This full day guided city tour in Fes Medina will allow you to discover all important places in Fes. It’s a real time travel through all aspects of Morocco history.
Fes is the oldest of the Imperial Cities in Morocco (Meknes, Marrakech, and Rabat are the others). Its medina is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and as one of the world’s largest urban car-free areas, it is certainly worth every minute to explore its hidden secrets. Often considered the country’s cultural capital, it is made up of two old medina quarters, Fes el Bali and Fes el Jdid, and the modern Ville Nouvelle, constructed during the French colonial era (1912-1956). Meet your guide and spend a half day learning about the history and culture as you navigate the winding narrow streets of the medinas.
Roam Fes el Bali (founded in 789 ACE) and discover how Spanish and Tunisian refugees influenced the medina’s architecture. Browse the many souks (markets) offering local goods and watch the artisans at work. Visit the Chouara Tannery (11th century) and find a nearby leather shop for an encompassing view of the many round stone wells filled with dye and people at work. Visit the Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque (859 ACE) and catch a glimpse of the beautifully decorated interior (non-muslims cannot enter), its university is the oldest still operating university in the world! Immerse yourself in the Al Attarine Madrasa and marvel at the exquisitely detailed tile and woodwork. Head to Fes el Jdid (13th century) to check out the Mellah (old Jewish quarter and cemetery) and take advantage of its location for a stunning panoramic photo of the city.