Fez is a city on the up, still behind Marrakesh in terms of tourist popularity but gaining fast! Known best for its ancient medina, Fez is a city for a particular kind of culture seeker – one who feels more comfortable throwing themselves headfirst into local life than watching from the sidelines. The best way to get to grips with Fez is to put down the guidebook and just get involved!
The Medina of Fez is the hub of the city, a UNESCO Heritage Site with mazes of narrow streets and busy markets. It’s in the oldest part of town, the ancient Fes el Bali, that’s accessed through an impressive blue-tiled gate. Visiting the tanneries to watch animal skins being transformed into leather is a great way to watch a Moroccan tradition that is still alive and well, but watch out for the smell!
Fez has so many amazing sights for tourists to explore. The Zaouia Moulay Idriss II is the city’s most famous and holy shrine, dedicated to the founder of Fez, and the golden doors and intricate detail of the Royal Palace of Fez will take your breath away. Visit the souk markets to people-watch and haggle for souvenirs, then escape the noise and chaos in the tranquil Jnan Sbil Gardens.
Morocco has a strong foodie identity that is quite distinct from anywhere else in Africa, and Fez is right at the heart of it! Visitors will love the hearty tagines, spicy stews and steaming bowls of couscous, washed down with sweet mint tea. The more adventurous foodie will probably be tempted to try a lump of slightly unconventional meat – camel burger is a popular food option at the Café Clock.