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Periodically capital of Morocco, the city of Fez has always occupied a place at the spiritual and political heart of the country. Founded in the ninth century, many of the early settlers were Islamic refugees, fleeing neighbouring Spain and Tunisia.

Those from Tunisia founded the Kairaouiyne Mosque at the heart of their quarter, which became one of the leading universities in the Islamic world, its theories were far in advance of those understood at the time in Europe.

Local architecture

Attarine Madrassa, FezMany of the medressahs, built to house its students, still stand today and display exquisite craftsmanship. The medina and souqs are probably the best in Morocco, truly labyrinthine, assaulting the senses with new sounds, exotic scents and an intense experience unlikely to be rivalled elsewhere.

Many compare Fez to Marrakesh before the tourists arrived: it is certainly the most Arab of Moroccan cities, and in that sense has greater appeal to the purist.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Fez

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Fez, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Fez

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    Places near Fez

    Accommodation choices for Fez

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Fez. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Rooftop of Ryad Mabrouka

      Ryad Mabrouka


      Situated just a five minute walk from the hustle and bustle of Fez's main souq street, Talaa Kbira, Ryad Mabrouka is a remarkably pretty property, boasting traditional Moroccan decor with a definite Andalusian influence, as well as a beautiful courtyard and garden area.

    • Riad Fes, Fez

      Riad Fes

      First Class

      Located in one of Fez's narrow alleys, the rooms and suites at Riad Fes are appointed with turn-of-the-century period pieces that evoke the grand living of rich Fassi merchants.

    • Riad  Maison Bleue, Fez

      Riad Maison Bleue

      First Class

      The Riad Bleue has a beautiful courtyard, a roof terrace, and its rooms are decorated in traditional Fassis style with richly coloured textiles, intricate tile designs and cedar wood furniture.

    • Classic Suite, Palais Amani, Fez

      Palais Amani

      First Class

      Situated within the walls of the medina, Palais Amani is a large riad with beautiful mosaic work and lots of outdoor open spaces.

    • Ryad Salama, Fez

      Ryad Salama


      The Ryad Salama is hidden in a great location in the back streets of Fez's medina. Its rooms feature a balcony or patio with a view over the garden, traditional Moroccan décor and a private bathroom.

    Ideas for experiencing Fez

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Fez, and which use the best local guides.

    • Local men working at the Tannery in Fez

      Fez City Tour


      A guided tour of Fez is an absolute must. More so than any city, there is a real danger of getting lost in the medina if not orientated, and also of missing some of the key sights of the city.

    • Vegetable tagine

      Cookery Lesson with a Local Family


      Create your own tasty tagine dish and bake Moroccan bread at a traditional family home in Fez. Then sit down with the family to enjoy your culinary creation.

    • Sweets in the market of Fez

      Fez Tasting Trail


      Take a culinary tour with your own personal guide who will help you to discover and taste the various delicacies of Fez.