Entering the city of Fes, Morocco is a sensation never forgotten by any traveler that passes through. Instantaneously, you are transported into a different world, a world that still operates under ancient rules bound by culture. The most rewarding view of the community is found in an interactive tour of the Medina or “Old City.” Tripping down the cobblestone paths lined with bright shops, you will be introduced to the bustling way of life of the Moroccans. Vibrant mounds of exotic spices scent the air, intricately knotted carpets dangle from the roofs of the shops and blue pottery clinks on the shelves of the small warehouses. Shop owners are sure to greet you enthusiastically, as Moroccans are the friendliest people I've ever met. After living there for 10 years, we have known nothing but extreme hospitality and welcome. They are always eager to teach you about their customs and open their homes to you for an outstanding home-cooked meal of tagine or couscous.
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One of the most striking aspects of Morocco is the savory cuisine. One of the most renowned places to eat in Fes is the Restaurant Asmae, which can be found near the bottom of the Medina. Fortunately, there is a sign pointing it out, as the winding derbs, or streets, can be difficult to navigate at first. Seated in the comfortable restaurant, you will be treated to numerous Moroccan salads, each presenting a different flavor, served with khobz, the Moroccan flatbread. There is a variety of options for the main meal, and whether you choose the steamed couscous, or any tagine, it will be a meal that surpasses all others. For dessert, they serve spiced fruit and mint tea, a Moroccan favorite.
The optimum things to do and see in Morocco can be found in the Medina. A guided tour is beneficial, so you can learn about the history and culture of Morocco. On the list of things to see are the weavers, where the click-clack of the shuttle magically creates beautiful tapestries of many colors; the spice shops, where you will be introduced to the ancient remedies of snoring and experience the fragrances of oils and uncommon spices; and the Berber carpet shops, where every pattern of carpet is laid out before your eyes with an explanation of the history behind it.
However, if you have a few extra days in Morocco, and don't want to limit your time to Fes, the most advisable experience of Morocco would be a planned tour of the country to stop at all the ideal sites. A trusted travel company that custom designs tour packages is Experienceit! Tours <http://www.experienceittours.com>. On their website, you can find countless different itineraries that visit all the greatest scenes of Morocco. One such extraordinary location is the Sahara Desert. You will be awed by the powerful golden dunes that stretch out to meet the horizon. For an additional bonus, take a camel trek out to the Berber tents and spend the night there. A starry night unparalleled by any found in a city will unfold before your eyes, as you eat authentic cuisine and listen to the guides' stories.
The best places to stay in Morocco are certainly the Riads. There is a variety of price ranges, and they offer a more traditional lodging than European hotels, with their attractive gardens, friendly service and secluded rooms.
It is no wonder that Morocco's economy is largely based on tourism, as every person who visits leaves with eyes opened to the magic and sheer beauty of the Arab world.
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