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Overnight in traditional Fes

Fes is home to one of Morocco's best preserved medinas with a lively mix of sights, smells and sounds. It is a large section of the city and can seem daunting when you first set out, but keep your eyes peeled for signs to point you in the right direction. Produce, food, leather goods and handicrafts are all abundantly available throughout.

Accommodation inside or near the Medina is a delightful mix of hotels, with many providing excellent value for money and friendly service. The Le Patio de Fes sits just inside the Medina, offering guests the chance to get into the thick of it all. It boasts stunning traditional architecture with an onsite restaurant serving up Moroccan dishes.  

The cosmopolitan atmosphere of the Ville Nouvelle

Offsetting the historic tradition of the Fes Medina is the Ville Nouvelle, or 'New City'. This region features a more modern feel with wide boulevards lined with contemporary shops, eateries and accommodation. You may want to consider a stroll along the Avenue Hassan II with its multiple fountains and selection of shops. Alternatively, Florence Plaza hosts regular book and art exhibitions.

Accommodation in the Ville Nouvelle is abundant with both chains and independent names available. The Palais Medina & Spa is a modern establishment with a resort-style pool area and views of the Medina from some rooms. It is also located close to the Tombs of the Merenides and Royal Palace for excellent sightseeing opportunities.

Just passing through

Ambitious travellers may only have a day or two to discover Fes. In which case, staying near one of the transport systems and taking a petit taxi to the major sites is well worth considering. The train station is situated at the northern end of the Ville Nouvelle. There are plenty of hotels within a kilometre of the station, including such international chains as Ibis and Ramada.

The airport is a bit further out of town, which means the selection of nearby accommodation is not as diverse. Nevertheless, The Raid le Ksar de Fes is just over five kilometres away, providing a convenient option. Oriental-inspired interiors offer comfort and beauty, while views of the Altas mountains act as a stunning backdrop. 

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