About Fez

Fez was the medieval capital of Morocco and dates from 789 AD. It is home to the world’s oldest university and is home to the best preserved old city in the Middle East and North Africa. The oldest university in the world isn’t Oxford or the Sorbonne—it’s the University of Al-Karaouine, and you’ll find it in Fes el Bali. This walled city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will transport you back to mediaeval times. Visit the ancient maze-like quarters of the Medina to Fes el-Bali and the four imposing Gates of Fes, with their distinctive Moroccan tile work. You can walk, or, if you’re brave, take a taxi—the daredevil drivers will have you hanging on for dear life. The old city, Fes el-Bali, is also the largest car-free urban center in the world, making Fez a great city to walk around.