Visit Fez, Morocco
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 neighboring 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.
Many 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 rivaled 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.
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
- Meknes & Volubilis 37 miles away
- Chefchaouen 79 miles away
- Rabat 108 miles away
- Asilah 115 miles away
- Tangier 129 miles away
- Casablanca 156 miles away
- The Dades Valley 195 miles away
- The Erg Chebbi 210 miles away
- Skoura 227 miles away
- Oued Mellah 238 miles away
- The Southern Oases Valleys 241 miles away
- Marrakesh 243 miles away
- Ourzazate 245 miles away
- Ourika Valley 252 miles away
- Zagora 263 miles away
- The Atlas Mountains 266 miles away
Photos of 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.
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.
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.
The Riad Bleue has a beautiful courtyard, a roof terrace, and its rooms are decorated in traditional Fassis style with richly colored textiles, intricate tile designs and cedar wood furniture.
Situated within the walls of the medina, Palais Amani is a large riad with beautiful mosaic work and lots of outdoor open spaces.
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.
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.
Take a culinary tour with your own personal guide who will help you to discover and taste the various delicacies of Fez.
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.