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“A Dive into North African culture”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Medina of Fez

Medina of Fez
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Private Tour: Fez Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #1 of 73 things to do in Fes
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The city’s ancient quarter is an intricate maze of streets lined with open markets, shops and mosques.
Hong Kong, China
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“A Dive into North African culture”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012

Loved walking through the Fes medina and just looking at everything. We also did a visit with a licensed guide, who showed us some sights (ancient caravanserai) that we would never have seen on our own. Found the people to be unexpectedly friendly and considerate (living in such close quarters affects them in positive ways, it seems).

Didn't like the shopping stops. Carpets, pottery, leather -- couldn't visit without feeling pressured to buy and that was an unpleasant experience.

Visited December 2012
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“A maze of delights”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2012

Its not like Marrakech. Its winding, scary, and fabulous. You've got to search to find what you're looking for; but its there. If you want leather goods or other items, ask at your hotel for someone to take you there; the local street hustlers will also take you but ...
food stalls offer interesting food and good value. Its all divine!

Visited April 2012
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Bremen, Germany
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“Jewels of Andalusian architecture hidden in the maze brot bustling souks and streets”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2012

Still the 1001 night feeling, one oft the most "oriental" places I have visited. In December very few tourists. Very friendly people, we always felt perfectly safe. Do not go with inofficial " guides" , you do not need them.

Visited December 2012
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“No trip to North Africa is complete without visiting Fez!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2012

No trip to North Africa is complete without visiting Fez. But beware you will find hands in your pockets and anything you are carrying if you are not accompanied by a Guide. I suggest getting an approved government guide and not just anyone. Traveling thru the bazaar is just amazing. It truly is a walk into a century long ago. A must is a visit to the dye vats. Your nose will tell you your getting close long before you see anything. Your Guide should have some spearment leaves that you can crunch up and hold under your nose. The vats have been used for maybe a thousand years. You should be able to enter one of the nearby buildings and go up to the roof. You will be over looking hundreds of dye vats of different colors. This is where they dye and cure (if you can call it that) leather. Urine is one of the main ingredients in tanning leather the old way and thus the God awful smell. However, it is definitly worth the visit and pictures. Dont forget to stop at one of the more interesting cafes for some Baklava and tea.

Visited January 2012
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“Lots of local color!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2012

As is true of many of the Moroccan Medinas, Fes was crowded and confusing, but that's really what it's all about! Our guide helped us understand what we were seeing and we did get to visit and learn about the Medersa. I only gave it 3 stars because apparently it's not as safe as some of the other medinas, such as Rabat and Marrakesh. We were told not to go out in the evening. Not trying to scare anyone...just use your head.

Visited November 2012
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