I love Morocco – it’s one of my top destinations to travel. The food, people, architecture and scenery are all amazing. Todays blog is all about the top things to do in Fez, Morocco.
Things To Do In Fes
The ancient city of Fes is known as the “lover’s city,” and it’s easy to see why. The city is filled with charm and so much history that you can easily spend a day or two exploring it. The old medina is filled with small shops and cafes, which give a unique insight into the country’s history. If you are in Fes, here are some of the best things to do.
Plan Your Time
Fez is a very small city, and with all the charm of this ancient city, you can easily spend a day in Fes or a day and a half. Alternatively spend a whole week here if you can!
Visit The Medina
The old medina of Fes is a charming place to explore. It’s filled with little shops and cafes, and the smell of fresh dates wafting through the streets is one of the greatest things about Fes. The medina is also home to the Great Mosque, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you want to immerse yourself in Islamic culture and architecture, this is a great place to visit. In the souks of the medina, merchants sell everything from Berber carpets to tiny birds trapped in cages.
Take A Belly Dance Class
Belly dance or “el-hamm” as it is known in Morocco, is a popular form of dance all over the country. It originated in the Middle East and has evolved over the years. In Fez, “el hamm” has evolved into a form of performance art where it is combined with some traditional Moroccan music and poetry. Most classes are in Arabic and you can often hire a translator to help. You can learn a lot about the culture from what they teach.
Explore The Jewish Quarter
The medina is home to the oldest Jewish community in the world, and Fes’s old Jewish quarter is a must-see. The quarter is filled with beautiful synagogues, which house stunning art work. Of course, the most important part of visiting this area is seeing the main synagogue, which is believed to date back to the 10th century.
Don’t Miss The Tower Of Bab Boujloud
If you like art, you should visit the Bab Boujloud tower, in the Jewish Quarter. The tower is a structure created by the French in the 1920s. The French were fascinated by the old Medina. They decided to build a tower which is one of the best-known landmarks in Fes, and you should definitely visit it if you are in town.
Go To A Café In The Boulevards
Cafés are often a highlight of any trip to Morocco, and Fez is no exception. You can try some Moroccan specialities in the Medina, such as spicy soups or sweet tagines. If you want something a bit more modern and Western, a café in the boulevards will give you a different perspective on the city and country.
Fes to Marrakech Desert Tour
Finally, one of the best things to do in Fes is to take a Fes to Marrakech desert tour. This trip will take you through the sand dunes of Merzouga on camel back, over the Atlas Mountains through Berber villages and into the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. It gives an excellent overview of city, desert and village life in Morocco.
Fes is a charming city you shouldn’t miss if you are in Morocco. The city is home to one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world, as well as many stunning Islamic buildings.