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21 Unique Things to Do in Fes Morocco

Visiting Fes? Don’t miss these things unique things to do in Fes Morocco.

Fes (or Fez) is the home to the oldest and largest authentic Medina, or old town, in North Africa. It is considered the religious, cultural, and handicraft center of Morocco. We especially enjoyed seeing the tanneries before hitting the shops.

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Last Updated: March 13, 2024

21 Things to Do in Fes Morocco

1. Take in the Smells of the Chouara Tannery →

Location: Fes El Bali, Fes, Morocco

Colorful Moroccan slippers, bags, and jackets are just some of the leather goods available in Fes. But before shopping, be sure to check out the world-famous tanneries to see the traditional dying of animal skins. The smells are pungent, so bring a scarf to cover your nose or grab some mint to sniff if you’re sensitive to smells.

Pro Tip: People will offer you mint “for free” but later hassle you for money. If you want it, just be willing to pay and agree on a price before you take it. We didn’t stay very long and managed fine without the mint.

See More: Photo Guide of the Chouara Tannery in Fez

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2. Take Photos of the Golden Gates at the Royal Palace →

Location: 12 Derb el Miter Oued Zhoune Luxury Riad Medina, Fes, Morocco

Although the palace isn’t open to the public, you can see the seven gates of the Royal Palace. It’s an iconic spot in Fes and worth the visit for any photographer.

See More: The Famous Doors at the Golden Gates of Palais Royale

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3. Take in the History of the Medersa Bou Inania

Location: Rue Talaa Sghira, Fes, Morocco

The Medersa Bou Inania was built in the 14th century and is one of the few religious buildings in the city that non-Muslims can enter. Until the 1960s, it was a theological school, and now it can be appreciated for its architecture and history. One distinctive feature is the green-tiled minaret.

Medersa Bou Inania (21 Amazing Things to Do in Fes Morocco).

4. Visit the Oldest University in the World

Location: Fes El Bali, Fes, Morocco

According to UNESCO, the University of al Karaouine (Qarawiyyin) is the oldest university in the world. It currently functions as a working Mosque and is one of Morocco’s largest centers of worship. Unfortunately, if you’re not a Muslim, you’ll have to settle for a glimpse of the courtyard.

See the Oldest University in the World / University of al Karaouine (21 Amazing Things to Do in Fez Morocco).

5. Stroll Through the Mellah or Jewish Quarter

Location: Mellah, Fes, Morocco

Just north of the Royal Palace is the Mellah, or Jewish Quarter. Although the Jewish community no longer lives here, you can still see the history. Take in the architecture, visit the Aben-Danan Synagogue, and shop the antique boutiques. The Jewish cemetery is also in the area and worth stopping by.

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6. Walk Through the Fez Medina or Fes El Bali

Location: Fes, Morocco

This is the city’s oldest neighborhood and UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s unique in that it has retained much of its history and roots.

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Fes Medina (21 Amazing Things to Do in Fes Morocco).

7. Check Out the Arms Museum at Borj Nord

Location: Douar El Magta, Fes, Morocco

This 16th-century fortress has an impressive collection of weapons, including some rare pieces. There are 13 rooms with roughly 775 military items! If weapons aren’t your thing, the fortress has a great view of the Old City from the roof.

8. Visit the Bab Boujeloud (Blue Gate)

Location: Talaa, Fes, Morocco

The Bab Boujiloud is the iconic blue gate that marks the entrance to Fes el Bali (Old City). You can also check out the Bab Chorfa, another impressive gate framing the Medina.

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9. See the Al Attarine Madrasa

Location: Rue Talaa Kebira, Fes, Morocco

This is another building where you can admire the architecture, tilework, and woodcarvings of the 14th century. Once home to students at the university, don’t forget to climb up to the rooftops to get a view of the Kairaouine Mosque & University.

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10. Enjoy Fes Art at the Dar Matha Museum

Location: 5, Place Batha Oued Fejjaline, Fes, Morocco

The Dar Batha Museum is home to woodcarvings, ironwork, embroidery, carpets, and jewelry that encompasses the beauty and history of Fes. The museum is housed in a 19th-century summer palace, which makes for the perfect backdrop to view the collection.

11. Stroll THrough the Bou Jeloud Gardens

Location: Ave Moulay Hassan, Fes, Morocco

The Bou Jeloud Gardens, also known as Jardin Jnan Sbil, were once imperial gardens. Enjoy the serene lake, fruit trees, and getaway from the big city in this peaceful oasis.

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12. Henna Souk

Location: Derb Fakharine, Fes, Morocco

Shop at one of the oldest souks or marketplaces, the Henna Souk, where you’ll find ceramics and traditional cosmetics, like henna. Plane trees give natural shade to the stalls and keep you protected from the sun.

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13. Relax in a Private Hamman

Location: 3 Derb Bechara, Fes, Morocco

For a local experience, visit one of the public hammams or bathhouses. If you want to be pampered, there are plenty of private hammams. Spas like Spa Laaroussa give you an authentic feel with the luxury and comfort of an upscale spa.

14. Shop for Moroccan Carpets

Location: Medina of Fes, Morocco

Fes is the center of Moroccan carpets. While in the Medina, be sure to check out one of the carpet shops where they’ll tell you everything you need to know. Just keep in mind that it is high-pressure sales!

Pro Tip: If you’re here with a local guide, be wary if they offer to help you negotiate. Often times they get a cut of the sales as well.

See More: 21 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Morocco

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15. Trek Through the Tazekka National Park

Location: Taza Province, Morocco

This national park is roughly an hour and half from Fes and is home to cork oaks and cedars. You can summit Diebel Tazzeka (1980 m) for spectacular views or explore the rest of the country side. Taza is a great home base if you’re looking to spend more than a day here.

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16. See the City From Mount Zalagh

Location: Mount Zalagh, Morocco

Hike up Mount Zalagh to get a true appreciation of how large and beautiful Fes is. It’s the biggest mountain overlooking the city. If you’re looking for adventure, there are great hikes and mountain biking up here as well.

View of the City of Fez from Mount Zalagh (21 Amazing Things to Do in Morocco).

17. Watch a Belly Dancing Show

Location: Fes, Morocco

You can’t leave Morocco without going to a belly dancing show. Although it originated in Egypt, it’s a popular thing to do in Morocco as well.

See More: 21 Moroccan Foods You Must Try in Morocco

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18. Have a Picnic at the Marinid Tombs During Sunset

Location: Fes, Morocco

Marinid Tombs or Merenid tombs from the 14th century are mostly ruins now but make a perfect backdrop to watch the sunset over the city. Bring a picnic with you to escape the hustle and bustle of town.

Pro Tip: Avoid staying after dark, though, since there have been reported muggings.

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19. Nejjarine Square and Museum

Location: Medina of Fes, Morocco

The museum is home to woodworking tools and beautiful woodwork. Located near the carpenter district of the Medina, the square hosts architecture dating back to the 18th century. Be sure to visit the rooftop terrace to get a great view of Fes as well!

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20. Take a Day Trip to the Charming Sefrou

Location: Sefrou, Morocco

Located just half an hour away from Fes lies the quiet town of Sefrou. It was once a booming town, but since then has become a historic hideaway. The lack of development has preserved its charm and is a photographer’s dream.

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21. Soak in the Waters at Moulay Yacoub

Location: Moulay Yacoub, Morocco

This is another small town that’s only 30 minutes away and worth the visit. You can experience the authentic hammas, or public bath houses, the highlight of Moulay Yacoub. It’s believed that the waters from the countryside have curing properties and relieve the suffering of rheumatism, skin diseases, and nose and throat problems.

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Andrés Madrigal

    Hello. I am currently in Fez and was very pleased to find out this really useful guide. I was previously in Tangier and Merzouga, but this place is a lot more crowded and bigger, so getting to move around the city can be a bit trickier at first. Thank you very much and I really appreciate the hard work put in making this website.



    1. Esther JuLee

      Thank you so much, Andres. Hope you are having a lovely time there! :)

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