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Beyond Fez’s three main areas lie the suburbs. The highlight for most travelers is Fez el-Bali, the ancient medina, with its narrow streets and donkey traffic. A short taxi ride from the medina gates, the Ville Nouvelle shines in typical French Protectorate contrast, with wide boulevards and spacious gardens. Between the two is Fez el-Jdid, home to the mellah (Jewish quarter), Royal Palace, and a bustling souk scene.

Fez Neighborhoods

Fez el-Bali (Medina)

Enter the medina through its main entryway (beautifully tiled Bab Bou Jeloud gate) in the west. Inside, explore a dizzying world of souks, twisting, car-free streets, and mosques.

Fez el-Jdid

Tiny shops and markets have a medina feel in 13th-century Fez el-Jdid, but streets are noticeably wider. The neighborhood is best known for the Royal Palace and 14th-century mellah (Jewish quarter).

Ville Nouvelle

West of the medina lies the French-built Ville Nouvelle, with its central squares, wide tree-lined streets, and cafes bustling with university students. Shops here sell contemporary fashions, including designer brands.

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