhaps a good place to visit.

If you have fair skin, blond hair or blue eyes, avoid!

Thank Scannable
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Quite interesting place, many narrow streets which might feel like a maze. There are shops only on the main streets. If you are looking for colourful houses and streets, go to Kasbah museum - there are nice steps near it.

Thank micha_k841
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There wasn’t much to see here, but it was nice to ride a camel. A bit smelly.
This was a unique tour indeed.

Thank 2016CBS
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I am always fascinated with experiences unique to other cultures and nothing beats an explore of the local Medina. Not as large as the one in Fez, the world's largest non-mechanized market, but you can find the same wares here...spices, clothing, shoes, electronics, and food...Oh, did I mention spices! What an experience...having special combinations made to order. There is even a local herbalist who will talk you through the healing qualities of each herb/mixture. What great fun!

Thank Susan L
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Walking around the Medina was the highlight of our guided tour. I don't think we would enjoy exploring this on our own so a guided tour was the correct option for us. Fascinating shops and narrow streets.

Thank Ken Q
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Medina isn't as sprawling as those you'll find in Marrakech and Fez, but it is a neat little labyrinth of narrow winding roads. Shops are expensive here so barter hard and don't be afraid to walk away. There is one fixed price store that I found that can give you an idea of reasonable prices for souvenirs but it's still a bit inflated to other Medina's around. Road between grand Soco and petit Soco for currency exchange. If you get lost, there are plenty of kids willing to show you the way to where you want to go for a few Dh.

Thank Ebell1
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A small Medina in comparison to others but a very nice starting point for visiting Morrocco. Visit Berber Tissage for example There are many authentic artisans along its walk ways. Unlike cities like Chefcuaen which has almost everything made in China in its Medina.

Thank Michelle B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful, ancient place with smells and sights to admire. Lots of beautiful local arts and crafts are available to buy...if you are prepared to haggle.

In one shop, the starting price for a small ceramic plate was so ludicrous (£20 ish) that I couldn’t be bothered to haggle. There is a huge range of beautiful, handmade items here ( silver, ceramics, leather etc).

We were with a guide, which meant we saw a lots of this amazing city. The Médina was the least appealing part of the day, for me. Our guide told us that we shouldn’t take photos of locals. My 14 year old daughter was recorded by locals. She was not dressed provocatively by western standards - leggings, her chest and shoulders covered. The leggings were too provocative so be prepared.

Food was fantastic, as was the service in the restaurant where we had lunch - sorry I can’t find the name of it now!

1  Thank Karen T
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Quite an average Moroccan Medina with nothing quite special to it. It was unfortunately beyond our expectations and can be visited in a couple of hours.

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