In the year 790, Idris I founded the city of Fez in the heart of Morocco, which would not only become his residence, but also the spiritual heart of Islam and the most important city in Morocco.

Designated a Unesco Heritage Site given its status as the largest pedestrian zone in the world, it is the first of the imperial cities of Morocco, forming part of the exclusive “club” of four imperial cities completed by Rabat, Meknes and Marrakech.

All these firsts make this city a particularly attractive destination, with a lively and influential culture for being the cultural and spiritual capital of Morocco, center of art and science.

Fez has managed to adapt to modern life, preserving its traditions and one of the most authentic lifestyles in Morocco. It is divided into three different areas: Fez el-Jdid, a place that brings together the Mellah (name by which La Judería is known); the New City, where the Parisian cafes born in the times of colonization are popular and, especially, the Medina Fez-el Bali, the oldest part of the city surrounded by walls that reach up to 15 kilometers in length. In total, it forms an urban latticework of 9,000 alleys where a commerce paradise is forged, with nuances that contain hundreds of aromas, flavors and colors.

 

What to visit?

The great Bou Inania Madrasa

Madrasa is the name by which any type of school is known in Arab culture, whether religious or not. What is most surprising about this place is the combination of different materials without detracting from the elegance of the whole, the tiles up to two meters high on the wall and marble on the floor stand out, the white of the stucco, the wood in the upper areas and in doors and green roof tiles.

The Bou Inania madrassa is the only one in all of Morocco with the title of Great Mosque. This is the name given to the most important mosque in an area.

 

The Chouwara Tannery

The Chouwara tannery makes up one of the most picturesque as well as smelly panoramas in the city of Fez. It is the most extensive of the four traditional tanneries in the city, it is surrounded by shops with terraces from which you can see the hard work of the artisans. At the entrance of it, small bouquets of mint are delivered that hardly serve to mitigate the nauseating smell that invades the surroundings of the tannery, despite its bad smell, it offers one of the most representative images of the city and it is essential to visit it to know Fez.

 

Tombs of the Merenides

The constructions date from the 14th century, during the Meriní dynasty. They built a mosque and a palace on the hill outside the walls in the direction of the old city. This hill is known as al-Qula, which is today the “Hill of the Merinids.” The sunset from the tombs becomes a marvel, since this monument frames the city of Fez from the height, offering spectacular views of the Medina.