The first of the Imperial Cities, Fes is the seventh most important city of the Arab–Muslim world, and the spiritual and cultural centre of Morocco, yet remains of the beaten track for most visitors. The most ancient of the imperial cities, it was the first capital of the kingdom, in 808AD. It became the capital again in the thirteenth century under the Merinides and once more, in the nineteenth century.
Fes is a city of enormous variety and contrast and in our opinion unrivalled in its splendour and authenticity. As you walk through Fes soukhs and mosques, dye pits and tanneries, restaurants, workshops and markets vie for your attention and assault your senses.
Fes holiday highlights
• Lively cafés provide welcome spots to people watch, while enjoying a mint tea and a pipe!
• The structure and design of the buildings in Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are clearly discernible from the ruins. One of the capitals of the 1st century Mauritania, the town prospered under Roman rule thanks to a thriving trade in olive oil.
• A holy city surrounding the tomb of it's namesake, Moulay Idriss, is a city which survives on business provided by pilgrimages. Viewing the city from above on the surrounding hills provides excellent photo opportunities.
• Another UNESCO world heritage site, Fes El-Bali is the world's oldest intact medieval city and can only be visited on foot. Visit Dar Bartha museum, Souk el Attarine and Kairaouine Mosque which, founded in 859AD is the oldest centre of learning in the western world.
The handpicked accommodation are set in key locations in the city allowing easy access to the exotic sights that Fes offers.