The city is divided into three parts. The Old Town or the Medina in Fez is one of the places that you must absolutely spend a lot of time since there are many things to see and do in the area. Visit museums and marvel at monumental landmarks. The oldest university in the world, the University of al Karaouine, is in Fez. Today, it functions as a working mosque and is one of the country’s largest places of worship. Fes el Jdid is another part of the city which you might want to explore. Cool off and wander along the lush gardens of Jnan Sbil or stop by the Royal Palace. You might also want to see the Ibn Danan Synagogue, a 17th century synagogue. In the Ville Nouvelle part of town, meanwhile, things are more modern and progressive. Expect manicured lawns and long boulevards.
Sightseeing in the Medina is a wonderful sensory overload. Walk along its narrow streets, watch locals go about their daily lives, and browse through the offerings in souks. Explore the Al-Attarine Madrasa, a mausoleum built between 1323 and 1325. See the Funduq al-Najjariyyin, a wood carvings and crafts museum, or drop by at the El Glaoui Palace and the Andalusian Mosque. At the main western entrance to Fes el Bali is the Bab Abi al-Jounoud, or Bab Bou Jeloud, an opulent gate and monument. Other attractions that you should not skip are the craft museum of Dar Batha and the weapons and armour museum of Borj Nord. If you are going to rent a car in Fez, you can embark on any of several worthwhile day trips. Drive to Sefrou, a Berber village that was once home to the largest Jewish community in Morocco. Amble along the medina, see blanket weavers at work or stop by for a refreshing cup of sweet mint tea. Ifrane, known as the ‘Little Switzerland of Morocco’ boasts skiing and hiking trails.
The city is in the foothills of the Middle Atlas. It is surrounded by low hills covered with olive orchards. Stone towers enclose the old part of the city where museums, souks, and mosques are present. In New Fes, the royal palace and the Jewish Quarter are found, whilst the Ville Nouvelle lies on a plateau to the southwest. The industrial quarter can be found in this district, as well as the railway station. The cuisine in Fez and throughout Morocco is a fusion of inspiration, notable for its Arab, Berber, French, Spanish, and Jewish influences. Spices are liberally used, giving dishes deep flavour and colour. Try soups, couscous, tagines, and a variety of delicious desserts.
Visitors to Fez can reach the city by bus, train, car, and plane. It takes about three hours to drive from Marrakech to Fez whilst flights from London to Fez arrive at Fes Sais International Airport, the main airport in Fez. Taxis and buses are available at the airport to bring you to your accommodation. However, if you plan on doing trips around the vicinity, it’s recommended to rent a car in Fez. The minimum age to rent a car in Fez is 21 years and drivers under 25 might need to pay an additional fee. People in Fez drive on the right-hand side of the road and overtake from the left, if legally permitted. No cars are allowed inside the Medina, but you can drive in the other districts of the city. The general speed limits in Morocco including Fez are 60km/h in urban areas, 100km/h outside urban areas, and 120km/h on motorways. Blood alcohol content (BAC) limit is 20mg per 100ml.