The medina, let’s talk about it. This area surrounded by high ramparts is called Fez el-Bali and Fez el-Jedid. In 1981, it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has since been subject to the institution’s strict regulations. Each act of restoration must be carried out with respect for the materials and style of the medina: cedarwood, no concrete, cut cobblestones, traditional zellige … The defense of the heritage of the medina also involves promoting these trades. crafts, we will come back to this below.
The medina is a maze of alleys that it is difficult to map with precision. There are different souks, grouped by specialty: meat, fish, vegetables, electronics, ceramics, brassware, carpentry, leather goods, weaving … Hence the importance of wearing good sneakers to go around this little world hidden in the shade of tall buildings that provide the much-desired freshness in the hottest months.
The rich history of the city has left visible marks in Fez. We find Andalusian, Berber and oriental influences there. A striking melting pot, a true identity.