City Orientation Walk, Fes

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.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Morocco » Fes (See other walking tours in Fes)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Author: leticia
University and Mosque of Al-Karaouine

1) University and Mosque of Al-Karaouine (must see)

The University of Al-Karaouine or Al-Qarawiyyin is the first university in the world located in Fes which was founded in 859. It has been and continues to be one of the leading spiritual and educational centers of the Muslim world.

The Al-Karaouine played a leading role in the cultural and academic relations between the Islamic world and Europe in the middle ages. The cartographer Mohammed al-Idrisi (d. 1166), whose maps aided European exploration in the Renaissance is said to have lived in...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Zaouia Moulay Idriss II

2) Zaouia Moulay Idriss II (must see)

The Zaouia Moulay Idriss II is a zaouia (shrine) in Fes dedicated to and tomb of Moulay Idriss II, who ruled Morocco from 807 to 828 and founded the city of Fes for the second time in 810.

In the year 1308, almost five centuries since the death of Moulay Idriss II, an uncorrupted body was found on the spot. People believed this was Moulay Idriss II and founded the Zaouia. Originally built by the Marinids circa 1440, over the centuries the building was amended heavily, and almost completely...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Fondouk el-Nejjarine (Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts)

3) Fondouk el-Nejjarine (Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts) (must see)

The Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts is a fascinating museum, situated in the heart of Medina. Housed in a 14th-century fondouk, this creative attraction displays Morocco's diverse native woods, numerous antique wooden doors, and glorious pieces of...   view more
Ash-Sherabliyin Mosque

4) Ash-Sherabliyin Mosque

Ash-Sherabliyin Mosque is another one of the city’s famous mosques. Located in the heart of the holy and marvelous Medina, this religious building was named after the slipper-makers of the former Moroccan city. The mosque also features white minaret with green...   view more
Gazleane Mosque

5) Gazleane Mosque

Gazleane Mosque is one of the 350 mosques that exist in the historical Medina. Gazleane is a wonderful religious building and tourist attraction, situated on the one of the main streets in the district - Talaa...   view more
Water Clock

6) Water Clock

Located straight across the street from the Bou Inania Medersa, the water clock is a really outstanding and unique attraction. The clock accurately represents the ancient water clocks of our world and the mystery that surrounds the geniuses who constructed...   view more
Bou Inania Medersa

7) Bou Inania Medersa (must see)

The Madrasa Bou Inania (also Bu Inaniya) is a madrasa in Fes founded in AD 1351–56 by Abu Inan Faris, who also founded the Madrasa Bou Inania in Meknes. It is widely acknowledged as an excellent example of Marinid architecture.

The name "Bou Inania" comes from the first part of the sultan's name "Abou Inan". The madrasa functioned both as an educational institute and as a congregational mosque. This is the only madrasa in Fes with a minaret. Opposite the main...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Bab Bou Jeloud

8) Bab Bou Jeloud (must see)

Bab Bou Jeloud is one of the numerous gates in Fes, located at the entrance to old Medina. The original gate was built in Mauresque-Andalusian style in the 11th century. The exterior of Bab Bou Jeloud is beautifully decorated with Fassi blue and green tiles, while its horseshoe arches impress due to its...   view more
Dar el-Batha Museum

9) Dar el-Batha Museum (must see)

Dar el-Batha Museum is located in a Hispano-Moorish palace near the city’s Batha, or Place de l'Independence. It's a must-see tourist attraction, as the fascinating museum offers an amazing collection of various artifacts, local art, as well as culture and history...   view more
Dar Batha Palace

10) Dar Batha Palace (must see)

Dar Batha Palace is a prominent city landmark and one of the main tourist attractions in the region. Located near the Dar el-Batha Museum, this amazing attraction consists of a luxurious palace, gorgeous gardens, as well as a museum dedicated to Moroccan arts and...   view more
Rue Sekkakine

11) 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...   view more
Boulevard Boukhsissat

12) 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...   view more

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.
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
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
Central Fes

Central 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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 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
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