The Golden Gates at the Royal Palace heading
Although the palace itself isn’t open to the public, the 7 gates of the Royal Palace make for amazing photos. It’s definitely an iconic spot in Fes and worth the visit for any photographer.
Al Medersa Bou Inania
The Medersa Bou Inania was built between 1350 and 1357 by the Merenid sultan Bou Inan. One of the few religious buildings in the city that non-Muslims may enter, the Medersa (madrassa – Islamic school of learning) is a sumptuous architectural gem and one of Morocco’s most gorgeous buildings. Up until the 1960s, this was still a functioning theological school, and the restoration efforts since that time have restored it to its original beauty. The carved woodwork and stucco decoration is magnificent and is a tribute to Morocco’s master artisans.
Al Medersa el-Attarine
This is another building where you can admire the architecture, tile-work, and woodcarvings of the 14th century. Once home to students at the university, don’t forget to climb up to the rooftops to get a view of Kairaouine Mosque & University.
Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque and University
Built in AD 857 by Tunisian immigrants from the holy city of Kairouan, the Qaraouiyine Mosque was one of the medieval period’s most distinguished universities. Today, in its function as a working mosque, it is one of Morocco’s largest centers of worship, with a prayer hall that can hold 20,000. The library is one of the oldest surviving in the world and contains more than 30,000 books. Among the collection is a 9th-century Qur’an. The Fes el-Bali complex cannot be entered by non-Muslims, but you can get excellent views of the mosque from nearby restaurant rooftops.
Mellah, or Jewish Quarter
The atmospheric old Mellah (Jewish Quarter) is in Fes el Jedid, just north of the Royal Palace. Throughout this compact district, the lanes are lined with fine (though highly dilapidated) examples of early 20th-century houses, which were once home to the vibrant Jewish community of Fes. The small, restored Aben-Danan Synagogue can also be visited here. On the edge of the Mellah is the rambling Jewish cemetery, one of the city’s most tranquil spots, and a Jewish Museum housing a collection of objects highlighting Moroccan Jewish life and culture.
Borj Nord and the Merenid Tombs
From the cramped spaces of the Old Medina to the liberty of a birds eye view of Fes. Both of these Visit Morocco, 5 things to do in Fes, Travelling for Fun: A panoramic view from the military fort of Borj Nord overlooking Fes El Bali, the ancient medina of Fesrestored forts lie on hills surrounding the city and are a perfect place to get out of the confines and smells of the city and into the Moroccan air. Both forts were built in the 16th century and are close to the city but Borj Nord is closer to the Old Medina (Bab Mahrouk, Bab Chopra) and is only a 20min walk up the nearest hill. Borj Nord contains a military museum with a 12 tonne cannon and plenty of guns through the ages. The main attraction though is the great panoramic views of the city which is good during the day and night. The Merenid Tombs are a short steeper walk away and are closed after dark.
Fez Medina, or Fes el Bali
This is the city’s oldest neighborhood and UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s unique in that it has retained much of its history and roots. See our full post here.