About Dar Bensouda
This, palatial 17th century house is centred around a majestic courtyard decorated with antique Fassi zellij (tile work), ornately carved plaster and decorative cedar wood balconies. The five-year restoration has been done entirely by hand and represents the most fantastic houses of Morocco combining the styles of its two most important cities: Marrakech and Fez
Dar Bensouda maintains the house’s original characteristics, but lightens the mood with a minimalist interior and plenty of twenty-first century luxuries including a pretty garden, swimming pool, intimate spa, a winter lounge with open fireplace, gourmet Moroccan restaurant and roof terrace with views over the whole of the Fez medina.
Described by a Moroccan poet as the “Queen of Cities” and the “Jewel of North Africa” Fez was granted UNESCO protection in 1980. The medina of Fez is the biggest in the world and in its heyday was the most important centre of learning, culture and the arts in the Arabic world. Dar Bensouda is located at its heart and there’s no better base for exploring the city’s most important monuments: the Karaouine Mosque, the tomb of Moulay Idriss and the unforgettable tanneries.
Abdellatif’s insider tips
Check out the nearby souks and market of r’Cif. A recent investment by the king means that the whole area is being renovated, which will soon mean a new plaza and pretty river walk.
Lunch on rotisserie chicken stuffed with coriander on the rooftop of the Café Amal, before exploring the quieter streets and plazetas (small squares) of the Al Andalous quarter.
The Fez Festival of Sacred Music is held every year at the end of May – start of June and features some of the most extraordinary performers and musicians in the world. Well worth booking in advance for.