Fez is Morocco’s second largest city, and was the country’s medieval capital in the 9th century. Long considered the spiritual and intellectual center of Morocco, its history is ingrained in every dusty wall and ornate mosaic. To enter the Medina of Fes el-Bali is to enter an ancient world, with winding alleyways and souks featuring craft workshops and food stands, leather factories and tanneries, butcher shops and bakeries. Visit the tomb of Fez’s founder, Moulay Idriss II, frequented by mourners, and the Karaouine Mosque, which dates back to 859 AD and incorporates an Islamic university.
A good guide is essential here to get the full grasp of the long history and marvelous culture. Without one, you are almost guaranteed to get hopelessly lost in the wandering alleys that makes up the souk. Ideally, spend a day focusing on history and another day eating through the market. We also strongly recommend a side visit to the nearby ruins of the Imperial city of Meknes and possibly a stop at Rabat on your way here.
Our favorite accommodation in Fez
Palais Faraj is one of the most luxurious options in town. Opened in 2012, the architecture seamlessly blends the traditional 19th century palace and Moorish influences with a contemporary style and tailor-made furniture. The rooms are spacious and well-appointed featuring wood, stucco and marble lace. Don’t pass up a chance to experience the traditional hammam […]
This majestic palace is an authentic example of Hispanic-Moorish architecture overlooking the Fez Medina and Atlas Mountains
Hotel Sahrai is a modern hotel in the ville nouvelle (new city) offering spectacular views of the medina. If you don’t stay here, have a drink on the rooftop terrace. If you do stay here, the higher category rooms have nice views of the city or the pool. Everything is very sleek and modern. It […]
Formerly a prominent family home, this renovated opulent riad boasts 18 stunning guest rooms in the heart of the medina
Ideally located in the heart of the Fes Medina this elegant riad is a beautiful option.