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Fes Things to Do

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  • Walk around the Medina

    Walking around the Medina is really fascinating, you will see a lot of unusual and surprising things. A guide ($ 25?) is only necessary if you want to see everything in a few hours, There are several colour coded walking ways and also maps in different places, in case you get really lost just go downhill and you will arrive at a gate where petite...

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  • Zaouia Moulay Idriss II

    The (mausoleum) Zaouia Moulay Idris II is used for religious purposes, no entry for non Muslims, but you can see quite a bit the outside. It developed since the 13. century, the actual building is from the 18. century. Is located in Fez at the "Place de Marche Verte" in the Boutouil Kairaouine area, a bit difficult to find.

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  • Leather tanning in Fez

    It is not easy to find by yourself the leather tanning. There are two inside the medina, but people are reluctant to tell you its location, they all want to be your guide (for money, and then they show you shops where they get commission if you buy something). If you say that you do not want a guide, but to find for yourself the place, then they...

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Fes Hotels

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Fes Restaurants

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  • Cafe Clock

    The Cafe Clock, called after the hydraulic clock next to it in Talaa Kbira, has a nice terrace with a good view. It's a bit of a fusion kitchen, including camel burger, since i'm not a burger fan I didn't ask but it's not likely that the meat is from camel, but I had a excellent fig and blue cheese salad. It is located on Talaa Kbira next to the...

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  • Bouinania

    The Bouinania is a reasonable restaurant in the Medina , most dishes, tangine, couscous and brochettes are 45 Dinar. I had a quite good vegetable and meat (mutton) Tahine, the meat had a lot of fat, but it tasted very good. It is located in Talaa Kriba between the Bab Boujeloud and the hydrological clock in the meat market with mutton heads, bull...

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  • Cafe Clock

    The Cafe Clock, called after the hydraulic clock next to it in Talaa Kbira, has a nice terrace with a good view. It's a bit of a fusion kitchen, including camel burger, since i'm not a burger fan I didn't ask but it's not likely that the meat is from camel, but I had a excellent fig and blue cheese salad.It is located on Talaa Kbira next to the Bou...

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Fes Nightlife

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  • Sufi Serenades

    If you're in Fes on a Sunday night, go to Cafe Clock (it's near the Medersa Bou Inania), as they have lots of Sufi type music concerts. We had dinner there to the sound of Sufi drumming!You can look down on the action on the ground floor from the galleries above.

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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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Fes Transportation

  • Going by train.

    I believe the best means of transport in Morocco is the train, at least when going a litlle longer distances. The standard of the trains could not be comlained at, in my opinion. I used the train four times and they were all good and satisfyingly clean. The railway station in Fes is situated quite far from the old town and the sights so the best...

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  • Petite taxis.

    In every town in Morocco they are using a system with two kinds of taxis, Petite taxis and Grande taxis. The Petite taxis are small cars. They are not allowed to go outside of the town border. If you want to go outside you will have to use a Grande taxi, which is allowed to go anywhere. The Petite taxis have special signs on the roof, often looking...

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  • Not exactly western style vehicles.

    Local transports of different products are often being carried out using what we would call old-fashioned vehicles. There are hand-driven carts as well as carts driven by mules or donkeys. Lorries are often overladed so a westerner will ask himself if this really is going to work? But it does work. And it seems everyone pays heed to each other in...

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Fes Shopping

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  • Everything and everywhere

    VThis 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 strongest experience in Morocco. From my first to my second visit, the centre of...

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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

  • 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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  • Second "Quick-step" in 34 years.

    I was in Egypt in 1980. The last night before we were heading southwards to Luxor, I was struck by the infamous "Cairo Quick-step" - that is severe stomach illness with diarrhoea and vomiting at the same time. The most probable reason was some sallad I ate. In Fes it struck me again, this time I do not know from where I got it. Walking around...

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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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    Runner's High

    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 General

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  • Electrical sockets.

    Morocco uses the same electrical sockets as many countries in Europe, the two-hole socket with a guiding pole and the same one but without the guiding pole. The voltage is 220 V.Here is a link to a page showing sockets used in different countries around the world.

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  • How to find the objects.

    I have put links to Google Map in my tips to make it easier to find the objects mentioned, when possible to get the right position. The links are marked in italics. Unfortunately Google Map isn't very precise and too often points to other buildings than the wanted one.

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  • A wedding party.

    Suddenly, after having eaten my dinner at the hotel the first evening in Fes, there was a "terrible" noise coming from the street. I went out and saw a wedding party passing by. Luckily I had the camera with me but the photos are a bit blurred, alas. However it was a nice experience.

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