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Budget
==Get in==
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===By plane===
The No 16 local bus is now an "airport shuttle" that costs "2Euro/20 DH" for a single trip. It is no longer clearly marked as bus 16 but it's a new Volvo bus with a printout on the right side (Fez - Airport). It runs approximately every 30 minutes. It will take you to the train station and the ride is about 25-30 minutes. The ticket can be purchased on the bus.
There is a also a direct airport bus which goes 'non-stop' from the airport to the town centre, fare 20 dirhams. If you go from Fez to the airport, the bus stop is located on the left of the entrance to the train station. You can buy ticket in advance at the cash-desk at the bus stop. But allow plenty of time as departures can be erratic.
There is a fixed price for a taxi DH 120 from the airport to the medina. If you come in the night it's a good idea to book it in advance.
===By train===
The train station <listing name="Fès-Ville" /> is found at the northern end if the Ville-Nouvelle.
There is regular train service along the [[Marrakech]] to [[Oujda]] and [[Tangier]] to Oujda train lines.
Eight arrivals daily from [[Marrakech]] taske . The train takes about eight hours and fifteen minutes (although delays are frequent) and costs exactly 295/195 dirhams. (First class / second class)
The trip from [[Casablanca]] takes about 3 hours 20 to 4 hours 20 and costs 165/110 dirhams. (First 1st class / second 2nd class). High speed double decker trains are being phased in on this route in 2011.
There are five trains per day from [[Tangier]] arriving after 4.5 hours at a cost of 155/105 dirhams (1stclass/2nd class).
From [[Rabat]] takes about two and a half to three hours, and costs 75-105 dirhams.
Fez is about 4 hours' drive by car from Casablanca. The stretch of toll highway from Rabat to Fez is in superb condition.
===By taxi===
Traveling by grand taxi (inter-city taxi), though more expensive than trains, is viable for tourists. Seats in a taxi are sold individually, in order to travel in relative comfort, you may need to purchase more than one seat. A ride from Fez to Casablanca costs approximately 60-80 dirhams per seat. Note that grand taxi fares are regulated and it is worth checking the official rates with the tourist board, as some drivers or hotels will quote inflated prices.
 
There are a couple of grand taxi stations:
*<listing name="Grand Taxis" map="ville_nouvelle" directions="next to the train station"></listing>
*<listing name="Grand Taxis Azrou/Ifrane" alt="" address="" directions="next to the CTM station" phone="" url="" hours="" price="Ifrane: 28dh / seat" lat="" long="" map="ville_nouvelle"></listing>
Within Fez, ride in the petits taxis (local taxis) rarely cost more that 15-20 dirhams. However, the medina of Fes el-Bali is only accessible from a few points by car. Bab Boujeloud and nearby Place Batha are popular dropoff points, as is Place R'cif; for parking there is spaces at Ain Zleten on the northeast edge of the medina. Another openair parking is situated near Hotel Batha (price 20 Dhs / day). If you stay longer than 1 day don't pay in advance.
===By bus===
The old bus terminal (''gare routiere''<listing name="Gare Routière" />) is just outside the old city on the north side, near the Ain Zleten entrance to the medina and Bab Boujloud place. Grands taxis (inter-city taxis) can also be obtained here.
The CTM terminal (''gare CTM''<listing name="CTM" />) is in place Allal el-Fassi in the Atlas neighborhood of the ville nouvelle, 7 km from the medina, but has taxi stands nearby.
While the gare routière covers more routes more cheaply, many travelers prefer CTM for its reliability and cleanliness. Most CTM buses leaving Fes, anyway, start from the gare routière and make a stop in the gare CTM after 30min in the town traffic. CTM bus coming into Fes, at the contrary, will leave you at the gare CTM.
Ignore the travel guides that tell you that you'll get lost in the '''medina''' and that you must hire a guide. One of the easiest ways to get around is to use the red taxis to take you to the nearest gate (bab) and then walk from there until you get your bearings. Gates are all around the city and taxis are cheap. A rough map of where the sights are will help too. If you are particularly worried, be sure to arrange a licensed guide through your hotel or the tourism office - they will be able to give you an accurate history and will make fewer shopping stops. The faux-guides in particular will simply take you from shop to shop where you will be pressured to buy goods, which will cost you extra because the seller will be obliged to pay the guide a hidden commission.
There are some basic landmarks that you can use to get around, and there is a path network marked by signs perched on walls, although these can be hard to locate at times. These signs have a 8-point star shape which will guide you between the main places in the medina. If you are lost you only have to find one of these signs and follow it in any direction until you arrive to a map or a known place. You may also find it useful to carry a compass, as the narrow, built-up streets can block the view of landmarks and be disorienting. Alternatively, just keep heading downhill and you will eventually get to a gate. The main street is the Talaa Kbira, which runs from <listing name="Bab Boujloud Boujeloud" /> to the Karaouiyne <see name="Kairouine" map="medina" /> '''mosque ''' in the heart of the medina. The Talaa Sghira also begins at Bab Boujeloud and eventually merges back into the Talaa Kbira. Once you get into the narrow, windy heart of the medina, you can also find your way out again by constantly heading downhill, which will eventually lead to the Place <listing name="R'cif" />, a dropoff for buses and taxis, where you can get a petit taxi out of the medina.
For more detailed tours and directions, look for the book ''Fez from Bab to Bab'' (Hammad Berrada). It has a complete map of the medina and several well-described walking tours. It can be found in most bookshops, both on the Talaa Sghira or at the large bookstore on the Avenue Hassan II in the ville nouvelle. However, be discreet taking out your map or you will have many offers from false guides!
 
 
[[Image:BABUJELOUD.jpg|thumb|300px|Bab Boujeloud, the upper and main entrance to the medina.]]
==Do==
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One of the most fascinating activities to do in Fez is a trip in the '''medina''' (Old City). The medina is so complex to navigate that sometimes it's easier to simply lose yourself in the hustle and bustle of the various markets, and find your way out once you have had enough of all the sights, sounds, and smells that will overwhelm your senses. You will eventually find your way out via lots of dried fruit, leather goods, ceramics, textiles and food stalls!
* The '''Berber pharmacy''' in the Medina has hundreds of jars of twisted root and twig neatly lined up along the walls. ''Don't eat the seed-pod like things the proprietor offers you.'' Although he's eating them also, they are ''very'' high in estrogen and can cause a man's nipples to be sore for several days afterwards.
* <do name="Quartier des tanneurs" map="medina">. The '''tannerytanneries''' in the medina features leather-making techniques unchanged since the Middle Ages. Men walk the narrow paths between huge vats of lye and colorful dyes, water wheels creak as the leather is rinsed, and buildings facing the tannery are covered with pelts hanging to dry. Visit early in the morning before the sun hits the tannery and the stench sets in.</do>
There are several well-marked trails through the city: follow the green (Andalusian palaces and gardens), orange (walls and fortifications), or blue signs and you won't get lost in all the narrow twisting streets.
==Learn==
*The '''Arabic Language Institute in Fez''', ''+212 35'' 62 48 50 (fax ''+212 35'' 93 16 08, <[email protected]>), [http://www.alif-fes.com/] offers high quality three-week and six-week courses in Arabic, both Modern Standard Arabic and the Moroccan colloquial language. The Institute can also arrange accommodation with a Moroccan host family for their students if required.
==Work==
The markets near the 'main' gate of Bab Boujeloud (near to Hotel Cascades) are full of yummy food. It is worth just wandering through them, buying random bits of food. Street food is very cheap and is often safe. Restaurants, even cheap ones, will often be up to twice the cost of street food, and the quality can be the same. In the medina is difficult to find cheap food other than in the Bab Boujeloud area. There are only a very few tourist restaurants where you will get ripped off and some food stalls down in the food market near the R'cif place.
===Budget===
*<eat name="Snack Omar" alt="" address="Rue de la Poste" directions="Batha area, around the corner of the Postoffice, " phone="+212 535 74 19 23 or +212 6 66 20 22 30" hours="10AM - 11PM" price="" lat="" long="">Simple decoration of the restaurant with a take away counter, but very cosy, clean and great food. A good restaurant for dinner up to 15-20 people or a quick snack in the afternoon. You can get the real traditional Moroccan food like Tajines, Pastilla and Meschwi but also a Pizza or Spagetti if you like. The employees are very friendly and treat you like a welcome guest. The food is delicious and at Moroccan prices. A Tajine for example is 45 MAD! You should really try the Pastilla which is very tasty or the Meschwi (order the last one in advance).</eat>
 
*<eat name="Mezzanine" alt="" address="17, Kasbat Chams" directions="In front of the jnaj sbil garden, less than 50 meters from the place Boujeloud" phone="+21211078336" url="http://www.restaurantfez.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Set over three floors, with an additional outside patio, Mezzanine offers both a cosy lounge bar for a quiet cocktail tapas as well as a comfortable larger seating area for dinners and parties.</eat>
*<eat name="Mezzanine" alt="" address="17, Kasbat Chams" directions="In front of the jnaj sbil garden, less than 50 meters from the place Boujeloud" phone="+21211078336" url="www.restaurantfez.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Set over three floors, with an additional outside patio, Mezzanine offers both a cosy lounge bar for a quiet cocktail tapas as well as a comfortable larger seating area for dinners and parties.
With wi fi, Mezzanine transforms from a day time lounge into one of Fez most cosmopolitan dinner, music and venues. The tapas lounge bar has a resident DJ and serves great tapas, salads and desserts. The host and servers are very friendly and becoming, but the dinner food is expensive by Fes standards and overly fancy but outright bad food, when you can get good ol food in the medina, for cheaper and better quality. Our whole party got sick and some only had a few bites - everything about this tourist lounge is great, except for dinner. It could be a welcome break if you are not looking for a meal</eat>
*<eat name="L'Ambre" alt="2001" address="Riad Fes, 5Derb Ben Slimane Zerbtana" directions="" phone="+212 35 74 12 06" url="http://www.restaurantfes.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">In the heart of a medieval city known for its diverse savory eateries, L'Ambre offers a dining experience that should not be missed when visiting Fez. A delightful selection of Moroccan cuisine with an original twist is served in any of our three dining rooms, in the garden or on the roof terrace.</eat>
[[Image:KASBAR_VIEW.jpg|thumb|300px|]]
*'''Le Kasbah''' (near Bab Boujloud). Friendly service, a solid selection of inexpensive Moroccan staples (excellent vegetarian tagine) and a couple of lovely high terraces overlooking the Gate on one side and the medina on the other. It is a comfortable atmospheric place to chat to other travellers and its a welcome haven from the bustle of the crowded streets of the medina. Street food is allowed to eat at the terraces. You pay only the service for the drink. 10 % tip (not included in the food price) is expected.
*'''Fez Lounge'''[http://www.fezlounge.com ], 95, Zkak Rouah- Tala Kbira, tel +212535633097. Down the Tala Kbira, on a tiny street on your right)or F Lounge; is the new addition to the medina scene. With walls in dark grey tadelakt and an ambiance of an ultra contemporary Arab dream, Fez Lounge is highly recommended for its Mediterranean inspired tapas such as Camembert bruschetta with walnuts and balsamic vinegar or for its reputed warm brownie with chocolate. Traditional Moroccan dishes like Pastilla and tajines are also available. Owned by an Italian, you can feel its style from the design of the tables to the dim lighting or the Hotel Costes Music.
*'''Restaurant International''', The Car Park at Av. Abdellah Chefchawni. This little place is easy to overlook, but the fact that the outer windows are mirrored should be the first indication it won't be at the top of any tourist routes. The crowd here is all local, and foreigners might expect a few stares and side looks. They serve the basic selection of beer, as well as some of the best spaghetti and pizza in town. Three stories, but avoid the middle one - the band is usually blasting bad synthesizer-Arabic music. Also avoid the basement, unless you're looking for prostitutes.
*'''The White Souk / Marche Centrale''', <buy name="Marché Centrale" alt="" address="" directions="on Blvd Mohammed V is a " phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" map="ville_nouvelle">A good place to find alcohol if you prefer to drink at home. There are two brick-and-mortar liquor stores on either side of the Souk, and many of the vendors inside keep descrete discreet stashes for thirsty foreigners.</buy>
*<drink name="Mezzanine" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www;restaurantfez.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Set over three floors, with an additional outside patio,Mezzanine offers both a cosy lounge bar for a quiet cocktail tapas as well as a confortable larger seating area for dinners and parties.
Fully wifi d, Mezzanine transforms from a day time lounge into one of Fez most cosmopolitan dinner, music and venues with it s resident dj.
Open from 12 until 02 pm 02PM non stop.
Enjoy a coktail, beer or wine on the terrace. It s really unique</drink>
*<drink name="L'Alcazar Bar" alt="" address="Riad Fes, 5 Derb Ben Slimane Zerbtana" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.restaurantfes.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">After a high-energy day in the Medina, L'Alcazar Bar is a comfortable oasis of relaxation and refreshment, the perfect backdrop for a memorable moment with friends and family.
A stylish lounge area where stunning design is combined with a warm atmosphere exuding an oriental yet contemporary feel.
The lounge bar and fumoir feature a vast choice of cocktails, malt, cognac, wines but also a selection of cigars. </drink>
==Sleep==
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Most visitors to Fez will want to stay in the medina as the main tourist sights are located there, and the new town is quite a distance from the medina so you will be relying on taxis to take you in and out every day
===Budget===
 * '''RIAD VERUS''' 0535741941. Near Batha fountain lies this beautiful Riad hostel, perfect place to meet other travellers, hang out on their awesome roof terrace with a cold beer, lounge in the hammocks or take part in their daily activity schedule. Clients are young, openminded and fun. Excellent fast wifi, free use of communal computer, lockers and satisfying healthy breakfast included in the price. Special November rate of '''just 165 Dhm per person per night in dorm room'''. Rated Best Hostel in Africa 2012. By far the best bet in Fes.[http://www.riadverus.com link title] '''[email protected]'''
*'''Camping Diamant Vert''',Rue Ain Chkef. Decent amount of shade, french toilets and (sometimes warm) showers. 25 Dh a person, 15 Dh per tent. Free access to the swimming pool.
*'''HI youth hostel''' (''Albergue Juvenil''), 18 Rue Abdeslam Serghini, tel 035.624085. Clean, bright, friendly and well placed in the ''ville nouvelle''. Unfortunately there is a debilitating 10 pm 10PM curfew and a five hour lockout. Dorms / twins with shared bath from Dh 45 / Dh 55, plus Dh 5 surcharge for non HI members.
*'''<sleep name="Hotel Cascades''', " address="26 rue Serrajine (" directions="near Bab Boud Jeloud - main gate) in the Medina, tel " phone="+212 35 638 442. " price="single Dh 70, double Dh 160, bed on roof terrace Dh 40, breakfast Dh 25" map="medina">The rooms are clean, noisy and simple. Shared bathrooms on the first and second floor, free hot shower on the first. A double costs 160 dh / night (70Dh a small single), this makes it cheaper than In the same price-range as the youth hostel with a better location and no lockout, and therefore attracting a clientele of young backpackers and solo tourists looking for travel companions.  Most backpackers would love to sleep Staying on the upper roof-terrace for 40 which also has a restaurant (breakfast Dh: the hostel will provide for mattresses and blankets25, and the view of the medina roofs under the stars mains Dh 50) is magic. Pay another 10 dirham and you got yourself a comfortable sofa and a roof on the lower terrace. Backslash cheap, although backslash could be 5:00 am the 5AM calls to prayer waking you up, 6:00 am 6AM light and summer midday-heat.Security concerns should be solved by the constant presence of M. Roshd and his various helpers, who guards the area all day long, preventing touts and thieves to enter.  The little restaurant on the terrace also offer a gorgeous breakfast (milk-coffee, local pancakes, croissants and mint tea, for 25Dh), local dishes for meal (50Dh), and waterpipe (shisha) on soft sofas.</sleep>
*'''Hotel Erraha''' (near Bab Boud Jeloud - main gate) in the Medina. Ugly and noisy, not absolutely clean but could serve for a night if you don't find another place, 100 Dhs. One of the employees, Mohammad, is a good man, and will gladly tell you about the history of Fes, and help you out if you need anything.
*'''Pension Batha''', (100-250 Dhs) 8 Sidi Lkhayat Batha, Fax: 05-574-1150, just across from Hotel Batha, around the corner from Bab Boud Ganoush. It has limited rooms, and fills up quickly, but they are clean and include private bathroom. It comes with breakfast on a nice (but small) terrace on the top floor. Double Room with bathroom 250 Dhs. Breakfast very simple but OK. Ask for Laila (English spoken).
*'''Hotel Rex''', 32 Machra bel Ksiri (apparently near place Atlasbut not easily found), tel. 035.642133, 100 Dh for a double room in the Ville Nouvelle, near the Gare CTM. * <sleep name="Hotel Royal" map="ville_nouvelle" price="single with bathroom Dh 120, double with bathroom Dh 190">Big rooms, slightly antique feeling, hot water only in the morning.</sleep>
* '''Hotel Volubilis''', 42 Abdellah Chefchaouni, tel 035.620463, 80 Dh for a double, 120 Dh for apartments for 3-4 people. Bed bathrooms (cold shower, just over the toilet).
 
*<sleep name="Dar Bouânania" price="double Dh 250-400" map="medina">Riad-style, wonderfully decorated rooms, nice roof-terrace, wifi and very welcoming staff.</sleep>
===Mid-range===
*'''Riad Jamai''':[http://www.riadjamai.com/] A traditional riad that has been restored to its former slendour, with extremely helpful and welcoming staff. The rooms are large and comfortable and the breakfast will keep you going all day. The location is in a residential local area of the medina, a good walk from the main attractions, but near a gate (bab) for a short taxi ride to the busy medina. Its location ensures a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of the main medina, whilst also providing local amenities for fruit and veg and everyday Fes life. Rooms from 50-110 Euros
*'''Dar El Menia''':[http://www.medinafes.com/] lies in the heart of Fez (Fes) Medina. This 14C, Dar or courtyard house has recently been completely restored using local craftsmen, techniques and materials and provides the perfect luxurious base to begin exploring the Medina of Fez. Situated adjacent to Talaa Kebira, the Medina's main street it offers easy access to all major sites of interest. Dar El Menia is run and owned by an Englishman, Graham Coules. Rooms from 40 to 75 euros. The Dar El Menia website[http://www.medinafes.com/]also has information regarding desert tours,cooking schools,cafes/restaurants and nearby sites of interest.
*'''Dar Anebar''': Beautiful riad decorated in a traditional Moroccan style, but including a host of modern amenities. This place is really the best of both worlds: if you stay in the Dar Anebar Annex, you can enjoy the elegance of a riad, while still having access to the convenience of free wifi, hot showers, and french toilets. Also great location, just minutes from Bab Guissa. During the off-season, double rooms in the annex are only 65euros per night.
*'''Dar Bennis''': traditional 18th century house (riad) in the Medina for vacation or holiday rental for up to five people, starting at 80 euros for entire house. This website [http://www.houseinfez.com/] also has lots of information about Fez museums, architecture, restaurants, real estate & monuments.
*'''Hotel Batha''': (near Bab Boud Jeloud beside Post Office) Tourist Hotel in font of Pension Batha. Almost full. About 520 Dhm for double room with bathroom. The price is very high for the quality. The outside of the hotel is great but the room are very basic and old. Just around the corner towards the Bab Bajeloud is an internet café run by a couple of very nice guys who speak English and will be more than willing to give you some insights on the best places to visit and explore in the city. The price for the internet café is 10 DH/h
*'''ChezMaMounia - Bed And Breakfast''', (34-55 USD) [http://www.chezmamounia.com] Avenue Saint Louis, Tel: 06-99008110, Behind Hotel Jnan Fes Palace. For those who want to discover or rediscover the magic city of Fez with an authentic Moroccan family.
*<sleep name="Hôtel Mounia" map="ville_nouvelle"></sleep>
*'''Lounge House''':[http://www.rentinfez.com] A traditional Masriya (house for the elder son of the family, profusely decorated) with a contemporary twist. Its up for vacation or holiday rental for up to four people, starting at 90 euros night for the entire house. Interesting links in the website containing much needed info about what to do in Fez.
*'''Dar Bensouda''', (from €66) [http://www.riaddarbensouda.com] No.14 Zkak El Bghel, Quettanine, Tel: 05-35638949. Lovely riad transformed from a traditional palace with two courtyards and a swimming pool. Friendly and helpful English-speaking staff.
*<sleep name="Riad Verus" alt="" address="Derb Arset Bennis, Douh, Batha, Fes Medina" directions="Derb Arset Bennis" phone="00212535741040,00212535741941" url="www.riadverus.com" email="[email protected]" checkin="13.30" checkout="11.30" price="dorm Dh 225" lat="" long="">Single sex dorm rooms in a beautiful Riad. Includes hot showers, fresh linen and soft towels, free Wifi, AC and heating, flat screen TVs. Large breakfasts, plenty of chill out spaces, large terrace with incredible views over the Medina, night club, VIP pod, fun lively atmosphere, sheisha pipes, cooking classes, yoga. Quote Wikitravel in your reservation for a 10% discount. English, Spanish and French spoken.</sleep>
*'''Dar Othmane''', (from €25 p.P. in a Double) [http://www.dar-othmane.com] No.76 Farrane Couicha, Chrabliyine, Tel: 06-71014710. Lovely family run guesthouse in the heart of the medina, beautiful courtyard, roof terasse for relaxed evenings, 4 lovely en Suite rooms (Single, Double, Triple),the souk is around the corner, Bab Boujiloud about 10 minutes walk. Friendly and helpful English-speaking staff.
===Splurge===
*''Riad Arabesque''' [http://www.arabesquehotelfez.com]. Traditional hotel.
*<sleep name="Riad Fes" alt="2001" address="5 Derb Ben Slimane Zerbtana" directions="" phone="+212 35 94 76 10" url="http://www.riadfes.com" checkin="2.00PM" checkout="12.00PM" price="" lat="" long="">Riad Fes is renowned for its luxury, impeccable service and fine restaurant.Its Andalous pavilion and lounge have brought an even more vibrant edge to Fez’s most stylish Riad. With spectacular views of the Medina and the Atlas Mountains, Riad Fez is ideal for those travelling for business or pleasure.</sleep>*<sleep name="Ibis" directions="at the train station" map="ville_nouvelle"></sleep>*<sleep name="Riad Numero 9" alt="" address="9 Derb Lamside" directions="in the heart of the medina" phone="+212 535 634045" url="http://www.riad9.com" price="€100-200" map="medina">Intimate boutique hotel. Franco-Mediterranean cuisine. What sets this establishment apart is the interesting decoration which is a juxtaposition of French and English vintage and Asian contemporary. The panoramic view from the rooftop terrace is one of the best in the medina.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Riad Tizwa" alt="" address="15 Derb Gurebba , Batha" directions="" phone="+212 66190872 London +447973238444" url="http://www.riadtizwa.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Riad Tizwa is Morocco's FIRST recognised environmental riad (by Clef Verte) a traditional Moroccan home in the heart of the medina. Five double bedrooms and English speaking staff makes for good service. Easy to find in the best area of the old town of Fes, the riad has wonderful freshly made breakfasts, a lovely roof terrace to relax on, and nice touches like handmade soap, rose petals, and a great selection of tasty Moroccan food.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Riad Verus" alt="" address="1 Derb Arset Bennis" directions="Batha" phone="0535741040" url="http://www.riadverus.com" checkin="12.30" checkout="11.30" price="from 80 €" lat="" long="">Riad Verus opened its doors on 1st December and is the brain child behind Nor and Nora. Between them they speak 7 languages and are very tourist savy and will bend over backwards to ensure you enjoy your stay and are safe. All rooms have flat screen tvs, ipod plug ins, wifi, air con, heating and are ensuite, 2 with jacuzzis. The Riad has been beautifully restored with original mosaics, cedar wood designs and specialist plastering and meets all the new legal safety requirements for Hotel operation. The Riad has a large salon, coffee bar, restaurant, massage room, chill out pod, amazing 360 degree panoramic views of the Medina from their roof terrace which has been set up Nikki Beach Lounge style with Berber live music twice a week. The location is excellent, parking close by, around the corner from Ryad Sheherazade in the trendy neighbourhood. Yoga classes offered in the morning before breakfast and guiding offered by the team of carefully chosen fun official guides. They also have a dorm room for only 25 Euros a night ensuite for the budget traveller who wants to stay in style at an affordable price and meet other like minded people. The downside is you must read the fine print, as there are a number of extraneous surcharges, as well as substantial financial penalties for cancellation without a great deal of advance notice. Additionally, unlike most other accommodations in Fes, they do not allow any visitors in the lobby unless they are paying guests, and paying guests must follow a strict regimen or the managers will be rather put out. </sleep>
*''Riad Yacout''' [http://www.riadyacout.com/en/index.htm]. Riad Yacout is a fassi house in the medina restored on the norms and of tradition by the artisans of Fez.
 
==Contact==
 
==Stay safe==
You should also beware of hustlers (aka con-artists); Fez has a far larger number of them than almost everywhere else and they use more sophisticated techniques. An example of a prominent scam occurs where you come into Fez by train and someone talks to you saying he is coming to visit his relatives, and is actually a respectable outsider (e.g. an owner of a hotel). He will then ask you to come eat with his relatives and when you get there they will spend most of the time trying to suggest accommodation, offering you tours where they gain commission from all the (especially Carpet) shops, and even organize expensive desert excursions that are actually just you driving in circles just outside the city for three days.
 
Beware of people at the train/bus station (even the bus driver) who introduce you to their "cousins" or "brothers," trying to involve you in some sort of carpet-selling scam, and especially refrain from handing over your credit card in such situations.
There are many other scams and annoyances trying to get you into a shop/restaurant/hotel with various degrees of lying in the stories people make up. If in doubt, be independent and look for yourself e.g. whether the hotel you want to go to is indeed closed or under construction.
 
This is unfortunately one of the sad things about Morocco, that you get to distrust every one, even those people who are genuinely friendly and hospitable, because sometimes this is only a facade.
 
==Contact==
==Cope==
Beware of people at the train/bus station (even the bus driver), which introduce you to their "cousins" or "brothers" from a Western country. The "cousin" or "brother" will claim to come to Fes to purchase carpets and sell them in the West for several times their purchase price. This is part of a complex scam as such people are actually employed by the carpet company. The pushy carpet sellers will offer mint tea and then ask for your credit card. Carpet companies involved in this scam are <nowiki>Dar Hannan</nowiki> and Dar Essaad in the Fes Medina.
 
For a North American traveller, Fez requires a real change of outlook or it will be a very high-stress trip! Shopkeepers and guides are very assertive and you will have to get used to saying "no" a lot. On the other hand, they can be genuinely warm and friendly even while trying to sell you something, an idea that is pretty alien to North Americans where it is assumed that a business relationship is the opposite of sincerity!
Alternatively, '''[[Meknes]]''' itself is worth a visit, if only due to its calmer and less crowded medina, which has ample shopping opportunities.
From the ''Gare Routière'', you can leave '''by By bus''' for almost any direction in North Morocco. Buses are usually crappy (old, rusty, and without lights), with the exception of CTM company, which offers European-quality service, for a double price then the Moroccan standard, but usually including the 5-10Dh required for transporting luggage (''malletas''), and not being overcrowded. People use to come to the station in the morning to book their ticket for the afternoon or the day after, and collecting stickers for luggage, so beware about showing up at the last minute and not finding place.
At the station, touts will try to sell you tickets for [[Chefchaouen]] if you look like a western tourist coming for smoke. Avoid them.
* CMT leave for the main destinations ([[Marrakesh]], [[Rabat]], [[Tangier]], [[Tetouan]], Oujda, Nador). Going from Fez to Rissani ([[Merzouga]] is another 30km taxi ride after Rissani) there is one CTM bus a day, leaving the Fez bus station at 9pm9PM.
* Other companies serve any town and village in nord and center Morocco; deaparting hours are shown over the counters, but may change from one day to another, so be sure to ask to the employee.
You can leave Fes '''by train''' in the direction of [[Tangier]] (~5 hrs; 97dh/145dh) or towards [[Marrakech]] (~7 hrs; 180dh/276dh; passing by [[Rabat]] and [[Casablanca]]).
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