Rich and exciting, Fez unveils itself and presents us with its traditions, history and culture in an authentic and serene atmosphere.
The city's must-sees
- The Jnan Sbil garden, a park full of trees and plants that fill the city with a pleasant perfume every day.
- The Zaouia Moulay Driss is the oldest monument in Fez
- The Ibn Danan Synagogue, a rich and timeless scenery, it is a symbol of the Moroccan Jewish heritage of the city.
- The emblematic Quaraouiyines University
- The winding alleys and the shops of the old medina, the most authentic medina of the Kingdom.
The Fez cuisine is characterized by a mixture of salty and sweet flavours, the use of fruits and vegetables, the secret use of spices and condiments such as cumin, cinnamon, sweet pepper, ginger, pepper, parsley, and coriander. Bread is a staple food which is baked every day at the public oven at the corner of the street. There are also many types of cakes and pancakes for breakfast, hot and fresh drinks (mint tea, fragrant coffees, almond milk, carrot or cucumber drinks, etc.). The most famous Fez dish is the Sweet Chicken with Prunes.
Arts and crafts:
The famous cobalt blue is the signature colour of the Fez pottery. Some of the most beautiful ceramics of Morocco come from the imperial city. Beautiful collections are to be admired at the Dar Batha Museum, near the Bou Inania madrasah. Once it has been cooked for 24 hours and then allowed to cool slowly, the pottery is covered in white stanniferous overglaze. With a fine brush, the artisan will draw blue rosettes or geometric patterns on it. The object is then baked again to glaze the enamels. These pieces of ceramics are usually more decorative than utilitarian. To obtain this particular blue colour, the artisans mix several ingredients in secret proportions. Green and yellow may be added to this dominant blue.
Cedar, rosewood, argan tree, pines, and oaks. Morocco has many types of wood that are to be found in marquetry and other cabinetmaking work. The Museum of Wood Arts and Crafts in the beautiful Nejjarine foundouk gives an account of this know-how. The craftsmen of this district make furniture inspired by palaces. The cross of the moucharaby is found on tables and armchairs. Carved pieces can especially be seen on door and window panels.