The imperial city of Fez has a different feel to Marrakech. With its whitewashed city walls and surrounding landscape of olive groves it feels more akin to Southern Spain than North Africa.
With a Unesco World Heritage Medina and with the ancient site of Volubilis plus the imperial cities of Meknes and Rabat nearby it shouldn’t be overlooked.
About Fez, volubilis & meknes
Fez, the capital of Morocco for more than 400 years, has the best preserved medina in North Africa and the tiny winding alleyways, barely wide enough for a donkey, create interest and excitement at every turn. One of Islam's greatest cities, it is also one of Morocco's gems and should not be missed. Remaining almost totally unspoilt, the Heart of Fez is the old city, a maze of alleyways which take you back into the past along with the magnificent palaces of the Fez el-Bali where you see the Royal Palace, the Mellah, the tanneries and souqs.
Whilst here also make time to visit Meknes via the Roman ruins at Volubilis.
- Visit the ancient site of Volubilis, particularly noted for its superb mosaic floors
- Be brave and venture deep into the souq to explore the many quarters, from food to metalwork’s and ceramics
- People watch over a mint tea
- Witness the traditional methods of leather making at the colourful albeit smelly tanneries!
- Stay in one of the many beautiful riads, a sure way to feel immersed in the Moroccan way of life
Beyond the obvious
It sounds like a simple piece of advice but in order to get beyond the obvious in Fez we highly recommend a guide for at least half a day. Once you have orientated yourself with the winding, narrow streets there is much fun to be had getting lost and interacting with the locals as you ask for directions or just finding somewhere for dinner.