With a population of over a million people, Fes may be the largest city you have never heard of. Home to the oldest university in the world, Fes is bursting with culture and history. It’s classification as a UNESCO World Heritage Site means it hasn’t changed much in decades. Due to this, Fes is uniquely positioned to show tourists how life was lived a century ago. In this article we will look at the most interesting things to do on your trip to Fes and why people love to visit Fes Morocco.
Medina of Fez
The medina in Fes dates to the 9th century and is the oldest medina in North Africa.Fes replaced Marrakech as the capital of the kingdom in the 13th-14th century. To this day, Fes is the cultural focal point of the country. The medina is an area of Fes that is protected as a World Heritage site due to its cultural importance. The architecture and construction techniques used in the medina span over ten centuries. The unpaved urban areas also retain their original functions.
This medina includes many important monuments; religious, civil, and military. The medina is an almost perfect example of what a medieval town created in the first centuries of Morocco would look like. This medina is the most conserved historic town of the Arab-Muslim World. The Medina of Fez is an incredible place to explore thousands of alleyways and appreciate the largest car-free urban area in the world.
Jardin Jnan Sbil
The Jardin Jnan Sbil Is the only public garden in the Medina of Fez and is a beautiful place to relax from the stressful bustle of the medina. These gorgeous botanical gardens were planted here over a century ago and for a while had been cared for. After a time, the gardens became dilapidated and closed. The gardens reopened in 2011 after many years of replanting and renovation.
The garden is one of the only green spaces that can be found in the area due to Fes Morocco being so close to a desert. These gardens are the perfect spot for a packed lunch or picnic. Another option is to visit Mezzanine, a rooftop lounge where one can enjoy a drink with the beautiful view. After enjoying refreshments do not forget to look around and take in the giant palm trees, ancient water wheel, fountains, and flowers.
Bou Inania Medersa
The Bou Inania Medersa is a religious center in the middle of the medina. The building was constructed in the 1300’s and was originally used to train Islamic scholars in religious doctrine as well as law. The Bou Inania Medersa is the largest and most important madrasa (college for Islamic studies) that was ever built by the Berber dynasty. This madrasa became the most important religious institution in all of Morocco. The madrasa includes a full mosque adjoining it, prayer hall, living cells, classrooms, and study rooms.
This beautiful architectural gem includes massive brass entrance doors, interior marble courtyard, zellige tilework, cedar lattice screens, intricate wood carvings, and a beautiful, green-tiled minaret. The Bou Inania Medersa is a must see if you love architecture and history.
The Chouara Tannery is one out of three tanneries in Fes Morocco. Chouara is the most popular for locals and tourists alike due to it being the largest and oldest tannery in the city. Due to the central location of the tannery, it is one of Fes’s main tourist attractions. The methods used in the tannery date back centuries. Not much has changed in the way that the people treat and dye the leather, using all the same methods that were used since the inception of the city.
The tannery is packed with round stone bowls that contain dye and white liquids that are used for softening the hides. The leather goods that are produced in the Chouara tannery are prized for their high quality and are exported all around the world. While the tanners in Fes are an incredible sight that seem to transport you back in time, be wary of the smell and remember to bring a scarf or mint. Finding a rooftop terrace nearby is a fantastic way to enjoy the tannery without the strong smell.
The Museo Nejjarine is a museum of wooden arts and crafts located at the very center of the medina. This museum is thought to have been built anywhere between 1244-1465 CE. The public fountain that it is known for was built around 1822-1829. This beautiful building is a perfect example of Moroccan riad architecture and has beautiful woodwork throughout the building.
The museum has an array of goods on display such as musical instruments, tools, wooden doors, chests, and furniture. This is a wonderful place to rest while walking around the medina as it has a rooftop terrace to relax on. As well as the rooftop there are many places to sit and relax after having spent time in the busy medina outside. This beautiful building is worth seeing on your trip if you enjoy learning about history or if you want to find a lovely place to relax at the city’s center.
Tips for Planning Your Trip
For a little over $100 a night you can stay at a four-star hotel in Fes with breakfast included, a rooftop terrace, and a swimming pool. If you are interested in something more traditional, consider staying at a riad for around $50 a night. A riad is traditional Moroccan housing that is decorated with tilework and palace architecture. While it does not have as many amenities as a hotel, it is cheaper and oftentimes more centrally located.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Fes is from April to July and from September to November. These are the mildest seasons where you can avoid the brutal heat in the summer and the lower temperatures in the Winer. With the average daily temperature during this time around 70 degrees it is the perfect weather for touring.
Fes Morocco is a beautiful and ancient city, steeped in history and culture. This classical Moroccan town offers it all, from amazing food, entertainment, history, architecture, and culture. If you are interested in experiencing firsthand what it was like to live 1000 years ago, there is no better place than Fes.
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We are a couple of young Moroccan travelers who met at the university and share a passion for traveling and exploring, we visited many amazing and charming places all over Morocco. Our names are Adil and Nabil, Adil lives in the town of El Jadida but he is originally from the northern province of Taounat hence his knowledge of northern provinces, Nabil lives in Ouarzazate and originally from Errachidia and knows all about southern provinces and together we complete each other regarding our knowledge of tourism spots in Morocco that’s why we created this blog to share with you dear visitors our tips and knowledge of beautiful and amazing tourism spots in Morocco if you’re willing to visit.