It would be impossible to immerse yourself more deeply in Moroccan culture than by diving into Fez. It’s an intense experience, a labyrinth of narrow lanes that have sprawled organically over centuries, hemmed in and overlooked by the medina walls and surrounding hills. Donkey carts compete with human mules, laden with all manner of goods, for street space, frequently leaving all other pedestrian (cars are forbidden in the medina) flattened against the dusty walls of the houses, shops, workshops, medersas and palaces that make up the medina. Aside from the maelstrom of street life, you can escape into the delicately decorated courtyards of the Attarine Medersa, peer into the halls of the historic Kairaouine Mosque, or brave the powerful odour of the leather tanneries. The weight of history, culture, and the almost medieval daily life of the medina can overwhelm but it should be right at the top of your wish-list for Morocco. It’s one of the most incredible cities in the world, and somewhere you can lose yourself for days.