Fez (Fes) is the second largest city in Morocco, and often referred to as the country’s “cultural capital.” It’s located in the north-central part of Morocco, northeast of the Atlas Mountains and along the River of Fez. This vibrant region is known for its Moorish architecture, historic Medina walls, and tanneries. Running in Fez is not a popular local activity, but there are some select routes if you know where to look.
The pedestrian friendly Medina is the highlight of our Fes El Bali ‘Runseeing’ tour, but other runnable areas include trail running the Forêt d’ain Chkef, park running in the Parc Champ de Course, and road running on the Meknes-Fes Road and Avenue Hassan II. The trail to Mount Zalagh also offers a scenic running adventure with great views of the city. Keep in mind that the weather in Fez can be quite hot and dry in the summer. It’s also very hilly — so plan accordingly and bring plenty of water. Tourists should also respect local customs and dress in modest, loose-fitting clothing.
There are buses throughout Fez, but they can be very crowded and difficult to navigate. Most tourists opt for the small red taxis that operate within the city limits, or the Grands taxis which travel fixed routes to more distant destinations. Within the car-free Medina, walking is the best way to get around, but personally, we’re partial to running! Go early if running within the Medina to beat the crowds!