Here’s Why You’ll Fall In Love With Fes Morocco

If you’ve heard of Fes Morocco you’ll know its the cultural capital of Morocco. With its religious roots and old world charm, this city will captivate you like no other. The labyrinth of narrow winding streets, with access only by foot, will make you feel like you’ve travelled back in time to the middle ages. Unlike the much louder, more cosmopolitan Moroccan city, Marrakech, Fes is traditional, shy, and reserved. There’s plenty to see and do, and here’s why you’ll fall in love with Fes:

Fes Is Home To The Oldest ‘Medina’ In The World

It’s almost impossible to take a trip to Fes without visiting its iconic Medina. Translating to town or city in Arabic, Fes is home to the oldest medina in the world. The Fes Medina was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1981 and is now one of the four oldest preserved imperial cities in Morocco.  Quaraouiyine mosque and the Andalusian mosque, to Morocco’s local history and tradition in all its glory.

The Chouara Tannery: Morocco’s Largest Open-Air Tannery

Established more than 1,000 years ago, the Chouara tannery is a must-visit site in Morocco. Located near Place As-Seffarine, this destination is one of Fes’ Don’t hesitate to ask sellers about the process of tanning – they’ll be more than happy to teach you a thing or two.

You Get To Travel Back In Time At Volubilis, Walili

44 miles away from Fes is where you’ll find the magnificent Roman ruins of Volubilis. This UNESCO World Heritage site was listed for being a well-preserved example of a Roman colonial town, whe Romans were occupied by Moroccans. There’s no better way to learn more about Morocco’s rich history than at Volubilis. Today, this dramatic and breathtaking archaeological site boasts ruins colourful tiles showcasing Roman mythology, sculptural fragments, remains of altars, and the Fertessa stream.

Fes Is A Foodie’s Haven

In case you were wondering – yes, Fes will make you succumb to your inner foodie! As the sun goes down, you’ll catch the winding streets of Fes come alive with locals sipping on mint tea, firing up a hookah, and indulging in scrumptious Moroccan cuisine. The food scene in Fes is a perfect compliment to its walkability, so a food crawl through the streets is highly recommended. Ville Nouvelle (French for ‘new city’) is a neighbourhood showcasing Fes’ modern European influences and is a must-visit in Fes. This place is full of fusion cuisines – but fret not, you can still get a taste of local favourites like pastillas and brochettes.

You Can Treat Yourself With A Traditional Moroccan Bath

As you walk through Fes’ dense medina, you’ll be welcomed by discreet doors, steep stairways, narrow streets, and Moroccan hammam bathhouses. Although the setting for a traditional Moroccan bath is communal, wearing a bathing suit is fully permitted during the cleansing experience. t several rooms varying in temperature, so all you’ve got to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the process. Oh, how amazing it is to feel welcomed in such a personal practice!

Exfoliate your skin with a traditional khmiss (a coarse scrubbing glove), paired with a locally-sourced savon noir (black soap). This will be one of the most powerful cultural experiences you’ll ever encounter in Morocco.

With its windowless houses and mysterious courtyards, Fes is a city worth exploring behind closed doors. Step into this paradise of mosaic fountains, lush gardens and colourful rugs, and let the intoxicating aroma of mint tea from authentic Moroccan teahouses take you away. The eerie silence of the Fes makes it both an exotic and intriguing destination for every traveller. Experience the best of Fes with ENTERTAINER getaways on your ENTERTAINER app today. With up to 60% off hotel rates, you’re guaranteed to keep coming back for more!

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