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Fes – The Mystic City Of Moroccan

Posted on November 12, 2009 | Fascinating CitiesNo Comment



The bewildering town of Fes, often spelled Fez and called Fas in Arabic, enfolds three cities in itself- the old city of Fes I-Bali and the new city Fes-I-Jedid that form the Medina and the one outside Medina, Ville Nouville, built by French.

Thanks to its inherent cultural value, the architecture that reflects various civilizations and other historical sites, the medieval city of Fes is enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Walking through the streets and alleys of the maze that this city is, is a pleasure in itself, bringing to tourists the joy of romancing the remnants of the past.

Location

This third largest Moroccan city, after Casablanca and Rabat, is in the north of the North African country. It’s in the fes moroccovalley at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains.

Climate

The city has a continental climate and the temperatures here are extreme. The maximum temperature in summers could reach 45 degree Celsius and in winters, which here are very cold, peaks are covered with snow.

Spring and autumn with a warm and dry weather are the best time to visit Fes.

Tourist Attractions

Fes is a city worth exploring. You cannot fit every site worth visiting in Fes in a short itinerary. The best way to see the city is by walking, as the major areas do not allow cars and the streets are so crowded that touring on any vehicle would delay your entire schedule.

Through the ornate Bab Boujeloud, you enter the beautiful old city of Fes el Bali, home to regal palaces with beautiful gardens and souks (or the area of work). The new city of Fes el Djedid has most of the area covered by a royal palace accessible only to special guests.

Fes is home to a number of Museums, such as the Dar Batha Museums that has marvelous collection of Moroccan arts and crafts, and the Fondouk el Nejjarine, the previous serai for traveling traders which is now home to a collection of wooden crafts. It also has a mosaic fountain.

After Mecca and Medina, Fes is supposed to be the holiest city for Islam’s. In the city are a number of mosques such as Kairaouine mosque and the al-Tijani mosque as well as Madarsas, the learning centers of Muslims such as The Medersa el Attarin, Medersa Bou Inania and the Medersa es Seffarin, the oldest of all Fes Madarsas. While you can not enter these places if you are not a Muslim, they are worth a glimpse even from outside, given their ornate décor.

tanneriesHammams or public baths are not only tourist attractions here; they are also venues to socialize. The Hammam Bourous is the oldest Hammam here.

The tanneries make for an unusual trip in Fes.

If time allows, you could visit some areas not far from the city such as the Roman site of Volubilis. On way to Volubilis, there are other important sites like the tomb of Saint Moulay Idriss II who founded the Idrissi dynasty in the 6th century. It’s more of a pilgrimage than a tourist destination, especially for women who wish to become mothers.

Other destinations of Morocco like Rabat, Marrakech or Casablanca too are not far from here and there are trains that you could catch for these places.

Transport

The Moroccan city of Fes is an easily accessible destination, by air, rail or by roads. There are taxis and even intercity buses to serve the tourists. While the public mode of commuting here are buses, for tourists, a guided walking tour is advisable.

At 15 kilometers to the South of the city centre is the Saiss International Airport, connected to the city by taxis and taxis in fesregular buses.

You could hire a taxi for your private tour or share it with others as well. There are inter city bus as well as train services, connecting Fes to other destinations like Volubilis, or even further cities like Marrakech, Rabat or Tangier. It in fact, is well connected with all the north Moroccan cities. If you wish to go to the east of the Atlas Mountain or south of Rabat, you can buy combine tickets, referred as Rail and Route tickets at Fes.

From the Capital of Morocco, Rabat, the train journey takes about 8 hours to reach Fes.

Overall, Fes is adapted well to the tourism, while keeping the inherent spirit of the city intact. There are innumerable venues in and around the city that promise memorable experiences for those who visit them.

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