Read our pocket guide to Fez
Fez: A pocket guide
Fez is the oldest of the imperial cites and used to be the capital of Morocco. The medina is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the oldest living medieval cities in the world—nothing but Marrakech is even remotely comparable. Today, Fez is a city of narrow alleys, secret gardens shaded by lemon trees, and luxurious riads tucked behind gold-clad doors. Art directors come here to photograph models against crumbling ochre walls, stylish Europeans look for leather handbags in the medina, and the curious arm themselves with nosegays of fresh mint and tour the ammonia-scented tanneries. Certified walking tours are the ideal way to explore this beautiful ancient city and begin to fathom its captivating religious and cultural history. The winding alleys and covered bazaars are crammed with every conceivable sort of shop, restaurant, and market, as well as mosques and extensive tanneries and dye pits. Ask one of our villa experts about tailor-made shopping expeditions, cultural tours, and other bespoke services.