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The second holy city of Islam, Medina has long been an important pilgrimage site. However, this vibrant city also attracts tourists from all over the globe and after seeing the sights visitors will find that there are lots of other things to do, from taking a tour of the Islamic University to shopping in colourful souks and dining on rich and tasty local cuisine.

Sightseeing
There are a large number of interesting places to explore in the city of Medina and many visitors choose to start at the Masjid Al-Nabawi, which contains the burial site of the Prophet Muhammed. There are a whole host of other interesting places to explore here and visitors should allow at least a full day to completely cover all of Medina's main landmarks.

Shopping
Shopping is a popular pastime in Medina and there are plenty of great deals and discounts to be found by those with a keen eye for a bargain. One of the most popular places for tourists to shop is at the Old Bizarre, which features numerous twisting lanes full of stalls selling just about anything and everything, ranging from prayer rugs to souvenir t-shits to rosary beads and postcards.

Dining
Cuisine in Medina includes a large selection of popular Middle Eastern creations, including kebabs, hummus, pita bread and falafel as well as a whole host of specialty dishes. Visitors who enjoy rich and spicy food will adore the traditional cuisine of Medina and there are numerous excellent restaurants to choose from in all areas of the city. In addition to local cuisine, visitors will also discover restaurants offering Turkish Lebanese and Syrian food. No matter which section of the city you choose to dine in, you'll never have trouble tracking down a good evening meal.

Explore with car hire
Exploring Medina with car hire allows visitors the freedom to travel wherever and whenever they choose and this is particularly useful in this part of the world as there are no public transportation options for people to rely on. Visitors should be able to book reasonably priced car hire through their Medina hotels, while several companies also have booths at the airport, allowing visitors to grab a deal as soon as they arrive.

Rent a bicycle
The ideal way to see the sights while getting fit, cycling around the city of Medina is a fun activity that people of all ages can enjoy. There are plenty of places to hire bicycles here, and those who are traveling alone will be able to explore the city at their own pace without having to rely on timetables and other hassles.

Explore the Islamic University
Officially known as the Islamic University of al-Madinah al-Munawarah, the Islamic University is an interesting place to explore for visitors who have a little time to kill. This large and lovely campus is open to the public who take the time to sign in and this is an interesting place to visit for those who want to wander off the usual tourist trail and see another side of the city.

Get Caught up in a Festival
A large number of vibrant festivals are held in Medina throughout the year and this is a great time to see the city at its best. One of the most colourful of these festivals is Eid al Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan and features gift giving as well as street parties and feasting.

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About the Author: Lek Boonlert is an editor and content reviewer at DirectRooms and is responsible for all Medina Hotels content.

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Elaf Al Auda Hotel Medina
Located just 5 minutesí walk from Masjed Al Nabawi, Elaf Al Huda offers air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen TV. Its complimentary breakfast features local and international cuisines. All rooms are decorated in warm tones and have a flat-screen TV and padded armchairs in the living area. Some rooms boast panoramic views of the Holy Mosque. Elaf Al Hudaís restaurant serves regional specialities including lamb dishes and international cuisines. The restaurant also organises themed buffets on a regular basis.
Elaf Taiba Hotel Medina
Featuring a café and restaurant, Elaf Taiba is just minutesí walk from the Haram al Shareef and right in front of the holy Prophetís Mosque. The hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with mini-bars. All rooms of Elaf Taiba Hotel are equipped with satellite TV and a private bathroom. Some rooms have a picturesque view of the Masjid Al-Nabawi mosque. The Al Hamra café serves daily breakfast buffet, snacks and a variety of French pastries. The hotelís main restaurant, Al Andalus, offers a selection of continental, Asian and Arabic delicacies for lunch and dinner. Madinah's main business and commercial areas are close by, including Sultana Street with its many shops and restaurants.
Hilton Madinah
Take a short walk to the Holy Mosque from the Madinah Hilton hotel, in the heart of Madinah's shopping district. Buy perfume or jewelry in the ground-floor shops, and savor lobster thermidore in the Madinah Restaurant, with Holy Mosque views. Prince Mohammed Airport is 25 minutesí drive away. Savor a mixed grill in Marmara Restaurant or enjoy a light snack in Café Najd at the Madinah Hilton hotel. Get some retail therapy in the Taibah Mall, Anwar Al Madinah Mall and the Haram Mall, all within 3 blocks. Guests at the Madinah Hilton hotel enjoy high-speed internet access in the 24-hour internet café. This hotel is located in a Muslim only district. 
InterContinental Dar El Hijra Madinah
Dar Al Hijra InterContinental Madinah is a mere quarter-kilometre (800 feet) from the Prophet's Mosque and offers a magnificent view of Ohud Mountain. You'll walk to shops and the business district and take a short drive to important sites such as the Quba' Mosque, the Qiblatain Mosque, the tombs of Madain Salah and the Jannatul Baki graveyard. Al Safa Restaurant I and II serves Continental and Middle Eastern cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in an elegant setting. Serving International & Oriental cuisine. The restaurant has a delicious buffet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and ala carte menu is also available. On the weekends the restaurant features a special themed dinner buffet.
Moevenpick Hotel Anwar Al Madinah
Madinahís largest hotel with extensive facilities for families, individual travellers and leisure groups. The closest hotel to the Prophetís Mosque, it is close to all main attractions and directly linked to the shopping mall with underground parking. The restaurant serves both oriental and western breakfasts, and offers an international breakfast buffet until 10.30 am daily. Located on the first floor overlooking the shopping mall, Al Rehab serves a variety of international specialities in a quiet atmosphere.Located on the first floor, Al Taiba restaurant serves international buffets. Groups can be catered for on request.
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