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From montpellier, france to fes, morocco
Hi! I have enjoyed reading the various questions and responses throughout these past months... Now, I have a question that perhaps one could answer. I reside curently in Montpellier, France (on the Mediterranean)... I have a fifteen day vacation coming up soon... And I need to go to Fes. I would like to spend most of those fifteen days in Fes... Not, traveling to and from. (Flying is not an option at this point in my life) I have found a ferry from Sete to Tanger... However, it will be a total of 36 hours. Once I arrive in Tanger, I will take a very inexpensive train to Fes. It is a five hour train... But this, I can live with. Money is sort of an issue as well... The trains from France to Spain are ungodly in their pricing. Does anyone have any advice?
Re: From montpellier, france to fes, morocco
try looking up www.ryanair.com as i think they have a flight near there down to barcelona or further which might be some help or also www.atlas-blue.com which also do one way flights from various places. 36 hours on a ferry to sete sounds a terribly long time. there is a lot of things one can do and see in and around the surrounds of fes but its a long time in fes. if you do end up going to tangier to get to fes i would recommend you go via bus to tetouan and chefchouen and then bus to fes. not just that nice scenery along the way but chefchouen is such an excellent place to visit for at least a night or two. tetouan has an interesting old but thriving/busy medina and excellent archeology museum. interesting for a few hours in between buses from tangier and on to chefchouen. there is baggage storage/minding at tetouan bus station. also from one hour from tangier is lovely asilah which is worth a visit and there are occasional buses from there that go to tetouan or otherwise its just an hour back to tangier and then on to tetouan.
RE: From montpellier, france to fes, morocco
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Travel Tips for Fes
Tip in Morocco
When I was in Morocco, nobody paid in foreign currency (except at very high-class hotels or foreign institutions). I would just pay the taxi driver in Dirham.
You don?t have to pay the taxi driver a tip just as tip is generally not expected in Morocco (at good restaurants you do). That doesn't mean that you can't sometimes give it anyway. When some service was very good we gave tip, and also in places where we frequently returned to, and thus established friendly relations. You could mostly see, though, that people were surprised about being given tip.
On a taxi ride, I would just round the sum up if it is convenient, e.g. if it?s 18 Dirham, I might give 20 or so.
Moulay Bouchta - just outside Fes
Catch a grand taxi outside of Fes (about 130 Dh for the whole cab unless others are going out that way) and experience the intensity of Moulay Bouchta. This is not a bright little tourist town with everyone jumping to greet you. This town has the feel of a Riffian stronghold; proud, independent, and brave. Timing your visit to the Moussem of Moulay Bouchta (before Ramadan) would be ideal but anytime of the year would be good hiking and exploring for this small town.
Moulay Bouchta is, of course, a village of itself - and indeed, not connected to Fes. Because of it's proximity to Fes, I listed it here for those die hard hikers who are ready for more after Zalagh.
La Bouyad can be found at the top of Talaa Sghira opposite the Kasbah restaurant. This small cafe/restaurant serves Moroccan food with a slight twist, fish tagines are a speciality. A great place for a 'sit down' lunch or dinner for travellers on a budget. Approx 45 Dh for a meal.
The Medina - Finding your way !
For a first-time visitor, Fes can be be hard to navigate as the Old Town is a true maze of alleys in which even locals get lost from time to time, so here are some basic orientation tips. The two main streets -parallel-running- are the Rue Talaa Khebira (starting at the Bab el Mahrouk) and Rue Talla Seghira (starting at the Place Bou Jeloud). If you folow them east, you will sooner or later see the Karaouyine Mosque. Around this mosque, you find the most interesting souks. Even if you get lost here, you will find your way back to the mosque and from there back to the two main streets.
It does help to get an official guide who takes you through the Medina for the first time to get a basic impression of the layout of the city (3 hours ca. 250-300 Dirham). There are theme-based tourist itineraries marked by different-coloured stars which also help you orientate, too. Finally try to memorize your way from your accomodation to the nearest city gate - these are easiest to find, and from there you can retrace your steps.
Worth seeing - it is like a scene out of the Bible.
Guess they don't have a health & safety culture, yet.
Useful information -
- they change the colour of the dyes they use every few days (today red, next time yellow)
- the dyes are all natural (allegedly)
- this means they don't harm the workers
- the workers cover themselves with olive oil before starting, and this helps stop their skin changing colour
- they only work 4-5 hours per day in the dying process
- the smell is quite something
Of course your visit is all about getting the opportunity to be sold some leather goods...
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