Fes Travel Guide

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Fes Things to Do

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  • Chanel nº5

    I've been in Fes twice, with almost 20 years separating the trips. The visits to the medina were accompanied by different guides, obviously, but, curiously, when entering the leather tinting area, they both used the same joke: "Chanel n.5 perfume".It's not a beautiful show, and it is a really awful smell, but it is real, and should be seen. There...

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  • Famed Bounania Medersa open to the...

    Had been here in 2003, 2004 and 2005 and the medersa was closed - finally this year after 10 years of renovations this ancient and beautiful traditional Koranic school was available for visiting!We had about half an hour to slowly take in the very ornate features before the guardian announced he was closing for lunch. Well worth visiting if youre...

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  • Bounania Medersa

    One of Morocco's most famed medersas - was unable to visit when first here 2003 and 2004 but after 10 years of renovations this old koranic school is now open for all to see the fine arts and traditional designs that Moorish style is so admired for.

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Fes Hotels

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Fes Restaurants

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  • Local cafe

    Café Clock is situated in the beginning of Talaa Kbira Street, near the fine Medersa Bou Inania. This pleasant café is located in a 250-year-old courtyard house. The café provides traditional Moroccan cooking, delicious drinks, as well as the local Bohemian experience

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  • Local cafe

    Café Clock is situated in the beginning of Talaa Kbira Street, near the fine Medersa Bou Inania. This pleasant café is located in a 250-year-old courtyard house. The café provides traditional Moroccan cooking, delicious drinks, as well as the local Bohemian experience

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  • delicious

    The manager of my riad recommended this place for a quick lunch - just around the corner. He reckoned it's clean.I had the kefte tajine - that's meatballs. Served in a tomato sauce with an egg cooking in it. Served with a small plate of olives, cauliflower salad and aubergine salad. Bread as well. It was delicious.Omar caused a bit of nervousness...

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Fes Nightlife

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  • Old cafe

    Café Clock is situated in the beginning of Talaa Kbira Street, near the fine Medersa Bou Inania. This pleasant café is located in a 250-year-old courtyard house. The café provides traditional Moroccan cooking, delicious drinks, as well as the local Bohemian experience

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  • Belly Dancing Not To Be Missed

    Our group attended a Morroccan Dinner and Folklore Evening whilst in Fez. It was an outstanding evening including a 4 course Moroccan dinner, a variety of entertainment, music, and the highlight being a variety of dancers - Oriental, Arabian, and Bedouin.The dinner was held within an old palace which had been restored to its original beauty, just a...

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  • Fight Club - Parking Lot outside Grand...

    Under Travel with Pets, Romantic Travel, Other Adventure/Outdoor...Remember how fun it looked with everyone slugging it out in fight club? How no one would break up the fight and people just stood around. Well, if you want 'sum a dat' - look no further than the parking lot in Ville Nouvelle behind the Marche Central.It's a late night gig this one -...

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Fes Transportation

  • Taxis

    There are two types of taxis in Fez - the "petits taxis", small and red transporting up to 3 people, and the larger ones, supposedly to 4, but... well... we can always squeeze a dozen more. They tend to be metered and are not too expensive. Both types of taxis are usually shared and drivers often wait until the taxi is full before departing. Verify...

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  • Fes to Merzouga - Bus and Desert Tour

    Hi guys,If anyone is looking for DIY info on doing a trip to the desert, I just posted everything you'll need to know here- http://www.followourbreadcrumbs.com/2011/10/diy-booking-desert-trip-fes-to-merzouga.htmlPlease don't hesitate to email me if you have any questions!Happy Travels!

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  • Tangier to Fes

    On our first visit to Fes, we took the train from Tangier, a journey which took 5 hours and cost 141 Dh for a first-class ticket. In Fes, the station is in the Ville Nouvelle. Most of the hotels are in this area and are within walking distance of the station though if you want to get to the medina a petit taxi is the best choice.

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Fes Shopping

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  • Everything and everywhere

    This fabulous medieval shopping mall has... everything. You just have to stop and... bargain. Believe me, with more or less tea, with more or less money, you are going to buy tons of unexpected crafts, clothes, spices and... no idea, but you'll find out. This is the stronghest experience in Morocco.

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  • Beautiful Crafts

    You will see anything from doorknockers to lamps, teapots to tagines, vases to planters - all beautifully crafted. A lot are in the plain brass and others are in the damascene which is the brass with another metal such as gold or silver inlaid.

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  • Brass Workers

    In one of the bigger metal stores you will see workers actually hammering away designs on their products. Beautiful trays are created without so much as a stencil to go by. The craftsmen sketch a basic form of the pattern onto the brass tray then taps away with a pointed tool similar to a metal pencil and a hammer.

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Fes Local Customs

  • Bargaining

    No, I don't like it, but "In Rome be a Roman"... so, I tried my best bargaining everywhere. I don't know (nor care) if I did good or bad deals! I just found amusing that, for them, it seems more important to discuss the articles than... selling them. That's why sometimes I gave up and left, and... bought cheaper at the shop doors.Remember:...

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  • Haggling down

    When you are not a locals means the price is double or triple for any thing you want to buy.so for example if the price of the teapot is 70 the guy may say 350 or more.I do remember I wanted to buy a wallet he said 150 I paid 30.the same with cloth etc.Morroco is a big tourist trap so do not trust locals easily.specially the young boys who have...

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  • tea

    A key component of Moroccan life! This should be on all my Moroccan pages, but Fes will have to do because that's where the photos were taken.I arrived at my riad before my room was ready, so I was offered mint tea on the sunny roof terrace while I waited. Actually, I'd rather have dropped my bags and gone for lunch, but one of the things you have...

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Fes Warnings and Dangers

  • DAR ESSAAD

    hi,i recently visit morocco and i purchase carpets From Dar-Essaad, I had the pleasure of buying a beautiful Berber carpet from a friendly, multilingual, and most importantly, low pressure salesman. He has an enormous selection of rugs and carpets from every type of Berber tribe and will give you a demonstration and explanation of their origins and...

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  • Beware of false guides

    There are some young boys displaced in motorbikes that approach tourists offering services as guide. Always demand the presentation of the official guide's card. I had none of the related bad experiences, but the guy that led me to the hotel and wanted to lead me in the Medina the next day didn't come because... he was arrested during the night....

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  • Discreet monuments

    The narrow streets in the Medina are tricky for a tourist. Hidden by the displayed paraphernalia and the moving crowds, some jewels of the city's history may pass unnoticed without a warning. I think that no tourist risks too enter without a local guide, so the risk is minimum, but if you are in a big group, even a small distance to the guide may...

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Fes Tourist Traps

  • Shop keepers

    Be aware of shp keepers they MAY look friendly and smile to you but also may get aggresive if you do not buy something.They always say just come in just have a look do not but once you are in he will try to coax you in buying something.He may say economy is bad no customers and he has family etc.well thats ok but the point is he expect you to pay...

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  • Haggling down

    When you are not a locals means the price is double or triple for any thing you want to buy.so for example if the price of the teapot is 70 the guy may say 350 or more.I do remember I wanted to buy a wallet he said 150 I paid 30.the same with cloth etc.Morroco is a big tourist trap so do not trust locals easily.specially the young boys who have...

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  • A Day of maximum 2 days trip

    Fes is cultural city not many things to do.MY tip is do not stay there for more than 2 days you can cover all attractions in 1 day.If you wake up early and be active.you can always take the train to meknes,Rabbat Casablanca city is cheap and worth a visit and you will see you will have peace of mind since there (Rabbat and Casa)no body will chase...

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Fes What to Pack

  • The Spider's House and Guide Books for...

    There is good coverage of Fes in most guidebooks which cover Morocco. I’ve used the Lonely Planet, Rough Guide and Insight Guides to Morocco and there’s not much to choose between them. The most important thing exploring the medina is a good map but none of these has a particularly great map.A fictional book about Fes, which I’d strongly...

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  • Bring warm clothes and a hot water...

    I got to Morocco in the winter and was quite surprised how cold it was. During the day, in the sun, it got warm even in January. The orange trees were blossoming, and you could sit outside with a good book.However, once the sun disappeared, it got very cold, especially inside the houses which rarely have heating. Every night I would go to bed...

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Fes Off The Beaten Path

  • A day trip to Meknes

    A day trip to meknes a half hour far from Fes.is worth a visit.you can take the train from fes train station.the ticket is can be purchased from the station.The trains are clean comfy and arrive and depart on time.

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  • Beni Mellal

    Beni Mellal sits at the foot of Mount Tassemit and is the capital city of the Tadla-Azilal region. You will pass through this area on the way to Fez from Marrakech. There is a restaurant and café on the highway which also has a mineral shop attached to it.

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  • Merenid Tombs

    High on the hills overlooking the city are the Merenid Tombs. They were originally built within the walls of the old Merenid Kasbah. There are little remains of the structure and you can only reach the ruins by taking a goat path from the road. If you do make the climb, the views from the top over Fez are supposed to be well worth the effort.

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Fes Sports & Outdoors

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    by Vamanosxx Updated Jul 19, 2007

    I'd highly recommend a run through the medina and up to Borj Sud. It was one of the highlights of my Moroccan trip. Seems like the round trip was about 10km, but you could probably shorten it a bit.

    From my journal:

    The next morning, our last day in Fès, we decided to say goodbye to the city by taking an early morning run through the medina to the Borj Sud, a fort high on a hill overlooking the city. It was early so the shops of the medina were closed and instead of the donkeys and crowds of shoppers, the narrow roads were mostly empty. Passersby gave us curious glances, surprised smiles and even an occasional “Allez! Allez!”

    Opening our stride through the morning sun, a huge smile crossed my face. How cool was this? How many people get to do something as unusual as run through one of the world’s oldest and most famous medinas? The term “runner’s high” was invented for the feeling.

    We exited the medina for the last time through Bab el-Marouk and climbed out of the city along a winding road, up the nearby hill, through olive groves, to a fort that overlooked Fès. From here we paused, breathing in the jumbles of sand-colored mud brick neighborhoods splashing up the hill surrounding the city. Many of the 300 mosques that beckon Fès’ faithful lay scattered liberally throughout the city, like little exclamation points. Standing in the warm sunlight we both agreed we’d thoroughly enjoyed Fès’ special charms and we regretted having to leave

    Equipment: My female running partner wore a short sleeved shirt and no one seemed to mind.

    Running through the medina Running along a goat trail below Borj Sud The view from Borj Sud
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Fes Favorites

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  • Exchanging Money

    There is a small Burea de change at Fes Airport when you arrive but the queue can get very long with people from the same flight. Anywhere with a Western Union sign around Fes is a safe place to change your money and there is no commision charged. Changing at a bank means you will have to show your passport. As we had no passport with us a credit...

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  • History

    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...

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  • Climate

    Winter can be cold and wet in Fez with January usually being the coldest month. During the summer months the temperatures can go to the other extreme and even reach the high 30’sC. A comfortable time to visit is during September to November and April to June.

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Agdal gardens
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Fountain
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Water clock
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Dar Batha palace
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Cafe clock
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Bag boys at the medina
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Ceramics
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Visit a tannery
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Nejjarine Foundouk
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The Medina (the old city)
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Fez Souk - haggle away
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Royal Palace
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Visit a borj (nothing to do with star trek)
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Markets in Fès, Medina
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CTM bus to Oujda
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CTM bus to Nador
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CTM bus to Al-Hoceima
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CTM bus to Tetouan
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CTM bus to Chefchaouen
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CTM bus to Tangier
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The Mellah
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