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“Dirty and smelly” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Medina of Fez

Medina of Fez
Fes el-Bali | Central Morocco, Fes, Morocco
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Ranked #1 of 31 attractions in Fes
Type: Neighborhoods, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Flea/ Street Markets
Activities: Shopping
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Owner description: The city’s ancient quarter is an intricate maze of streets lined with open markets, shops and mosques.
New York
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“Dirty and smelly”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

It is an old city with lots of narrow alleys typical of an old 13th century city. Lots of souveneir and antique shops, and local meat shops selling sheep heads. The souveneir and antique shops are overpriced for tourists. It is their technique to have tourists fall into their trap by jacking up the price 20 times higher and have you bargain to the price you both agree upon. Be smart when shopping here.

Visited January 2013
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“Fascinating”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

I was given a tour of the medina with a local guide which was great as I tend to get lost in these large medinas but it was also bad as the couple in the group wanted to shop for lanterns and rugs which I wasn't in it. So yes, take a guided tour but make sure you say up front what you are interested to see. There are some fascinating places to visit from a cultural point of view and medinas do not have to be all about shopping. That said, I did buy a couple of lovely scarves. Also if you are on a budget discuss ahead of time if you want to be shown where to eat and make sure you know what you are getting yourself into. The guide took us to an overpriced restaurant which catered to unknowing tourists and he probably got a kick back for doing so. There are normal priced restaurant options.

Visited June 2012
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Istanbul, Turkey
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“True medieval town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

If you want to see a living and breathing medieval town (not in or not JUST in architecture but also in lifestyle) Fes medina is unbeatable. You truly go back in time, despite the rain we had it was one of the highlights of our travel. To me much more interesting than the Marrakesh medina, definitely much more authentic.

Visited January 2013
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“Medina Fes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Dont take advice from bogus travel guides or advisors....go your own route .. We used advice from Guide du Routard.

Visited January 2013
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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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