Families visiting Fez will quickly find fun and educational attractions in every part of the city. The city is also appealing to families because it’s a less crowded destination than Marrakech, Casablanca or Tangier. Consider these 15 great things to do when looking for family activities in Fez. (Note: most of these activities are best suited to kids age 5 and older.)
1. Visit Dar el-Makhzen
This palace provides a great opportunity for families to learn about the history of Fez. The large brass doors, ornate cedar wood, zellij and lemon trees all stand out among the grounds.
2. Go Sightseeing At Henna Souk
The henna souk is a traditional market that sells ceramics as well as cosmetics such as henna. Children can learn about currency and culture as they see locals at work.
3. View The Exhibits Of Dar Batha Museum
Once a palace, the Batha Museum is now home to a collection of historical artifacts. Woodcarving, embroidery, carpets, and ceramics are all included among the exhibitions. And the charming garden is the perfect place for a fun family walk, when weather permits.
4. Play Golf At The Royal Golf Club of Fez
Bring the whole family for a day of golfing at this popular Fez attraction. Large bunkers as well as extensive waterways make the course a fun but challenging choice for older kids and adults.
5. View The Architectural Details Of Medersa el-Attarine
The Medersa el-Attarine is a standout architectural attraction with quiet spaces that every family will enjoy. Prominent details to look out for include a courtyard, decorative tile, carved plaster and onyx columns.
6. Take A Break In Jardin Jnan Sbil
This small garden space is the perfect spot for a quiet break from sightseeing. Guests can take in the fountains and beautiful plants that are found throughout the grounds. Consider visiting after seeing Bab Boujloud.
7. See The Cannons At Musee Des Arms
Take a tour of Morocco’s military history at this unique museum. Artifacts and exhibits highlight cannons as well as other items. Visit the roof for outstanding views of the area.
8. Spend The Morning At Nejjarine Museum of Wood Arts and Crafts
The Nejjarine Museum of Wood Arts and Crafts presents exhibits focusing on historical tools used for crafting. Musical instruments and chests are just some of the items featured. A cafe is also located in the museum.
9. See The Festival Of Amazigh Culture
The Festival of Amazigh Culture is a great way to learn about local traditions. Shows from the Amazigh or Berber culture as well as music and workshops are presented throughout the area.
10. Take A Cooking Class At Cafe Clock
This fun cooking school helps anyone learn the finer points of popular regional cuisine. Guests do everything from planning meals to cooking their selected dishes. Several types of classes are available for every group size.
11. Hike Mount Zalagh
Take a day long hike along Mount Zalagh. Its extensive terrain presents a fun adventure for any family. Stay overnight to make the most of the area and its outstanding views.
12. Visit Tombe Dei Merenidi
This centuries old attraction offers ruins that are in various states of decay. Hike through the structures and look out on the city from any part of the tombs.
13. Take A Photo At The Bab Boujloud
This attraction is one of the best known sights in Fez. Take time for a photo op before venturing into the nearby square. Events such as fairs and concerts can be found around the structure year-round.
14. Learn About The Founder Of Fez At Moulay Idriss Zawiya
The mausoleum for the founder of Fez features wood porches around the outside that are decorated with carvings and paintings. Plaster carvings are featured above doors as well as fountains.
15. Climb The Stairs At Borj Nord
The steep stairs and elongated hallways of this older structure make it perfect for day long excursions. Its view of the city makes this destination the perfect spot for photographs of the whole family.
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This article was originally published on March 23, 2015.