Until 1925 Fez was the modern capital of Morocco and retains its prestige as one of the most enchanting and enriching cities in the country. Home to the world’s largest car-free city center and the world’s oldest functioning university it’s no surprise Fez is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and a must-visit on tourist radars. Before you pack your bags and visit Fez here are seven articles we think you should read to get prepared.
Start here and get Fez under your skin. Take a journey through the winding streets of the medina and meet the people and faces that call this city home. What to do, where to eat, and where to stay are all included in our insider’s guide to Fez. Bookmark it for later – you’ll thank us.
Do you prefer to get lost? Does the idea of trying to follow a map through this ancient city make you crazy? Derek Workman takes readers through his own journey in Fez providing insights. Instead of checking off items on a must do list, he instead visits in a more laid back fashion – very befitting for Morocco. Part travelogue, part city guide, wholly entertaining!
With just 24 hours to spend in Fez, how can you make the most of the time you have? You’ll need a good pair of walking shoes and a trusty guide to get you through the streets but it can be done! This article highlights the important sites to see if you’ve only got a single day to experience the city. Our advice? Stay as long as possible and make every second count!
Fez has a little something for everyone which is especially helpful if you’re not traveling alone. Whether you want to observe artisans at work in the same way they were generations ago or you’d rather relax in the courtyard of a palace sipping mint tea you can do it here. You’ve heard of the tanneries but this article shares some other ideas to explore while you’re visiting.
Fez’s Famous Sites
You may only spend a few minutes admiring this gate to the medina but it’s one of the great architectural and historical relics of Fez. The blue gate stands guard over the medina and up until the recent era it, like nearly all the gates in the city, would be closed at night to protect the inhabitants inside.
Dar Batha is a museum dedicated to traditional arts. The setting itself is a piece of art, as it is housed in a 19th century palace. It was home to two different sultans before it was converted to a museum in 1915. Inside you’ll find decorative Moroccan arts some of which date to the 10th century. Don’t leave this off your visit list.
In the hills surrounding Fez there are plenty of surprises. This is one of them. Typically you’ll spot leather workers drying their hides on the hillside, but all the way up there are ruins overlooking the medina. These ruins are known as the Merenid Tombs and they are largely a mystery. Built around the 14th century no one knows who is buried here or why. If you’re not interested in the mystery, at least go for the amazing panoramic views.
These articles can help you start planning your time in Fez. If you’d like more information or help arranging a tour to Morocco get in touch with our team today. We’d love to help make your trip to Morocco truly memorable.