This project allows visitors to be introduced to social practices, rituals and traditions that would otherwise be difficult to access. It also supports a disadvantaged population that, by hosting tourists, improves its economic condition while introducing “guests” to authentic local life in a spirit of intercultural exchange.
Ziyarates Fez has been the subject of a Framework Agreement between the Wilaya of the Fez-Boulemane region, via INDH, the Fez Medina Arrondissement, the Fez Regional Tourism Council, the Social Development Agency and the Union of Associations and Friendships of Fez Medina.
Solidarity tourism and housing among the inhabitants
Ziyarates Fez, is a highly social and supportive concept for the benefit of disadvantaged families who wish to safeguard their homes.
It is in this sense, namely to ensure human development, that the efforts of the partners have combined: the Wilaya of Fez-Boulemane (fez smedina district), the ADS (Social Development Agency), the CRT (Regional Tourism Council), INDH ( National Human Development Initiative) and the Union of Humanitarian Associations and Friendships of the Medina of Fez.
The spirit ”Ziyarates Fez”
To impregnate the participants, from Fez at the time and decide together its future… reviving what once made it an exceptional city.
By deciding to travel in this way, the cultural experience, which they will experience, will be of incomparable richness. Thus the Medina will remain alive, in its walls and in its soul…
Ziyarates Fez invites you to share the daily life of some thirty fassie families, in their charming houses carved with wood or plaster, in a warm family atmosphere…
Learn how to make bread, take it to the neighborhood oven, market and venture into market negotiations! To know the best addresses of the medina, behind closed doors… And soon, wander nonchalantly through the streets that will become familiar to visitors.
An innovative tourism program
The aim is to focus on the cultural, the spiritual and the solidarity to encourage tourists to extend their stay.
It is also a question of working for the Intercultural Dialogue between The East and the West and the awareness of Islam in its spiritual and cultural dimension.
Accommodation in the home, is a tourist accommodation that welcomes visitors within a family of the Medina of Fez. These families provide one or more rooms in their home with a suitable comfort that allows guests a discovery of local life and locals, in a spirit of intercultural exchange.
The quality ”Ziyarates Fez”
A Ziyarates Fez quality label, materialized by a signage plate, is granted to families who are members of the network, allowing to differentiate the accommodation in the spontaneous inhabitant from the one that has been selected for this project.
Training “in the trades of tourism”, in mastering the security aspect, in accompaniment in tourist activities but also, history of the city, spirituality… was given to all families joining the network.
The Wilaya of the Fez-Boulemane Region, supports the Ziyarates Fez approach, which is carried out under its aegis. The Urban District of Fez Medina, has ensured the completion of the restoration and upgrading of the 30 selected houses.
The Regional Tourism Council has procedures in place to control quality and is responsible for the promotion.
The Social Development Agency has set up a comprehensive training of foster families.
The Union of Humanitarian Associations and Friendships of Fez Medina is responsible for the management and booking.
Union of Humanitarian Associations and Friendships
35, Sidi Kjih Talâa Sghira
Tel. : +212 (0)5 35 63 46 67