Fes & Meknes - Historical Holidays

Nothing quite prepares you for Fes. The world’s only intact medieval city, Fes is a teeming warren of narrow lanes, blind alleys and fondouks where you’re too busy trying to keep up with what’s happening around you to reach for your camera and where getting lost is all part of the adventure. Nearby Meknes is another old imperial city, with grandiose architecture dating from the time of Sultan Moulay Ismaïl. Read more

Fes & Meknes
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Dar Finn riad in Fes Fez Morocco very charming and centrally located
3 nights from £ 392 per person Based on 2 adults including Breakfast with flights from London and transfers   info

Wonderfully charming small riad in Fes.

Dar Roumana Fes Morocco
3 nights from £ 459 per person Based on 2 adults including Breakfast with flights from London and transfers   info

Stunning riad with lovely rooms in Fes.

Hotel Sahrai, Fes, Morocco Holidays
4 nights from £ 710 per person Based on 2 adults including Breakfast with flights from London and transfers   info

A 5-star 50-room hotel opened in 2014 with  spectacular views of Fes medina

riad fes relais & chateaux morocco luxury hotel
3 nights from £ 553 per person Based on 2 adults including Breakfast with flights from London and transfers   info

Sophisticated and luxurious in a serene atmosphere.  This Relais & Châteaux riad is located in the heart of the ancient city of Fez.

riad maison bleue fes morocco
3 nights from £ 505 per person Based on 2 adults including Breakfast with flights from London and transfers   info

Much charm, intimacy and refinement are on offer at this beautiful family run 18-room Riad in the old city of Fes.

Jardin des Biehn, Fes, Morocco
3 nights from £ 457 per person Based on 2 adults including Breakfast with flights from London and transfers   info

A Pasha's Summer Palace, with 9 rooms and a large Andalousian garden 

Maison Bleue riad hotel in Fes Morocco
3 nights from £ 505 per person Based on 2 adults including Breakfast with flights from London and transfers   info

Wonderfully luxurious riad living in the heart of Fes.

Palais Amani
3 nights from £ 579 per person Based on 2 adults including Breakfast with flights from London and transfers   info

Luxurious riad in the heart of the Fes medina.

Cooking Class at Clock Kitchen

From £ 59 per person

Learn to cook traditional Moroccan food in the heart of the medina.

Guided tour of Fes

Full day guided tour of Fes

From £ 60 per person

Explore the key areas of Fes - medina, markets and ramparts

Guided city tour of Fes medina in Morocco

Hidden Medina Tour

From £ 76 per person

Experience the alluring charm of the medina.

Youness Abeddour, Jewish tours of Fes, Morocco

Jewish heritage tours of Fes.

From £ 110 per person for a full day guided tour

Morocco has a fascinating Jewish history with hundreds of thousands of Moroccan Jews having lived here until the exodus in the 1950's.

Learn to cook street food in Fes Morocco

Tasting Trail - Fes

From £ 77 per person

Investigate traditional cooking methods by visiting three different food souk's and much more..

cooking course with local Moroccan family

Traditional Moroccan cooking day with a family

From £ 92 per person

A truly unique experience hosted by a Moroccan family, preparing food and more.

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Descending into the medina of old Fes for the first time, it can be hard to believe that the sights are real. Was that boy carrying a hawk on his shoulder? Are those testicles in that butcher’s shop? Are those half-naked men really stamping up and down in a trough of blue dye in the boiling sun? When is the director going to shout ‘cut’?
In this hallucinatory world of donkeys, hooded figures and hole-in-the-wall shopkeepers, your senses go on high alert. One minute you get a whiff of cloves, or the scent of fresh mint; the next you’re overwhelmed by the stench of pigeon excrement from the tanneries. Here there are no motorbikes, no cars, none of the sounds of the modern world (unless you count the ever-present mobile ringtone). It is a vast, 24-hour a day, 7-day a week cavalcade from which you will emerge drained and exhilarated.

A short distance away, in the heart of Morocco’s wine-producing region, is the sleepy city of Meknes. Meknes was the capital of Morocco under the infamous 18th century sultan, Moulay Ismaïl. Slaves laboured night and day for 50 years to build an imperial showpiece to rival Versailles. Those that died on the job, it is rumoured, were entombed in the city walls.

As well as being an agreeable place to spend a day or two, Meknes makes a handy base for an excursion to the Roman ruins of Volubilis.  Although much of the stone from Volubilis was carted off for the construction of Meknes, the arches, buildings and mosaics give you a good idea of what life was like in the Roman province of Mauretania Tingetiana.

Nothing quite prepares you for Fes.