Find the soul of Morocco in

Fez

Fez is an Imperial City that has stood in the north of Morocco for a thousand years. Within its sturdy walls you’ll find the place where old Morocco still exists – in the elaborate architecture, the historic medina and the throngs of people that make their home here.

Walk through high walled streets, watch the daily procession of mourners entering the tomb of Fez’s founder Moulay Idriss II, and see the ornate carvings and mosaics on every surface; it’s easy to understand why Fez is called the spiritual heart of Morocco. Time seems to have stopped in large parts of this city, nowhere else can you find such a strong link to the kingdom's past.

But it’s not a place untouched by modern comforts – there are plenty of five star hotels to stay in and restaurants to eat at. Fez is an inspiring blend of old and new.

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Staying In Fez

Image: Riads in Fez can be extremely luxurious

If you’re coming to Fez then we highly recommend you stay in the world famous Medina of Fez. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is where you’ll find some of the main tourist sights, and there are plenty of places to rest your head. Hostels provide accommodation for those on a tight budget, and there are riads around every corner to give you a real Moroccan experience. These traditional ornate houses are centred around a courtyard, usually containing trees and a fountain. They vary from the cheap and cheerful to the impossibly luxurious, and compared to equivalent places in Europe and North America, are reasonably priced.

Getting To Fez

Image: Fez receives flights from across Europe

Most travellers arrive in the Imperial City of Fez at Fes-Saiss airport, to the south of the city. You can fly directly here from Stansted airport, and many European cities. Otherwise head to Casablanca and take an internal flight across to Fez, it will take about 45 minutes to fly between the two airports. To get to the city centre from Fes-Saiss you can take a shuttle bus which departs every half an hour and takes around forty minutes to get there. A fixed price taxi will also get you there for around MAD120 (around £8). Fez is also served by the Moroccan train service, which connects it with Marrakech, Rabat and Tangier, amongst other places.

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