About Fez City Tour (Half Day)
Guided Historical Visit of Fez Souks and Sights - Half day version.
Activity code: ITCLFES09p
Duration: Half Day
Depart from your hotel (or riad) around 9:30am; your guide will take you for a drive via the Mechouar to the impressive Dar el Makhzen for a short stop at the Royal Palace with its magnificent seven bronze gates. From here you walk through the Mellah with its intense atmosphere and fine examples of Mauro-Hispanic architecture. Afterwards there is a short drive to the Borj Sud to take in the panoramic view of the Medina.
You rejoin your vehicle to stop at Bab Boujloud, built in 1913 and the principal entrance into Fès el-Bali. Here you start your walking tour of the labyrinth of the ancient Fes Medina (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) by visiting the beautiful 14th century Medersa Bou Anania (entrance fee included) - the largest medersa in Fez, built by the Merinids (closed on Tuesdays) and the nearby Dar el-Magana which houses a clepsydra, or water clock (ongoing restoration may restrict access).
On now to the renowned Tanneries on the bank of the Oued Fes, despite the strong smell it is one of the most picturesque souks in Fez. You continue on through es-Seffarine and its brass workers, down the colourful es-Sebbaghine with its Street of the Dyers; and the Souq el-Atterine area of spices and groceries; to the exterior of the impressive al-Quarawiyyin Mosque and University and the el-Atterine Medersa (entrance fee included). This is considered one of the wonders of Moorish architecture - built between 1323 & 1325 by Merinid Sultan Abou Said Othman. You pass by the Tomb of Moulay Idriss, the second Idrissid ruler, considered to be the founder of Fez, restored in the mid-19th century to your final stop, the delightful el-Nejjarine Square with its fountain and caravanserai (entrance fee included).
Depending on your accommodation you can return on foot, or rejoin your taxi for the short ride back to your hotel or riad after this stroll into 1200 years of history.
This excursion is available as part of any tailor made holiday with Rediscover the World.