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Medina of Fez

Central Fez, Fes, Morocco
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Ranked #1 of 33 Attractions in Fes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Neighborhoods, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Flea/ Street Markets
Activities: Shopping
Traveler Description: The old Medina of Fez is not to be missed--truly an extraordinary place.  If you ever want to feel completely out of touch with the western world... more »
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Maple Ridge BC
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Incredible is all I can say.The Madina was built in the year 810AD and sometimes you feel that not much has changed.We went in first with guides ,that afternoon I went back by myself.People say not to go alone but if you have any sense of direction and dont panic if you get twisted around go for it.I like to... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

If you hire a great guide you'll have a great experience, and learn and understand so much more about what you're seeing.

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Oslo, Norway
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Never, but never get into this Medina without an official guide. Going on your own can be a traumatic experience.

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Melbourne, Australia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
32 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

A real working medina. It is huge so the best thing to do is get a guide or you will never get out alive. There are many hidden treasures that you will miss like madrases and saints tombs. It is chaotic but a wonderful experience with a guide who will help out.

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Washington, DC
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274 reviews 274 reviews
50 attraction reviews
2,336 helpful votes 2,336 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

The idea of people living within a walled city in this day and age is truly remarkable. And, to think that many have never been outside these walls is quite a contrast to the real world. Best advice is to get a good guide, take your time, bring a good camera and enjoy the ride.

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san luis obispo, ca
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77 reviews 77 reviews
10 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We have toured Morocco for a week, and this is the most interesting site in the country. The medieval city compares well to those of Europe. Extremely narrow meandering streets with thousands of small shops, mostly catering to locals. Donkey carts share the road with humans and chickens. Quite the experience. Do not attempt if limited walking ability, as varied... More

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Get a guide if you can. We had people asking for money at each and every step we took. The maze like feel of it is also very scary and indication are borderline non existent. Finding your way without help is very difficult and you're faced with the choice of following someone or being lost. For such an important historical... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Friendly people and best place to shop in Morrocco much cheaper than other places, of course you must bargain Very unique experience to see all the donkeys carrying the products in the narrow Medina roads with all the traditional shops. Sometimes the smell is not pleasant but part of the experience

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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We went into the Medina with a guide, which you need as there are hundreds of small alley ways, some only wide enough to go sideways. Again no time to shop unless it was where your guide gets commission, which is sad as there is so much to see. We went on the weekend when each family slaughters sheep, so... More

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Nelspruit, South Africa
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Don't expect an authentic moroccan market only. Even though you will find leatherwork, carpets, scarves, spices and pastries, you will also have to endure "China town"-like fakes all over the place. The directions did help to not get completely lost.

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