31 Jul '16, 2pm

An insider's guide to Fez

The medina of Fez, like the music of the oud, is all about repetitions, with progress achieved through a gentle shifting of pattern, a fresh combination, a new note. Fez is still the most intact, least modernised medina in the Arab world and one of the largest car-free urban spaces on the planet, but it's changing. Sixty years ago, the writer Paul Bowles met people here who had never seen a car. That's not to say there were no cars in Fez, but they were in the Ville Nouvelle, the new town that sits above the ancient city, and those people had made it a point of honour not to walk out of the gates to see the newfangled contraptions. Such determination has shaped Fez, making it one of the last bastions of the medieval world. In many of Europe's best-preserved cities, such as Bruges, the past has become a commodity to be kept alive and sold to tourists. In Fez, it has survive...

Full article: http://www.cntraveller.com/recommended/cities/insider-gui...

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