Every traveler knows what to pack for their trip. But for the city of Fes, the most important things to pack are your heart and soul. Fall for this enchanting medieval place and let it embrace you in every possible way.
Fes is the second largest city in Morocco with a UNESCO protected medina and it is a perfect stop for the first time visitors of Northern Africa. It is considered “cultural and spiritual centre” of Morocco and you can find a lot of hidden gems there. Here are the top 20 places to visit in Fes.
Traditional tanneries is the place, where leather is processed. Thus, it is washed, dried, naturally coloured and generally prepared for further use. Prepare yourself for typical (not very pleasant) smell, colours and a unique image captured by traditional medieval city.
University of Al Quaraouiyine
Al Quaraouiyine University is the oldest university in the world – and it is still operating. Visit this place to breathe in the power of knowledge and think about the scholars who were forming minds of the students for more than a thousand years.
Bab Bou Jeloud
The Blue Gate of Fes with its mosaic tiles invites you to step in to Fes el-Bali – the beautiful old neighborhood. This is your portal, this is where you start your journey in the places where time seems to go differently.
The Golden Doors of Royal Palace
Feel like a royalty and take a picture in front of the golden gates of Royal palace. Let yourself shine in this majestic place.
Bou Inania Madrasa
This imposing building, characterized by its minaret, is home of the school of theological sciences and was built in the 14th century by Sultan Abou El Hassan. It is known for the beautiful wooden ceiling of carved cedar, its mosaics and famous hydraulic clock from the year 1357. Also, this mosque is open even for non-muslim tourist. Don’t miss this exquisite experience.
The Tombs are believed to date from 14th century. There is a Stunning panoramic view of the city. One of most visited places for visitors to see how big is the city of Fes.
Witness the life of Fes through the wood and wood products in museum on Place an-Nejjarine. Nejjarine offers an architectural interior and beautiful collection of wooden musical instruments, old gates, chests, bed and magnificent view from a top-floor terrace.
Wonderful decorated courtyard views and silence you need after your long day strolling the city. Admire dazzling ornaments of the little square and take in the calm and peace of this place.
One of the oldest souks in the Medina with picturesque square, market in the shadow between two plane trees. This is the place where you find yourself in fairytale. And this fairytale smells like spice, colour your body with henna and telling the stories in ornaments of the handmade pottery.
Zaouia de Moulay Idriss II
This mausoleum was built in the 9th-century as a tomb for founder of Fes, Moulay Idriss. Inside you will see the decorated tomb with lit candles and prepare to be overhelmed by beautiful plasterwork and vibrant colours of this sacred place. The city’s holiest shrine can be only visit by Muslims. Non-muslim are not permitted to enter, but you can also admire amazing exteriors with wooden arches and ornaments.
Dar Batha Museum
One must not skip Dar Batha Museum located in the heart of Medina. Museum full of treasures is introducing the traditional art of Fes and its region. Dar Batha is one of the most interesting Moroccan museums.
Palais El Mokri
This palace in white and blue colours has its unique charm. Get impressed by the look across the courtyard with its fountain to the main entrance and imagine what it was like to live in the mansion like this.
Don’t waste any of your time and make your way to Café Clock. Unique café where you experience good music, listen to stories or can attend the cooking class. Enjoy the view of the city from the roof terrace or try camel burger. Clock is ticking. Can you hear it?
Jnan Sbil Gardens
Admire beautiful garden architecture or simply walk through the paths between the trees. Give yourself a break in this lush green located on the side of medina. These gardens with formal look were planted over a century ago.
Arms Museum Borj Nord
A collection of weapons in the fortress from 16th century is your next stop. Beautiful rare pieces in 13 rooms which are waiting for your curious traveler eyes. Don’t forget to soak in a great view from the roof of the fortress.
Moroccan hammam is an unique experience you can’t skip! Visit public bathhouse or private Spa and enjoy an utter relax not only for your body but for your mind too. Be prepared for the meticulous bath, hot air, massage and the tea.
The best Moroccan carpets can be found in Fes. Be sure to visit carpet shops in Medina if you want to grab a piece. Maybe you want to fly home, and maybe you want flying carpet for it. Anything is possible if you just believe.
The Ibn Danan Synagogue
Visit the mellah – Jewish quarter and touch a little bit of Moroccan Jewish history. The Ibn Danan Synagogue is one of the oldest synagogue in North Africa.
Rue des Mérinides
Another gem of the mellah – this street offers a beautiful views of its architectural style. Take a walk on the main street of Jewish district.
White tombs neatly next to the other. The look can blind you and immediately take you to Jewish past. The cemetery is not exactly tourist attraction, but this place reminds you that Jewish people were/are important part of Morocco.
Take this list with you for your stroll in the Medina labyrinth and city. Map and local guide can be useful as well. And don’t worry if you get lost. Even if you can’t find your direction, in Fes you can always find your true self.