Royal Palace of Fez (Dar el Makhzen) Tours

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Nothing conveys magical mystery like a mansion with seven giant, bronze doors, and the impossibility of ever truly seeing what lies beyond them. Such is the case with Fez’s Royal Palace, or Dar el Makhzen, which spans 80 hectares of presumably glorious land, and teases outsiders with a dazzling façade complete with arched doorways framed by shimmering tiles and carved cedar-wood detailing.

As its name implies, this is a palace for the Moroccan royals, who stay here when they’re in Fez. Behind the 17th-century mansion’s inviting-but-always-closed doors are apparently more palaces along with acres upon acres of gardens. Even if visitors can’t enter, though, the exterior alone is worth a look - by day or night, since, come nightfall, its walls light up in a golden glow. There’s more to discover in this part of Fez, too, as it is located in the more modern Fez el Jdid, or New Fez, and next to the Jewish quarter, called the Mellah.

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The interior may not be the only image that must live on in your imagination; take special note that in some cases photos of the façade are even forbidden, a rule that can be strictly enforced by palace guards.
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Address: Place des Alaouites, Fez, Morocco
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Private Tour: Fez Sightseeing Tour

Discover the iconic sites of an ancient Imperial city on a private, full-day tour of Fez.  Take in the broad esplanade of the Royal palace and the 16th-century architecture of Borj Sud, then go deep into the UNESCO-recognized medina. Follow narrow lanes to covered bazaars and an eminent madrasa, and pass riverside tanneries and hillside shrines. Get a glimpse of daily life in bustling Nejjarine Square, discover Moroccan art in the Dar Batha Museum and leave the medina to visit potters’ studios and Borj Sud, an imposing Saadian watchtower.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$63.80


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