The oldest and largest medieval city in the world, Fes is a bustling hive of activity. The medina is a must – a heady mix of aromas, sounds and sights from the tanneries, spice tubs, carpets, pottery and leather goods. There are still some 200,00 people that live in the Medina, which has an old world feel to it. To navigate, follow the tourist circuits or hire a guide, as it is very easy to get lost within the medina! There are 5 circuits, each with a different colour, each with a different theme, such as palaces and gardens, traditional crafts etc.
The Medina is divided up into 2, Fes el Bali (Old Fes) and Fes el Djedid (new Fes). Fes el Bali is the most intriguing to visit, little alleyways threading their way through the lively souks, a cacophony of bargaining, colourful sights, incredible smells and a variety of local people going about their everyday business. It is the heart of Fes and besides the souks, houses many mosques and monuments.
The tanneries of Fes are incredible to see, leather being soaked in every colour, but be aware of the smell, it is truly pungent! The Medersa Bou Inania is a stunning monument and one of the best Merenid monuments in Morocco. With mosques and minarets, synagogues, cemeteries, beautiful medersas and a palace, there is plenty to do and see in Fes.
To get you started with planning your holiday to Fes, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to Morocco
Tailormade Holidays to Fes
On the Go are expert at planning holidays in Morocco — tailored to suit your individual requirements. Please have a look at some of the tailormade itineraries below that we have created for our clients which include Fes.
The Fes Inn is a charming hotel with a beautiful courtyard and good sized, modern rooms.
Riad al Bartal, which means the house of Fez, is a beautiful, tranquil riad. The stunning courtyard and the striking, spacious rooms add to the charm of al Bartal.
The Sofitel Fes Palais Jamai is an outstanding example of Moorish and Arabic architecture. The breathtaking views over the medina and riads, and patios in the lush Andalusian garden make this hotel an ideal stopover.
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
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