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Medina of Fez
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Private Tour: Fez Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #8 of 86 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.
Reviewed March 18, 2013

For us, an out of world experience seeing these tiny shops, housing and Fes residents going about their everyday business complete with donkeys and mules in these narrow alleys. We were in a group with 4 guides. We would never have managed to navigate our way round without them!

Thank JuliaMWeymouth
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

A slum is still a slum by any other names. This place in Fes may be a world heritage site with few changes since its beginning, but it is still a dirty dangerous place. Colourful tourist brochures or travel documentary may paint it exotic and fascinating but when there in person the reality hits you when accosted by the smell and rubbish everywhere together with the brashness of the people waiting to empty your pockets.

It is a large labyrinth of ancient buildings, characterized by endless winding narrow slippery laneways, strewn with wet and dry rubbish, even animal dung on uneven cobbled stones. No motorized vehicles can get through nor allowed except perhaps motorcycles. The usual mode of transport would be hand drawn carts or donkeys. The smell is just abominable, especially when near the tannery. We were each given by the tour guide a sprig of mint to sniff, helping overcome the odour of the place. Small shops and tourist outlets abound to sell local handicrafts, carpets, leather goods, clothing, brass wares, jewellery, food and drinks. Once you start the journey in there’s no turning back. You need a good old pair of shoes and be prepared to get them dirty. There’ no place for you to sit and rest along the way and of course you’ll be in trouble should you need the toilets.

We were warned to be alert for pick pockets. Somehow you feel unseen eyes watching your every move and at one stage we got pebbles thrown in our direction. Frankly, I would avoid this place but if you insist on visiting a medina in Morocco, the one in Marrakesh is better, cleaner and less intimidating.

2  Thank OldSaint
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

Avoiding the cafe and restaurant touts we set off down one very long street then turned around and retutned the way we had come.Repeating this system in the next street we avoided getting lost and thoroughly enjoyed the time in the medina. People were easy to talk to and the kids loved the interaction as much as us. We ate at a small hole in the wall, and the chicken and salad wrap a delicious and thrifty lunch. The medina is choc full of locals going about their daily business, and the constant traffic, locals, hand carts and the donkey drivers all add to the passing parade. It looks chaotic for us but very normal if you live and shop there.The shopkeepers appreciate bargening and we bought a warm jacket at a price good for the shopkeeper,- good for us.

1  Thank Gunner do
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

One of these rare places where time seems to stand still. Founded in the 9th century and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Medina still conserve many of its attributes. More than just an opportunity to observe the architectural heritage of the Muslim world, the Fez Medina allows you to get a glimpse into a way of life that persists over time. Don’t think that it will just be a walk in the park, actually for many, it may even be an overwhelming experience. It’s also something than cannot be done in half a day, if you just think of it as something to check off your list that you might as well not do it. It takes time for all your senses to fully work here, to notice the little details, and to immerse in time. Your reaction might surprise you, one moment you could be fascinated, and the next overwhelmed. Be warned also that you will not be left alone. Many will come up to you (kids included) offering their services, tips, conversations, etc. In no time you will develop tactics of your own to make them leave you alone, if that is what you want. Just be polite, firm, and sure of yourself. At the end, this is not a museum, but a historic site with significant value, and human diversity. And that what makes it unique.

Thank picolina
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

Be sure to get a panoramic view of Fez from the top of hill [fortress] - it's beautiful. While wandering here you can see craftsman, vendors, try local foods, and just soak in a bit of medieval culture. I found it incredible.
I do not agree that it can be skipped if you've walked through the medina in Marrakech. They seemed so different to me - specifically, Marrakech seemed less ancient and more airy. Fez is something special and a UNESCO world heritage site.

1  Thank 101travelerNo_CA
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