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
Just an hour’s drive from Fez, through the beautiful Atlas foothills, you reach the town of Ribat el Kheir. Although surrounded by the most spectacular scenery, this is not the only reason to visit the town. What you will discover here are a series of incredible cooperatives, set up by the women of the town in a quest to provide the local community with greater economic security, the ability to train young artisans and to improve employment opportunities. A major focus is the art of weaving which is one of Morocco’s most important cultural expressions and source of great pride. A visit to the town offers a fascinating insight into the lives of these women, their culture and customs and how in difficult circumstances the women have created a source of income that can support their families and community. A visit to the town is a perfect opportunity to give back and make a difference directly on the ground.