Morocco’s spiritual center is all-too-often relegated to a day trip, but the glorious Imperial City deserves much more attention than a whistle-stop tour. Spending 3 days in Fez means you can take in all the top attractions and have time to soak up the city’s uniquely Moroccan atmosphere - here are a few ideas to make the most of your visit.
Day 1: Discover the Medina
Start with a visit to the grand Dar el-Makhzen, Fez’s 16th-century royal palace, and then head into the walled enclave of the UNESCO-listed Fez Medina (Fez el-Bali). This is the heart of historic Fez and you can easily spend all day taking in the palaces, mosques and monuments. Must-sees include the Kairaouine University and Mosque, the Madrassa Bou Inania, the Al-Attarine Madrasa and the Bab Boujeloud gate, but other notable landmarks include the Talaa Kebira water clock and Nejjarine Square, home to the worthwhile Fondouk el-Nejjarine carpentry museum. With time to spare, take a stroll around the unique Mellah Jewish Quarter, or marvel over traditional arts and crafts at the Dar Batha Museum.
Day 2: Take a day trip
For many travelers, Fez serves as the gateway to Northern Morocco, and excellent transport links make it an ideal starting point for visiting the Mediterranean resort of Tangier or the capital of Rabat. An easier day trip is to nearby Meknes, another one of Morocco’s UNESCO-listed imperial cities, and Volubilis, a remarkably preserved Roman city.
Day 3: Get lost in the souks
Start the day with a visit to the Merinid Tombs, on the outskirt of the medina walls, where you’ll enjoy an unbeatable view over the old town, then head back into its folds to discover the legendary Fez souks. Don’t miss a peek at the traditional tanneries, one of the city’s most memorable postcard images, the colorful spice market and the fascinating carpenter’s souk, and hone your haggling skills bartering for unique souvenirs like jeweled slippers, hand-painted ceramics, Moroccan lanterns and leather goods.