The Medina of Fes

The Medina of Fes

Planning to visit the Medina of Fes? Check out our information below!


Fes’ medina (called Fรจs el-Bali) is the oldest and largest in all of Morocco and even North Africa. Dating back to the 9th century, the medina encompasses 1,200 years of history. The old medina is a seductive labyrinth in which you are sure to get lost. But walking through these medieval alleys is an experience (The medina consists of 9400 alleys!). Because of its historical significance and cultural importance, the medina is also on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

In the Medina, you can wander, shop and photograph endlessly. Take ample time to get to know the ingenious street pattern, either on your own or with a guide. You can book guided tours at most Riads and hotels. It is good to know that Talaa Seghira and Talaa Kebira are the two main streets in the medina. The two main streets are easy to spot as they are a bit wider and busier than all the alleys. These streets are also where you will find most of the shops and restaurants. It helps enormously if you know where they are to find your way around the medina. Using coloured markings, you can follow the route of your choice. You have to pay attention here though, the markings often hang quite high on the wall.

Opening hours:

The Medina is basically always open, but some gates of the Medina close at 07:00 PM. Most shops are closed in the evening. Restaurants stay open longer!

Photographer: Lars Meijer

Tips and Tricks!

Here are some tips you should know before visiting Fes’ Medina!

  • Lost? Ask shop or restaurant owners how to get back to your destination. Keep in mind that many other people will try to scam you by helping you with directions to receive money at the end. Don’t fall for this!!!
  • People, especially young people, often offer to show you the way around the medina. Make it clear that you do not want this and if you do want help, agree a price in advance of about 5 to 10 dirhams, depending on the distance.
  • Take a Riad or Hotel in the Medina itself. This is better as some of the gates of the medina close after 07:00 PM which can cause problems getting back to a hotel outside the walls of the medina.
  • The Talaa Seghira and Talaa Kebira are the two main streets in the medina.
Photographer: Lars Meijer

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