In recent years, Fes, sometimes spelt Fez, has emerged as a popular holiday destination with families, couples and independent travellers alike. Fes’s universal appeal owes much to the diverse nature of its attractions. From exploring the interesting landmarks that line the city’s medina to shopping in the souks, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
If you are looking for a cheap holiday to Fes, there are varieties of budget accommodation options. Indeed, there are plenty of cheap hotels, guesthouses and hostels throughout the city with room rates starting as low as £8 per night.
On the other hand, if you after a luxury Moroccan holiday, Fes has plenty of high-end accommodation options. Luxury accommodation in Fes comes predominantly in the form of riads, lavish guesthouses which are situated amongst the city’s most stunning landscapes.
Whether you are looking for something in particular or just browsing, be sure to pay the souks of Fes a visit. Local crafts like leather, copper or wood items can be purchased from the medina where they are made by hand.
Rue el-Attarine is one of the larger souks in Fes and sells a whole manner of items from local food produce to traditional cosmetics and toiletries. Like markets elsewhere in Morocco, haggling is the norm.
As Fez is such an old city, many of its landmarks date back to bygone days and can be found in the medina. Important sights to see in Fez include the Kairaouine Mosque and University and the Nejjarine Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts.
The Kairaouine Mosque and University is a mosque complex which consists of one of the largest mosques in Africa and perhaps the world’s oldest university. The mosque dates back to 859 and can welcome 20,000 individuals at once.
Often topping traveller polls is the Nejjarine Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts. This museum is housed in a beautiful, former funduq and showcases the work of craftsmen. Collection highlights include musical instruments and ornate chests.
Most activities in Fes come in the form of tours. Walking tours are incredibly popular and are a great way to familiarise yourself with the city. Walking tours can be booked either at the tourist office or at your hotel. Tour prices are fixed by the government.
If you love cooking and would like to learn how to make some Moroccan dishes, head to the Clock Kitchen. There are a variety of closes available from tanjia workshops through to patisserie classes.
As a conservative, Islamic city, the streets of Fez are not lined with clubs and other tourist destinations. However, there are few bars scattered in the medina if you do fancy a drink and most hotels serve alcohol. A more Moroccan way to enjoy the evening is to visit one of the late opening cafes in the city and drink fresh mint tea or local juice. You will find a number of lively cafes in Souk el-Henna and Souk el Attarin.