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“Incredible maze”
Review of Fes el-Bali

Fes el-Bali
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Private Guided Full-Day Tour of Fez
Ranked #10 of 84 things to do in Fes
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

Have fun exploring the incredible maze of streets some so small you may have to turn sideways to pass through. There are some signs that help point you to the sights or hire a guide but realize that he will take you to lots of shops hoping for a commission.

Thank pdxballard
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"old city"
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"urban area"
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"world heritage site"
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"step back in time"
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"google maps"
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"narrow streets"
in 9 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 3 reviews
"walled city"
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"oldest university"
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"wander around"
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"their lives"
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"panoramic view"
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"take your time"
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

another special spice to life to have visited this World heritage ancient medina in 2003 with locals who used to live and trade in the medina and meet their friends and colleagues here.
Had been back for a few visits but after a 7 year break it was excellent to return recently for another roam around with a dear Moroccan travelling companion, take lots of photos, visit the Bouanania medersa that all the previous visits had been shut for renovations, have lunch at a locals food stop, buy my fave made-for-Ramadan sweet biscuit things, buy lovely dates (from all my present MOroccan connections home area of Rissani and Erfoud!).
You can buy a map for 20 dirham to help you get some bearings but don't be surprised if you get lost - but take that as an opportunity to experience the wonders of this old place where people have lived for the past 1200 years or so!

There is a lot of hustle here such as if you stop to look at any wares that catch your eye but this is a centre traditionally known for quality craftsmanship of leather, woodwork, metalwork and textiles. Just be firm and stand your ground - the prices will always start as a test so expect them to be elevated and in need of dividing by a third or a quarter!

1  Thank AngelaIsATraveller
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Reviewed 12 July 2013

Definitely an eye opener! The biggest car free urban area in the world, the oldest tannery in the world, UNESCO World Heritage site... It was like being on a time machine and transported 50 years back. Donkeys are used to transport goods area and butchers selling meat so fresh from a kill that the blood is still dripping all over the place. The tannery is a sight and smell to behold. And not to mention all the satellite dishes on the rooftops! If you are into culture and history, you must visit here.

Advisable to wear covered shoes and be careful of where you step, and always keep a lookout over your belongings. Sling your bags in front and all wallets in front pockets.

4  Thank Achooo_sg
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

I agree with so many of the comments of the previous reviewers - there just isn't anything else like this. BUT in the interest of "truth in advertising", feel like I need to add a few other comments. First of all, summer in Fes is BRUTAL so either stay away in late June-August or pace yourself. Air conditioning is not universal either. Secondly, there are some areas that can be an assault to your senses - while they pick up the garbage bags regularly, there are a lot of people living and working in the Medina and sometimes you just have to make sure you breathe through your mouth. The tanneries, of course, are infamous for the smells but it happens other places. Just keep reminding yourself that you'll never be in a place like this again and the smells will pass. And finally, I strongly recommend that you hire a licensed guide through your Riad - there is just way too much that you'll miss and/or not understand unless you have a guide. But don't even think of using one of those hucksters that are all over the place pleading with you to let them be your guide - they can't explain about the rich culture and artistry and are just there to take you on a shopping trip. AND your guide will be able to get find a lovely place for lunch (and believe me, you CAN'T judge a restaurant by the entrance!) and get you back to your Riad. With 9000 alley ways, THAT alone is worth the cost for the guide !

3  Thank kirchie
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Reviewed 27 June 2013

Authentic 9th century city that is Morocco's cultural center! The souks are fantastic and the shopping is incredible! The mosques are beautiful as are the fountains and the monuments. A map and a tour guide are a must as the streets are very narrow and maze like (donkey's are still used for transporting people and things as the streets are too narrow for cars)....

Thank Joanna S
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