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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 neighboring Spain and Tunisia.

Those from Tunisia founded the Kairaouine 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 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.

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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

    Our expert guides to exploring Fez

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Fez, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Fez at its best.

    • Riads and kasbahs of Morocco
      Riad Lydines, Marrakesh

      Riads and kasbahs of Morocco

      Riads and kasbahs of Morocco

      A stay in a riad or kasbah offers intimacy, style, character and charm, and is undoubtedly a highlight of any trip to Morocco. Here at Audley we can recommend traditional accommodations to suit your preferences.

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    • Family vacations in Morocco
      Berber village in Ameln Valley, The Anti Atlas, Morocco

      Family vacations in Morocco

      Family vacations in Morocco

      A vibrant and diverse country, Morocco is a very family-friendly destination with plenty of hands-on experiences and quirky accommodation options for families. Morocco specialist Kerry explains how to get the most out of your time here.

      8 min read

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    • Morocco food experiences
      Food stalls, Marrakesh, Morocco

      Morocco food experiences

      Morocco food experiences

      Influenced over the centuries by numerous cultures, Moroccan cuisine is renowned for its delicious taste. We recommend dishes you should try and places to eat to help you make the most of your Moroccan food experience.

      7 min read

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    • Honeymoons in Morocco
      Ait Benhaddou, Morocco

      Honeymoons in Morocco

      Honeymoons in Morocco

      Plan your perfect honeymoon to Morocco. Country specialist, Kerry, picks some of the country’s highlights, from exploring Marrakesh, Fez and the High Atlas Mountains to getting off the beaten track in the Sahara Desert and the town of Skoura with its collection of kasbahs.

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    • Your guide to the souqs of Morocco
      Carpet Shop in Marrakesh Souks

      Your guide to the souqs of Morocco

      Your guide to the souqs of Morocco

      The souqs of Morocco overflow with wares, including pierced lanterns, handtied rugs and brightly dyed leather goods. Discover what you can expect and how to haggle for a rug with our insider’s guide to these vibrant markets.

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    • What to do in Morocco: our highlights guide
      Essaouira, Morocco

      What to do in Morocco: our highlights guide

      What to do in Morocco: our highlights guide

      Morocco is a destination with fascinating local customs, a rich history and many geological wonders. Immerse yourself in the labyrinth of Medieval souqs, try the local cuisine, go walking in the beautiful High Atlas Mountains, or take a camel trip into the desert and sleep under the stars.

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    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.

    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.

    • Cooking Lesson with a Local Family
      Vegetable tagine

      Cooking Lesson with a Local Family

      Cooking 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.

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    • Fez City Tour
      Local men working at the Tannery in Fez

      Fez City Tour

      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.

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    • Fez Tasting Trail
      Sweets in the market of Fez

      Fez Tasting Trail

      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.

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