The oldest of Morocco’s four imperial capitals and the most complete medieval city of the Arab world. The city had dominated Moroccan trade, culture, politic and religious life since the end of the tenth century and was regarded as one of the holiest cities of the Islamic world after Mecca and Medina. Medieval European travellers described it with a mixture of awe and respect, as a “citadel of fanaticism” yet the most advanced seat of learning in mathematics, philosophy and medicine. What is undeniable is that Fès is the most developed Moroccan city culture, with an intellectual tradition and their own cuisine, dress and way of life. A UNESCO World Heritage
What to see:
- the French-built Ville Nouvelle or Fès el Jedid - familiar and contemporary in looks and urban life and the city’s business and commercial centre. Don't miss royal palace of Dar el Makhzen and the Mellah, the Jewish ghetto
- Medina-city of Fès el Bali - owes little to the West besides electricity and tourists. More than any other city in Morocco, the old town seems suspended in time somewhere between the Middle Ages and the modern world.
Don't miss Medersa Bou Inania and the Kairaouine Mosque on Rue Boutouail
- The Fès Festival of World Sacred Music (http://www.morocco-fezfestival.com/) brings together music groups and artists from all corners of the globe, and it has become one of the most successful world music festivals around. Based on the idea that music can engender harmony between different cultures, the festival has attracted big international stars such as Ravi Shankar, Bjork and Patti Smith.