After the short city tour of Fes, we started to enter the Medina. We were escorted by a local tour guide, Mr.Idris who was born and grew up in the Medina. He is well versed with the alleys in the Medina that we never took a wrong turn or required to back-track.
Fes, a walled city was founded in the 9th century and home of the University of al-Karaouine, the oldest university in the world. Not England, OK? Fes was the capital of modern Morocco until 1925 and is listed as one of UNESCO World Heritage sites. It is believed to be one of the world’s largest car-free urban areas.
In the Medina you will come across market selling fresh produce and poultry, a 14th century religious school, various stores selling whatever you require, leather tannery right up to a full-fledged modern commercial bank. From liquid to metal, clothe to carpets, live chickens to ATM machines, mosque to art centre, eating stalls to luxury hotel. Everything under the sun.
Our walking tour of the Medina lasted five hours with an hour’s break for lunch. The wonderful part is from where we started, until we exit the Medina, it was all the way gradual downhill. So no stress in walking. About the only thing creating traffic jam in the narrow alleys were the donkeys used for transportation. No cars inside, in-fact could not recall seeing bicycles. Everybody walks and there are hundreds of alleys inside.