THE BEST TOURIST CITIES

FEZ & THE OLD MEDIEVAL IN THE WORLD

Three separate towns comprise Fez : the two ancient walled areas---Fez el Bali ( the old town) and Fez el Jedid (The new Town) – and the more modern, French –built Ville Nouvelle. The contrast between the sections makes the old areas seem all the more fascinating. You truly feel as if you're stepping into the past when you enter the walled sections.
The walled cities are, in fact, the main attraction of Fez. Several days could be spent wandering the narrow, winding alleys of Fez el Bali admiring the exceptional architecture. The amazing architecture begins with the very gates themselves ; once inside the walls, watch for the Medrsa Attarine, Medrsa Cherratine and Medrsa Seffarine, three beautiful old buildings. Explore the universities, wander by the pits where fabric is dyed and walk past the tanning yards (but beware the odors !).
Also in the areas are several beautiful mosques and the Boujloud Gardens. Just outside the walls are two good museums---Borj Nord (exhibiting old weapons) and Dar Batha (Moroccan arts) --- and the Royal Palace. The pleasant Ville Nouvelle has a European fell, with wide boulevards and sidewalk cafes.