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.

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