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“Take a step back in time”
Review of Fes el-Bali

Fes el-Bali
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Private Guided Full-Day Tour of Fez
Ranked #12 of 84 things to do in Fes
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Reviewed December 13, 2011

When you wander the old part of Fez, you will feel like you have gone back in time!

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"great place to visit"
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Reviewed August 28, 2010

It really is a step back in time. After walking through one of the entrance ways you will truely feel that you are in a completly different place. The roads here are small, and the door ways into many of the homes are off the ground to the point where the people have to drop ladders to let others into thier home this is for safty reasons. Alond the roads you will see people selling things they have made to tourist. There are also people selling basic things like meats, and pastrys it's a working city as well as a tourist destination.
When I visited I was with a tour group and I recomend getting a tour here seeing as many of the people don't speak english and the roads can be very confusing. Also I recomend ignoring the people who will follow you around with shirts and other things to buy one of my friend bought from them and they continued to follow the rest of the group for quiet a while.
Over all it was an amazing life changing experience I wouldn't give up for the world. It changed my view on things and showed me a completely different way of life. I would recomend this to any one young kids may get bored just walking around but older kids and adults will apprecaite the amount of work that went into building such a place and the amount of history that it holds. I actually only visited for a day but it was an easy day trip from where I was staying in Spain ( the ferry ride is rough over the Gilbralta strait so if you get sea sick pack something to counter this). I strongly urge any one who has the chance to take it.

4  Thank Lizzabs
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Reviewed July 23, 2009

Despite its long history Morocco is not full of particularly amazing monuments or grand historical sites compared to other countries. Instead it has a rich cultural heritage and the crown jewel of this is the old city of Fes.

Fes el-Bali (or old Fes) is a labrinthe of small narrow city streets that criss cross up and down the many hills over which the city is built. Around every few corners is an old palace, royal garden, artisan's workshop, souq, Mosoleum, or Mosque. There are colour coded routes for each of these which you can follow through signs. For example, the monuments route is posted in blue signs.

I would advise spending 2-3 days in the city getting to know the streets and immersing yourself in the medina. Here are some highlights:


1)Kairouine and Andalucia Mosques (closed to non-msulims, but muslims will find it a rewarding experience as locals very interested in fellow muslims, the inside of the mosque is beautifull with woodwork, fountains, and plaster reliefs, and they recite Quran in groups after Maghrib).

2) Zawiyah of Moulay Idriss II, Zawiyah of Ahmed Tijane (all closed to non-muslims, but you can peer into them when they open at prayer times, listen for the call to prayer or Azaan). At Ahmed Tijane's they sometimes hold Sanaa (or song) sessions which they let visiting Muslims listen in to (non-muslims, sorry guys closed to you).

3) Medressa of Bou Inania (outclasses all others and as no variance in architecture only one worth seeing, especially with its minaret).

4) Fountains (there are so many, and I could not realy discern one from the other, but some are in a better state of repair then others).

Souqs: I am not a shopper so not the best person to ask but make sure you see:-

1) Wedding furniture/ Furniture market
2) Tannery / Leather market
3) Potter's Market
4) Fruit and Veg Market (there are two or three)
5) Brass works market (near Kairouine library)

An under rated thing to do is actually roam around the medina at night near the Kairouine Mosque as that is when Fassi's come out in hoards with groups of women, men, and some couples gathering outside in open spaces as well as surfing through the narrow streets for some night-life.

It may also be worth getting a guide for a half day to see some monuments and have the significance of certain quarters explained to you. It does restrict your freedom somewhat, but you will get an insight you would otherwise miss (where Moulay Idriss II would tie his mount for example). Be aware that any price negotiated with usually also involve trips to certain markets and resturaunts which will charge you a premium for a referral trhough the guide, so a tour will actually work out more expensive then you think!

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