Fes was created in the year of 798 by a king Idris II. The city grew up thank to incomers from Kajruvan (after them name for the biggest mosque in Fes). Then many dynasties fought for Fes and soon the city became one of the most significant cities in Morocco. 1248 Merenid dynasty made Fes as a capital of their state. 13. and 14. century was the best time for Fes. It has a great place for business, because all the ways from north to south and from west to east lead throught Fes. Since that time the city was rebuilt many times and became one of four royal cities in Morocco. It has been also the cultural point of Morocco with the Kajruvan Mosque, famous University and souks in medina.
The Jalaba or Jellabas is a traditional dress of Morocco. It is more like an robe or overcoat with a hood. Both men and women wear the Jalaba but can be different colours and materials. The Jabador is a two piece outfit.
CTM bus to Meknes
CTM have 6 buses departing for Meknes.
Journey time 1 hour.
Tickets are around 20 dirhams plus 5 dirhams for luggage.
All buses depart from the CTM Bus Station near Place Hussein de Jordanie next to the mosque.
Please use prices as a rough guide only.
Mixed bag tourist restaurant
This hotel seems to get a good write up in LP but I was slightly dissatisfied. It's popular with locals as well as tourists, but all the tourists get shoved at the front of the restaurant, even when there's very little space, and plenty of space at the back (local part) of the place. I saw three tourists stuck on a table that was barely big enough for 2 even though there was space at the back. However, it seemed that the back was full of men, so perhaps women might not feel too comfortable out back.
A guy stands outside the whole time beckoning in passers-by, which didn't bother me too much as we'd already decided to eat here. I also noticed that the kid who'd practically followed us around the Ville Nouvelle the night before asking us if we needed a guide/hash/massage was hanging out here.
Service is adequate enough, they do push the starters, desserts and coffee, though the mains are sufficient on their own. A plus is that this place serves alcohol, local beers are 20 dh each.
One positive - before going into the restaurant I needed to find an internet cafe and the guy on the door was able to give me directions. In the end it was that help that made us return to eat. Regards the food, we had a green salad (felt a bit hassled into taking it) which consisted of lettuce, lettuce and, well, just lettuce. Oh, and a bit of chopped onion. The mains, mine a tagine kefta Fassi (meatballs), eating partner's Merbaze sausages (lamb, with a lot of cumin)were tasty enough though portions weren't that large. Mains cost around 65 dh.
Desserts can be avoided as they aren't very interesting and aren't good value at 30 dh.
Overall we felt this place had a fairly safe menu but wasn't great value. It's perhaps got more atmosphere than La Cheminee, but the general experience was missing something. I wouldn't recommend having the set menu as the items on that are actually cheaper as individual dishes.
Dar el Makhzen (Royal Palace)
The Dar el Makhzen or Royal Palace of Fez covers more than 80 hectares right in the centre of Fes el Jedid (the New Fez). The Palace was built during the 17th century and is home to the King of Morocco when he is in the city. Unfortunately the Palace is not open to the public.