Solo Female Travel in Fez

Fez, located in northeastern Morocco, is a captivating city that is globally recognized for its rich history and cultural importance. Known as the country's spiritual and cultural heart, it boasts of intricate and elusive alleys in its old town, or "Fes el Bali", a UNESCO World Heritage site teeming with historic architecture, traditional souks, and a hive of traditional life. Fez is famous for its marvelous medieval Marinid architecture, vibrant tanneries producing high-quality leather, the world's oldest university, the University of Al-Qarawiyyin and colorful ceramic and pottery crafts. The city offers an unparalleled opportunity to soak in the age-old Moroccan tradition, making it a must-visit for all who crave immersive travel experiences.

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Is Fez good for solo travel?

Safety:

Safety:Safe

Fez offers a vibrant history and culture, but as a solo female traveler, you should always be aware of your surroundings. While serious crime is uncommon, petty crime like pickpocketing can be frequent, especially in crowded markets. It's suggested to respect local customs and dress conservatively. Finally, staying alert, particularly at night would help ensure a safer experience.
Transport:

Transport:Moderate

Fez is a city rich in culture and history, but navigating through its labyrinth-like streets can prove to be a challenge, particularly in the old Medina. English is not widely spoken so language barriers can be an issue. However, you should be able to get around with a good map, some planning and a sense of adventure.
Things to do:

Things to do:Interesting

Fez, is rich in culture and architecture, boasting a UNESCO World Heritage site - the largest living Islamic medieval city in the world. You can explore the maze-like alleys of the Medina, where a plethora of traditional goods are sold. Be ready to get lost and discover hidden treasures like the Al-Attarine Madrasa or the Nejjarine Fonduk. For a breathtaking view, you can hike up to the Marinid Tombs. Interesting culinary experiences await you as well, from delicious street food to elegant traditional restaurants. The city has something for every type of traveler, from history buffs to foodies. However, reliable English-speaking guides can be hard to find and the lack of large night scene does limit the city to a 'day-time' destination.
Food:

Food:Above average

The food in Fez represents an intriguing fusion of African, Arabic, and Mediterranean cuisines. Tajines, couscous, dates, and mint tea are ubiquitous here, providing a wonderful taste adventure. However, some might find the food a tad spicy or heavy. The lack of variety in everyday meals might also mildly limit the culinary experience. Yet, the overall appeal of the flavors, interesting traditional preparation methods, and bustling food markets displaying a range of exotic fruits, spices, and meats consolidate an intriguing food culture worth exploring.
Budget:

Budget:Affordable

Fez is fairly budget-friendly for travelers. Affordable accommodations are plenty, and you can enjoy delicious local cuisine without breaking the bank. Public transportation is also relatively cheap, and many of the attractions have low or no entrance fees. However, keep in mind that prices for souvenirs, especially in touristy areas, can be higher and require bargaining.

Is Fez worth visiting?

Overall rating

2.8 /5

based on 3 experiences

Things to do

3.3/5

Safety

2.6/5

Food

3/5

Budget-friendly

3.1/5
Alessandra

Alessandra

Italy

Group travel experience

i definitely don’t recommend to solo traveling in Fez as a female. Me and my friend (also female) got harassed in every streets, both in the day and night. People try to steal your money telling you that the streets are closed and to follow them. It’s a pity because the medina is beautiful, unique and characteristic

Posted: May 6, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 1/5Safety: 1/5
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Solo travel experience

I was in Fez last summer and it was amazing. The city is not that big and is basically divided into the "new city" and the medina ("old city"). I recommend staying in a Riad just outside the medina so you can walk around and explore. Generally speaking, I found it to be very safe. I only used taxis (really cheap) to get from the medina to the new city and vice versa. I also took a one-day bus trip to Chefchaouen and that was great too.

Posted: May 25, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Group travel experience

I definitely do not recommend traveling to Fes for a woman traveling alone. My friends and I (two of us) were harassed by the souks and we got lost because there was no signal to find our way back. We did not feel safe there at all.

Posted: May 20, 2023
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 2/5
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Meet locals in Fez

Meet local women in Fez who are open to meet up for a coffee or a drink, show you around, give local advice or practice a language with.
Emmanuelle

Emmanuelle

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Hi i’m a French girl Who live in Morocco about 6 years and want to go out and enjoy life in the beautiful city of Fez

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Inès

Inès

About Me

Hey ladies! I am a 23 years old loving spicy food, literature and backpacking whenever I can (not enough) ! 🪂 Looking forward to meeting you and hear your story!

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Stay with locals in Fez

Stay with local women in Fez who offer free accommodation as part of cultural exchange. Couch surfing is a great way to meet new people, learn more about new cultures and experience destinations like a local.
Sandrine

Sandrine

Fez

Can host for:

7 days

About me

Hello I am French, single and have been living in Fes since 2007 with my two dogs, a German pointer and a French bulldog. I teach in a French school. I lived in Senegal for 4 years. I have 3 adult children who live in France. I love travelling and meeting new people. I'd be delighted to talk to you, show you around the medina and, if possible, put you up.

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