Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A wonderful day in Fez

Fez is one of the oldest cities in Morocco, it is situated in the north-east zone of the country and it's known for having the biggest pedestrian zone with 9454 car-free streets.
I've always wanted to visit this city and one day I decided to take an early train from Casablanca and travel to the "Athens of Africa". The train is the easiest and cheapest way to travel in Morocco: a train ticket for the first class from Ain Sbaa station to Fes city cost me 170 dh (almost 16,50 euros).

Once in Fez, I took a taxi that got me to Bab Bou Jeloud; can't go wrong with this city cause all the main attractions are in the old medina that starts from the Bab Bou Jeloud arc. This architectural piece of art is the gate that divides the old medina from the new one and the facade of the door is beautified by geometrical, floral and calligraphic decorations.
But let's start just a little bit out of the old medina and discover the El Batha Museum. Inside this museum, that was once the Batha house, you can see historical and artistic artefacts including woodcarving, zellij and fassi embroidery, the entrance costs 10 dh (less than 1 euro!).
All the other attractions of the city are surrounded by the old city walls: the famous Al Attarine Madrassa, the University Al Qarawiyyin and the leather Tanneries.
The old city is also full of all kind of boutiques, from ceramics to embroideries.
Marinid tombs are another nice spot to visit while in Fez, to get there you need to take a taxi cause these graves are on a hill a bit out of the city.
Trust me, you'll not regret visiting this place. This sepulchre contains royal members of the Marinid dynasty, a Berber dynasty that ruled Morocco from the 13th to the 15th century.
Even if the tombs are ruined you can still see some of the original inscriptions on the arcs.
I recommend going to this place at sunset: you'll have an amazing view of the city and watching the sun going down slowly under the wonderful Fez buildings is something magical.
To end this perfect day I suggest going back to the old medina and have dinner at the Clock CafĂ©. Go up to the roof of the building and you'll have the chance to eat while listening to folk tales and feel like you're having dinner in an Arabian Night.

Bab Bou Jeloud

El Batha Museum

Leather Tanneries

Marinid Tombs


  1. So good to read your article and the pictures are just beautiful I can immerse myself here ����❤️