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Imperial city of Fes

One of the oldest imperial city of the kingdom, Fes is a compact city enclosed within its defensive walls. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, below are some of the main highlights not to be missed:

 

>> Go to the top of the hill of the Merinid tombs for a bird’s eye view of the historic centre (Fes el-Bali) and the New or White Fes (Fes el Jedid).

>> Get lost in the labyrinth of small alleyways in the souks of Fes el-Bali, where makers and sellers of similar goods are grouped together, e.g. El Attarine Souk sells spices, there is also a Henna Souk and Slipper souk.

>>  Admire the architecture of the Karaouiyine Mosque, one of the oldest spiritual and intellectual centre of Islam.

>> Visit Bou Inania Medersa (on Rue Talaa Kebira; open to non-muslims) and be amazed by the largest and most impressively decorated medersa built by the Merinids.  Pay special attention to the Zellij Tilework which decorates the facade and the detailed carvings of the wooden screen at the main entrance,

>> Stop at the Tanners’ Quarters located amidst houses in the Blida quarter, to observe the tanning process of hides from sheep, goats, cows and camels (although the smell can be unpleasant); best viewed from the top of a neighboring house.

 

Further afield:
Take a day trip to Meknes (another imperial city) and Volubilis (an ancient town of Roman ruins)

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