Being one of the most important cities in Morocco, Fez is rich in culture, history, traditions, gastronomy and much more! With one of the first universities and the oldest medieval Medina in the world, this city has a lot to offer and there is something new and exciting to do each day.
Upon entering the medina, gaze up at the intricate gates that arch over the entrances. These four giants are covered in beautiful tiles and serve as a great photographic subject before you plunge into the sights and sounds of the marketplace. The Bab Boujeloud is especially impressive. Shop for crafts, rugs, pottery and other souvenirs at the souks along these streets.
Medersa and mosques
Most religious sites in Morocco are closed to non-Muslims, but Fez mosque exteriors are worth a view, and some medersas, or Koranic schools, are open to all visitors. Though entrance to the Andalusian Mosque and Kairouine Mosque is restricted to Muslims, both houses of worship have facades with beautiful arches and tilework that anyone can admire. In contrast, visitors can enter the Attarin Medersa, a 14th-century religious school attached to the Kairouine Mosque.
Dar el Makhzen, the Royal Palace of Fez, might not be open to the public but is definitely worth seeing. The royal family doesn’t live there, but they maintain a palace in every city for each of their visits. Truly an impressive sight, it features gigantic doors made of brass and gold, surrounded by zellij tilework and carved cedar wood.
This fortress, located above Fez el-Bali was built in the 16th century by Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur to monitor his disloyal population. It’s an ideal place to get an amazing view of the Old Medina, if hiking all the way to Mount Zalagh feels a bit much. In 2016 it opened an arms museum, as it has stood through centuries of war and arms development.
After clocking many miles on Fez’s dusty roads, sample traditional relaxation treatments. Traditional Moroccan spa practices, called hammam, can range from the utilitarian to the luxurious. Lastly, to take a break from the bustling medina, step into the Jardin Jnan Sbil for a stroll. These lush, manicured gardens give visitors a bit of elbow room only meters from the commotion.
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