Fes was founded in 789 by the Idrisid dynasty on the banks of Jawhar River. The city boasts the best-preserved old town in the Arab world, as it has managed to safeguard numerous gems from different time periods of its formation.
Some of the main highlights of Fes that can be mentioned is the University of al-Karaouine - the oldest continually-operating university in the world. It is a leading Muslim spiritual and educational center dating back to 859.
The 14th-century Bou Inania madersa is another religious college and a great example of traditional Islamic architecture.
Up in the hills of Fes are the Borj Nord and Borj Sud fortresses, overlooking the old town.
The medieval narrow maze-like streets of the medinas preserve other treasures as well. As such, are the four gates of Fes, recognized by their exquisite traditional Moroccan tile work. Decorated with various shades of blue, the Bab Bou Jeloud gates are a true marvel.
Another unique place are the local Chouara and Sidi Moussa tanneries, dating back to the middle ages, with hundreds of colorful leather-dying pits. The city has one of the largest car-free urban pedestrian zones on the planet.
The petite streets are swarming with markets and vendors offering numerous handicrafts, created by centuries-old traditions. Colorful shawls, aromatic spices, musical instruments, exotic dishes - all in the curvy streets of the ancient walled Fes medina.
Traverse the ancient cobblestone paths to get the feeling of travelling back in time.