Fes, or Fez, the grandest royal city created by Morocco’s early Muslim rulers in the 9th century, is the country’s cultural capital and spiritual heart. This UNESCO World Heritage site houses the world’s oldest university! Fez had replaced Marrakech as the capital of the Merinid kingdom during the height of its political influence in the 13th–14th centuries. Medieval mosques, private villas and madrassas like the 14th-century Bou Inania and Al Attarine, designed with elaborate timber and tile work, still adorn the town. Imagine narrow alleyways lined with colorful stalls, donkey carts laden with goods competing with local crowds, and the tantalizing aroma of sizzling kebabs and freshly baked breads rising from the souks. Walking down blind alleys bustling with people, expect to suddenly come up against an oasis of calm, a delicate stone fountain, or an intricately carved doorway to some medieval palace or fondouk….
Karawan Riad is a restored 17th century Moroccan harem set in the Andalous Quarter of the Fes Medina. Imagine grand courtyards, water fountains, handmade glazed tiles, filigreed oil lanterns, wrought iron-work, and artifacts inspired by the old ‘caravanserais’.
La Maison Bleue in Fes is a heritage property located in the heart of the medina near Bab Boujloud. Dating back to 1915, this traditional Moroccan residence is built in the Fassi style of architecture with carved wooden doors and walls featuring intricate mosaic work.
Palais Faraj Suites & Spa is a charming resort located at walking distance from the medina in Fez. Relax in ensuite rooms that feature several Moroccan touches, including a lounge area, zellige and stucco work, and a painted cedar wood ceiling.