Fes is the oldest of Morocco's imperial cities, and was originally the capital before Marrakech took its place. Surrounded by rolling countryside and desert it's located in the valley of the River Boukhrareb in northern Morocco.
The city is a mix of old and new with the narrow alleys of the traditional Medina (Old Town) leading to mosques and bazaars then out into the modern new town and its shops and cafes.
Who is Fes suitable for?
Fes holidays attract a wide variety of a visitors, of all ages and with all budgets. Inside the Medina you'll find traditional, and cheaper accommodation and outside the city walls there's a wealth of modern hotels perfect for relaxing in after a busy day in the city.
With such a vast history and rich culture it is a favourite among those looking for a holiday based on sightseeing and wandering amongst the locals.
Sightseeing in Fes
As one of the largest medieval cities in the world, Old Fes, known as Fes el-Bali offers a unique insight into the history of the resort.
Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, Fes el-Bali lies behind high walls that enclose mosques, souks, bazaars and 9000 winding streets where you'll find true Moroccan life in all its vibrancy.
As you wander through the alleys be sure to pay attention to the fantastic mosaic tiles. Stop off at a market and haggle for your souvenir or relax in a traditional Hammam with a scrub down just like the locals.
Fes is known for its craftwork, much of it carried out within the Medina and if you're interested in learning more then visit the Dar Bartha Museum which displays a variety of artwork including the cobalt blue pottery native to Fes.
Eating out in Fes
You'll find a variety of dining options on your holiday to Fes, the best being those that serve local delicacies.
Inside Fes el-Bali you'll find food stalls offering fresh snacks at low prices. Keep an eye out for the public oven so you can sample some delicious bread freshly baked.
For more substantial meals head to restaurants that are serving up traditional Pastilla, a pastry parcel containing pigeon and almonds and sprinkled with icing sugar.
- Nearest Airport
- Dirham. This is officially a closed currency and must be purchased during a visit to Morroco and converted back before departing the country.
- Moroccan Arabic is the Official Language. At least half the population can speak French.