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Fes el-Bali

Fes, Morocco
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Ranked #3 of 30 attractions in Fes
Type: Neighborhoods
Activities: Dining
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

You get some sense of urban life in the middle ages by walking through the medina of Fes. We were here on a day with a fair amount of rain and cold. We had a guide and were grateful for it. You turn a corner it looks drab then you go into a beautiful space with great tile work. Everyone... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
34 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Fes el-Bali is one of those places you're not sure if you like it a lot or not, but still a memorable place. Getting a day guide will really help you enjoy it more, especially if you're traveling with females. The heckling, "hello my friend!", "step inside here", "where are you from", "we shake hands now" etc. were A LOT... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

We spent 2 days visiting Fes el-Bali, the first with a guide and the second on our own to see places not covered on the tour. We wanted to have lunch at the Ruined Garden but settled for the easier to find Café Clock (delicious meal). We located the Ruined Garden by chance several hours later which is typical of... More

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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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49 reviews 49 reviews
30 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Don't be intimidated; people are very friendly and love to talk and tell stories, keep some change (2 and 5 dirham coins) for beggars and the occasional kid who leads you back to a main street.

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porto, portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

A different world (for the "occidental"): colours, sounds and smells! Its amazing to wander in the mazy medina.

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Ottawa, Canada
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61 reviews 61 reviews
19 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

First, you'll need a guide unless you're sure you know what you're doing. Second, you'll be transported back in time. Having a camera handy is a must, you'll never remember everything you see without it. It's impossible to be fully prepared, you'll be astounded.

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London, United Kingdom
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96 reviews 96 reviews
49 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

I don't understand reviewers who so completely overlook the cultural system of barter, trade and haggling that has existed in countries like Morocco for hundreds of years. Rather than view it as being 'ripped off' know in advance that this is how it has always worked and the inflated prices they start with apply to everyone based on assumed level... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

The experience of seeing the largest medina is a draw card , no doubt. But overall the problems involved do not make it worthwhile. Trying to separate a tourist from his money occurs world wide, here though, it reaches a new level. I have traveled extensively and have never seen this blatant disregard for tourists. You certainly do need a... More

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New York City, New York
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17 reviews 17 reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

At first I found all the hustlers completely off-putting. I dreaded walking outside my Riad and being accosted with "My friend, my friend! What are you looking for? Would you like to see some carpets?" It was relentless, especially as I was by myself. All the guidebooks advise you not to engage them. But I got lost on my first... More

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San Diego, California
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

I wanted to love Fes, because after all, my trip to Fes was due to articles and reviews I have read about the mystique of this old city. But I am sad to say I was rather disappointed. But let me first tell you what i loved - I loved that it is a place of history, that it is... More

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