Wilaya de Fes Tourist Traps

  • Tourist Traps
    by Khamlia
  • Tourist Traps
    by Khamlia
  • Tourist Traps
    by Khamlia

Wilaya de Fes Tourist Traps

  • Very special traffic lights!

    On the road, midway between Rabat and Meknès, stands a small city that stretches along the road. Many restaurants are scattered on both sides of the main street with charcoal burning to cook tajines and brochettes.However, this is not why I am writing a tip. A few years ago (it might well have been in 2002), I was driving from Rabat to Meknès. The...

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  • Warning about guides in Fes Medina

    I have been to several bazaars and medinas in Muslim countries. Some travel books advise hiring a guide, but I do not think that this is always a good idea. When I was in Fes I hired a guide. A guide will keep beggars and others away. And you will not get lost. But that guide will take you to shops where he will get a commission from the shop owner...

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  • The official photographer

    At the traditional Moroccan Evening, there was an offcial photographer who took lots of photographs of us dressed up.From my journal:'He is outside the hotel the next morning with his prints spread out on the pavement. 20Drh each, and he won't come down, which is his loss - we offer him 100Drh for six, but in the end we only buy two. So now he's...

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  • Beware of the sales ploy.

    From my journal:'You might think this is a traditional market mainly for the locals, but right in the heart of the medina the shops have a PDQ credit card machine! Always eager to take your money!'

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  • The mint doesn't work!

    From my journal:'Before going in to the tanneries, we are given a pice of mint each to hold in front of our noses. I don't find it makes any difference whatsoever, but some people swear by it'. If you are bothered by strong, unpleasant smells, maybe you should invest in a mask, or rub some Tiger Balm under your nose.

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  • Unofficial guides

    From my journal:'A couple of "unofficial guides" follow us around, looking after us, making sure we take the right turning etc; and one of them gets well and truly "ballacked" (see Warning and Danger tip) by a particularly wide donkey load.

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  • Dar Batha Museum - a couple pots and not...

    Maybe we were missing something but.. this museum featured a few rooms of pottery and that's it! Maybe the other works were on tour somewhere because there were plenty of empty cases. The ornamentation of the building itself was beautiful and I'm sure the garden is pretty in the summer. If you do go and the cases are full of precious artifacts,...

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  • Carpet artisans - Don't be fooled!

    If you (it's probable) hire a guide (he will find you, don't worry) to lead your way through the whole Medina (and he will do it well), he'll take you at least once to a "Berbere House" of a "friend of his", which is nothing else than a big carpet or handcrafts store.These stores he takes travellers into are usually at some particularly narrow and...

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  • Visiting somebody

    Just to avoid the continuous and persistent offers of every possible service from local people, I decided to let a man play as "guide", being very clear I did not want to go to any shop. Well, with the excuse to visit an ancient house he brought me to what he pretended to be his home, where a dozen of kids started to play the role of being his poor...

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  • I'm not sure it is a trap, but...

    I'm not sure it is a trap, but it is something which I felt as being completely out of place, something which did not fit the atmosphere. Beside the main entrance of the Central Market there are five/six food stalls offering unusual products: lots of them are imported foods, which are not commonly consumed in Morocco, but they are in high demand by...

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