The Sights, Sounds and Foods of the Medina in Fes, Morocco

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Fes – this ancient walled city of Morocco is considered to be one of the best-preserved old cities in the Arab world and is said to be country’s cultural and spiritual centre. It has two old medinas, the larger of which is Fes el-Bali (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).


The only way to explore this fascinating medina (old city) is to allow yourself to delve into the labyrinth of alleyways, doorways and seemingly dark passages which open up into unexpected bursts of color, noise and life.


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The medina is crammed with captivating scenes of real life as it unfolds within these giant walls. The riot of shops, food stands, mosques, crafts, stunning riads and so much more are the a few of scenes that will keep you mesmerized whilst exploring.


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Fes is also home to Al-Qarawiyyin, founded in AD 859, the oldest university in the world. It is also the world’s largest car-free urban zone. Donkeys, mules and hand pulled carts do all transportation of goods inside the medina.




The market abounds with fresh foods sold at every nook and corner. Everything from bread to vegetables, dried fruits, meats, grains, spices and much more add vivacity to this already exuberant scene.


Here are some of the sights, sounds and foods of the medina:


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