Welcome shelter from the hot sun or rain...
22.09.2018 30 °C
The famous Fes Gardens were originally an Almoravid dynasty fortress dated in the 11th century, the 17 acre site comprises of an arboretum, shady walkways, trees, plants and a small river propelled by a perpetual motion waterwheel ( Noria) this has recently been rebuilt by a steel construction to replace the original timber one which had rotted and disintegrated with age. The gardens were built by Alouite -Dynasty Sultan Moulay Abdellah in the eighteenth century and were opened to the public in 1917.
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There are colourful flower beds and a small lake with a sanctuary island for ducks which are quite tame and enjoy being hand-fed by visitors, but the tall Washingtonians, giant Bamboos, and pine trees dominate the site offering shade and shelter from the hot summer sun. Toilets are on site and kept clean, the gardens also host segments of the annual Fes Sacred Music Festival, uniformed guards patrol the site and it closes around 6 pm to exclude rough sleepers and other undesirables, the main entrance on Avenue Moulay Hassan features a tourist information board.
There is also an upmarket Cafe Noria ( named after the waterwheel) in the west corner of the gardens accessible from Ave Moulay Hassan, only food and drinks are served, no alcohol, because of its proximity to a school and Fes el Jdid Medina.