After breakfast our day will begin at the Merenid Tombs. A stop at the Musee des Armes, a fortress that once protected Fez. Today it is possible to see a display of 8,000 pieces of artillery from Makina, an arsenal built by Moulay Hassan I. Entering Fez el-Bali through the symmetrical horse shoe arches at Bab Boujeloud (The Blue Gate) will reveal Fez -el Bali, best characterized as a sea of rooftops embellished with minarets and domes. It is too narrow for cars. Aside from walking, locals use donkeys and mules still is the best way to travel within the city walls. Upon entering Rue Talaa Kebira, the main street in the Medina, you will see many shops covered with canopies. Continue to the KaraouiyineMosque. Located in the Karaouiyine quarter, the Mosque is one of the oldest in the world and functioned as the first university in Morocco. We will continue walking along the streets which lead to some of Fez’s most important buildings including Dar El-Maganag, a fourteenth century water clock and Zaouia Tijaniya, which contains the tomb of Ahmed el Tijani, who spread his infamous doctrine Tariqa Tijaniya throughout Morocco. Stopping along the way we will visit Cherablyine Mosque. (Mosque of the Slipper makers) Browsing the Souks selling Henna, Slippers, Caftans, Silks, jewelry and spices.
Next see the UNESCO recognized site, Fondouk El-Najjarine. Within the Foundouk’s three floors is the Musee de Bois which displays carved doors from the Bou Inania Medersa.
Stoping for lunch within the Medina at a fine Moroccan palace restaurant that serves an extravaganza of Mezas (small plates of food) common among Fassis tradition. Mezas are considered to be the Appetizers prior to the main meal. Choukchouka salad, Zalouk salad, Carrots with cumin seed, raisin and orange salad, cold radish, orange fennel salad. The main meal will include an option of Lamb, Prune and datte Tajin, a chicken Tajin with olives and preserved lemons or Vegetable Tajin. For desert you will be served with fruit/ or local Moroccan pastries along with mint tea. After lunch we pass visit the Musee Dar El-Bathae to view the great collection of pottery, leather-works, wood-works, books & manuscripts from the nineteenth century.
Entering, Bab Ftouh, the “Gateway of the Aperture” explore the Andalusian quarter; a residential part of the Medina decorated with monuments.
At last will take you into the Fes el Jdid, a Kasbah which functioned as Morocco’s administrative center until 1912. Explore the royal palace and many interesting quarters including the Moulay Abdalllah Quarter, the Mellah (Jewish Quarter ) and a little farther on south lies Ville Nouvelle (The New Quarter).