Fes, Morocco - Firebird City Guides

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Fes, Morocco

Often referred to as the "Mecca of the West" and the "Athens of Africa", Fes is the former Moroccan capital. It is renown worldwide for its stunning ancient medinas, the most famous of which is the Fes el Bali, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site.

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.

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Fes, Morocco

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Fes, Morocco

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Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

24 days

8 cities

3 countries

Barcelona | Madrid | Seville | Granada | Malaga | Fes | Marrakech | Lisbon

Start your personal trans-continental adventure of the world's brightest countries and see the best of Spain, Morocco, and Portugal during the 24-day private tour. Exceptional guided tours and local experiences will make your trip truly insightful.

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

10 days

6 cities

1 country

Casablanca | Rabat | Fes | Bin El Ouidane | Marrakech | Essaouira

Travel to the most spectacular destinations in Morocco with our non-desert route from Casablanca to Marrakech. Admire the vistas of Morocco’s “Little Switzerland”, the city of Ifrane, and the nearby natural reserve. Have a breakfast by the county's biggest lake - Bin el Ouidane and relax under the lime trees surrounding Ouzoud Waterfalls.

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

13 days

7 cities

1 country

Casablanca | Rabat | Chefchaouen | Fes | Merzouga | Marrakech | Essaouira

Start your journey in vibrant Casablanca and travel across the whole country. Spend a night in a hidden gem of Morocco - Chefchaouen, see Roman ruins of Volubilis and gaze at the stars in the middle of the Sahara Desert. Cross the Atlas Mountains and drive through the famous Tizi’n’Tichka pass.

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

12 days

6 cities

1 country

Casablanca | Rabat | Fes | Merzouga | Marrakech | Essaouira

Explore Morocco with our classic tour package featuring vibrant Casablanca, culturally mixed Rabat, spiritual Fes, and authentic Marrakech. Experience a whole range of diverse terrain from the forested natural reserves to the largest desert in the world - The Sahara, where you'll stay overnight in a Berber camp.

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

13 days

7 cities

1 country

Tangier | Chefchaouen | Fes | Merzouga | Marrakech | Essaouira | Casablanca

Arrive in Tangier - Europe’s gateway to Africa and in 13 days explore the whole country from north to south. On this trip you see 7 out of 9 UNESCO Sites, the blue city of Chefchaouen, spiritual Fes, Roman ruins of Volubilis and Meknes, Marrakech and vivid Casablanca and spend overnight in the Sahara Desert in a berber camp.

Small group tour  |  Nearest Date:
Sep 18, 2018

9 days

6 cities

1 country

Casablanca | Fes | Volubilis | Meknes | Merzouga | Marrakech

Immerse yourself in Morocco's rich colors, historic medinas and diverse culture with our classic tour package. Explore the top sites of the country with a petite group of travelers and spend an overnight at a berber camp in the Sahara Desert.

E.g., Aug 18 2018