Fez Medina was
founded in Fall 2000, with the help of a great many people
who know far more than I. Fez Medina was founded on
a passion and a respect for the medina of Fez, and an urgent
concern for the thousands of historic houses in dire need
of restoration in the medina, many of which are in peril of
being lost forever.
It is a privilege to work with the remarkable artisans whose
ancestors built the medina, a joy to care for one of these
houses for a timeperhaps a short time in the perspective
of the houseand a grave responsibility to care for it well
and pass it on intact to future generations. Please read more about our commitment.
The people whose houses are offered on this site have
made a rare commitment to bringing a house in the medina back
to life. They are friends and colleagues who have thrilled
and agonized through the delicate and difficult process of
responsibly restoring a traditional house with traditional
materials, in a traditional neighborhood in a medieval medina.
We are a community of people with a deep commitment to the
Fez medina, and we take real joy in being able to welcome
selected travelers into the houses over which we have taken
such pains. Doing so is to relive our own first moment of
awe over these remarkable places, and the sense of wonder
to be able to live in the medina like a resident, not a tourist
in a hotel. I assure you, it is a completely different experience.
"But how could I live right in the medina of Fez?" "How will
I ever find my house?" "How will I know how to get around?" "What if something happens? I don't speak Arabic." I understand all these concerns because I lived as a woman alone
in the Medina myself in 1996, while studying Moroccan Arabic
at the Arabic Language Institute in Fez.
This experience led me to create the full set of services
that we offer Fes Medina guests.
Medina is the only organization that offers traditional
Moroccan houses for rent with full support services: pick-up and drop-off at the airport by private car, a concierge who helps you arrange day trips and answers questions, and cell phones for guests' use. It is the closest we can get to giving you the feeling that friends are waiting to welcome you to your own house in Fez.
Thank you for your
interest in Fez Medina. Our international team looks
forward to the opportunity to welcome you to the remarkable medina
Fez Medina Team