FES FESTIVAL OF WORLD SACRED MUSIC 2017

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The Fes Festival of World Sacred Music 2017

The dates for this year’s festival are 12-20 May 2017 and the theme is Water and the Sacred. Take a look at the programme here.  You can arrange accommodation and buy tickets through our sister site, Fez Riads.

Concierge Morocco and Fez Riads are Festival partners and registered ticket vendors. 

Festival 2017 poster

Practicalities:

For accommodation, see our sister site, Fez Riads. ...

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Shopping in the souks

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Indulge your shopping habit in Morocco:
it’s a feast for the senses

Ceramics

Fez is famous for its ceramics. Artfully painted in blue and green, plates, bowls, jugs, tagines and even bathroom basins can be found everywhere. Look out for the slightly greyer clay from Safi: the pure white is more fragile and will chip easily. The tagines (conical-lidded cooking pots) can be highly decorative, some with pewter wirework on them. But these ones are for serving or decoration rather ...

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Rabat named a top travel destination for 2013

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CNN has named Morocco’s capital, Rabat, as one of the top places to visit in 2013. Is the city worth a detour or more?

 

Visitors to Morocco usually head for Marrakech, Agadir or Fez and don’t even consider Rabat. It’s not a premier tourist destination, but perhaps that’s where it’s charm lies. There’s no hassle, no touts, no pressure to buy. There’s a small medina, some interesting sites to explore, wide, sandy beaches and excellent restaurants. The weather, too, is less ...

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Morocco in winter

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December and January are good months to visit Morocco.  It is a popular time of year, which means the souks and cities are filled with buzzing energy, but you can always seek out some quiet if you know where to look. Exploring the Sahara is perfect – while it’s cold at night, the days are sunny and warm and of course, there’s no rain. Hiking in the Rif, particularly the coastal national parks around Al Hoceima, is spectacular. Fez and ...

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Visiting Morocco during Ramadan

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Visiting Morocco during Ramadan

Ramadan in 2013 starts on 10 July and ends around 8 or 9 August. We can’t be more precise because it depends on sighting the moon.

So should you venture into Morocco during Ramadan? There’s no reason why not, and the insights you’ll gain into the people and culture will enhance your experience.

What you need to know

*The lunar month of Ramadan is a time of fasting during daylight hours and eating and partying at night. Behind the fast is a reminder ...

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FES FESTIVAL OF WORLD SACRED MUSIC 7-15 June 2013

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FES FESTIVAL OF WORLD SACRED MUSIC 7-15 June 2013

I read about the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music a dozen years ago, and knew right away I just had to go. Something about the city of Fez appealed, though I had no idea what. The guiding principles of the Festival  felt right, too: bringing harmony to a world torn apart by conflict. So it was that in 2002 I attended the Festival for the first time, and I haven’t missed one since.

Started in 1994 as a response to ...

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Chefchaouen

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Chefchaouen

Take some dramatic mountain peaks, add a sprinkle of red-roofed houses chasing higgledy-piggedly down the mountainside, small houses with wrought-iron balconies and roof terraces with magnificent views. Now wash it all in an indigo-blue rinse and you have the delightfully laid-back town of Chefchaouen in northern Morocco.

Originally built by Riffian tribesmen in 1471 as a base for attacking the Portuguese in Ceuta, the isolated village grew markedly when Muslims and Jews escaped Granada in 1494 and came to settle here. ...

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Spring in Morocco

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Spring in Morocco

Spring is by far the best time to visit Morocco, and that’s March, April and May. The snow has gone except for the highest peaks, the valleys are full of spring flowers and it’s not yet too hot. March sees the first of the orange blossoms appearing on the trees and being sold in the souks. Moroccan women distil the fragrant, waxy white flowers to produce orange flower water. This is used in patisserie, sprinkled into mint tea and over ...

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TANGIER – look again

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TANGIER – look again

In 1683, the English diarist Samuel Pepys dubbed Tangier ‘the excrescence of the earth’. In the 1950s, the city became an International Zone that attracted foreigners, artists, spies and hippies. It was neglected, sleazy and dissolute,with a nasty breed of hustler who’d make life miserable for every visitor. Hardly the place to spend a few days.

Since 1999, however, Tangier has been turned around. It’s been cleaned up and renovated, revamped and relaunched to fit King Mohamed VI’s vision for tourism. ...

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