It’s always good to hire a tour guide. Two main reasons I can think of now. 1. He can show you details about a place you might’ve otherwise missed, and 2. He keeps people from driving you crazy in the souq. My guide was Aziz. And a very sweet man at that. We picked him up at a cafe and he presented wearing a sports jacket, nice polo shirt, and slacks. Spiffy. I liked him instantly. And he didn’t skip a beat. Immediately upon being sat in the car he began describing to me Fes and how it has the largest medina in the whole of Africa. And how it is more tranquil than Marrakech. But I already knew that part! What a laid-back, calm place this is. So different from the hustle of Marrakech.
Of course there’s the requisite visit to the handicraft center to see the pottery being made from start to finish, and then being sat in front of a book of mosaic examples to choose the perfect piece to be made specifically for you and then shipped home. For $1200 for a table about 15″ diameter. But other than that, it’s a wonderful experience to see Fes with a guide.
A guide sounds excellent, can I ask how you organised/found/booked your guide? I am booking a trip and want a guide too!
I found my guide through someone I traveled with who has used him before. Since that first time, I’ve used Mokhtar Mitiko of Moroccan Sahara Tours twice more, for a total of three times! I will never use another guide. He’s wonderful and takes us off the beaten path. There are inexpensive guides and inexpensive trips – – but if you want someone who is going to show you the true Morocco, the off-road Morocco, I recommend Moroccan Sahara Tours! You can check him out at Moroccan-sahara-tours.com.