Fes - Do & See
The medina is not for tourists only – it is very much an integral part of daily life and is where a lot of business is conducted. The decades of French rule in Morocco have left a unique influence that is visible in the infrastructure and cuisine.
The 14th-century Jewish quarter of Fès has currently 160,000 inhabitants living among 9,500 streets. Several sites of Jewish heritage lie here and are well worth a look. Because of the maze of streets, it is wise to explore the mellah with an official guide.
Jewish Cemetery & Habarim Synagogue
This is one of the oldest cemeteries in Morocco. You can see a sea of white tombs and it is easy to spot which are the tombs of rabbis.
Ibn Danan Synagogue
Ibn Danan is an intimate synagogue with an interesting ritual bath in the basement. There are no set hours, but if it is not open the gatekeeper will let you in.
Dar El-Makhzen (Royal Palace)
Dar El-Makhzen is an impressive sight, the opulent bronze doors to the Palace stand 80 feet high. Unfortunately, the palace is not open to the public, but it is worth just to view the structure from the outside.
Dar Batha Museum
Situated in a century old Spanish-Moorish palace, the Dar Batha museum possesses a unique collection of traditional Moroccan arts and crafts. See crafts made out of wood, iron, plaster and other material.
Belghazi is a private museum housed in a 17th-century palace, whose collection nearly rivals that of the Dar Batha Museum. Many of the items on display are actually for sale, if your pockets are deep enough!
There are many hammams, arabic spa, throughout Medina. This one is conveniently located and tourist friendly, so foreigners will feel comfortable. Please note that men and women are allowed in at different times.
The famous tanneries produce some of the finest leather in the world, using century old practices. Find out more about the interesting procedure by visiting the sight.
The Merenid are ruins of ancient tombs and a 16th-century fortress, these are worth visiting mainly for the dramatic and breathtaking views over Fès.
Nejjarine Museum is located in a lovely, old, well preserved building. The museum shows the importance of art craft in Moroccan history and provides you with an understanding of the history of the country.
Bou Inania Medersa
Bou Inania Medersa is a religious, educational building located in Talaa Kebira. The building itself is a real artwork and well worth a visit. Ask for a guide in order to get a better understanding of the medersa and its history.
This medersa might not be as big as some other but it is stunning. The different tiles, shifts in lovely colours and the overall architecture design makes this a place worth visiting.
Jardin Jnan Sbil
If you feel like you need a break from the bustling energy of Fes then this little sanctuary is a perfect get away. The gardens are beautiful with French influence and waterfall.
Fes have many beautiful buildings and Karaouine Mosque is defiantly one of them. The University of Al-Karaouine is located in the mosque, and as the mosque was established in 859, the university is the oldest existing educational institute.
Gates of Fes
At one point or another you will pass through Bab Bou Jeloud - The Blue Gates. It is recommended to get a guide to show you around and explain the history of the gates. In this area you will find many restaurants to go to for lunch or just grab a cooling drink.