Top Choice Synagogue in Fez

Ibn Danan Synagogue

Near the cemetery, this synagogue was restored with the aid of Unesco in 1999. There are no set opening times as such, but the guardian will usually let you in and point out the main features, including a mikva (rit…
Top Choice Medersa in Fez

Medersa el-Attarine

Founded by Abu Said in 1325 in the heart of the medina, the Attarine was designed as an annexe to the nearby Kairaouine. The central courtyard displays the traditional patterns of Merenid artisanship, with magnifice…
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Medersa Bou Inania

A short walk down Talaa Kebira from Bab Bou Jeloud, the Medersa Bou Inania is the finest of Fez’ theological colleges. It was built by the Merenid sultan Bou Inan between 1350 and 1357. The medersa underwent extensi…
Top Choice Museum in Fez

Nejjarine Museum of Wooden Arts & Crafts

Opened in 1998, this museum is in a wonderfully restored funduq – a caravanserai for travelling merchants who stored and sold their goods below and took lodgings on the floors above. Centred on a courtyard, the room…
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Chaouwara Tanneries

The Chaouwara tanneries are one of the city’s most iconic sights (and smells). Head east or northeast from Pl as-Seffarine and take the left fork after about 50m; you’ll soon pick up the unmistakable waft of skin an…
Top Choice Palace in Fez

Dar el-Makhzen

The entrance to Dar el-Makhzen is a stunning example of modern restoration, but the 80 hectares of palace grounds are not open to the public. Visitors must suffice with viewing its imposing brass doors, surrounded b…
Top Choice Cemetery in Fez

Jewish Cemetery & Habarim Synagogue

The southwest corner of the mellah is home to the sea of blindingly white tombs that stretch down the hill; those in dedicated enclosures are tombs of rabbis. One of the oldest, high up against the north wall, is th…
Top Choice Mosque in Fez

Kairaouine Mosque & University

One of Africa’s largest mosques and possibly the oldest university in the world, this mosque complex is the spiritual heart of Fez and Morocco itself. Established in 859 by Fatima el-Fihria, a Tunisian woman refugee…
Notable Building in Fez

Rue des Mérinides

This street is lined with houses which are distinguished by their wooden and wrought-iron balconies, as well as by their stucco work.
Gardens in Fez

Jnan Sbil (Bou Jeloud Gardens)

These gardens have been providing welcome green space for well over a century. They’re a good halfway break between the mellah and Bab Bou Jeloud, and have recently undergone extensive renovation and replanting.