If you really want to experience medina life up close, this innovative homestay scheme can help. Around 25 Fassi families rent rooms in their homes to welcome foreign guests, while support from the regional tourism authorities is meant to ensure the quality of the places signed up. Organisation is excellent and you can expect a warm welcome wherever you stay, but cleanliness varies.
You might practise your Arabic, learn to cook or just help the kids with their homework in this unique cultural exchange. Exact prices vary, but all family homes are listed (with photos) on the organisation’s website. Some rooms have shared bathrooms, while others might be en suite for the same price; it depends on the host.