Inside a medina exists the remnants of a thriving city. Artisan shops, palaces, fountains, mosques, monuments, schools and residential homes all make up its core. Nevertheless, animals, motorcycles and bicycles are the only forms of transportation that can run through most medinas. In some instances the streets were built narrow and confusing to slow down invaders. Thus, visiting the medina is like getting lost in a wonderful maze of alleyways, sinuous streets and dead ends.
Photo taken in the Medina of Essaouira (formerly Mogador), a UNESCO World Heritage site.