Fez

Overview

Introduction

Its walled medina is one of the largest, most intact and impressive medieval cities in the Arab world and, taken as a whole, Fez is the architectural highlight of Morocco. It also has a French-planned new city (ville nouvelle), and the contrast between the old and the new sections makes sightseeing all the more fascinating. Fez has rightly been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. You truly feel as if you're stepping into the past when you walk through one of the gates to the old medina.

The best spots for a panoramic view of the old city are Borj Sud (a ruined fortress atop a hill south of the medina) and Les Merenides Hotel (north of the medina). The more distant view from the Zalagh Hotel in the new city is also very nice.

The new city, by contrast, has a European feel, with wide streets and squares. Avenue Hassan II and Boulevard Mohammed V are the main thoroughfares there, and both are lined with restaurants, sidewalk cafes and pastry shops.

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