Things to do in Fes
Bab Boujeloud, the Blue Gate.
• Traditionally an exploration of the medina should start at the Bab Boujlloud Gate and include a visit to one of the famously elaborate, carved and mosaic medersas (religious schools) such as 14thC Bou Inania.
• Sights that are no entry to non-muslims but offer spectacular exterior décor are the Moulay Idriss II shrine , the tomb of Fez’s founder, the Qaraouyine library-mosque and the al-Tijani mosque.
• The tranquil Merenid Tombs adjacent to the Merenid Hotel, give panoramic views over Fez. Alternatively head up into the hills around Fez where there are two accessible forts and terrific views.
Quartier des Tanneurs
Another big Fes attraction is leather production in Quartier des Tanneurs, starting with interesting but odourous vats. . .
The old town tanneries still use medieval leather-making techniques. Visit early though as once the sun hits the tannery the smell can become overpowering. It’s probably best to hire a young guide for a pittance as the tannery workers are not very welcoming to stangers snapping them!
The tanners’ quarter is found beside the Andalusian quarter and near the ancient Dar Batha Palace museum that displays and explains the arts and traditions of Fès along with concerts during the Festival of World Sacred Music every June.
If you want a guide then it’s advisable to arrange one through your hotel or the Fés tourist office (best value) before going into the medina. This is more expensive initially but will guarantee you full and credible information on this fascinating city and will definitely save you time and money as well. Regular street guides are only superficially informed and extract most of their revenue from shopkeeper commissions, thus making your shopping more expensive.