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“Travel Back in time. Love it”
Review of Fes el-Bali

Fes el-Bali
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$216.08*
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Private Guided Full-Day Tour of Fez
Ranked #3 of 81 things to do in Fes
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Reviewed April 30, 2012

I was there at day trip from tangier. the old medina in Fez is an outstanding place I highely recommend everyone to visit it.
The buildings are glued to one another, and wedged between each other, I felt like traveling in time.
The food is gorgeous, fragrant, sometimes visceral, and always there. Minarets are sometimes the only way to mark your direction so think to bring a compass or ask for a certified guide :)
This medival city is more than a must-see- it's a must-experience.

1  Thank Mark E
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

Three cities actually. View from the hilltop is amazing and touring within the old, new and newer cities is very varied and fun. This should be a centerpiece to almost any trip to Morocco

2  Thank Soflocal
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Reviewed April 13, 2012

We were struck at first by the excellent quality of art and craftsmanship here. We also loved that there were no cars! Take plenty of dirhams as the cashpoints are temperamental and you will want to buy things! We didn't hire a guide, we just wandered round as we had plenty of time, with multiple stops for juice and mint tea! You have to be careful of the many people trying to "show you the way"- they will expect a generous tip if you allow them to show you. The best advice is just to say politely "Non merci" and then ignore them. We did have one man get quite aggressive when we told him to go away. On the whole though everyone was incredibly friendly with an impressive work ethic. Be prepared to bargain hard!

3  Thank Gwendolen W
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Reviewed January 29, 2012

Exploring the old city of Fes is the #1 think a tourish should do in Morocco. And everyone who can should fly to Morocco to see this city.

it is very different from Marrakech, where the entire old city was urban-renewed by the French, leaving only a few old buildings in an early twentieth century city.

In Fes you step into the middle ages; this is a large medieval city that is intact. Some streeets are wide enough for two pack mules to pass one another, others only wide enough for two people to edge past one another sideways. You will walk past small storefronts where smiths, joiners, tailors, butchers, bakers and candlestick makers ply their trade. Watch children and women dart out of houses to the the neighborhood bakery carrying trays of bread dough on their heads. These houses don't have ovens. Buy s loaf form the baker and eat it hot form the oven. These don't have baths. Watch people come and go form the corner bath house.

Fes is the closest you can come to seeing, truly seeing how life was lived in London, Paris, Cologne and the other great cities of Europe in the middle ages. People lived tightly packed together, not only for the security of the city walls but because they walked everywhere. Everything was made by hand in small workshops. The lugging was done by donkeys. A pall of woodsmoke hung over cities in winter. In Fes, this is how life still is.

This is not like Venice or Bruges where the buildings are intact, but refrigerators, electricity andmass-produced goods are inside the ancient walls. Fes is just as it was (OK, they all have televisions and a brother in Paris) But they heat with wood, repair everything form pots to bicycles in tiny smithys over coal fires, and tailors sit cross-legged on tables in one-man shops stitching clothes.

Arrange a guide in advance, this saves being pestered by less-qualified guides who will mob you if you enter the city without a guide. And there simply is no way to find you way among the maze of narrow, unmarked "streets" without a guide.

Only one complaint, they won't let non-Muslims into their beautiful mosques. Sometimes they let you peek through the open doors.

Go now, before it changes.

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Reviewed December 13, 2011

When you wander the old part of Fez, you will feel like you have gone back in time!

1  Thank flamyRome
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