Balad, Jeddah

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The historic heart of Jeddah, Balad is a World Heritage Site and charming maze of 7th-century architecture. Formerly the center of the city, the district contains lively piazzas, historic merchant houses, winding lanes, and ornate mosques. Find yourself a locally made bargain at one of the souks before stopping at a cozy eatery for some gems of traditional cuisine. To immerse yourself fully in the region's history, hook up a local guide. To visit Balad on your holiday in Jeddah, and find out what else Jeddah has to offer, use our Jeddah itinerary builder .
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  • Old city-part of Jeddah-Incredible, amazing arabic stone and wood buildings, narrow streets, stalls. You see gold (made in Korea or China:()-so beautyful, smell the spices, Balad-the old town of Dżedda. It is hard to convey what he sees-buildings with white or creamy white stone with balconies, Windows made of wood, most often in brown or green. The character of the old part features an excerpt from a row of Stanisław Blińskiego "back to Tabriz" among the squares the slumbering white and singing markets forget about beating heart, forget about beating clocks.
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  • The Balad area is one of the top sights in Jeddah and is a very traditional Arabic market. Other reviewers will tell you about the sights you can see here. However, many people (including me at first)...  more »
  • A heritage feel in contrast to ever-growing modern city of Jeddah. A must visit for the first timers. Traffic can be bad in this old part of the city and is comparitively conservative area. You can lo...  more »

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