Guided Tour of Fes
We’ll start the day exploring the oldest city in Morocco, Fes (Fez). In addition to the European part, built after the First World War, there is Fes el J’did c.14AD and Fes el Bali c.9AD. The Old Medina of Fes el Bali is a World Heritage Site and one of the largest medieval cities of its type – its narrow cobbled streets are filled with ancient mosques and towering green-glazed minarets. Losing yourself here is akin to losing yourself in time, until you emerge into the clatter of a busy souk where proud artisans craft objects as their forefathers did before them. Highlights of a day walking tour include :
Mosques including the Quaraouiyine Mosque founded in 859 by Fatima el Fihri and the Andalusian Mosque dating back to 860. Entry is not permitted to non-Muslims Fountains including the Nejjarine fountain
Medersa (Koranic schools) founded as early as the 13th century
Batha Palace now a museum of arts and traditions
Souks including Souk Attarine, one of the liveliest in the city
Mellah and the 17th century Ibn Danan synagogue, end of our Guided Tour of Fes.
Fez or Fes (/fɛz/; Arabic: فاس, romanized: fās, Berber languages: ⴼⴰⵙ, romanized: fas, French: Fès) is a city in northern inland Morocco and the capital of the Fès-Meknès administrative region. It is the third largest city in Morocco, with a population of 1.15 million according to the 2014 census. Located to the northeast of the Atlas Mountains, Fez is linked to several important cities of different regions; it is 206 km (128 mi) from Tangier to the northwest, 246 km (153 mi) from Casablanca, 189 km (117 mi) from Rabat to the west. The Trans-Saharan trade route may be accessed via Marrakesh, 387 km (240 mi) to the southwest of Fez. It is surrounded by hills and the old city is centered around the Fez River (Oued Fes) flowing from west to east.