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Fes is one of the Moroccan cities that has a personality to assert, a long story to tell and a rich heritage to share. Visitors may discover all the richness of the medina, with its monumental doors, picturesque districts, legendary souks, traditional workshops and historic building.

Two days are needed to explore the city in depth. Walk along its walls of ocher stone, then go to the Merinid tombs. From the cemetery in ruins, the view extends over the imperial city.  Within the enclosure, the crowd fusses in Fez El Bali, where narrow streets and passages lead to Qaraouiyyîn area. At the heart of the medina, you cross the souk of dyers before reaching the place Seffarine, a stronghold of coppersmiths. Then it is the area of the tanners, the souk of carpenters and  henna and the Madrasah al Attarin, Koranic school, and a masterpiece of Merinid art built in the fourteenth century.

Thanks to its central location, Fes has always been a major crossroads. The surrounding countryside offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the magical landscapes of the middle Atlas, the oak and cedar forests, archaeological sites, thermal springs with therapeutic properties, as well as countless quaint villages.


Meknes  is named after the Berber name Meknassa, the tribe who founded the city. It is the capital of the administrative region of Meknes-Kaap, north of the country. The city is located 150 km east of Rabat and 60 km west of Fez. It is one of the four imperial cities of Morocco. It was the capital of Morocco during the reign of Moulay Ismail (1672-1727). The historic city of Meknes is under the protection of UNESCO  since 1996.

Volubilis, Walili in Arabic, is one of the best preserved and most visited archaeological sites in Morocco. Covering about 40 hectares, this site records the different eras of ancient Moroccan history, dating from the Mauritanian era (3rd century B.C.). In 42 A.D., the Mauritanian kingdom was annexed to the Roman Empire. From that date, Volubilis saw tremendous urban growth. The visitor can appreciate the grandeur of its roman ruins, the triumphal arch of Caracalla, the basilica, the capitol, etc. , as well as its roman houses and numerous frescoes and mosaics. At the end of the 8th century, Moulay Idriss the first, founder of the Idrissid Dynasty, took refuge at Volubilis; where he was received by the Aouraba tribe who proclaimed him leader of the faithful. Thus the city became the springboard of Islam in this part of the world. On a hillside several Kilometres from Volubilis, near the mausoleum of Moulay Idriss I, grew the village of Zerhoune.

Moulay Idriss,  5 km  from Volubilis  and 25 km from Meknes. It houses the shrine of the founder of the dynasty Idrisside, Idris I... It is perched on a rocky peak overlooking the valley of Oued Erroumane and the plain of the ancient Roman city of Volubilis. It is a pilgrimage site that gives rise to a large gathering (moussem) annually.

Moulay Idriss,  5 km  from Volubilis  and 25 km from Meknes. It houses the shrine of the founder of the dynasty Idrisside, Idris I...

It is perched on a rocky peak overlooking the valley of Oued Erroumane and the plain of the ancient Roman city of Volubilis. It is a pilgrimage site that gives rise to a large gathering (moussem) annually.


In Tamazight (Berber language), Ifrane literally means granary. Located at the heart of the middle Atlas (altitude 1650m) 60Km south of Fes, this resort is well known for its outstanding climate. Throughout history, several cultures have left their mark on Ifrane: Berbers, Jews, Arabs, Europeans and others. Once in Ifrane, the visitor may notice an atmosphere of an alpine resort, hardly expected in the middle of the Moroccan countryside. Today, Ifrane is one of the most popular winter resorts in the country, being a haven for hikers, trout fishers, hare and boar hunters, and winter sports lovers. 

This small village located about 20Km north-west of Fes can be reached by bus or car. The route offers stunning scenic landscapes before arriving at Moulay Yaâcoub, which is built on hillside terraces.

Moulay Yaâcoub is one of the two thermal springs near Fes. The spring is renowned for its curative and therapeutic waters, rich in sodium sulphate, and its warm temperature (about 50°C).

Also known as Hammat Khaoulane, this site is located about 12 Km south-east of Fes. Its warm mineral water flows from the rocks in the midst of a palm grove, reminiscent of a southern Moroccan oasis.

Sidi Harazem water, well known for curing kidney and liver diseases.

At the convergence of disparate factors, i.e. mountains and plains, Berber (indigenous Moroccans) lands and Arab civilization, Islamic and Judaic cultures, Sefrou was an obligatory stop on the Tran-Sahara trading route linking Fes to Sijelmassa and Tangier to Tambouktou. 

There is a small waterfall inside the city, one of the numerous sources and waterfalls of the region.

Sefrou is also known for its annual Cherry Festival, taking place in May. People celebrate this festival by organising cultural artistic events and end with the selection of the queen of Cherries.


At an altitude of 900m, the township of Bhalil is located about 5Km northwest of Sefrou and 28Km from Fes.

Its remoteness has isolated it from any crucial commercial or cultural activities, but it continues to benefit from its proximity to Sefrou. 

Bhalil was built on rocky uneven terrain, where natural grottoes have been converted into troglodyte dwellings of exceptional interior organisation.