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What to See in Fez, Morocco

Fez has a lot to offer in terms of sights and activities. By the way, here is a list of 8 places of What to See in Fez where you may dine.

  1. The Madrasa Bou Inania is a madrasa in Fez.

The Madrasa Bou Inania is a must-see in Fez, albeit it is not as well-known as the Madrasa of Marrakech. Madrasas are Koranic schools where the Koran is studied, and they are frequently available to non-Muslims, which is good news for travelers. You may look around the common areas and study rooms and be enchanted by the architectural elements. Moroccan Desert Tours this one in particular appealed to us due to its intricate courtyard! The top level is now unavailable for access. The entrance fee is 20D.

2. Madrasa Al Attarine

The Madrasa Al Attarine, which is quite similar to the Madrasa of Meknes and notable for its gorgeous courtyard and cedar wood dome, is another madrasa worth seeing in the city. You may ascend to the top floors and roof of this one, which offers amazing views. To be honest, we think this is one of the nicest things to do in Fez. It is not to be missed. The entrance fee is 20D. The Madrasa Cherratine (20D) and the Madrasa Seffarine are two more madrasas in Fez (50D).

3. Qarawiyyin University and Mosque

The views from the Madrasa Al Attarine’s terrace are breathtaking, particularly while looking down on the University and Mosque of Qarawiyyin, which are directly next door. It was created in 859 and is recognized by UNESCO as the world’s oldest operational university. Non-Muslims are prohibited from entering, as you would expect, but a glance from the top doesn’t harm. To get to the center of the Medina of Fez, you’ll have to stroll around its walls, and you’ll see some of its gates are open; don’t go in, but chat within.

4. Tannery Chouwara

Several tanneries can be found in and around Fez Viajes Desierto Marrakech, where leather is being processed using processes that date back hundreds of years. The Chouwara tannery, a courtyard encircled by buildings with wells filled with colorful dyes used by tanners to color the skins, is the most renowned. Going up to one of the shop patios on Rue Chouara is the greatest way to watch this show.

They don’t charge anything (they’re souvenir shops, so visitors pay to view their wares), and the trip may be done peacefully without a guide. But be warned: the skins are colored with natural colors after being passed through a combination of pigeon droppings, cow urine, and salty water. Fortunately, the merchants provide mint sprigs to ward off our sense of smell (grab a sprig, you’ll need it!).

5. Bab Boujloud (Baby Boujloud)

It is often referred to as “the Blue Gate,” although its full name is “Bab Boujloud.” Whatever you name it, one thing is constant: you must see this magnificent entryway to Fez’s medina. Take the snapshot of rigidity, with its blue tiles, of course. Although, to view it from two distinct angles, we suggest stopping for tea in the little plaza before entering the Medina via the gate. Then head up to one of the cafés around the Blue Gate’s terrace (we went to Café Bouanania).

From the Madrasa Al Attarine’s terrace, you can see the University and the Qarawiyyin Mosque.

Fez Medina, No. 6

  • Once you’ve crossed it, you’ll be totally immersed in Fez’s Medina, a maze of winding alleyways (some estimate there are over 9,000!) where getting lost is virtually unavoidable. Fes el Bali (the oldest and most renowned) and Fes el Jdid are the two medinas (born when the growth of the city forced the expansion of the old medina). Keep in mind that getting lost is fairly simple, therefore we recommend using the Maps.me app and staying close to the two major roads: Rue Talaa Kedira and Rue Talaa Sghira. It is customary to ask for a gratuity if you want the assistance of a local to return to a recognized location. 3 days tour from Marrakech to Fes.

7. Museum of Nejjarine

The Nejjarine Museum is a Moroccan arts and crafts museum including wooden artifacts, ancient tools, musical instruments, and other exhibits. But it is the museum itself, as well as its patio, where you may have a cup of tea in peace and quiet while knowing that the madness of the medina awaits you outside!

8. Near the Nejjarine Museum, there is a fountain.

Did you know that Fez is credited with being the first city in the world to build fountains to provide water to its residents? One of the most gorgeous is immediately adjacent to the Nejjarine Museum, so don’t miss a single detail before entering (or leaving)!

Ains the souks (souk): such a location. 9. Fedez souks, a must-see in Fez You could walk away with a steal or something you couldn’t have gotten any other way. But one thing is certain: there is no such thing as a typical Moroccan experience. In Fez, you may visit numerous, including the Chemmaine Souk (which specializes in dried fruits), the Henna Souk (which specializes in cosmetics, including henna), and the Attarine Souk (spices and natural products). Remember to haggle; it’s something that happens all the time in Morocco!

Seffarine Square is number ten.

Another real experience is to go around Seffarine Square and listen to metalworking workers (they create a horrible noise!)… From teapots to true pieces of art, this work has resulted. To tell you the truth, I’d purchase everything XD

11. Mulay Idris II Mausoleum

Visit the Mausoleum of Mulay Idris II, the Idrisi dynasty’s second ruler, who ruled from 807 to 828. Something strange occurred in this place: tradition has it that the king’s corpse was discovered almost intact no more than 5 centuries after his death. It was then that the decision was made to build this tomb and make it a pilgrimage site (interesting cultural fact: it’sone of the most important in Morocco). Only Muslims are allowed to enter, however visitors may peek in from the entry… it’s better than nothing:-p

R’cif Square is number twelve.

The R’cif Square, which has a really nice entrance and a lot of ambiance, particularly after dusk when it is full with youngsters playing and groups of ladies speaking, was one of our favorites. The ideal approach is to get a bite to eat or a drink and relax on the bleachers while watching the world go by…

13. A must-do in Fez is to stay in a riad.

Stay in a riad, a traditional Moroccan hotel: these are lovely palaces with a central courtyard and multiple rooms designed in the finest Moroccan manner, generally with a patio. We slept at the Riad Meyssane in Fez, which was perhaps the greatest lodging we had throughout our whole trip to Morocco and where we felt at home, due to Mohammed in particular. It’s roughly a seven-minute walk from R’cif Square.

Jnan Sbil Gardens is number 14 on the list.

The Jnan Sbil Gardens, located between Fez’s two medinas, are said to be one of the city’s peaceful havens. We say “supposedly” since we were unable to see them due to the fact that we traveled on a Monday (closure day =). – – Do not depart without paying a visit to the adjoining Bab Mechouar and Bab Dekkakin gates.

The Royal Palace is number fifteen.

The Royal Palace’s gates are unquestionably the greatest and most impressive in Fez (Dar al-Makhzen). The palace is not open to the public, but the 7 bronze, wood, and tile doors (one of which is enormous) are well worth the hike (or the cab ride, of course).

The Royal Palace’s entrances, one of the most magnificent spots to see in Fez.

16. Fez’s Jewish quarter

Fez, like Marrakech, has a Jewish district (Mellah) located near the Royal Palace. You may visit a cemetery, a synagogue, a museum, or just wander around this historic neighborhood (the main street is Derb el Mellah), which is full with doorways, souks, colorful buildings, and odd enterprises (we will never forget the denture stores with sample dentures at the entrance).

17. Fez’s Andalusian quarter

Take a stroll around Fez’s Andalusian neighborhood, which was established in the ninth century after a large influx of Muslim Andalusian immigrants. We recommend that you visit the Andalusian Mosque, which is the neighborhood’s crown treasure.

Fortifications (number 18) (Borj Sud and Borj Nord)

Several forts were built around Fez to defend the city against invasions, taking use of the surrounding hills. The Borj Sud, in the southern half (which is a modest tower), and the Borj Nord, in the northern section (which is a fort in the finest European form and houses the Museum of Weapons), are now conserved. The most intriguing thing to do is go up there to watch the sunset; it offers some of the greatest views of Fez. You may either walk (20 minutes) or take a taxi. The Benimerine Tombs, a ruined mausoleum where the great monarchs of the Merinid dynasty were buried and from where the views are likewise outstanding, are located nearby.

Dar Batha Museum, No. 19

If you have more time, you may pay a visit to the Dar Batha Museum, which houses traditional Berber goods including carpets, silverware, and jewelry. We decided not to go.

20. Nouvelle Ville

Ville Nouvelle, Fez’s most contemporary neighborhood, is a fantastic site to “replace the chip.” Its genesis is owing to French influence, as the name implies (remember that Morocco was occupied by the French until 1956).

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