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Fez

A few days' holiday in Morocco's Imperial city of Fez el Bali, the "city of thousands of alleys", is a chance to experience one of Morocco's gems. Its exciting history, outstanding architecture gives a fascinating opportunity to gain an insight into a lifestyle barely changed since medieval times.

Fez Short Break - 3 or 4 Nights from £185 per night + flights (click here)

Special Offers

Fez Short Break - 3 Nights from £185 per night + flights

 

Riad Ghita Riad Norma Riad Fez
from £185* per person From £205* per person From £270* per person

* Based on a standard double room (B&B) and airport transfers but EXCLUDING FLIGHTS. Price varies by room, season and exchange rate. Extra nights and other properties are also available - see Accommodation Finder

 

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Whats Included:
  • Sunday departures from Stansted
  • Three nights' accomodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Transfers to and from Fez Airport
  • Half day city tour
Day Itinerary
1 Transfer Fez airport to accommodation (0.5 hrs)
2 Tour of the Fez Medina (up to 4 hours) through the densly packed alleyways taking in medersas, fondouks, palaces, residences, mosques and fountains
3. Day at Leisure (optional day trip to Meknes available ask for details and costs)
4 Morning at leisure then transfer to Fez Airport

Overview

The City

Fez enjoys a wonderful position close to Meknes between the Rif and the Middle Atlas mountain ranges and is linked by an excellent railway network with Casablanca and Marrakech to the south, and Tangier to the north.

The most authentic of Morocco’s Imperial Cities, the medina of Fez el Bali is recognised as one of the finest in the world by UNESCO, and has been designated a World Heritage Site.  It is reported to have 9,000 alleyways, many barely wide enough for a donkey or mule, the only form of transport in most of the medina, which create interest and excitement at every turn.

The city was the capital of Morocco for more than 400 years, and is now the country’s spiritual, religious and culinary centre. It houses the finest collection of architectural delights in Morocco, including a superb range of accommodation offered in very elegant riads (courtyard houses), mainly in the accessible Batha and Ziat districts. All riads have a private sun terrace, many offering superb views of the surrounding mountains, and some have pools, though most are small. The need to walk along uneven, sloping alleys to access many parts of the medina should be noted.

Weather

Fez has a pleasant climate, with considerable variation over the year. Ground floor or air conditioned rooms are advised in July and August, and from November until January be sure to take warm clothes for the evenings.  Although rooms are heated, many of them are so lofty that it is hard to heat the room fully. April to November are the driest months.

Location

Fez is located between the Rif mountains to the north and the Middle Atlas mountains to the south in the centre of the north of Morocco.

It has an international airport and is linked to other places of interest by the excellent train service and the good road network:

  • Meknes, a quieter Imperial city under 1 hour to the west;
  • Volubilis, the site of the largest and best preserved Roman ruins in Morocco, and nearby Moulay Idriss, one of the country's most important spiritual sites around 90 minutes’ drive north of Meknes; and
  • Rabat, the Imperial city located on the Atlantic coast on the around 4 hours to the west on the train line heading eventually down to Marrakech.

Accommodation

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Riad Ghita

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Riad Ghita is a restored 16th century palace in a very accessible location just outside the medina. It is highly rated for its traditional Moroccan decor, hospitality and food and benefits from excellent views from its spacious roof terrace.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£75 per night, B&B Information

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Riad Ghita Palace, Fez

Riad Ghita Palace

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Riad Ghita Palace is a beautifully restored 16th century palace and one of the oldest riads in Fez. Set in a very accessible location just outside the eastern side of the medina 15 minutes' walk to the main attractions it is a very highly rated for its traditional Moroccan decor, hospitality and food.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£80 per night, B&B Information

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2** Classic Information

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Roof terrace

Riad La Cle de Fez

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La Cle de Fez is a beautiful riad close to the Batha Museum. It features a swimming pool and a large multilevel roof terrace with panoramic views. It offers pretty, well presented rooms in classical Moroccan style, some well suited to families.

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£80 per night, B&B Information

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Riad Lune et Soleil

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Riad Lune et Soleil is a comfortable riad a few minutes’ walk to the souks and places of interest. It is decorated with the owners’ private collection of fascinating artifacts and its rooms open onto a patio with mature citrus trees. It is well known for its warm welcome and excellent food.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£75 per night, B&B Information

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Riad Fes

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Riad Fez is an elegant boutique hotel situated in a relatively easily accessible, lively part of the medina a short stroll from many places of interest. It has various facilities including a fine restaurant and swimming pool on one of the roof terraces with superb views of the medina and Middle Atlas Mountains.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£170 per night, B&B Information

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Riad Laaroussa

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Riad Laaroussa is a stunning luxury riad in a central position in the medina. It offers stylish and comfortable suites, an adjacent 4 bedroomed house, a large central patio and garden, pool and a roof top terrace with superb views.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£165 per night, B&B Information

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Patio

Riad Norma

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Riad Norma is a luxurious riad, consistently rated highly by guests for food, rooms, staff and facilities. The riad is an oasis of calm and exquisite taste, featuring a large covered patio, a spacious roof terrace and, unusually, a beautiful exterior garden sheltered by the high walls with a plunge pool.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£90 per night, B&B Information

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Garden lounge

Ryad Mabrouka

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Ryad Mabrouka is a beautifully presented riad, tucked away a short walk from the main sights of the medina. It has a hammam, a terrace with great views of the medina and mountains, and a lovely courtyard with pool, but it is not suited to young children.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£95 per night, B&B Information

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Riad Maison Bleue & Spa

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Riad Maison Bleue is a jewel of a large traditional riad with swimming pool, excellent spa and a superb location. Beautifully decorated with blue mosaics, finely carved cedar-wood doors, stained glass windows and stucco cornices, it has 3 roof terraces with amazing views and a small courtyard garden.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£160 per night, B&B Information

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Attractions

Things to do or see

In the City

  • There are too many wonderful sights to list here, but they include: the Medersa Attarine, the mighty Karaouine Mosque, the Nejjarine Fountain, the Batha Museum, the Borj-Nord museum of weaponry, the magnificent palaces of Fez el-Bali, the nearby Fes Djedid, the famous colourful tannery, the Mellah and the beautiful souks.
  • Fez hosts the Festival of World Sacred Music in June.

Nearby, all within 90 minutes by road or train

  • Meknes, a quieter Imperial city under 1 hour to the west of Fez by car or train, famous for the decorative gate of Bab El Mansour, the Mausoleum of Moualy Ismail, ruler of Morocco in the 17th century, and Dar Jamai Museum of Moroccan art and its gardens.
  • Volubilis, 90 minutes’ drive from Fez (a short drive north of Meknes), the site of the largest and best preserved Roman ruins in Morocco, which is a a World Heritage Site and particularly noted for its superb mosaic floors.
  • Moulay Idriss, one of the country's most important spiritual sites in the foothills of the Rif Mountains within sight of Volubilis, is a small town on a picturesque hill.
  • Spas and natural hot springs of Moulay Yacoub, reputed to cure skin complaints and rheumatism, with detoxing and de-stressing thalassotherapy spa treatments, just 20 minutes from Fez el-Bali.  Sidi Harazem mineral water springs are 15 minutes away.
  • The Middle Atlas Mountains to the south of Fez offer walking or horse riding, interesting towns such as Sefrou where in June the cherry harvest is celebrated (30 minutes from Fez) and Ifrane, an Alpine style resort and gateway to cedar forests (1 ½ hours’ drive from Fez).

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