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Medina of Fez

Central Fez, 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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Hamburg, Germany
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Like stepping back in to the middle ages. Everything is carried on donkeys and carts and you have to be ready to jump out of the way, as they don't stop. It was easy to explore on our own, we didn't need a guide. Completely unlike any place I had ever visited before.

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Vienna, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Big hint: Don't go there by yourself if you are not ready for an adventure and getting lost several times. The medina is really huge and it is very difficult to navigate, even with a map. Of course it's faster and easier to see the most important things with a guide but you will miss a lot of things that... More

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Lucerne, Switzerland
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41 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

You can't miss this. It is unique, really one of a kind. I can't even think of a similar Medina or old town. Not only the huge size and the countless numbers of streets, craftsmen and shops, the palaces and medersas - it's also the quality that impresses: doors, carvings, architecture, art, crafts etc. Something one has to see and... More

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Lech, Vorarlberg, Austria
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

We visited fez in the hight of August, ideally go in a month where the temperatures are lower however The medina was the highlight of the trip, we hired a guide for four hours through our hotel and he gave us a real insight into the culture of the medina, as well as its history and the local trades. I... More

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Doha qatar
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37 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

A fair drive inland from the coast but good roads. The Medina is a maze of very narrow cobbled alleys and life here is complete. Butchers, barbers, herbalists, common bakery oven, fruit and vegetables brought in from country by Berber ladies that look more South American in their attire than Arabic. Brass shops, silver smiths, and tourist traps everywhere. The... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Great and confusing place. Lots to take in! The best kind of chaos! Would love to back and spend more time there when it is not Ramadan.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The medina of Fes is a must-see. Essential to arrange a properly qualified guide who will explain the complex history and significance of this city: a centre of religion, learning, trade, and ethnic cultures. Do NOT go into the medina without guidance; a terrible task to navigate the way out awaits and you will not see all that should be... More

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Victor Harbor
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Fez medina is a buzzing place, full of colourful shops selling an enormous range of items. The ancient narrow lanes are still functioning roadways for donkey carts, some of which service the interesting, historically famous and somewhat smelly tannery (which is a must-see). Fortunately we had a local guide to show us all the special places inside, because navigating your... More

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Noosa Heads
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Make sure you get a guide to show you around the Medina. A must see is the tannery. The products for sale are very reasonably priced but make sure you bargain.

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Glen Ellen, California
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We found this the most interesting Medina in Morocco of the six we visited. There was a lot of variety and surprises around every corner. Watch out for the donkey carts! Better shops with more variety than other Medina's. If you are not fit the sloped streets can be a problem when returning although you can take a taxi at... More

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