Walking around Medina, Fes

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.
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Walking around Medina Map

Guide Name: Walking around Medina
Guide Location: Morocco » Fes (See other walking tours in Fes)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Author: leticia
Bab Riafa

1) Bab Riafa

Bab Riafa is situated on the Avenue de l’Unesco, near the city’s college, Azize Amine. Bab Riafa is a very popular tourist attraction despite being one of the many old gates and former entrances into to city. Bab Fiafa features two beautiful arches as well as a wonderfully decorated mosaic.
Jnan Sbil Garden

2) Jnan Sbil Garden

Jnan Sbil Garden is another outstanding city attraction and prominent landmark. Bordered by the Avenue Moulay Hassan and Avenue de l’Unesco, this beautiful garden profiles amazing tall palms, striking fountains, and local plants. It's also a wonderful place for recreation and leisure!
Bab Chems

3) Bab Chems (must see)

Bab Chems is situated on the intersection of Avenue Moulay Hassan and Avenue de l’Unesco. It's an old structure which features one main entrance and two smaller, additional entrances. Bab Chems is popular because it clearly reflects typical architecture of Morocco.
Abou Bakr Iben Arabi Mausoleum

4) Abou Bakr Iben Arabi Mausoleum

Abou Bakr Iben Arabi Mausoleum presents a beautiful green-tiled dome. The dome was added to commemorate Abu Bakr Ibn al-Arabi, an Islamic intellectual from Spain. al-Arabi visited Fes often in the 11th century to meet with celebrated Islamic scholars.
Bab Chorfa

5) Bab Chorfa (must see)

Bab Chorfa, or Bab Churfa, is one of the most interesting and magnificent city gates in the region. This historical construction features one arch and two glorious towers. Bab Chorfa is one of the northwest entrances into Medina.
City Walls

6) City Walls

The walls of Fes surround old town Medina. Stretching for five miles (8km), the walls were built to protect the Moroccan city from attacking enemies in the 8th Century. Today, tourists may visit the historical site and witness what still remains of the old barricade.
Bab El Mahrouk

7) Bab El Mahrouk (must see)

Bab El Mahrouk is situated close to the historic city walls. It is another famous old gate which still stands to this day. Visitors will flock to the landmark to witness beautiful medieval construction as well as two marvelous towers.
Neq Broderie

8) Neq Broderie

Neq Broderie is situated near Bou Inania Medersa and is housed in a contemporary-looking building. At this wonderful and pleasant local shop, tourists may invest in handcrafted traditional Fassi embroidery. While you watch the production at work, you'll be sure to leave with a new appreciation for the rare beauty of this ancient process.

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
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
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.