If you love in­ten­sity… FEZ

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What to do

 Morocco’s old­est im­pe­rial city has a rich cul­tural his­tory and vi­brant at­mos­phere, so get set to ex­plore, eat, shop and un­wind won­der­fully.  Wan­der through the ex­tra­or­di­nary Me­d­ina (old town). This UNESCO World Her­itage site is a maze of 9 000 wind­ing streets, with jew­el­box stores, nar­row al­leys, don­key carts and great eater­ies.  Be learned at the library of the cen­turies-old Quaraouiyine Mosque, the world’s old­est con­tin­u­ously func­tion­ing univer­sity and a ma­jor reli­gious site.

Mar­vel at the Al-at­tarine Madrasa, with its ex­quis­ite carv­ings and tiles, then visit the beau­ti­ful Bou Ina­nia Madrasa.

Be leather-bound at Chouara Tan­nery. The old­est tra­di­tional tan­nery in the souk is mem­o­rable for many rea­sons, in­clud­ing the smell, vast dye­ing vats and great leather buys.

Feel like a flower child in the Jnan Sbil Gar­dens, a fra­grant haven of palm and cit­rus trees, with a lake and café.  Watch the sun­set from a ter­race bar.  Kiss your diet good­bye, and say hello to rich pas­tries and aro­matic tagines.

What to buy

Car­pets, jew­ellery, leather slip­pers, wall hang­ings, in­laid boxes, gor­geous oils and per­fumes. Fez is a shop­per’s de­light, and one of the places in the world where our SA rands ac­tu­ally go some­where.

Chan­nel Dorothy Lamour and Bob Hope in Road to Morocco.

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