… and how to keep cool in Fez


When temperatures hit 35 degrees C and more, it’s time to seek cool shady places. Here are some ideas.


Some guesthouses have pools, though it is mostly the more expensive ones:

Dar Finn

Dar Bensouda

Riad Fes

Ryad Salama

Riad Laaroussa

Hotel Sahrai

Riad Jaouhara

Riad Medina Fez

Ryad Mabrouka

Riad Maison Bleue

If you’re not staying at one of these, then you can swim at the following guesthouses and hotels:

Hotel Merinides up on the hill above the medina. Take a taxi to reach it, and stay for sundowners as it does have a wonderful view. The charge is Dh200 to swim, or Dh300 including lunch.

Riad Alkantara is a beautiful riad in the medina with a large pool set in a lush garden. Swimming is Dh150 for adults and half price for children.

Riad Alkantara

Riad Alkantara


Hotel Sahrai just outside the medina above the Borj Fez shopping centre charges Dh300 to use their infinity pool. There’s a health club here, too, and a hammam and spa.

Now here’s a secret: Dar el Mandar just 30 minutes south of Fes has a wonderful pool. Spend the whole day out in the country, including lunch.

Dar El Mandar

Dar El Mandar

 Shady garden

Jnan Sbil is a beautiful garden on the edge of the medina, between Boujloud Square and Bab el Makina. It has been restored and features wide avenues lined with palm trees, a stream with waterwheels, a lake and both formal and more relaxed planting. It’s a beautiful place to wander and escape the heat.

Jnan Sbil

Jnan Sbil


Watering Holes

Head for these shady watering holes when the heat gets too much:

Mezzanine: Right opposite the main gates into Jnan Sbil is this popular bar with roof terrace. They have live music some nights. Open 11.00 to 01.00.

Cafe Clock: The roof terrace has lots of shade for your smoothies and cool juices.

Batha Hotel: There are two bars here, both offering some shade: one by the pool and a prettier one out the back, opposite the Batha Museum.