The most exotic city within touching distance of Europe, FEZ is simply bewitching.
Spending a few days here is like taking a trip back in time. The city has been a Moroccan imperial capital for over a millennium, its incredible medina – a mind-boggling tangle of dense souks and dead-end alleyways – little changed since the Middle Ages. Donkeys are used to haul heavy cartloads up the cobbled hills; electricity is still something of a novelty. It’s unfamiliar, it’s full-on. For young explorers, it’s the stuff of dreams.
We’ve visited Fez on several occasions, sometimes on updating trips for The Rough Guide to Morocco, at others just to soak up its unique atmosphere and take in a few more of the city’s countless historical monuments – there are more here than in Marrakesh, Rabat and Casablanca combined, which is partly why Fez has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in its entirety. During this time, our kids have explored ancient Koranic schools, peered into working tanneries, tried their hand at bartering for Moroccan slippers and eaten more tagines than they probably care to remember.
From these various trips, we’ve put together our ultimate family itinerary to Fez. In four and a bit days (tying in with current flight schedules from the UK), you’ll discover the best of Morocco’s cultural capital, from the spice souks and pasha’s palaces to its crumbling hilltop tombs. You’ll watch master craftsmen tinkering away in their hole-in-the wall workshops and hooded old men answering the call to prayer. And you’ll no doubt succumb to this simple and ancient way of life. Marrakesh may get all the attention, but Fez is Morocco’s most captivating city.
MINI BREAK FEZ
YOUR DAY-BY-DAY GUIDE TO THE ULTIMATE FAMILY ITINERARY
THE LIJOMA LOWDOWN
Delve deeper with our tips on what to read before you go, foods and drinks your kids must try, and some key cultural advice
From traditional dars to opulent riads – our pick of the most memorable places for families to stay in Fez
NEED TO KNOW
A handy overview of Fez’s weather and climate throughout the year, with recommendations for the best time to visit
Pre-trip practicalities, including getting there, visas and passports, health and safety and how to get around