What is the Medina?
The Tangier medina is a neighborhood of narrow twisting streets located just above the port of Tangier and just west of the Ville Nouvelle (or modern downtown). This is the best place to buy tourist merchandise. It is an easy place to get lost, but also has that exciting cultural atmosphere that many travelers come to Tangier to find. The Medina is a safe and fascinating place during the day, but can be unsafe after about 10pm when the tourist shops close. Many of the cheapest hotels and pensions are located in this area, but it isn’t recommended for women traveling alone.