Fes overview

Fes, the third largest city in morocco and previously the capital until 1925 is well known across the globe. The city’s attractions vary from historical monuments to gardens and museums. Baths, music festivals and markets litter this town and reinforce the fact that exploring Fes is a must do for all travelers heading to Morocco.

It also houses one of the oldest running universities in the world. Treat yourself and head to Fez.

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Fes is Morocco\'s culinary and artistic headquarter, but much more than these, the city is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Scattered with labyrinth-like alleyways, monuments, imposing architectural masterpieces, and bustling minaret and dome punctured skylines, not forgetting its cultural trove and numerous decent museums; this is a city not to be missed. Highly recommended is a visit to the Bou Inania Madrasa built in 1350 -the symbol of the old part of Fez. Worth visiting also are the Borj Nord, Boujiloud Gardens—home to the Batha Museum, the Royal Palace; the University of Al-Karaouine, Grand Mosque and Mausoleum of Sultan Moulay Idriss II. The impressive medina and the Bab Boujloud—a massive gate built by the French in the early 1900s. There is also the Tazzeka National Park with its vast forests of cork oaks and cedars. Climb to the summit of Djebel Tazzeka (1980 m) for a stunning view of this wooded countryside. Finally, you can check out the Volubilis, an important Roman antiquities site with a historical museum

Food and Drinks in Fes

Fes is popular for its cuisine. Bread is the city’s staple, snail is very popular and residents make soup with them, while honey form very significant part of the menu. Often, meals are prepared using fresh produce from the souk and includes salads– such as zaalouk (smoky aubergine, tomato and paprika puree), tfaya (chickpeas, onions, raisins and cinnamon)–and street food, such as sardines marinated in chermoula (garlic, paprika, cumin, olive oil and lemon juice) with a polenta batter and makuda, spiced battered potato cakes. The city’s signature drink is Mint tea with orange blossom, made from home grown mint and wormwood. Mechoui lamb (anything from a leg to a whole animal) cooked for several hours over charcoal is a popular dinner in Fes. You can also enjoy couscous topped with meat and vegetables.

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