Founded in the IXe century and home to the oldest university in the world, Fez reached its height in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, under the Marinids, when it replaced Marrakesh as the capital of the kingdom. The urban fabric and the principal monuments in the medina roots in this period: madrasah, fondouks, palaces, residences, mosques, fountains, etc.. Despite the transfer of the registered capital of Rabat, in 1912, has retained its status of cultural and spiritual capital of the country.
Once trade with Cordoba, Kairouan and the rest of the Muslim world had a great city of Fez, Economic and Trade Fez was at the crossroads of trading on the southern shore of the Mediterranean, the main roads of this city went to Ceuta, Sale, Tlemcen and Sijilmassa once considered among the major communication networks.
Declared by UNESCO in 1976, Universal Heritage, the medieval city is now the subject of special attention and efforts of many urban planners, public authorities and organizations to preserve, protect, restore and rehabilitate its remains and its authenticity and single
The agency Dédensitification and Realization of Fez (ADER) was created in 1989 for the implementation of major program for the restoration of monuments, the transfer of polluting activities outside the Medina.
A rich contribution of patronage has restored a number of monuments. The Japanese government and financial organizations such as the World Bank and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD), the Italian government and all gave their support and expressed their support.
Museums and Cultural Festivals:
Several cultural events are held annually in the region and thus enrich the cultural landscape of the region:
- Museum of Moulay Idriss II
- Museum Sidi Ali Boughaleb
- National Festival of the Andalusian Music in February
- Spring Festival of Philosophy in March
- Festival of Music and Culture Sufi in April
- The Fez Festival of World Sacred Music in June
- National Festival of Professional Theater in June
- The Feast of Cherries Sefrou in June
- Festival of Amazigh Culture in July
- The Culinary Arts Festival in October
- Jazz in Riads Festival in October
Activities in and around Fez:
- Tour the historic Medina of Fez, shopping, the bazaars and monuments
- Tour of the ramparts, visit a pottery and the Mellah (Jewish Quarter)
- Learn the art of Moroccan cuisine in cooking school Riad RCIF
- The Spa Moulay Yacoub, known for its hot sulfur springs
- The pool and source of Sidi Harazem, a naturally hot spa site
- The Fez Royal Golf Club: Golf Course 18 holes in a beautiful olive grove
- Meknes Royal Golf Club: Golf Course 9-hole course with a view of the minarets of the medina, which are lit at night
- The equestrian centers offering rides in the country
Culinary adventures with ‘Fez Food':
- Learn the ancient art of hand-rolled couscous with the Berber women of the Middle Atlas
- Picnic in the style of the Romans on the ruins of Volubilis, a feast with the most authentic recipes
- Experience of craft production of olive oil in the beautiful holy city of Moulay Idriss
- Tour a winery near Meknes and wine tasting with the winemaker New Morocco
- Market and enjoyed the Taste Trail of Fez and be guided by the gastronomic center of Morocco Imperial