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DAY 5: FEZ EL JEDID

 
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THE MEDINA-LITE

MORNING

Depending on what flight you’re catching back to the UK (Ryanair’s leave at an ungodly 7am, Air Arabia’s at 5pm or so), you may have time today to explore a bit more of Fez. If so, head back along Avenue des Français and past the Jnane Sbil to FEZ EL JEDID, or “New Fez”, so called because it only dates back to the thirteenth century. Technically still part of the medina, Fez el Jedid is quite a different beast to Fez el Bali. There’s less of interest here for kids, but its wider and less claustrophobic than its older counterpart and so makes a good focus for a final morning’s wander.

From the large squares that mark the entrance to Fez el Jedid, follow the main street down to Bab Semmarine, go through the gate and cross the road to Grande Rue des Merinides. This is the MELLAH, the city’s old Jewish quarter, where the balconied houses of its former residents just out over the street and a couple of ancient synagogues lie hidden down backstreets and in the Jewish cemetery beyond. The most impressive sight here, though, is the imposing ceremonial gateway of the DAR EL MAKHZEN, the Royal Palace, on the square at the bottom of Grande Rue des Merinides; the palace itself is still occasionally frequented by the Moroccan royal family.

From the square, Place des Alaouites, you should be able to flag down a petit taxi to take you back to Bab Boujeloud or Place Batha, just to the southeast, and to your riad, for one last sugary mint tea before heading to the airport.




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FEZ ESSENTIALS

Pre-trip practicalities, including getting there, visas and passports, health and safety and how to get around