To have a holiday in Fez is to experience one of the most historic areas of Morocco. Fes el Bali is the medieval, walled part of the city and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is apparently the largest car-free urban sprawl in the world. Its winding streets and alleys, and crammed bazaars, are about as Moroccan as it gets. The Bou Inania Madrasa is one of the most stunning examples of Islamic architecture in the country, while the ornamental Bou Jeloud Gardens are pure paradise. If a real getaway is what you're after, Fez fits the bill.
Direct cheap flights to Fez are offered by Ryaniar, with planes flying out from London Stansted. Indirect flights are also available, courtesy of airlines such as Royal Air Maroc, Iberia and British Airways, but while you'll get to travel out from a larger selection of UK airports (including Glasgow International, Manchester and Birmingham), the fares will be considerably greater, as will the journey time. A direct flight there will take an average of around three and a half hours.
The gateway to your Fez holiday will be Fes-Saiss Airport, which is situated around 15 kilometres from the city itself. There are frequent bus services connecting the airport to the city. As for getting around in Fez itself, there are plenty of cheap red taxis that will take you the medieval part (the medina), which is a car-free zone. But don't worry about getting lost: just embrace the hustle and bustle and explore the maze-like streets – there are always locals you can ask for directions. Maps showing walking tours of the old town are also available, making things a little easier.
There are many hotels in Fez to choose from – you're best off looking for accommodation in the medina itself, as that's where the real attractions of Fez lie. Have a good look around online to compare different options. Cheap and mid-range hotels shouldn't be hard to come by if you do your research and book well in advance.
There is plenty of street food to sample during your holiday in Fez, which is a great way of tasting local dishes without spending a fortune. There are also plenty of humble, traditional little restaurants serving tagines and other Moroccan specialities at low prices. Just avoid anywhere that looks too swanky as there's really no point in paying over the odds when there are so many options on offer. The souks of Fez are famous and you'll be able to pick up bargains, from leather goods to ceramics. Remember to haggle for the best possible price!
Updated 16th July 2014
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