With two days in Fez, not only can you discover the walled medina (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), enjoy a hammam steam bath, and take a cooking course, but you’ll also have time to explore beyond the city, heading into the Middle Atlas or Rif mountains or taking in the Roman city Volubilis. Here’s how to make the most of 48 hours in Fez.
Spend the morning roaming the narrow streets of Fez’s ancient medina. Check off signature sights, from the converted royal palace Dar Batha Museum to the Kairaouine Mosque, whose complex includes one of the oldest universities in the world. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and scents of leatherworks, tinkling fountains, and vibrant souks (markets).
Food is one of the great joys of any visit to Morocco, so devote this afternoon to a cooking class. Shop for spices and fresh produce at a souk, then prepare a lunchtime feast, perhaps couscous, tagine, or pastilla (sweet and savory pie). After lunch, journey to Art Naji to watch some of Fez’s finest ceramicists in action.
Indulge in an ancient ritual that dates back to Roman times: a hammam steam bath. Opt for a luxurious, spa-style experience or visit a more traditional city bath. Finish the night with contemporary Moroccan fare at a restaurant in one of the traditional courtyard houses known as a riad.
With just two days in Fez, the desert is out of reach, so seek the cool of the mountains instead. Head north for the Rif and the blue-washed cobbled lanes of the photogenic highland village Chefchaouen. Head south to the Middle Atlas for cedar forests, Barbary macaques, scenic Lake Dait Aoua, and the leafy cities of Ifrane and Azrou. Alternatively, check off two destinations in one day, with a combo trip to Meknes, another imperial Moroccan city, and Volubilis, the UNESCO World Heritage Site that houses the nation’s best-preserved Roman ruins.
Nibble as you stroll the city on a Fez food tour that pairs simple fare such as dates, cheese, olives, and nougat with signature street eats from shawarma to pasties and harira (bean soup). Wrap up the night with a cocktail in a courtyard bar and toast your stay in Fez.