Fez Travel Guide
A holiday in Fez is one of the best things to do in Morocco. Fez is a Northeastern Moroccan town, sometimes referred to as the cultural heart of Morocco. It is known for its Fez el Bali walled center, home to several schools including the 14th century Bou Attarine and Al Attarine. The center was built by Salah el Bahri, the son of the Berber chief Seydi Beni Kadhbi. Since then, Fez has been home to Morocco’s cultural heritage, hosting numerous art and craft exhibitions, festivals, and traditional crafts markets. The famous al-Qarawiyyin university founded at first as a mosque today is recognized as the oldest existing university in the world. Fes has a lot of traditional, heritage gates and walls that attract visitors first and foremost.
Things to do in Fez
One of the best things to do in Fez are to explore one of the the three tanneries. A tannery is a place where all kinds of skin is processed. Chouara Tannery is the oldest and the largest tannery from Fez and is located in Fez El Bali. By wandering between the leather shops you can visit their terraces to see the tanneries in action each terrace having a different vantage point. Remember number 10 and 64 and pay it a visit. Thank me later 🙂
The largest car-free urban area in the world and the best shopping place in Fez is Fez Medina. In 1981, the UNESCO proclaimed Medina of Fez a World Cultural Heritage site, as includes a considerable number of religious, civil and military monuments that brought about a multi-cultural society.
It is impossible to talk about fez Morocco without mentioning one of its most famous attractions: the Djemaa el Fna, or Blue Gate. This arched arch is made of artificial rock. It is located on the northern tip of Fes just south of Sidi Ahmed Benissan. The arch is one of the main attractions of the town, which is why many foreign tourists travel to Fes just to take a look at the Blue Gate.
The Medina of Fez is unique and its a must see. Made of narrow streets, some very bright, some dark you will feel like in a maze. Can be fascinating and claustrophobic in the same time. Many restaurants, shops and schools are located in the Medina of Fez.
Where to stay in Fez
Fez food and drink guide
When going in Morocco no matter which city, you will know beforehand that the food which you will enjoy is just excellent. The Moroccan cuisine it’s worldwide known due its dishes full of unique blend of spices and Mediterranean freshness. From salads to meats and vegetables, mouth-watering sweets, Moroccan kitchen it deserves its place in the best worldwide cuisine.
This traditional dish is made of mouth melting meat, sweet and regular potatoes, carrots with the traditional ras-el-hanoet blend of spices. It is cooked in a stone, cone-like dish called tagine, therefor there the name of the dish.
This dish is something you do not want to miss. Phyllo dough filled with chicken and cinnamon or fish and sea food, this dish is a must try.
The famous couscous
This dish is called “Get together dish” because is made on Fridays and is served by all family gatherings after mosque praying. You can have it with meat or vegetarian.
As drinks, go to caffe O’clock in the Medina El-Bali and enjoy the best moroccan minth tea with a moroccan environment.
Do not dare to leave Fez without some spices. Instead of the regular fridge magnets, take some spices for you and loved ones to remember with each bit the beauty of Fez, Morocco.