For decades the friendly rivalry between Fez and Marrakech has continued. These days most of the discussion is by tourists with only a limited time in Morocco. Ideally, of course, there is no dispute - visitors should visit both places.
Marrakech is variously described as "the party town" "clubbing central" and "the place with the big square". Fez, on the other hand, is more restrained, traditional and undoubtably the intellectual and cultural capital. Sadly, stereotypes still exist with people convinced that one city or the is more interesting, or has more crime or...
There are lots of beautiful women in Marrakech—more than in Fez.Writer Christina Ammon and photographer Tim Daw hit the streets to collect the opinions on Fez and Marrakech from business-owners, artisans, and travellers of all ages.
Brahim (28) Jewellery salesman.
|Marrakech is alive until 4:00 or 5:00 a.m. In Fez there is no life after 8:00 p.m. |
-Jokh, Age 30. Orange Juice Salesman in Jemaa el Fna (Editor's note: He obviously hasn't been to Fez in a while!)
|Fez is more relaxed. Marrakech is crazy -Said, Age 25. Car rental agent in Marrakech.|
Fez has a different ambiance. It is traditional Morocco. In the buildings and streets you can
see the old Moroccan culture. Marrakech has changed because of tourists. -Yasmine, Age 21.
I think Fez is better, but maybe that’s because of the length of time I’ve been there
and my friends and connections. People feel more caring in Fez. It’s a bit faster here
in Marrakech. -Mike Richardson, Age 43. Owner of Cafe Clock
Fez is the cultural capital, but it’s peaceful in Marrakech and it’s easy to get everywhere—
to the mountains or the beach. People are funnier in Marrakech—more open-minded.
Ali (right), 40s. Jewelry salesman
Both have been capitals. Fez is my birth city and where I learned my style of life.Moulay, Age 57. Honey vendor