Fez is a medieval city, which is a popular destination among tourists visiting Morocco. Fez is an ancient seat of learning in the Arab world. This city was built in early 800AD, on the banks of the Fez River. Come to Fez only if you want to experience the charm of the medieval Arab world.
Time to visit
Although, Fez is a year round destination, but spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit this medieval imperial city. Non-Muslim visitors can avoid visiting the city during Ramadan, when most of the cafes and restaurants are closed during the day.
Arriving in Fez
Fez is served by the Fes-Saiss airport. Regular buses ply between Fez and Marrakech.
Fez has several mosques, museums and lovely buildings. The remnants of the 9th century Andalusian Mosque still stands on the bank of the river. The detailed woodcarvings on its gate, built in the 12th century, are a popular attraction. The Kairaouine Mosque, built is the 9th century, is one of the largest mosques of Morocco. Non-Muslims are not allowed to enter this mosque.
Babe es Seba, meaning the Gate of Seven, is dedicated to the seven brothers of the 18th century ruler Moulay Abdellah. From the gate, the severed head of the defeated Portugal invader, Prince Ferdinand, was hung for 29 years. Aux Merveilles du Tapis is a 14th century Moroccan palace with ornate ceilings. This is the place to buy some wonderful traditional Moroccan carpets and rugs. Bab Boujeloud is an ornate gate, embellished with blue ceramic tiles. This gate was built in 1913.
Fez has several Medersas or Islamic educational institutions. This Medersas are noted for their architectural brilliance. The Merenids built several centers of Koranic studies during the 14th century, which included the Sahrij Medersa and Attarin Medersa. Cherratin Medersa is a 17th century school of Islamic study.
Fez el Bali is a wonderful traditional marketplace or souk. The shops along its labyrinth lanes sell carpets, copperware, jewelry, pottery, brassware and leather goods. Souk el Henna or the Little Henna Market is the place to buy henna, spices and pottery.