Is one of the most known travel destination in Morocco, the city of Fes, known also as Fez, is the fourth largest city in Morocco, after Casablanca, Rabat, and Marrakech, with a population of approximately 1 million (2010),Fez is the capital city of the region Fez Boulemane.
Fez is one of the imperial Moroccan cities, such as Marrakech, Rabat, Meknes and Tangier, the city is devided in two major areas, the old city of Fez called Fez El Bali, meaning the old medina and the walled part, and there is the second major area of Fez which is Fes Jdid or Fes Ejdid meaning the new city or the new medina of Fez, Fez also has the French-created, newest section of the city of Fez, Fez el Bali, or Fes el bali is the largest part of the city, and is believed to be the largest contiguous car-free urban area in the world The old part of Fez, Fez el Bali is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fez was a prime manufacturing location for leather goods such as the Adarga.
The city of Fez is one of the most religious cities in Morocco where we can see the strong presence of mosquss, menarets, it is home of al karawiyine one of the oldest islamic universities in the world, Fez was the capital of Morocco at various times in the past, the last such period ending in 1912, when most of Morocco came under French control and Rabat was chosen to be the capital of the new colony, Fez is an increasingly popular tourist destination and many non-Moroccans are now restoring traditional houses (riads and dars) as second homes in the Fez medina.
The city of Fez hosts every year a week long festival, is held of sacred musical traditions from different parts of the world, Performers like Ravi Shankar, Indonesian Gamelan and folk music from Central Asia. The 2007 festival has a new Director : Cherif Khaznadar bringing a new perspective to the program, the festival was founded in 1994 by the Moroccan scholar and philanthropist Faouzi Skali and is sponsored by the World Bank.