Fez

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The bulk of Fez’s most interesting sites are located in the medina’s swirling streets. Even with a good map you’re bound to get lost, but that’s part of the experience. Everywhere you turn in this maze of covered markets and arched alleys, vignettes of the day-to-day – kids running bread to the public bakeries, mothers washing up at a fountain or haggling for oranges – give a glimpse of life in Fez.

Things to do in Fez

Dar Batha Museum

Just outside the medina gates, this Hispano-Moorish palace houses a fine collection of Moroccan tiling, woodcarving, and plasterwork salvaged from medina buildings. Concerts are sometimes held on the museum’s tranquil grounds.

Place d’Istiqlal, 011-212-35-63-41-16
Tags: historic | great value | things to do | architecture | gardens

Kairaouine Mosque

Only Muslims can enter this revered site, but tourists can glance through the bronze doors into one of North Africa’s largest mosques. More than 20,000 worshippers fit inside the Kairaouine, with its 16-aisle prayer hall, 270+ marble columns, and green pyramidal roof.

Place as-Seffarine,
Tags: historic | things to do | mosque | medina

Medina Walking Tour

It’s entirely possible to do a self-guided walking tour of the medina thanks to informational signs hung in touristy areas (they’re color-coded, too, so you can opt to stick to monuments and souks or arts and crafts interests).

Medina,
Tags: family | great value | things to do | tour

Merenid Tombs

Take a taxi from the medina’s main gate to the Merenid Tombs. The tombs themselves are little more than ruins and rubble – it’s the vistas of the medina and surrounding hills peppered with olive trees that are the main draw.

Route de Tour de Fez,
Tags: views | things to do | ruins | medina | walking tour

Moroccan Cooking

Try your hand at cooking Fassi specialties such as B'stilla (pigeon pie laced with cinnamon) or lamb and date tajine with lessons from the professional chef and owner of Dar Roumana, a restored riad in the medina.

Dar Roumana, 30 Derb el Amer, 011-212-35-74-16-37, www.darroumana.com
Tags: smart splurge | things to do | cooking class

Nejjarine Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts

Place Nejjarine is home to one of Fez’s most beautiful tiled fountains as well as a museum of woodworking tools and techniques; the building housing the museum was originally an inn for traveling merchants.

Place an-Nejjarine, 011-212-35-74-05-80
Tags: historic | views | things to do | architecture | museum

Tanneries

Morocco’s finest leather goods hail from Fez. Watch tannery workers in the medina soaking animal hides in cement pits brimming with colored die. The smells are as overwhelming as the sights, but shop owners are quick to offer mint sprigs to mask the odors.

near Place as-Seffarine,
Tags: views | things to do | tour | crafts | leather

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