Everything you need to know before your trip to Fez, Morocco
The big cities of Morocco have an extremely rich history, a past which knows how to seduce all the generations but also a cosmopolitan life which attracts more and more tourists. Very often portrayed as the cultural capital of Morocco, the city of Fez charms with its architectural, historical and intellectual heritage. Note that in 1980 the city received approval and obtained UNESCO World Heritage status, proving the vigor and dynamism of this city in preserving its history and identity.
Why visit Fez?
Fez is a mythical city of Morocco, much appreciated by tourists for its authenticity. It is one of the 4 imperial cities. It is known in particular as one of the most culturally and historically rich. Its medina is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To please its visitors even more and preserve its architectural heritage, its historic center is undergoing a major renovation. Nicknamed the Mecca of the West or the Athens of Africa, Fez was one of the capitals of the Arab-Muslim civilization. Culinary capital of Morocco, its reputation is no longer in the arts and crafts. Tanning and weaving are the specialties of Fez. You will understand, Fez is an incredibly rich city to discover!
Activities & events in Fez
Fez regularly hosts various festivals, most of them related to the arts. For over 25 years, the Festival of Sacred World Music has been held in Fez every year. If you are visiting the city in June, check out the program to see artists from around the world. The city has also been hosting the tanners' lounge for several years. An opportunity to (re) discover this tradition.
Where to stay in Fez?
To take full advantage of Fez, it is important that you choose accommodation suited to what you wish to do during your stay. If you particularly like traditional accommodation, a riad in the Medina is perfect, near the Bab Boujloud gate for example. The district of Fès El Jedid remains authentic while offering a quieter environment. However, if you prefer the comfort of the modern side of the city, the New City will offer you all kinds of hotels.
To see and do in Fez
To begin with, the absolute must see in Fez is its medina. Look carefully at the facade of the Karaouine mosque. Just opposite, the Madrasa Attarine showcases Moroccan know-how with its earthenware decorations and exceptional marquetry. Then, go to the souk to get some souvenirs. Then, do not miss the tanners' quarter to discover its beauty and magic. Finally, exit the medina to let yourself be impressed by the 7 golden doors of the royal palace. Finally, the Mellah district, the old Jewish quarter, is a must see in Fez.
Do not forget to make a detour to the famous Place Seffarine in order to discover the work of copper. The weaving workshops are also an institution in Fez. To end your stay with an incredible panoramic view of Fez, go to the Marinid Tombs.
When to go to Fez?
The climate of Fez is mixed. It is very hot in summer and very cold in winter. The ideal seasons to visit it are therefore spring and autumn. You will be able to fully enjoy Fez at the end of March, April and May as well as at the end of September, October and early November.