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Introduction

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Fes or Fez (Arabic: فاس‎ [Fās], French: Fès) is home to Morocco's oldest university and is its leading cultural and religious centre. Fez was founded in 789. History has provided the city with long periods of hardship, but Fez has never died. It now boasts of being the oldest and largest medieval city in the world, remaining almost unchanged through the modern ages.

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Neighbourhoods

  • Fez el-Bali - the medina in the East
  • Fez el-Jdid - the Mellah (Jewish Quarter) and the Royal Palace in the centre
  • Ville Nouvelle - the administrative area built by the French in the southwest.

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Sights and Activities

Tiles

Tiles

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Fez is known for its crafts. Pottery, tiles, cloths, leather and silver products are all made and sold here in exactly the same way they were made a thousand years ago. If you wander through the medina, you could be fooled into thinking you have moved backwards in time. The narrow maze of streets have row after row of vendors selling everything and anything you can imagine. The traffic is pedestrian except for an occasional donkey cart. On the upper levels above the shops, wrought iron balconies remind you of the time when Morocco was occupied by France.

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Weather

Located by the Atlas Mountains, Fez has a Mediterranean climate, shifting from cold and rain in the winter to dry and hot days in the summer months between June and September. The nights are always cool (or colder in winter). Rainfall averages around 640mm per year, snow can also fall in winter. The winter highs typically reach only 16 °C in December and January, with lows well above freezing. The highest and lowest temperatures ever recorded in the city are 46.7 °C and -9.2 °C, respectively, though average highs in summer are a more pleasant 30 °C to 35 °C on most days, with lows averaging between 15 °C and 20 °C.

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Getting There

By Plane

Fez International Airport (international code: FEZ) serves a growing number of destinations. Royal Air Maroc flies to Casablanca and Paris, Atlas Blue (same website) flies to Marseille and Lyon, JetAirFly to Brussels and Charleroi, and Ryanair to Alicante, Sevilla, Brussels, Frankfurt, Girona), Marseille and Milan.

By Train

ONCF has trains to Tangier, Marrakech, Casablanca, Meknes, Rabat and Oujda, most of which go multiple times a day.

By Bus

CTM has regular buses to Casablanca, Meknes, Tangier, Tetouan, Oujda, Al Hoceima, Rabat and Marrakech, amongst other places. Eurolines has international services, mainly to Spain and France.

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Eat

Like everywhere else in Morocco, the imperial city of Fez has plenty of small restaurants where you can get a delicious tajine for less than £3. A tajine is a clay pot filled with chicken, beef, goat’s meat and vegetables, stewed over a charcoal fire for about an hour. For dessert, order a pot of mint tea at one of the outdoor cafes. While sipping on your glass of hot tea, you can watch the locals on their evening stroll along the boulevard. Your cosy hotel is just a couple of minutes of walk away. Bear in mind that everything in Fes closes early. The restaurants and food stalls start packing up at 9:30pm, so if you want to enjoy a slow, relaxed dinner, go around 6pm.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Dar Al Andalous14, Derb Bennani, Douh. Batha, Fès-MedinaGuesthouse-
Riad Al Pacha7, Derb El Miter, Talâa KbiraGuesthouse-
Riad El GhaliaSociété touristique 13/15 Ras Jnane, Ross RhiGuesthouse-
Riad Fes5 Derb Ben Slimane Zerbtana FesGuesthouse-
Riad Dar Chrifa20 Arsat El Hammoumi ZiatGuesthouse89
Riad Damia10 rue Sornas - Ziat FezGuesthouse91
Riad Sara17. Derb El Guabbas Douh, Batha, FesGuesthouse88
Hotel BathaPlace IstiqlalHotel85
Zahrat Al Jabal HotelFar AvenueHotel77
Riyad Sheherazade Hotel23,arsat bennis douhHotel-
Riad Dar Dmana20 Rue Salaj Douh BathaGUESTHOUSE-
Riad Arabesque20 derb el miter zenjfour bab el guissaHotel-
Riad Fez Yamanda1/3 Derb Ben Daoud ZerbtanaGuesthouse-
Riad Zamane Fès12, Derb Skallia Douh - Batha Fez MedinaHotel89
Riad Attarine104 Bouajjara BAB JDID - R'CIFGuesthouse-
SOGATOUR HOTEL MOULAY YACOUBAvenue Enakhil Imm High Tech Hall B, 5ème étageHotel82
Palais de Fès Dar TAZI15 Mokhfia Er'cif a coté du cinéma AmalGuesthouse-
Riad Ibn KhaldounAndalouss - MokhfiaHotel-
Riad el Yacout9 Derb Guebbas Batha Fez medinaGuesthouse-
Dar Houdou42 Teriana Sghira, Talaa Sghira Fez MedinaGuesthouse91
Riad La Perle De La Medina16, Derb Bennis - Douh Batha - FèsGuesthouse-
COMPLEXE TOURISTIQUE DIAMANT VERTKm 5, Route Aîn ChkefHostel88
Riad Hala156 Derb lakram talaa kébira grade porte Bab boujl Batha FezGuesthouse87
Le Palais D'hôtes Riad De Prestige9 Derb Sornas ZiatHotel89
Riad Zitouna5 Derb Rami, Dar Bouali, Zkak LabghalGuesthouse-
Riad Bensouda14 Zkak El Bghel, Quettanine Fez MedinaGuesthouse91
Riad Verus1 Derb Arset Bennis Batha, MedinaGuesthouse83
Riad Jardin Chrifa16 Ferb Bennis Douh FezHotel89
Riad Al Akhawaine42/52, Derb Bni Aich, Talaa Sghira Grande porte Bab Boujloud fez marocGuesthouse91
Fes City Centre ApartmentRue Patrice Lumumba Recidence Abrar 22 Apartment 2Apartment-
Riad Numero 99 Derb Lamside FezGUESTHOUSE-
Riad TafilaletDerb mitter Zenjfor,17Guesthouse-
Dar El Menia Fez7 derb El Menia El KibiraGUESTHOUSE90
Riad Dar Cordoba15 Derb el Guebbuss. BathaGUESTHOUSE-
Dar KamalChaoui60 Kaf Rhouni BHALIL FezGUESTHOUSE-
Riad Andalib54 route Jdida, quartier R'cif 54 Gzam Berkouka; Fes-médinaGUESTHOUSE-
Dar Warda31 Derb Sidi Alaa TalaaGUESTHOUSE88
Dar Sienna6 Derb Eloued Fez Medina 30000GUESTHOUSE91
Dar Hafsa34 Derb Sidi Safi Souiket Ben Safi Talaa Sghira MedinaHOTEL92
Dar Drissi24 Derb el Menia Kbira Fez MedinaGUESTHOUSE-
Fez Luxury ApartmentQ3 213 Hadika Oud FesAPARTMENT-
Riad Dar Guennoun70 Diour Jdoud Klaklyenne Bab Jdid ( Rcif) Fes MedGuesthouse-
RIAD REDA Charming HouseRiad Reda 197 de la grande avenue Fès-jdidHotel-
Najmat El Bathae2 Derb Chekaoui Imm. Mazzour Akebt Sbaa Douh Fes-MedinaApartment-
Ryad NailaN°7 Derb El Miter Talaa Kebira Fes Medina - FesHotel91
Funky Fes60, Arset Lamdelssi - Bab Jdid - Fes MedinaHOSTEL87
Dar Tahrya9 Taryana Talaa KebiraGuesthouse88
Riad KhouloudBab El khoukha Hay akesbi N°8,HOTEL-
Riad Habram4, Derb El Alami, Blida, Fez MedinaHOTEL85
Dar Farah5 Derb TarianaHOTEL-
Chez KhadijaGuerniz 2GUESTHOUSE-
Dar Mystere30 Taryana SghiraHostel-
Dar Fes Medina3 Derb Mokri Ziat Fes MedinaGUESTHOUSE89
Dar El YasmineTalla Sghira Derb Ahl Tadla N°34Hotel90
Ryad Salamaderb ahl tadlaa n°4 talaa sghiraGuesthouse-
Dar Filali56 Rue Blida Fez MedinaGUESTHOUSE-
Hotel Bab Boujloud49, place ISCESCO Kasbat Boujloud Fès MédinaHotel-
Riad Layalina10 bis Derb el Miter - Aïn AzlitenGUESTHOUSE-
Villa AgapantheRoute de Sefrou Domaines BenabdelahHOTEL-
Riad Les Remparts De FesN 7 Bis Derb El Miter Talaa Kebira - Ain AzleteHOTEL-
Riad Ahlam24, Derb El Miter Ain AzlitenGUESTHOUSE-
Dar Mehdi40 Derb Ben Salam Talaa Kibira FezGUESTHOUSE86
Guesthouse Dar Othmane76 Farrane Couicha Hay ChrabliyineGUESTHOUSE83
La Bague De Kenza19 Derb El Mqaoues El Haffarine Hay Fendeq LyhoGUESTHOUSE82
Dar Kenza6 Derb Elguebbas BathaGuesthouse-
Hotel Jnane Sbile22 Kasbat Chems BoujloudHOTEL-
Riad Dezayn8 derb Abdelkrim Fez MedineGUESTHOUSE-
Dar El Ma27 Zqaq El Ma Fes El BaliGUESTHOUSE85
Dar Ahl Tadla83 Dar Ahl Tadla Talaa SghiraGUESTHOUSE-
Riad Anass Al Ouali4 Derb Agoual Sefli Talaa SghiraGUESTHOUSE86
Riad Lalla Fatima17 Arset el Hammoumi ZiatGUESTHOUSE-
Mayfez36 oued Souafine - Douh FEZ MedinaGUESTHOUSE-
Hotel Nouzha7 Rue Hassan Dkhissi Place ATLAS - Fès FezHOTEL85
Dar Finn27 Zkak RouahGUESTHOUSE-
Hotel Pension DalilaBab Oued Zhoun 26 MedinaHOTEL83
Dar DalilaNo. 4, Derb Sornas Ziat, FezGUESTHOUSE-
Riad Les Idrissides31 derb bensalem Talaa KbiraGUESTHOUSE-
Hotel Pension Campini15, Rue Campini BathaHOTEL-
hotel bab boujloud49 place boujloud fesHotel-
Maison Famille TaziTalaa Sghira N° 1, Derb Roum, MédinaGuesthouse-
Dar Ouassim1, Derb El Alami l'Ablida, MedinaHostel-
Riad Rcif1 Takharbicht Laayoune RcifHOTEL85
Dar Lalla Kenza5 derb Sidi Hssayne Klaklieyener Medina FezGUESTHOUSE-
Hotel Tomboukto32 Bis Wad Zhoun Medina, FezHOTEL72
Dar Labchara8 Derb Lebchara, Souiket Ben Safi Talaa sghiraGUESTHOUSE-
Dar Rbab3 Derb el Kateb Zkak RoumaneGUESTHOUSE-
Dar Zohor19, Teryana Talaa sghiraGUESTHOUSE82
Riad NassimRiad Nassim 11, derb El Miter, Quartier ZanchfourGUESTHOUSE-
Dar KenziOued Souaffine 41HOTEL-
Riad AnataDerb el Hamia, 16bGUESTHOUSE-
Riad Fes Baraka16 Derb Bennani BathaGUESTHOUSE-
Hotel Bab Al MadinaBab Ouad Zehou 28 Medina FezHOTEL-
RIAD LE JARDIN DES BIEHN13 Akbat Sbaa DouhGuesthouse-
Pickalbatros Royal Mirage Fes HotelAvenue Des FarHotel-
Algilà fès17 Akibat Sbaa Fès El BaliHotel-
Dar Rabha41 Derb Seraj Fez MedinaHOSTEL-
Dar lmallouki11 derb ben salem talaa l'kbiraGUESTHOUSE-
Riad Razane Fes8 Derb Sidi Bou JidaaHOTEL-
Hotel Tijani8,Bab Oued Zhoun old MedinaHotel-
maison fez aya46 Derb benadada ain-azlitenGuesthouse-
Riad Hotel Myra13 Rue Salaj BathaHotel-
Riad Algila Fes1-2-3.17, Derb El Mokri Akibat Sbaa DouhGUESTHOUSE-
Dar Lalla Bouchra153/2 Bab BoujloudGUESTHOUSE-

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Keep Connected

Internet

There are plenty of Cybercafes in cities and small towns and accessing the Internet won't be a problem. The price is around 4 to 10DH/ hour. If you have a laptop while traveling then you can buy a USB key for wireless connection from one of the 3 main telecommunication companies (Maroc Telecom, Meditel, and Inwi). Credits are available starting from 10DH/24 hours (starting from the time you use it, if you start at 2:00am then next day at 2:00am you will have to recharge it again). Wifi is getting more and more common in places like hotels, shopping malls and in restaurants and coffee places in larger cities. The wireless connection in some areas might be slow, that depends on the signal as not the whole of Morocco has 3G coverage.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Morocco's country code is +212, International Call Prefix is 00. The telephone numbering scheme is changed starting March 2009. All fixed telephone numbers have a 5 inserted after the 0, and all mobile telephone numbers have a 6 inserted after the 0. All numbers are now ten-digit long, counting the initial 0. Useful numbers are Police: 19; Fire Service: 15; Highway Emergency Service: 177; Information: 160.

Public telephones can be found in city centres, but private telephone offices (also known as teleboutiques or telekiosques) are also commonly used.
The GSM mobile telephone network in Morocco can be accessed via one of two major operators: Meditel or Maroc Telecom. Prepaid cards are available. It is very easy and cheap to buy a local GSM prepaid card in one of the numberous phone shops showing a Maroc Telecom sign.

Post

Post Maroc is the national postal service of Morocco and has details on their website (French) regarding the sending of letters, postcards and parcels, both domestically and internationally. The postal service in Morocco is very efficient and the post offices are generally open Monday through Friday, from 8:30am to 12 noon and 2:30pm to 6:30pm. On Saturdays it is open from 8:30am to 2:00pm. Some might keep longer hours though, especially in larger tourist cities and central areas. You can post your mail at one of the post offices or otherwise in the yellow post boxes you'll find throughout the country. For packages, you can also use international courier companies like TNT, DHL or UPS. They offer quick, reliable services and competitive rates.

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 34.0469
  • Longitude: -4.9963

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