Gardens of the Fez medina

In the arabo-andalousian culture the garden is a major element of the architectural balance and of the art of living. Fez has been one of the first cities in the world to built a water distribution network which has enabled the city to develop the art of gardening.

The "Palaces and Andalusian gardens" green walk which is signposted with green signs in the medina, starts at the very beautiful Jnan Sbil garden which is located between the medina and Fez Jdid, only 2mn walking distance from the Blue Gate. Then it goes to the Batha Museum (now closed for restoration), a palace from the 19th century with a pleasant arabo-andalusian garden offering an interesting variety of trees and shrubs and an impressive evergreen oak tree. The next stop on the green walk is at Dar Pacha Tazi, a palace with a peaceful garden amidst numerous not very well kept pavilions and kiosks. The next garden mentionned on the green walk is Palais Mokri, but we do not recommend to visit it, the garden lies fallow and it is ill-frequented, the beautiful part of the Palais Mokri, is a private guesthouse located further downhill (not on the green walk).
The next gardens mentionned on the green walk (Ryad Mokri and Dar Ba Mohamed Chergui) are unfortunately no longer accessible.

Jnan Sbil garden in Fez avenue Hassan II

Gardens in the new town of Fez

The new town has many wide avenues spotted with fountains and planted with plane trees, flowers and majestuous palm trees.
These avenues are very lively in the evening during the warm season.
We recommend to walk down the Ben-Abdellah and Hassan II avenues (main avenues of the city center). When you reach the main roundabout at the bottom of Hassan II avenue, you can continue left along the wide Moulay Youssef avenue leading to the Royal Palace and Fez Jdid.
Many streets and avenues of the new town are planted with jacaranda trees, they are very beautiful in May or June, at the blossoming when the trees turn blue.

jacaranda

A new pleasant public garden with a small lake and nice plants and flowers is accessible at the former "Champ de Course" (racetrack, a nice place to relax and play if you are with young children.

Champ de course

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