Fez is a city where nothing seems to have changed for centuries with narrow lanes, impressive architecture and colourful tanneries – this is a medieval city in motion.
Fez, or Fes, contains an abundance of impressive architecture, but the UNESCO protected old city, Fes el Bali, is more than fine buildings: it’s a medieval city in motion, offering the last chance to witness a 12th century lifestyle other than in a museum.
Fez, Meknes, Moulay Idriss and Volubilis are close to the fertile lowlands south of the Rif mountains and the lakes and the cedar forests surrounding Azrou and Ifrane.
However long you plan to spend in Fez, we highly recommend having a guide for at least one day to explore the medina, the tanneries, where age-old methods are still used to colour wool and leather, the basis of the city’s income for almost a 1,000 years, the traditional pottery factories as well as the Dar Batha Museum and mosques.
The Merenid Tombs outside the city walls offer a spectacular overview of the ancient maze of streets pierced by white minarets. Give or take a few satellite dishes dotting the rooftops – this is Fez as it looked more than a thousand years ago. As darkness falls, hundreds of swifts fly home to roost in the city walls as the lights flicker on far below.
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- Ancient history and culture
- A medieval city in motion
- Explore the ancient medinas and tanneries
- The Merenid Tombs
Top Reasons To Visit Fez
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Best time to go visit Fez
Located along the Atlas Mountains, Fez has a seasonal climate, shifting from cool in winter to hot days in the summer months of July to September.
The nights are always cool (or colder in winter), with daytime temperatures in the winter months of around 16 °C (61 °F). The spring months of March to May are also an excellent time to visit as you can make the most of the festival calendar and the balmy weather.
Best time to go visit Fez
Our Favourite Camps & Lodges
The hotel is made up of five grand houses interconnected by marble staircases and candlelit corridors, each with it’s own distinctive character.Learn More
Located in a superb position, minutes from the heart of the medina and yet with views of the green hills that surround Fes.Learn More
In a city where the choice of stylish accommodation can be overwhelming, Palais Amani takes it’s place as a well priced, traditional riad.Learn More
Fez (FAQS) NEED TO KNOW
What is Fez known for?
Fez is well known for its ancient architecture and a city where time seems to have stood still. Narrow lanes lead off in every direction, swarms of people and donkeys fill the alleys and everywhere are stalls selling spices, food, leather and other crafts. Craftsmen sit in cramped corners, their crafts and tools unchanged over the centuries.
Which is the best area to stay in when on holiday in Fez?
Where to stay in Fez depends on how long you are visiting and what you most want to experience. If you’re here for the souks and markets, the best places to stay are those within the ancient walls of Fès el-Bali. However, with 9,400 winding alleys, we recommend you have a local private guide on hand so you can make the most of your time and they’ll ensure your days aren’t spent retracing your steps.
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