10 Best Things To Do In Fes, Morocco - Updated 2021

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Welcome to the humble and charming Moroccan city of Fes, offering a wonderful array of mind-blowing and bizarre spots you could only see and explore on a Moroccan territory! From the old medinas and traditional marketplaces to a whole lot of other worthwhile landmarks, Fes is truly a magical place filled to the brim with memorable experiences! Come around and enjoy your exotic holiday!

1. 1. The Royal Palace in Fes

Posted by Gabriela Monica Boghiu on Thursday, 29 September 2016

The Royal Palace, or Dar el-Makhzen, is not open to the public, but the outside is worth seeing. The 7 brass gates marking the entrance will make you wonder how grand the interior must be. Fun fact: your tour guide will probably pluck a lemon from the trees around the palace to demonstrate to you how the lemon juice is used to clean the gates.

Explore it: Come around and enjoy the magnificent Royal Palace in the lovely Moroccan city!

The Royal Palace in Fes

Address: Avenue Omar Ibnou Khattab, Fes 30004

2. 2. Al-Attarine Madrasa

Al-Attarine Madrasa (8754656512)
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Marvel at the beauty of Medersa el-Attarine, also known as Al-Attarine Madrasa, located in Fes, Morocco! Explore the beautiful tile cutting technique called “taqshir” alongside the carved stucco that adorns the walls. And last but not least, stop by the carved and painted wooden arches which frame the doorways and the marble columns put in strategic places. Words cannot fully describe its beauty, so if you plan on visiting Fes, go see it yourself.

Visit it: note that you can indeed use the symbolical landmark as your guide when going around the Morrocan city!

Al-Attarine Madrasa

Address: Rue Talaa Kebira, Fes

Website: Al-Attarine Madrasa

3. 3. Ibn Danan Synagogue

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This is one of the oldest and most important synagogues in North Africa. It’s an essential part of the Jewish and Moroccan heritage, therefore, worth seeing. Its central location – in the cultural, historical, and commercial center of Fes, the Medina – is a reminder of the diverse cultural forces that shaped Morocco over time.

Come around: with this in mind, just come around and stop by it to take great photos of it while exploring this lovely landmark!

4. 4. Dar Batha

In the January twilight, the Kings Palace, Fez, Morocco.

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Before becoming a museum, the building was a beautiful palace of Arab-Andalusian style. Located in the heart of the medina, the museum is full of treasures. On the menu: carved wood, Fassi embroidery, zellige, wrought iron, jewelry, coins, and Berber carpets. The wealth of Fassi craftsmanship is stunning! The main attraction is the rich collection of ceramics and pottery, the most beautiful in the country. doesn’t that sound exciting!

Come around: note that it’s a great and pretty symbolical spot in the city, so it’s definitely worth exploring!

Dar Batha

Address: 5, Place Batha Oued Fejjaline, Fes

Facebook: Dar Batha

5. 5. Zaouia MoulayIdriss II

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Posted by Priyanka A Singh on Monday, 15 May 2017

This shrine in Fes is dedicated to MoulayIdriss II, who ruled Morocco from 807 to 828. He was buried here and hundreds of Muslims pilgrimage to the mausoleum each year. Note: non-Muslim visitors are not allowed to see the inside of the shrine, the saint’s grave and the sanctuary surrounding it. Despite these limits, the outside of the shrine is beautiful and worth seeing.

Stop by the Zaouia MoulayIdriss II: keep in mind that the shrine is actually one of the top city tourists spots gathering flocks of people.

Zaouia MoulayIdriss II

Address: Boutouil Kairaouine, Fes 30030

6. 6. Enjoy the R’cif market

R'cif Mosque and Place R'cif
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Everybody in Fes knows that if you want to buy some fresh products, R’cif market is the best place to go. The traders there always have the freshest fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs, spices, and glistening baskets of olives. There are lots of buses and taxis there, so you can always get a taxi out of this crowded place. All in all, R'cif is one of the best market spots for fresh and organic products! Enjoy it!

Save cash: Note: taxis in Fes are small, red and cheap.

Place R’cif

Address: Boulevard Ben Mohammed El Alaoui, Fes

7. 7. Bou Inania Madrasa

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If there is one building you should seek out in Fes, it’s the Bou Inania Madrasa. Elaborate, extravagant and beautiful, this is one of the last and grandest monuments built by a Merenid sultan. After its renovation, Bou Inania comes close to perfection in every aspect of its construction: the dark, fabulously carved cedar, the zellige tile work, and the stucco are all beautiful. In addition, this is the city’s only building still in religious use that non-Muslims are permitted to enter.

Bou Inania Madrasa

Address: Rue Talaa Sghira, Fes

8. 8. Don't miss the authentic Medina of Fez

Colorful Cloth for Sale - Medina (Old City) - Fez - Morocco
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A World Heritage Site, the Medina of Fes is an incredible place made up of beautiful historical buildings that date back to medieval times. These well-preserved buildings include mosques, palaces, fountains, residential homes and the oldest university in the world. What makes the Medina of Fes so extraordinary is the fact that these exclusive properties are available for people to rent during the holiday seasons.

Visit it: note that the Medinas are always heavily crowded spots by tourists who’ve come to blend with the locals and feel Fez’s authentic vibes! Have fun!

9. 9. The magical gardens Jardin Jnan Sbil

Posted by Fatima Zohra El Ouakour on Monday, 22 May 2017

The gardens of Jardin Jnan Sbil are a welcoming place for the traveler to rest in noisy Fes. Located just outside the old city, the gardens are also called the “oasis of the Medina”. And indeed they feel like an oasis. If you need a break after the interesting walks around the Medina, enter the gardens, sit by the water under the shade and just relax.

Lovely gardens: the Jardin Jnan Sbil gardens are a stunning picture you’d want to lock in your mind!

Jardin Jnan Sbil

Address: Avenue Moulay Youssef, Fes 30000

10. 10. Nejjarine Museum of Wood Arts and Crafts

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Posted by Mehdi Fakhari on Monday, 8 May 2017

Housed in a beautifully restored fondouq, which basically means a rooming house, the museum is indeed a caravanserai for all merchants on the go. The immensely rich collection of traditional craftsmen’s tools, chunky prayer beads and Berber locks, chests and musical instruments can be seen inside the rooms. Everything around here is wonderfully presented, and there’s a rooftop cafe offering stunning views over the Medina.

Note it: taking photos of the museum here is totally forbidden.

Nejjarine Museum of Wood Arts and Crafts

Address: Place an-Nejjarine, Fes

Website: Nejjarine Museum of Wood Arts and Crafts

What to expect

As you can absolutely see for yourself, the wonderful Moroccan world, and Fez specifically, is heavily enriched with numerous stunning tourist attractions, museums, parks and magnificent gardens. Besides, Fez also features a lovely range of curious spots where you could enjoy fresh, organic products and exotic souvenirs for your family and friends.

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