What is the best area to stay in Fez?
The city´s historical centre, or the Medina of Fez as it is called in Morocco, is a neighbourhood of windy streets like a labyrinth that awakens the senses. It´s the largest car-free urban area in the world and the main attraction in Fez. Within this area you will find the majority of the city´s main tourist spots, such as the Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque, the different Madrasas: Bou lnania, Al-Attarine or Al-Sahrij, and the Chouara Tannery square, a must-see postcard worthy sight in Fez.
Throughout the Medina you will find all kinds of traditional shops selling crafts, traditional sweets, clothes etc. It is a rather bustling area, meaning some travellers prefer to stay outside of the Medina, close to one of its main gates, to then explore the area on foot. But if you want to experience the real Fez, the best place to stay in Fez is within the Medina.
Another of the city´s interesting areas to visit is the Ville Nouvelle, on the Avenue Hassan II and Boulevard Mohammed V, where you find yourself in one of the best areas for an evening drink, as it is full of bars, terraces, ice cream shops and bakeries. In Ville Nouvelle you will also find the cheaper and more modern hotels to stay in as an alternative to the Medina.
Outside of the city you can take day trips to the roman settlement of Volubilis, the old town of Meknes or take a trip to the Atlas Mountains.