Treasures of the past

Fes, die imperiale Stadt

Fez is an open-air museum where treasures have accumulated over time. Its medina is the oldest and largest in Morocco and every stripe of artisan can still be found there, from tanners and weavers to coppersmiths and potters. Its streets are narrow alleys stuffed with architectural masterpieces, while its squares are gathering places where an ages-old lifestyle still thrives with assured, but subtle gestures.

Wander through the maze of alleyways in the imperial district. Pass through Bab Boujloud Gate and admire its Arabic-Andalusian design that combines blue and jade zelliges with scroll-shaped cut-outs. In the distance the minaret of the Karaouiyine mosque rises like a beacon. Head in its direction and continue past it to knock on the gates of knowledge, i.e. the entrance to the world's oldest university.

This timeless city moves at its own pace, giving you the opportunity to sit down and savor some of the finest cuisine in the world.

And then there are the festivals, including the World Sacred Music Festival, Culinary Arts Festival and Jazz in Riads. Throughout the year, they breathe life into the squares and streets of the former imperial capital.

That is Fez – a modern city where the past is never forgotten and where ancestral arts and treasures live on.