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“whirlpool experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Medina of Fez

Medina of Fez
Central Fez, Fes, Morocco
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Ranked #1 of 56 things to do in Fes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: The city’s ancient quarter is an intricate maze of streets lined with open markets, shops and mosques.
Falset, Spain
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“whirlpool experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

It was explained to us upon our arrival at Dar El Hana how the Medina is compartmentalised into sections (new shoes, old shoes,ceremonial gear, jewellry, metalware.....) and this helped us find our way. We still got lost, ended up way outside of the Medina and didn't regret the time lost.
At the tannery (the real one on all the Morocco brochures, not the myriad of smaller options offered by self appointed "guides") we ended up above the ammonia pits away from the brightly coloured dye pits. Choose your viewing point (free, mint included) on the upper side of the tannery, away from the river to view these.
We were lead to 2 expensive (300 Dh menu) so-called "family" restaurants by self appointed guides. Both times, once inside and aware of the situation, we firmly refused and left without any bother. For a good late snack try the Café Clock, no menu and fun dishes. Camel hamburger and zero alcohol beer; both exotic for us :)

Visited January 2013
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“Amazing time + culture travel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Different on all levels: time, culture, faces, clothes, habits. The mediana is packed, a feast + challenge for all senses. It can get dizzying and overwhelming. Keep time for a pause + may-be a hammam.

Visited January 2013
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Fes, Morocco
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“An amazing experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Contrary to an earlier review that claimed Fez was not a good destination for women, we disagree. The people of Fez are warm, welcoming and respectful of women. The previous review claimed (wrongly) that women could not sit in cafes! Totally wrong. Women have been welcomed in most cafes for years. False guides are far fewer since the tourist police crack down. Fez is safe and a MUST SEE destination. We have been coming for eight years and never had a problem

Visited December 2012
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San Diego, CA
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“Nothing like it anywhere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

A sprawling, medieval tangle of gnarled alleyways, heavily laden donkeys, adolescents bouncing soccer balls off stone pavement and the scent of mediterranean spices (among other "scents") wafting on the breeze. Walking through the medina is like stepping back in time: no motorized vehicles, minimal electricity and a rolling tide of humanity. The tiny streets are packed here even in January, which is decidedly "off-season" (as every salesman here will tell you before he gives you a "special deal just for you"). I can't imagine what it must be like in the heat and crowds of summer.

Visited January 2013
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“not for women travelers”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

fez might be interesting if you are into islamic culture, but it's ugly, dangerous, dirty and you feel haggled and in danger all the time. Everyone from the hotel to the guide will try and trick you any time they can. Nowhere to sit down and have a coke, since as a woman you can't sit in any bars, unless they are in the hotel. I hired an official guide, and he even did me in.
All I can say is avoid it at all cost,

Visited December 2012
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