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“What you see is what you like”
Review of Meknes Medina

Meknes Medina
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Small Group Full-Day Meknes and Volubilis Tour from Fez
Ranked #3 of 26 things to do in Meknes
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“What you see is what you like”
Reviewed March 14, 2014 via mobile

Where to start...For the past 17 years i stay here..and throughout the years i become to love this city like it's my birth ground....
Meknessi are proud, easy going, and giving them selves to the fullest...compared to the other "big" imperial city's ...this is where you want to end your tripp..
No frantic scenes, just life how it is here and now.....

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Vancouver, Canada
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“A refreshing contrast to Marrakech”
Reviewed March 6, 2014

Mostly local shoppers, few tourists, and the touts must all be in Fes, Marrakech and Essaouira!! It still has the old Fundouks, each having their own craft, and every week there are markets in the medina when the hill peoples come down into Meknes and sell their art and crafts. The local people here seem very sweet, and not jaded by tourism like other places.

Visited March 2014
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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“Great People Made For A Great Visit”
Reviewed February 15, 2014

We hired a private guide/ Tout to take us around the old city. I paid him 50 Dh (about $6 US) He showed us around the old Koranic schools and showed us a number of residential Riads that just blew us away. He also, of course, took us to a couple of shops where we met some artisans and looked at handicrafts we hadn't even known existed. Regarding shopkeepers. Moroccan salesmen are amongst the easiest going sales people I have ever met. Enjoy the moment. If they offer you a glass of tea; Take it. They're easy to get along with and never come in 'For The Kill'. If you don't want it just say so. If you do want it just calculate what the item is worth to you and offer that. Keep a smile on your face and you'll most likely get what you want at a good price.

Visited February 2014
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Coquitlam, Canada
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“Not that interesting”
Reviewed February 6, 2014

The stalls that display pyramid stacked trays of olives, ground spices, & sweets are some of the more interesting sites in the media. They have caged live rabbits & chickens among the food items for sell. On the whole, there is nothing particularly interesting about this media; it is relatively small, dank, and smelly with scrawny cats everywhere.

Visited November 2013
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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“"Much smaller then Fes Medina, aggressive vendors"”
Reviewed January 30, 2014

We found the vendors at Meknes Medina aggressive and pushy, and prices much higher than Fes Medina. This could be because my husband and I visited during off tourist season (January) and that we didn't have a local guide (which we had in Fes). It is a bit confusing where to park and enter, as there is no sign that says "Meknes Medina". Nevertheless, there was no shortage of pushy men offering tour guide services, which we immediately walked away from. Vendors were also aggressive, doing whatever they could to entice us into shops. Prices are not marked, so bargaining is expected. While the local language is Darija (Moroccan Arabic), most shop vendors also speak some French and English.

Tip: Don't be afraid to bargain! This is the common way of business in traditional retail formats in Arab countries. Instead of asking how much, rather give them the lowest price you feel it is worth/willing to pay. Vendors will then give you a price 50% above that, then continue bargaining until you meet somewhere in the middle. Vendors are not shy - they will also ask you to tip them after a sale!

Visited January 2014
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