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“Lovely place and a MUST SEE.. Beware of locals trying everything to part you from your cash!”
Review of Medina

Medina
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$102.54*
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Full Day Trip From Tangier to Chefchaouen
Ranked #3 of 17 things to do in Chefchaouen
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

This is a great place to visit when you are in Morocco! Its MUST! Very beautiful and any photo taken has a beautiful backdrop!

The square holds a huge tree that grows in the middle and is surrounded by the bars and restaurants of the town square. They are fairly touristy, but then again the whole of Chefchaouen is maintained and based with on the tourist spending their money.

You can find some very good restaurants to eat at but be prepared to pay more than usual Moroccan prices!

Try to avoid buying souvenirs here! If you are travelling Morocco, buy them from more remote less touristy places. We came here from touring the west coast and it was by far the most expensive place we had been to in morocco. Due to the guaranteed tourist they also do NOT haggle like they do in other places of Morocco!

The only negative i would say is most of the locals are looking for a way to part you with your cash, at any cost. We were approached by two young men (25yrs each) on the street who started the conversation with taking us to their relatives shop to buy cheap souvenirs... we said no thanks and carried on our way. They continued to follow us and every 2 minutes asked us to go with them to their shop etc. After 15 minutes of following us, this then changed to they would be our guides for the day for a fee... a further 15 minutes this then changed to they would take us to a opium plantation to see the Heroin grown for a fee!!! It was going from bad to worse and they were now getting slightly more aggressive with there body language and more forceful.

We were actually looking for a place to eat so when we found it we entered and they stayed outside. almost 2 hrs later we exited and they had gone... but not before following us for almost 2 hrs prior to entering the restaurant. It was quite unnerving at points. If i was presented with the same situation i think the best tactic is the advice i was given prior to going... (but didn't follow until after)

Be polite but firm! Say NO from the outset as the only interest they have is to part you with your cash however possible, but don't do the typical "European no", while smiling and trying not to hurt their feelings.. they see it as a weakness and only time will break you (they are also more than aware that after an hour of pestering, you could break and give them money to go away!!). Once you have given a FIRM NO THANK YOU, ignore them from that point on... anything else will result in them following you. You will not hurt their feelings as they get 500 no´s a day, but they only need one smile or hesitation and they will follow you for hours.

Beautiful place, a MUST see, but keep your wits about you as with all of Morocco. Expect them to expect you!!! ;)

Thank Mr_Journey
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

Basically it worth for the unique atmosphere, to be genuine and not made on purpose for tourism, but mainly for the discovery and as the Italians use to say "Dolce Far Niente" (pleasant idleness or literally: sweet doing nothing).

I spent during the few days I stayed in the city several hours discovering the each corner. The light, smells, music, colors even the people make this city unique.

You can find great scenarios for pictures, lot of shop for shopping, restaurants and cafes to have a drink or typical light meal.

This worth for the genuine moroccan experience, don´t expect to find things from big cities, such as malls, etc!

Prepare yourslf for long walks discovering the tru Morocco and really chill out!

NOTE: it´s common to find young boys selling hashish, don´t be scare if you don´t want just smile say no and move on. If you want to buy is up to you. Bottom line, just to say that there´s nothing violent around, feel free for the discover!

Thank Henrique d
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

The medina is small enough that it is hard to get lost, and it offers plenty of opportunities to take snaps of the blue city. The hustle and pestering shopkeepers is low when compared to cities like Fez and Marra. Go at dawn for great photography opportunities.

Thank Nicolas L
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

the feling inside of me about the medina's chauen is amazing dificult tot explain in works..... the old shops the fantastic people.... go there and live it in your own skin...

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Peaceful, small and easy to navigate it was lovely just to walk around. Wonderful photo opportunities and no hassle from shop keepers.

Thank Katherine C
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