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Medina of Fez

Fes el-Bali | Central Morocco, Fes, Morocco
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Ranked #1 of 32 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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Belgrade, Serbia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 attraction reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I know that many people see this medina as the best in Morocco, but... I have been to many places in Morocco and nowhere I felt so scared and unsafe as in this medina! I couldn't wait to get out of it and never enter again. I stuck with new city and hills around. Maybe with a guide or something,... More

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Sydney, Australia
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112 reviews 112 reviews
17 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

350,000 people and not a car in sight - everything works and the sense of community is obvious Far far less touristy than marrakesh and is a far different and I found better tourist experience Make sure you include Fes on your morocco trip plans

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orange county california
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The choices of merchandise and the ability to see things being made there. This is the most "real" experience of an old world bazaar I have ever been in, and I've been to Turkey, Dubai, Egypt, etc. Be careful as it's very easy to become lost and totally disoriented.

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Morris Plains, New Jersey
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58 reviews 58 reviews
19 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Unlike Marrakech, this is a working medina. People go about their business and not much nagging. Please do take a guide the first time. It is vast. They show you the unique places, the zillion varieties of dates; the tannery from roof top; the camel meat shop (a camel head in front of it); the saffron place etc.

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New Haven
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Visiting (and staying in) the medina was quite an experience. I truly felt that I was getting to experience some of "real" Morocco, especially once getting deeper inside. I arrived at my rental home led by a guide and attempted to leave on my own the following morning. I was lost within 3 minutes, and after 15 minutes of searching... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Beware of pedlars my friend was spat at, but fantastic bargains to be hash rest for leather and you must visit the tannery

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Casablanca, Morocco
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Seriously, it's Fez. What else are you really going to do in Fez that is nearly as awesome as the medina? I would highly recommend hiring a tour guide because the medina is a maze. You can get easily turned around and lost in this inner city-- it's that huge! Be careful though, many of the guides that can be... More

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Great old town feel. The leather tannery was a very different experience. Bought a couple of Moroccan carpets. Good shopping.

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Hong Kong, China
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85 reviews 85 reviews
36 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We loved wandering (and getting lost) in the Fez medina. It felt like the most "real" medina in all of Morocco - there were more locals, going about their business, than tourists.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The real experience. So much to see while walking around crazy narrow streets. With a good map, you can find your way around. If you need directions ask the shop owners or families. Single men often gave bad directions to try to get you lost. Food areas can be a little overwhelming with smells. Be sure to negotiate when you... More

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