Cultural Heritage and Tradition Unfold in Every Corner
Fes is a city in transition. Once the imperial capital, it is now one of Morocco’s biggest cities, yet it retains its old-world beauty and charm. Because of its connections with religious schools and Islamic scholars, the city is recognized as Morocco’s spiritual center. Best of all, it remains a key trading hub and a center for traditional crafts such as wood carving, hand wrought metalsmithing, and tilework. In Fes, you’ll experience old-world Morocco as in few other places – the sights, sounds, colors and flavors that make Morocco such a fascinating destination.
• Fes el-Bali (Old Fes): Step into the UNESCO-listed Fes el-Bali, the oldest and largest indoor, pedestrian-only alleyways in the world. Lose yourself in the narrow winding streets, where time seems to stand still, and discover the intricacies of Moroccan architecture and craftsmanship.
• Al-Qarawiyyin University: Explore Al-Qarawiyyin, the world’s oldest continuously operating educational institution. Founded in 859 AD, this university is not only a center of learning but also an architectural marvel with its beautiful courtyard and library.
• Bou Inania Madrasa: Marvel at the stunning Bou Inania Madrasa, an exquisite example of Moroccan architecture. Adorned with intricate tilework, carved cedar wood, and stucco decoration, the madrasa showcases the craftsmanship of the artisans.
• Medersa Attarine: Visit Medersa Attarine, a historic Islamic school known for its intricate tilework and stunning courtyard. The Medersa exemplifies the beauty of Islamic architecture and design.
• Chouara Tannery: Witness the ancient art of leather tanning at the Chouara Tannery. Observe the traditional methods used to dye and process leather, providing insight into a craft that has been practiced for centuries.
• Fes Festival of World Sacred Music: If you visit during the festival, immerse yourself in the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music. This cultural heritage event brings together musicians and artists from around the world, creating a unique and harmonious atmosphere.
• Medina Souks: Dive into the lively souks of Fes, where a myriad of goods, from spices and textiles to ceramics and handicrafts, entice your senses. Engage in the art of bargaining and experience the vibrant market’s cultural heritage.
Fes is a city where history comes to life:
• Tombs of the Merenids: Hike to the Tombs of the Merenids for panoramic views of Fes. The tombs themselves are a reminder of the city’s fascinating ancient history.
• Bab Bou Jeloud: Admire the intricate Bab Bou Jeloud, the Blue Gate, marking the entrance to Fes el-Bali. The gate’s blue tiles symbolize the city’s spiritual and artistic significance.
Indulge in the flavors of Fes with its unique culinary offerings.
• From aromatic tagines to flavorful pastries, Fes tantalizes the taste buds with traditional Moroccan cuisine.
• Fes is renowned for its artisanal crafts. Visit the workshops where skilled artisans create intricate tilework, pottery, and traditional Moroccan goods.
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