Fes El-Jdid, Fes

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.
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Fes El-Jdid Map

Guide Name: Fes El-Jdid
Guide Location: Morocco » Fes (See other walking tours in Fes)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 km
Author: leticia
Sidi Bounafa Mausoleum

1) Sidi Bounafa Mausoleum

Sidi Bounafa Mausoleum is situated in the beginning of the El-Jdid district (beside the beautiful Bab Smarine). The mausoleum was once considered to be among the favorites of the Fes prostitutes, who come here to ask the saints for help when they desired to leave the world's oldest profession.
Bab Smarine (Semmaria Gate)

2) Bab Smarine (Semmaria Gate) (must see)

Bab Smarine, or Semmaria Gate, is a typical city’s gate which was restored in 1924. This high gate separates Melah (Jewish Quarter) from the Muslim Quarter. Bab Smarine was also once the southern entrance to the city. Upon arrival, tourists will discover a wonderful jewelers’ souk.
Red Mosque

3) Red Mosque

Red Mosque represents another interesting attraction in Fes El-Jdid neighborhood, situated right from the Grand Rue de Fes El-Jdid or Greate Street of Fes El-Jdid. This local Moroccan religious building houses a fine minaret, which dates back to the 1300's.
Fes el-Jdid Mosque

4) Fes el-Jdid Mosque (must see)

Fes el-Jdid Mosque is another fine mosque with a fine minaret slightly west of the Grand Rue. The mosque can be found in the lovely Fes el-Jdid neighborhood, near the heart of the district. Some alleys are very colorful and there are lots of overhanging balconies: a leftover from the Jewish population. Though you can hire a local guide who will explain the sights, simply walking around on your own will give a sense of the neighborhood and its former grandeur. There is an assortment of shops, restaurants, cafes and street vendors in the area.
Bab Dekaken

5) Bab Dekaken

Bab Dekaken, or Dekaken Gate, is one of the many gates inside Fes. The gate welcomes both locals and foreign tourists to an area that is next to the Fes el-Jdid Mosque. The old, historical construction offers three arches, as well as two neighboring towers.
Bab es-Seba (Gate of Seven)

6) Bab es-Seba (Gate of Seven)

Bab es-Seba is yet another historical site. The "Gate of Seven" was named after the brothers of Moulay Abdellah. They reigned during the 18th century. "The Gate of Seven" connects two open spaces initially designed for military parades and imperial ceremonies.

7) Mechouar

Upon entry through the historic Bab es-Seba or Gate of Seven, tourists will locate the spacious square, Old Mechouar. Mechouar is famous for being the central headquarters for the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music. At this festival, visitors can expect to enjoy the greatest musicians and singers in the area.

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.
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
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
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
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

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.