One of the most scenic and historic cities in Morocco, Fez is a great place to visit for anyone who wants something a little different from the norm as experienced in Rabat, Marrakech or Casablanca. Fez is defined by its city walls, which were first erected in medieval times, although there’s so much within and outside to explore. The older parts of Fez are known for being car-free, preserved entirely for pedestrians who want to explore the city from tip to toe without even thinking about getting behind the wheel. However, if going away from the centre, you’re sure to find some amazing routes to drive on, exploring this part of Morocco however you please.
Many of the roads in Fez should be treated with care. To make sure you do, a smaller car will make it easier, plus some of the smaller roads will be easier to drive on using such a vehicle.
Driving in Fez
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Important things to note
You must avoid driving in Fes el Bali. This is imperative if you want to stay on the good side of locals, as it’s meant to be a car-free zone.
The best motorway to drive on near Fez is the A2, which stretches across the country. However, it’s a toll road, so you must be prepared to pay.
Road signs are usually written in either French or Arabic. However, they are relatively easy to understand, especially those indicating speed limits.
Highlights & Hotspots
The Fes el Bali, the larger of the city’s two Medinas, is the first place to go. Here, you can see the University of Al-Karaouine, the oldest in the world, the walls and on-site tannery, where you can see how leather gets dyed the old-fashioned way.
In the Medina, you could consider visiting the Berber pharmacy. Some of the remedies on offer could help cure any ills you have back home, but it’s important to take whatever you decide to buy in moderation and only if you genuinely need it.
The Merenid Tombs are another popular attraction in Fez. Next to the hotel of the same name, you can see the city from up on high, not to mention some of the olive trees which help to sustain the people of Fez.
Bou Inania Madrasa is the oldest Islamic school in the region. It also doubles as a major attraction for anyone who follows Islam and wonders what the Madrasa does for the city, not to mention the entire faith.
Saiss Airport is the main airport serving the city, lying some eight miles south of the city centre. It has flights to parts of North Africa, the Middle East and Europe, has one main terminal building and is a hub for low-cost airlines.
Getting to the airport by road is pretty easy. There is a link road taking you to the city centre via the N8 road. Further south, you can join the A2 toll road.