Petty harassment is normal in Fez and is part of the experience. I walked all over the Medina and far off the main shopping alleys into tiny, dark, winding residential quarters and never had a problem. My overall impression of Fez is positive, with one exception: The Mellah. As soon as I turned off the main street and into the smaller streets towards the synagge and Jewish Cemetery I was followed by a fake guide. I wanted to walk around by myself so I politely declined. He continued to follow and pester me, but this is also common in the Medina so I just kept repeating no and telling him I didn't want a guide. He would not leave and escalated his demands. Finally he stood in front of the one of the narrow entrance ways that I wanted to enter and told me "this is my neighborhood, you will see no more". By that time I was disgusted and left. I agree with other reviewers here that the faux guides in the Mellah are more menacing, intimidating and threatening than in other areas of Fez and they simply won't take no for an answer. The Royal Palace is just a few blocks away and I was tempted to go get a policeman to teach that young man a lesson, but I decided not to expend my energy that way. Avoid the Mellah.
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