Peaceful and authentic. Distance to Nouvelle Ville
Location within Morocco. Distance to Nouvelle Ville
This place deserves more than a 2 day pit stop. It requires time to be explored and discovered.
we had a chance to see old medina in Fes with Abdelkader; he is a licensed tour guide in Fes (ps. avoid the fake ones, you can meet them on the streets, if you wish to spend the day with the real one - ask in your hostel or hotel). Without him it would be impossible to see all these wonders in old medina, the streets are narrow and dark, a real...more
Ancient craftsmanship still thrives in Fez. The city’s souks have specialized craft zones where Maalems, or master artisans, can still be seen meticulously working their ancient art with their specialized tools and bare hands. If you allow yourself to meander through the maze of the medina you will stumble upon these artisans and their old world...more
The most remarkable sight in Fez, if not Morocco, are the Chouara Tanneries. The Chouara Tanneries are the largest tanneries in Fez and one of the most striking sights in Morocco. It is run by only one family with around 125 members. Little has changed in the production of leather in these tanneries over the last 600 years. The animal skins of cow,...more
Non muslims may not visit a mosque in Fez but they may visit theological colleges like the Madersa Bou Inania. This madera is an exquisite example of 14th century Merinid artisanship and architecture. The zellij glass tile, stucco work, and carved screens are some of the finest examples of artisanship in Morocco.See the Madersa in the video Fezmore
Here you will come across modern, sufi, gnaoua... a complete mix of music but the focus is on traditional sufi.Dar Tazi being one of the main free event venues for this.You can happily hear enough concerts without payng a penny if you so wish.Some hotels have terrasses offering views of the square at Bab Boujloud and can be a pleasant alternative...more
Kairouyine mosque has been the centre of Islamic learning in Morocco for more than 1000 years, but its real growth to importance came in the 10th and 12th centuries, when most of its structures were added to to the rather modest original structures.As a mosque it is rather unusual. Its large quarters have since long grown together with the rest of...more
9 Derb el Masid, Fes, 30200, Morocco
Good for: Couples
Every inch a capital, Fez is also the capital of gastronomy. It is the birthplace of the legendary and succulent pastilla: a flaky pastry as light as rice paper stuffed with a subtle blend of minced pigeon, sugar, almonds and spices. And then, if you happen to meet a nougat vendor as you stroll through the streets, don't try to resist the...more
Shisha bar in the medina. No terasse but will be great spot for the colder autumn and winter evenings. Trying to appeal to the nouvelle ville crowd but more likely to attract tourists that fancy a change.Modern lounge style athmosphere. Lacking a bit in charm, but that is minor.In formal alcohol list available.Superb Sangria!Free shisha voucher...more
Here you will find the people that want to be seen. The crowd s mainly yound affluent Moroccan men with 20% female, yet not sure how many of them were working vs just going out. The dress code is stylish - designer labels, short skirts (very short skirts, therefor the question about work)Drinks and entrance are pricey. You will see most Moroccans...more
Catching a taxi you have two options: Hailing one in the street or going to a taxi rank.
There are ranks in Bab Boujloud, Batha, R'Cif, etc Just look for the small signs saying Petit Taxi.
But whatever you do be quick!
Once a taxi slows down be ready to prance. You run over qnd indicate it's yours by opening the door. Do not talk to the driver first as it is fairly certain some locals will jump in from the other side and off they go.
Be prepared to argue over it being yours depending on the time of day and the rank you are at taxis can be rare and you do not want to be losing out just because you are too civil to fight your corner.
In Fes taxis go on a meter and most drivers turn it on automatically, but do give a quick glance to make sure it has happened.
The small taxis are legally not permitted to carry more than 3 passengers.
Big supermarkets in the Nouvelle Ville (taxi ride from th Madina)Marjane being the bigger of the 2 If you do not want to spend a fortune on alcohol in the few licensed places in the medina(e.g. Mezzanine, Riad Fes, Riad Alkantara) then jump in a petit taxi for ca DH12 - 20 and buy some bottles of wine to take back to your hostel or riad.Most...more
There are few streets in old Fez that do not have many shops. The basic shop is the tiny grocery store, where basic commodities like sugar, tea, tins and Coca Cola can be bought. Often there will be shops selling goods needed by the local craftsmen. In slghtly wider streets, the more typical touristic shop is found. But even this will often have a...more
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Fez was founded in 789
at a place between the mountains
where the river was flushing by.
History has provided the city with long periods of hardship,
but Fez has never died.
Today it has its own culture,
pride, art and even cuisine.
If you get
- Touched on purpose
- stered at in an overly sleezy/ perverted way
- have someone exposing themselveds to you
- groping themselves and asking you for a massage
DO NOT be intimidated or ashamed that it has happened to you beacuse that is what the are relying on.
Instead DO make a scene, shout at them, tell them to go away and leave you alone and do this in what ever your own language is as your tone and body language will let others around know that you are upset and they will come to your help and put the offender in his place.
Normally you will also receive a very sincere and appology from the other Moroccans that hope this incident will not tarnish the rest of your stay.
It will also be good for you to express that something was wrong!
Do remember though that streets are full and the genuine accidental touch can happen but if this is the case the person will appollogise immidiately. And pople watching is a Moroccan past time. But we all know the difference between what is comfortable and what isn't.
If you ar a cat lover you could struggle in Fes. Here there are hundreds of cats and most are misformed, malnutritioned or have a problem of some sort.If you think you can save it you can't. Here many expats and tourist often give in to the cuteness but the animals are often too ill.The ones that are strong enough will survive in the streets no...more
Visiting some of the clothes shops of Fez is an experience that is worthwhile even if you're not buying anything. Like this one, clothes in all colours and qualities hang from every possible spot as high as the ceiling.Long sticks are easily available when you want to take a better look on the item that is 6 metres above youmore