If you love intensity… FEZ
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.