To understand Fes, first, you’ll need to know that it is comprised of three parts; Fes El Bali, meaning the old, Fes El Jedid, the new, and Ville Nouvelle, Fes’ up and coming section, created by the French. Marrakech to Fes desert tours covers all of Fes’ parts and neighborhoods.
“The visitor senses something in Fes, which he describes as a feeling of mystery; that is as good a way as any of describing the impression the city makes.” Says Paul Bowles, in his book, entitled – Fes, published in 1984. Bowles does a great job of describing Fes’ enigmatic part. Its mosques, foundouks, and historical medrasas will make you live Paul Bowles’ book.
Fes’ old town may be enjoyed in two different ways. The first is Bowles’ wild, and spontaneous approach that encourages to “lose oneself in the crowd”. This is very enjoyable for those who delight in mingling with the crowds and melding with the city’s authentic atmosphere.
The second way to enjoy Fes is in the company of like-minded travelers – along with a guide; which remains extremely important when traveling to Morocco on Morocco desert trip.
Needless to say, we prefer the second one. Mainly because having a guide present on Marrakech to Fes desert tours is very insightful. This way, you’ll be able to appreciate Fes’ historical significance. Visit the magnificent MedrasaBouInania, and get lost, safely, in its unending alleyways.
Fes El Jedid, although meaning the new, it dates back to 1276. The reason for its name comes from the fact it was planned, unlike Fes the old. Fes El Jedid was built by the Merenids at the beginning of their rule. This part does have a somewhat similar feeling to the old Fes. In the same way, you’ll notice ancient monuments, along with its occasional haunting mystery. The Jewish community had a broad presence during that time.