One of the most ancient cities in Morocco, Fez is so rich in culture, traditions, gastronomy and more, it’s often referred to as the country’s cultural capital. With one of the first universities and the oldest medieval medina in the world, it has a lot of history for you to explore. Here are the 10 best things to see and do in the city.
These tombs house the skeletal remains of sultans and other royals of the Merenid dynasty. Although not intact, and most of the decorations and engravings have faded throughout the years, you can still see the authenticity of the architecture. The climb up the hill is definitely worth it for the view over the 1,200-year-old medina, especially at sunset. Just don’t stay too long after nightfall, as the descent can get difficult in the dark.
Dar el Makhzen, the royal palace of Fez, might not be open to the public but is definitely worth seeing from the outside. The royal family doesn’t live there, but they maintain a palace in every city for each of their visits. Truly an impressive sight, it features gigantic doors made of brass and gold, surrounded by zellij tile work and carved cedar wood. It’s a popular place with tourists, as the detailed mosaics and bold colours make for fantastic pictures that play with light and perspective.