Monday, February 24, 2014

Day 13 // Fes (فاس)

Background
Welcome to Fes! Boasting two medinaat, a gigantic sports stadium, and universities, Fes is a great combination of the old and new. It's also the leather/tannery capital of Morocco, so keep your eye out for some high-quality leather goods! Also, Fes is really close to Meknes, and it is Morocco's third-largest city (after Casablanca and Rabat).

On that note, you may be wondering why we didn't visit Rabat, Morocco's capital city. I actually went to Rabat, and in all honesty, there isn't much for tourists there. My friends and I were there for a day and a half and had nothing to do except visit the souks. If you do want to go to Rabat, the train between Casablanca and Meknes/Fes stops there, so it's easy to get there.


Transportation (MeknesFes)
Between Meknes and Fes, the ONCF train costs about 20 dh and the ride lasts about 30-40 minutes.

Lodging
Dar Warda is located next to the medina, and costs about $22/person/night for a private room. It includes free breakfast, free WiFi, and, according to word-of-mouth, amazing hosts! In my opinion, it looks a bit like a palace--don't you agree?

Photos of Dar Warda, Fes
c/o TripAdvisor
Photos of Dar Warda, Fes
c/o TripAdvisor


Sights

The Cherratin Médersa is another former school that tourists can now visit. It is a bit smaller than Fes' other médersa (Bou Inania), but is equally beautiful. Entrance is 10 dh.

c/o TripAdvisor Spain
The Aben Danan Synagogue is located in the Mellah, or Jewish quarter. Also at 10 dh, you get to see a 17th-century Torah in an active synagogue, as well as learn about Jews in Morocco. From there, you can visit the Jewish cemetery, which is just steps away.

So that girl's in the way, but you get the idea.
c/o TripAdvisor
c/o Wikipedia
c/o Global-Lab.org

While you're in the Mellah, make sure to also visit the Jewish Museum at Em Habanim Synagogue, a synagogue-turned-museum. I'm not sure how much the entrance fee is, but I can't imagine that it would be more than 20 or 30 dh.

c/o Flickr user maykal

After culturing yourself about Moroccan Judaism, go see the Bab Bou Jeloud! It's another beautifully constructed gate that serves as the city's landmark. This serves as the entrance to the medina and the souks, as well.

Enough said.
c/o Wikipedia

Before you go into the souks, though, you need to go to Jardin Jnan Sbil, which is next to the gate. This garden has fountains, manicured shrubs, and Islamic-styled tiles, and it offers a quiet getaway from the medina. I'm pretty sure I could stay here pour jamais.

c/o TripAdvisor UK
c/o TripAdvisor UK
c/o TripAdvisor UK

Now that you're relaxed, time to get back in the game in the medina! Explore the souks, walk around, and enjoy yourself!

The souks are always so charming.
c/o Wikipedia

Vocabulary (French // Arabic // English)
  • pour jamais // ila al-abad (إِلى الأَبَد) // forever

2 comments:

  1. Wow Stunning photos! Tripadvisor is definitely a great source :)

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  2. Very cool! I would love to go hunt around there for leather goods.... One day :)

    -- Alex at Cashmere Kangaroo

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