The city has two old medinas, the larger of the two being Fes-el-Bali. - a World Heritage Site in its own right. Often overlooked by its more 'glamorous' sister - Marrakech, Fez is actually a fantastic place to start a journey around the lesser visited areas of Morocco and has some wonderful places to stay too.
There is so much to do here from the obvious shopping in the souks to more in-depth, specialist medina tours with private guides who possess extensive knowledge of many aspects from traditional architecture and Islamic gardens to textiles and weaving techniques as well as culinary tours including exploring the incredible range of food products on offer.
The sights of Fez include the world’s oldest learning centre, The Kairaouine Mosque and University; Bou Inania Madrasa - the only Madrasa in Fez with a minaret; Fondouk Nejjarine – an 18th Century caravanserai (roadside inn) which has been beautifully restored as a museum to showcase the fine artisanal woodwork of Morocco from the 14th Century to the present day; Zaouia of Moulay Idriss II– a shrine to Moulay Idriss II; The Jewish Mellah; The Potter’s Quarter and the Merenids tombs. Alternatively, why not take a tour by night and see the changing face of the city as darkness falls?
In Fez, there are also outstanding photographic, culinary and well-being opportunities on offer as well as the option to get involved with a local family on various levels either within their home or helping with a local charity.
Not far from Fez is the ancient Roman City of Volubilis, an incredible and fascinating archaeological site and well worth a visit. This can be combined with a stop at the stunning scenic village of Moulay Idriss which has great views of Volubilis and is perfect for a picnic lunch! The day can be rounded off with a visit to Meknes, one of the Imperial Cities of Morocco, to see its beautiful gates, palaces and mosques.
The Middle Atlas mountains are also accessible from Fez and whilst one can stay there, day trips are also feasible. There are many treats in store for those who venture here in and around the towns of Immouzer, Ifrane and Azrou - from wonderful cedar and cork forests to apple blossom in spring and seeing Barbary apes. Visit a fromagerie, enjoy the clear mountain air or browse around a market in Azrou on a Tuesday, where the locals are known for their friendliness.