Medina in Fes is absolutely stunning not only because it's the biggest old town in the Arabic world. In there you can find an incredibly big market where you could get everything, numerous tanneries and an awful lot of impressions. Here's how I saw Medina in Fes: www.fm1721.com/experience/africa/morocco/
Plan at least one whole day for discovering Medina! Also choose your tannery viewing carefully as there are lots of crooks in Medina.
Medina, Fes, Morocco
I have travelled a lot in Morocco, but one of my favorite experiences was the tour of the Fes medina set up by Morocco tours. My sister and I had a half day tour in great English, very detailed information about the history of the city and best of all- no pressure to buy things in the medina. Highly recommended.
In Morocco, we booked our daytrips and tours in Fes with Yomikha Morocco. They are an incredibly cool company based in Fes and operated by an Australian and Moroccan joint venture. These guys are full of integrity - no carpet selling - and true destination experts, as they understand the culture, people, and the language. We enjoyed Western standards with Moroccan understanding. It was totally rad. Our trip to Meknes and Volubilis was hassle-free and then we did a sahara trek starting out in Fes, so we avoided what a lot of travellers told us were aggressive rip-offs and touts in Merzouga. In our group were a number of solo women travellers and they told us about the horrors of going it alone in Morocco. We were glad to be on such a stress-free trip.
Right in the heart of the Fes (Fez) Medina, Dar El Menia is a cool place. Very luxurious, convenient, and for the price, I couldn't believe the amount of luxury that we felt there. Graham also helped us to find some rocking activites while we were there. Cheers Mate!
Dar El Menia Land Line 00121 (0) 535 63 31 64
From an alleyway in the Medina, through a plain wooden door into the most surprisingly beautiful building - what an introduction to Riad Fes. Carefully restored, the riad is a paradise of elegance and comfort in the heart of all the bustling activity of the Medina. We had a spacious comfortable room with adjoining sitting room. We were greeted with mint tea on the roof terrace with its magnificent views. There we could also take breakfast or in one of the areas around the internal courtyard - birds singing, fountain splashing. However probably the greatest asset of the riad is the staff who were without exception friendly, efficient and helpful. Absolutely fascinating city and a fascinating riad.
Nestled high in the Moroccan hillside is Volubilis, the most far-flung post of the Roman Empire. Play at Roman warriors, cobblers and vestal virgins in this small-scale Pompei; wide carriageways, intricate mosaics, olive trees and awe-inspiring, if rather time-rugged, arches make for marvellous photos and a great place to listen to the call to prayer and donkey brays from neighbouring valley villages.
Take the train to Meknes and then get a grand taxi.
A funky 'hostel' (more like a boutique hotel) bang smack in the middle of Fes Old Town. Rooms are spacious and elegantly-furnished, and the shower room is so fabulous you don't mind sharing it.
There's a roof terrace full of sofas (and even an outdoor shower) and also a very useful kitchen and washing machine. Great breakfast, Wi-Fi, cheap rates.
This sweet little shop is just past the tanneries and run by a laid back individual who applies no sales pressure at all. Fixed prices, and not bad ones, and some nice work in cotton and agave fabrics. If you are hustled and hassled out of recognition, drop by here instead.
1 Bis Hay Lablida, Derb el Alami, Fes medina
Fes Youth Hostel is in the Ville Nouvelle, on a leafy back street. Its green courtyard is quiet, occupied by a cuddly black and white cat and some cynical tortoises. Book a twin room here and chill out - we found that though it's half an hour's walk from the medina, the change of atmosphere and the chance to relax were well worth it. And at 135 dirhams a night for the two of us, this is real budget accommodation, and very much better than any hotel we could find for the price. You don't need to be a YHA member either.
18 Rue Abdessalam Sergini, Fes - the back street near the Ville Nouvelle MacDonald's.
A great oasis in the busy and fascinating medina, roof terrace with views over Bou Inania, great selection of snacks, meals, teas and coffees, cakes, and excellent lamb patties etc. Cheerful young local staff and an enthusiastic English patron. Restored courtyard house up a tiny alley by the waterclock, close to Bab Bou Jeloud Gate. Given the lack of eating places to occupy the gap between very cheap traditional cafes, and upmarket gourmet restaurants, this is a very welcome place any time of day. But the best thing is that the owner is determined to run a rare local cultural programme of arts and music with something on several evenings a week. And then there are the camel burgers, fresh from the camel butcher over the street...
off Tala Kebira under the water clock opposite the Bou Inania Medersa(a must visit)
At the end of a tiny dead end lane in the very heart of the Medina, and looking distinctly unpromising with its collapsing and propped up buildings, is this painstakingly restored small and fabulous riad. With just three rooms available, the owners have lovingly brought every historic piece of timber, plaster and zelij tiling back to its original best. The house is intimate and beautifully furnished with an eclectic and stylish mix of period and contemporary pieces, bird cages, and fabrics including objects from Vietnam, Europe and elsewhere. the terrace looks out over the Medina and hills and is ideal to relax. The home made breakfast preserves, pancakes, juices and range of teas are the passion of the owners, as is the cooking if you have dinner in. The staff and Stephen and Bruno are helpful in the extreme, and will give you lots of honest advice on surviving and enjoying Fes. Rooms E100 to E200 with taxis to airport and that fantastic breakfast.
9 Djerb Lamsside, Souiket Ben Safi, Fes Medina
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