This Fez sightseeing tour will allow you to discover the main attractions of the oldest imperial city of Morocco including the medina of Fez, the colourful souks, the oldest university in the world still in operation.
Visit the leather tanneries and walk the maze of narrow streets, explore the Al Quaraouiyine Mosque, discover the Nejjarine Fountain, the Bou Inania Medersa, and more.
Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour in Fes, which is the oldest of Morocco’s four “Imperial Cities”.
One of the most famous buildings is that of the University of Al Kairaouine, also written as al-Quaraouiyine and al-Qarawiyyin (in Arabic: جامعة القرويين). It was founded by Fatima al Fihri in 859. It is considered by some to be the oldest degree-granting university in the world. The university doubles as a functioning mosque, and non-Muslim visitors are not allowed inside the grounds. The main gates and some other entrances are open and may be looked into, but not entered.
The medieval city of Fes El Bali or “Old Fes” remains complete and is unspoiled. During your tour of this part of the town, you can visit the exotic Bou Inania Medersa, again from the outside, Dar Bath in the medina, which is a former palace turned into a museum in 1915, with an amazing collection of traditional artifacts. It has a fantastic Andalusian-style garden at its entrance, with varying types of plants, aromas and sounds, plus mosaics and a water fountain. Inside, you’ll find fine woodcarvings, Moroccan tiles, embroidery, carpets, and even a ceramic collection from the 14th century.
Fes is also famous for the tanneries, though you might wish to have a scarf to cover your nose as the smell can be very strong. But the leatherwork is often exquisite and can be found all over the medina. The Dar Al Mekhzen is the entrance to the Royal Palace and the workmanship and precision of the gigantic doors made of brass and gold, surrounded by zellij tilework and carved cedar wood is stunningly beautiful.
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