When we entered the medina through the southern gates, one of the first things we saw was the chicken sellers square. It had been many years since I'd seen a live chicken, and I normally prefer to shop for the "finished product" rather than the live one. Little more than a tiny square, there seemed to be more sellers than chickens.
Fes-el-Jdid receives far fewer visitors than Fes el-Bali though it is worth a visit if you have the time. What struck me most about Fes El-Jdid was how laid back it was compared to the medina. You can actually visit shops, and walk around in peace without constant hassle from vendors.
The Dar el-Makhzen (Royal Palace) is the most interesting building in Fes El Jdid. However, all you will see is the exterior as the inside is closed to the public. Also of interest is the mellah, the old Jewish quarter, and the Bou Jeloud Gardens.
The first real sight we saw on our tour around Fes el-Bali was the Andalus Mosque, in the heart of the Andalus Quarter, one of the oldest parts of the medina. I was still struggling to get to grips with how our guide pronounced English (he spoke extremely fast!) so I didn't take in too much of what he told us about the mosque. Unfortunately we could only admire it from outside, as, like all the mosques in Fes, it was closed to non-muslims.
Sefrou is a town only a few kilometers away from Fes. It is worth a daytrip to see the beautiful cascades, parks, and peacocks.
It's also the OLDEST city in Morocco.
It has a distinctive pace and charm. While you can get anything you see in its medina at the medina in Fes, it is smaller and less intimidating.
There is also a cherry festival held here in June.
You can take a grand taxi here, it takes maybe 20-30 minutes. Don't forget that there are several grand taxi stations in Fes. When going there, ask to be taken to the "Sefrou grand taxi station."
If you so please, you can take the road from the North end of the medina, past the cemetery on the hill, and up then around the cemetery to take in a nice view of the entire medina from above. I almost got all of my money and posessions stolen when a group of whackos tried to jump me, but don't worry.
Dotted around the medina are some lovely traditional Moorish fountains. Unfortunately many of these are no longer looked after and are used as rubbish bins.