Central Fes, Fes

Fes is a charming city, prominent tourist destination, as well as a fascinating place to search and discover. The central district of Fes features important boulevards, fine squares, and beautiful gardens. Explore the central region of Fes today.
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Central Fes Map

Guide Name: Central Fes
Guide Location: Morocco » Fes (See other walking tours in Fes)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Author: leticia
Agdal Garden

1) Agdal Garden

The Agdal Gardens (or Aguedal Gardens) are gardens, of about 400 hectares (4.0 km2; 1.5 sq mi) of surface, to the south of Dar El Makhzen, the Royal Palace, and the medina in Marrakech. Their name derives from the Berber language for "walled meadow". Extending for some 3 kilometres (1.9 mi), the gardens include groves of orange, lemon, fig, apricot and pomegranate trees in rectangular plots, linked by olive-lined walkways. Together with the medina of Marrakech and the Menara Gardens, the Agdal Gardens were listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1985.

The gardens were created as an orchard by Abd al-Mu'min of the Almohad dynasty in the 12th century.

They were renovated by the Saadi dynasty and then enlarged during the reign of Moulay Abderrahmane in the 19th century, when they were enclosed with pisé walls. The gardens are irrigated using a number of pools and ditches. A network of underground channels and ditches, known as khettera, bring water down from the High Atlas mountains many kilometres away, via Aghmat in the Ourika Valley to the south.

The Dar El Hana, a small pavilion or minzah, stands beside the largest pool, the Sahraj el-Hana (Tank of Health), which was used to train troops to swim. Sultan Mohammed IV died in the pool when his steam launch capsized there in 1873. His successor, Sultan Moulay Hassan, housed his harem in another pavilion in the gardens, the Dar al Baida.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
Garden Almouhdiin

2) Garden Almouhdiin

Garden Almouhdiin is situated just across the street from the southern section of Agdal Garden. Garden Almouhdiin is another beautiful garden in the great city of Fes. Here you will admire Moroccan tall palms and other wonderful local plants.
Place des Alauites

3) Place des Alauites

Place des Alauites, or Alauites Square, is situated in the central section of the city, near the magnificent Royal Palace, Garden Almouhdiin, and Jewish Cemetery. Place des Alauites is a spacious square, surrounded by numerous exotic palms.
Jewish Cemetery

4) Jewish Cemetery

Jewish Cemetery, located on the edge of the Jewish District (Fundunk al Yahudi or Melah), was founded by Morocco’s Jews. The cemetery has two entrances. Upon entry through the main entrance, tourists will note a mourner’s bench, a fountain, as well as an open chapel. At the Melah entrance, visitors will discover a school which now houses a museum.
Boulevard Boukhsissat

5) Boulevard Boukhsissat

Boulevard Boukhsissat is one of the most important streets in Fes. The street stretches from the Place des Alauites to the intersection of Avenue du Batha and Avenue de La Liberte. Boulevard Boukhsissat is a very prominent city boulevard as it's home to numerous picturesque buildings that date back from the period of the French Protectorate.
Synagogue Aben Danan

6) Synagogue Aben Danan (must see)

Dating from the 17th century, the Aben Danan Synagogue would have disappeared if it had not been renovated in the year 1999, after it threatened to collapse. It is the symbol of Moroccan Judaism, which has become a universal monument named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Now it is not only a place of worship but also a museum.

The synagogue was built by Mimoun Ben Sidan, a wealthy merchant from the town of Ait Ishaq. It was once only one of several inside the walls of Fes, and not the most elaborate. It is entered through a simple doorway indistinguishable from the doors of nearby houses. The door leads immediately to a short flight of stairs that lead into the high, rectangular space of the synagogue. It was intended as a seating area for the congregation's more distinguished members. The bimah is accessed from this space, constructed as a small platform cantilevered out form the raised area. The wooden bimah is topped by a wrought iron canopy of Islamic-style arches and floral forms, culminating in a crown.

Why You Should Visit:
Beautiful piece of history with a very old and rare Torah – a good way to see the mixture of religions in Fes.

Don't miss the rooftop panorama over the valley and Jewish cemetery! There's also a nice 'mikvah' (Jewish ritual bath) downstairs.
If you don't know anything about synagogues or Jews, come with a guide. If you are not interested in Jewish history or religion, skip it.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-8pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Rue Sekkakine

7) Rue Sekkakine

Rue Sekkakine is located in the "Fez’s Jewish Quarter." Rue Sekkakine is a fine street, one where you will enjoy numerous shopping options. The stores tend to specialize in gold and silver, as the quest for gold was born on this street by the city's Jewish community in the 14th century.
Fondouk Americain

8) Fondouk Americain

Fondouk Americain is an old, prominent city building. Founded in 1927, this white institution served as an animal hospital. The Fondouk Americain was established by Amy Bend Bishop, an American tourist who is well-known here for his generosity, kindness, and generosity.

Walking Tours in Fes, Morocco

Create Your Own Walk in Fes

Create Your Own Walk in Fes

Creating your own self-guided walk in Fes is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Walking around Medina

Walking around Medina

Fes is a fabulous Moroccan city with plenty of history. The old, marvelous gates, wonderful gardens, and fine squares all combine to make Fes a very rich city in terms of heritage. Take a walk around Medina and see just what you can explore.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Labelled Morocco's cultural capital, the city of Fes is renowned for its old town – Fes El Bali walled medina – a colorful mix of medieval Marinid architecture, vibrant souks and charming, sometimes mysterious atmosphere. The latter is due to the presence of such unique sites as the 14th-century Bou Inania religious school boasting elaborate cedar carving and ornate tile decoration. To find this and other notable attractions of Fes, follow this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
The Culture of Fes

The Culture of Fes

Fes is Morocco’s former capital as well as one of the most important cultural centers in the entire country. Dating back to the late 8th century, this charming city features several fine art galleries, fascinating museums, informative libraries, and other cultural venues.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Fes Ville Nouvelle

Fes Ville Nouvelle

The Ville Nouvelle region of Fes is very contemporary and home to a number of different tourist attractions. Visit the Ville Nouvelle and you're certain to cherish striking fountains, great mosques, cultural venues, and shopping locations.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Fes El-Jdid

Fes El-Jdid

The El-Jdid district of Fes is among the city’s central regions. Here, visitors will indulge in the fabulous gates, sacred venues, as well as historical buildings. Its main street, Grand Rue de Fes El-Jdid, also presents a fine leather shop.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Fes for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Fes has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Fes, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.