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Fez and the Middle Atlas Travel Guide

Plan Your Fez and the Middle Atlas Vacation

Designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Fez and Meknès are, respectively, the Arab and Berber capitals of Morocco, ancient centers of learning, culture, and craftsmanship. Recognized as Morocco's intellectual and spiritual center, Fez has one of the world's oldest universities as well as the largest intact medieval quarters. It is the country's second-largest city (after Casablanca)

with a population of approximately 1 million. Meknès, with nearly 850,000 inhabitants, offers a chance to experience all the sights, sounds, and smells of Fez on a slightly smaller, more manageable scale. Both Fez and Meknès still remain two of Morocco's most authentic and fascinating cities, outstanding for their history and culture and rival Marrakesh as top tourist destinations and hosts of international events and festivals.

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Updated 1/20/2014

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Go back in time Fez el-Bali is the world's largest active medieval city and promises a sensorial vacation from modern life and technology.
  2. Indulge your senses in the Meknès food souk On the Place el-Hedime sample famous olives, aromatic spices, and dried fruit, available in a dizzying array of colors and flavors.
  3. Explore an archaeological gem in Volubilis A short trip from Meknès, these well-preserved Roman ruins are considered the most impressive in the country.
  4. Ski the Moroccan Aspen Drawing both royalty and the Moroccan elite, the highest peak of the Michlifen ski resort rises to 2,000 meters.
  5. Take an overland adventure Two of the most stunning sights in the Middle Atlas are the cascading waterfalls of Ouzoud and the Friouato caves near Taza. Imilchil's September marriage festival, the moussem, is a Berber ritual steeped in local tradition.

When To Go

When to Go to Fez and the Middle Atlas

Busloads of tourists and intense heat tend to suppress the romance of just about anything. Try to visit Fez and Meknès between October and early Mar...

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