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Half a year in Fes

I spent about half a year in Fes, studying Arabic at an institute there (oh, Arabic, can it ever be learned!) and had a great time there.
The city is pretty big, about 600.000 inhabitants, and is basically divided into th Ville Nouvelle, Fes Jdid (where also the old Jewish quarter is) and the old medina. To live in I prefer the Ville Nouvelle, to have adventures definitely the old medina. What a place, magical and exotic, a labyrinth really, always new things to be discovered.
Fes is fairly traditional still, and perhaps not the easiest place to live in Morocco. It is, however, one of the more rewarding ones, and also isn't swallowed up by hordes of tourists.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lots to experience, interesting old city, lots of history to explore, the real Morocco
  • Cons:a bit old-fashioned, very hot in the summer
  • In a nutshell:A fantastic place waiting to be discovered!
  • Last visit to Fes: May 2001
  • Intro Written Feb 23, 2004
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  • Erin1802's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2007 at 4:07 PM

    Hello, Eva! Probably we have two things in common: a) My name is Eva too; b) I was born in 1978. Do you? I will be in Fes in january. Thank you for your useful tips. Greetings from Guadalajara, Mexico, --Eva Maria

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    Mar 17, 2006 at 1:23 AM

    Hola Eva. Nice page, excellent tips. I'm going to spend my Easter holidays in Fes... can't wait!! Regards from Barcelona, Isa

  • Paul2001's Profile Photo
    Apr 11, 2005 at 2:59 PM

    Excellent page. It is a shame about the hassling you suffered here but unfortunately other female travelers told me much the same. Otherwise I really liked Fes.

  • Feb 22, 2005 at 6:25 AM

    Great page! At last I found a woman describing what it is like travelling alone. Almost all other tips on Marocco are very chauvinist, and often racist. But your's is great... did I say that already. Regards from Iceland, Arna

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    Feb 6, 2005 at 10:33 AM

    fantastic page. looks like you had a good time here. we'll be visiting here for a couple of days in march, your tips have been very helpful

  • ezaguryk's Profile Photo
    Dec 5, 2004 at 8:07 AM

    excelnt tips thanks very much for sharing very helpfull....i am planing a trip to morocco....but with turist compani since as a women not sure how safe could be..........greetings from venezuela

  • almogaver's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2004 at 10:52 AM

    Your page is like a treasure. I´ve enjoyed reading all the tips.

  • talmid's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2004 at 9:26 PM

    I really would like to visit Morocco; thanks for sharing your personal experiences in the city that gave the name to the traditional muslim red hat 'Fez'. I wonder if still there are jewish people in Fez. Kind regards!

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2004 at 4:24 AM

    Really enjoyed reading your pages Eva, You have had some wonderful experiences living abroad. Great page, Happy Travels (~_~)

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