Wilaya de Fes Things to Do

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Wilaya de Fes Things to Do

  • Fez Festival of Sufi Culture

    Fez Festival of Sufi Culture to be held in AprilFez - The third Fez Festival of Sufi Culture will be held April 18-25, with the participation of artists and men of letters from around the globe. The festival program will take visitors into an amazing journey through the culture of Sufism, its essence and practices and will provide opportunity to...

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  • The Medersa el Attarin

    The Medersa el Attarin (medersa - college) was completed in 1325 by the Merinid sultan Abou Said which makes it one of the earliest and finest medieval colleges in Fes. The entrance opens onto a courtyard with a fountain in the middle where you may find the prayer hall right ahead. Take some time to study the detail in the woodwork and patterns;...

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  • The Royal Palace of Fes

    The Royal Palace is situated at the far end of the Mellah's main street; it has been expanded and rebuilt over the centuries and is by far one of the greatest buildings in Morocco; its surrounded by vast and beautiful gardens. You may not enter the palace, however in the '70s sometimes it was possible to gain permission to enter part of the...

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  • Shopping & adventure in the souks!

    Unlike Western countries, shopping in Morocco is a unique experience because YOU decide the value of the product! Nothing is priced and that's where the fun begins... a glass of mint tea, super haggling power, lots of persuasion and you can get some fantastic bargains! Their specialities include Berber rugs, ceramics, leather goods, silver and the...

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  • The New Fes!

    Fes el Djedid was an entirely planned city built by the Merinids at the beginning of their rule; work begun in 1273 by Abou Youssef and was completed within 3 years. In this city one may find plenty upmarket hotels, restaurants and also the Royal Palace and Mellah - the Jewish quarter. After exiting Bab Boujeloud you leave behind you the souks of...

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  • Smelly Tannery!

    Whilst walking around the old city of Fes at one point you will smell this terrible stench! Yup you've made it to the Fes tannery! Anyone will gladly show you the way to view the men at work from a rooftop... they will explain to you how the process is done... a mixture of pigeon poo and lots of other vile stuff - no wonder the stench! :) It's...

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  • The tanner's bath

    Some of the baths are used to color the leather. There is none showing here : nobody was working as it was two days after the end on the Ramadan, and it was a rest day. I have older slides that show it. I will scan and add them later.

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  • The tanner's souk

    Mutton skins are bathing in various baths in order to remove any remaining flesh and the wool. Though it was winter, the smell was pestilential as always, but we came here to visit, then, we MUST visit, whichever the strength of the smell ! By the way, in summer, the smell is really atrocious, much worse than in winter !

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  • Maristane Sidi Frej

    A Maristane was a hospital that received travelers and pilgrims for free.The disabled who were cured leaved the crutch they did not need any more ! (hang on the left). Wealthy people of the city gave money for the Maristane and should be rewarded in Heaven.

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  • Medersa Attarine

    A Medersa is a traditionnal Coranic school where students work and live. Medersa Attarine was built by the Merinide Sultan Abou Dazid in the 14th. It is one of the oldest and is no more in use . Medersa were the very first Universities. There were several Medersa in Arab Spain and the model spread to whole Europe and later to the whole world. The...

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  • Water fountain

    This large and ornate water fountain can be found on the Talaa Kebira street, not far from the Bab Bou Jelou entrance.

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  • Medersa as-Seffarine

    There are many Merdersa scattered around the medina, some with very ornate and beautiful interiors. Medersa as-Seffarine was probably my favoutite although it was in a state of disrepair. 10 Dirhams entrance

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  • Walk to the Old City Walls

    These old ruined walls are up on the small hills on the western side of the Medina, near to the bus station and Hotel Merinides. The view of the whole medina from up here is great, and you can climb around the ruins aswell. I went up there in the evening and watched the sun come down, listening to the prayer calls wailing out from the scores of...

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  • Other Local Manufacturing

    My guide took me to see some very small scale local workshops, working with leather and stone, up at the Bab Bou Jeloud end of the Medina

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  • Tanneries

    There are many small scale tanneries all around the Medina, you need only follow the less than subtle smell of rotting animal remains to find them. At the main tannery you will get the hard sell from the locals, with a fee to look at the tannery, a fee for someone to show you their leather products, a fee not to buy something and a fee to leave. I...

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  • Get a Guide

    The best way to get a feel of the Fes is to hire a guide to show you around. This way, you will get to see things that you would not see by yourself. Official guides have a badge and certification, but there are many unofficial guides aswell, regularly offering their services as you wander around the Medina. My guide was unofficial (I realised when...

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  • The Medina

    The Medina is a staggering array of tightly woven streets and alleys, lined with souks, cafes, homes, shops etc etc etc. It's impossible not to get lost just wandering around, but quite fun to do so anyway. There will always(usually too often) be someone to guide you to where you want to go, but at a price of course.

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  • Guide

    Less than 24 hours for me in Fes ... I should have my own guide who I was introduced by Mohammad,a man is always hang around in front of Ibis Hotel near the train station. My guide used to be a teacher and he is quite old...he walked slowly and tired easily. He did his good job by taking us almost everywhere in Medina ( Some was closed ) We payed...

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  • Go to the Old Medina

    Old Medina offers you many things because that's where all the history lies.Visit the Medrasas Visit the MosquesVisit the tennaries.

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  • The Tanneries

    One of the highlights of the day was a visit to the famous tanneries of Fes. For many in our group it was a distinct lowlight. The tanneries smell to high heaven. To me the smell was not at all displeasing. Becky, however, was disgusted. Perhaps I was somewhat lucky because I was terribly congested. I don't know, I could still smell and all it...

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  • Bab Boujeloud

    One of eight entrance gates to the medina of Fez. This ornate gate is all the more famous for its framing view of the twin minarets. The bab (gate) is relatively new by Fes terms having been built in 1913. On one side the bab is a striking blue, on the other it is the traditional Moroccan green (see my other photos for different perspectives on...

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  • The Medina is Incredible

    You cannot experience Fes without venturing into the labyrinth that is the medina. Countless alleys will take the intrepid visitor past endless stalls where vendors sell everything and anything including camels' heads. Be prepared for an all out siege on each of the senses. An afternoons' venture in the medina will be sure to include sights,...

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  • Qaraouine Mosque

    Qaraouine Mosque is the main mosque in the medina. non-Muslims cannot enter the mosque. For this reason I'll put there a picture that you can see inside.

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  • hire a guide

    You can easily get lost inside the medina. There are many narrow streets, as far as I remember 9000. Remember that, you dont have a map. So, don’t trust yourself and dont get risk.The best way to do it; hire a guide and get fun of your journey without afraid of how can I return to main gateWhen a guide comes to you (they all know who needs help)...

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  • Mellah - The jewish Quarter

    Next to the royal palace, also worth visiting is " The Mellah (Jewish quarter)" in Fes el Jidid (New Fes). In the 14th century, the Jews came, and built their Mellah within Fes-el-Jidi, the middle city"La ville nouvelle", constructed by the French in 1916.About 5000 of jews are still living in Morocco

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  • Seffarine square

    Seffarine square (the metall souks) within the Medina walls - a place to be if you like to see the production of metall handcrafted works

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  • Touring to Fès-Medina

    Gateway to the old city, there are four of them. North, south, east and western side.In front - a huge marketplaceThe total surface of Fès Medina is about 3000 acres - you will find everything behind this walls - plenty of shops, but also some hidden monuments like the university, mosques and gorgeous private houses.

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  • More than 3000 water fountains

    You will find plenty of public water fountainsin Fès. Many of them artistic highlights of mosaic design.The guide told us that the water network in Fès is one of the oldest AND most complex one in Morocco

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  • The Nejjarine Square

    The NJJ square is the center of woodworkersA beautiful fountain in so called "zellige" and sculpted wood is decorating the square"Zellige" stands for the way a ceramic tile is cut by a special tool.The cutting results is a nice geometric sculptured mosaic.

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  • Hidden historical monuments

    The El Attarina medresse - islamic university.Sometimes unbelievable when crossing this part of Fès.Many historical monuments, mosques and musea are hidden in this oriental open air musea with a surface of about 3000 acres.The local guide told us that in Morocco the students could choose their private teacher,(a pitty for me there are not that many...

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  • The Blue Gate - verso version

    Once entered the most famous entrance, blue colored because it is the color of the city, kobalt blue - turn your back and admire the green colored tiles. A perfect copy. The green color is the color of the Islam - standing for peace

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  • Quaraouine Mosque-main mosque in Fès

    This is the place where the tomb of the founder of Fès is located. The mosque forms a part of the architectural "ensemble" composed of Bar al Quiton, the mosque al Achraf (a noble family descending from Fatima, mohammeds daughter, and the main fountain.It is a forbidden place for non moslims, and the most popular Moroccan and fassis place of...

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  • THE blue gate - recto version

    I think everybody has already seen a picture of this beautiful and important Gate - the so called "Blue Gate" - or Bab Bou Jeloud (1913)Blue because the decorating ceramic tiles are blue, the symbolic color of FèsThe ancient city is enclosed by ramparts - entrance by 4 gates.They used to close 3 gates at night and on fridays, to have a better...

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  • Fès el Jidid

    Another part of Fès - the new town (French style). In this less touristic part of Fès an eyecatcher is the royal palace "Dar el Makhzen". Not open for the public but the outside walls with remarkable and huge doors are worthed to take your camera.

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  • Palace Mnebhi

    A former palace built by Mnebhi - minister of defense (beginning 20th century)This palace was the first official residence of Marshal Lyautey in 1912, prior to this settlement in the Dar Baida (white house)Actually it serves as a rest-house and a gorgeous waiting place for visitors heading toward the MedinaWhile tasting a glass of mint tea in one...

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  • The Nejjarine Museum of Art

    On this gorgeous square you will find the NJJ museum of art.This small museum, hidden in so many small streets has a strange historyIn fact it used to be a "hotel" for traders and their animals. The merchandise was stored against the walls of the basic floor - the animals (donkees and mules, no other way to enter the old center) slept in the...

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  • Tannery - Fès el bali

    Medina is so unique - The smell of many things, like spices, sugar candies and leather.But the production of real leather in one of the most important factories, will keep your breath away. Time stood still -

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  • Craftmanship

    In Medina - artisan workshops and quality craftmanship are still active today.Most of them active as 100 years ago.Some of them under shrining working conditions and no longer possible in our world ( like the Tannery ), others like Farsi metal works are still handmade !

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  • Visit Fès el Bali

    Whenever in Fès - visit Fès el Bali, the old part of the city - called MedinaThis medina has three times the surface of the Marrakesh old city and was declared as World Heritage Site by the United Nations

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  • Touring to the old city

    Going to the old city IN the city of FèsOriginal ramparts still surround the medina and it's uncountable passageways and narrow streets. And if i say narrow - some of them are definately narrow. (even dificult for only two people)

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  • Yes..there is also some "common" beauty

    Whereas in my opinion it's not even a "must see", I guess the [forgot the name, but it's the one that's always represented in Fes' touristic booklets] Medrassa (old religious Al-Koran school) is a fine example of Muslim Architecture.Entering it after wandering around on the whirlpool of streets, and apreciating the beauty of the building in ruins,...

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  • Kairouyine Mosque

    The saying goes that 'all roads in the medina lead to the Kairouyine Mosque. It is the second largest mosque in Morocco (after the new mosque in Casablanca), and was founded by a pious woman in 859 in memory of her father. Entry is strictly for Muslims only!

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  • Medina - neighbourhood mosques

    Every quarter of the medina has its own mosque, which is used for prayers on a daily basis, whereas the Grand Mosque is reserved for Fridays.From my journal:'In the heart of the medina we come across a mosque, and while we stand there at the door way, lots of men arrive and go in (and out) for their prayers, having taken their shoes off. It is like...

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  • Medina - modern quarter

    To my surprise, there is a complete modern area of the medina too - I must confess I didn't enjoy that part as much as I enjoyed the traditional quarters. The modern market could have been anywhere in North Africa, whereas the rest of the medina is totally unique to Fes!

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  • Medina - wool market

    From my journal:'One area is dedicated to the dying of wool, and reels of wools in every colour under the sun are hung up under the make-shift roof, dripping coloured water on the ground and permeating the air with the aroma of wet wool.'

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