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“Labyrinthine”
Review of Medina of Fez

Medina of Fez
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Ranked #1 of 81 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.
Turin, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Labyrinthine”
Reviewed 23 August 2014

Try not to lose yourself in this fantastic Medina, the most beautiful I've seen in Morocco. Just be careful and do not give confidence to the kids, they are the real problem inside the medina.

Visited May 2014
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Unsafe, threatened and harassed.”
Reviewed 20 August 2014

Take a government led tour guide to avoid being robbed. It cost me 150 DH for a government certified travel guide. You know they are certified because of their laminated licence in their breast pocket, however, I have seen counterfeit papers and false guides there as well. The guide took me to all the sites listed in my Lonely Planet Travel Guide in approximately 5 hours. The guide gave me time to shop in the Old Medina by kindly waiting at the front door of each shop without harassing me to buy items. Items throughout the Medina are overprices so ask a trusted local or friend what the going rate is for items in the Old Medina before you buy. The architecture of the old buildings, mainly schools, the outside of Mosques (you can not enter unless you are Muslim) and the entrance arch Bab bou Dejoud are the prime attractions of the Medina. Now for the bad: 2 Americans were robbed while I was visiting the Medina and I was held up in one of the streets on the exact same day by a guy pretending to have a knife in his pocket. I was wise and only left my hotel with 20DH, no passport and no wallet. The lonely planet guide does not emphasize how unsafe the old Medina of Fez is. Further to this, many women tourists I came across in the Medina noted being grabbed by men in the Medina even if they were standing with their boyfriend. The Lonely Planet Guide states that this is common for women who dress in Western attire in Morocco. This is untrue, as women tourists I have met during my stay in Fez Medina attested that they had not experienced anywhere near the same level of sexual harassment in Morocco as they did in Fez Medina. When I was in Fez without my tour guide, I felt unsafe the entire time I was there. The locals who are likely to rob you or be false guides can be found at the main gates to the Medina. If anyone approaches you, decline them even if they ask you to take you to a better coffee shop and do not appear to be a fake guide. There are no acts of generosity in Fez. They will lead you down a desolate path in the maze for a Medina and rob you or ask you for money and threaten you with violence to pay them for their 1 minute service. I would not trust any of the locals in Fez Medina and only travel in a big pack with other tourists or a legitimate guide. If you are intent on going to Fez I would emphasize get a government certified tour, get in a Cab and leave Fez immediately as staying around the Medina is asking for trouble. After visiting other areas of Morocco that were actually safe and polite to tourists, I would probably never ever go back to Fez or recommend it as a travel destination to any of my friends.

Visited August 2014
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Hamburg, Germany
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“Labyrinth”
Reviewed 18 August 2014

Like stepping back in to the middle ages. Everything is carried on donkeys and carts and you have to be ready to jump out of the way, as they don't stop. It was easy to explore on our own, we didn't need a guide. Completely unlike any place I had ever visited before.

Visited April 2014
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Vienna, Austria
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“Interessting but big”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

Big hint: Don't go there by yourself if you are not ready for an adventure and getting lost several times. The medina is really huge and it is very difficult to navigate, even with a map. Of course it's faster and easier to see the most important things with a guide but you will miss a lot of things that are off-path. A lot of locals will try to guide you or sell you something, just refuse friendly. Go to the tanneriers without buying anything, vistit the university karaouiyne and the medersa attarine nearby. From there, go on the big street to the gate bou jeloud.
Tip: Best place to see the sunset and view of the city is borj sud in the south, outside the medina.

Visited August 2014
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Lucerne, Switzerland
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“THE medina”
Reviewed 16 August 2014

You can't miss this. It is unique, really one of a kind. I can't even think of a similar Medina or old town. Not only the huge size and the countless numbers of streets, craftsmen and shops, the palaces and medersas - it's also the quality that impresses: doors, carvings, architecture, art, crafts etc. Something one has to see and smell.

Visited August 2014
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