Fez is a city where nothing seems to have changed for centuries with narrow lanes, impressive architecture and colourful tanneries – this is a medieval city in motion.


Fez Holidays

Fez, or Fes, contains an abundance of impressive architecture, but the UNESCO protected old city, Fes el Bali, is more than fine buildings: it’s a medieval city in motion, offering the last chance to witness a 12th century lifestyle other than in a museum.

Fez, Meknes, Moulay Idriss and Volubilis are close to the fertile lowlands south of the Rif mountains and the lakes and the cedar forests surrounding Azrou and Ifrane.

However long you plan to spend in Fez, we highly recommend having a guide for at least one day to explore the medina, the tanneries, where age-old methods are still used to colour wool and leather, the basis of the city’s income for almost a 1,000 years, the traditional pottery factories as well as the Dar Batha Museum and mosques.

The Merenid Tombs outside the city walls offer a spectacular overview of the ancient maze of streets pierced by white minarets. Give or take a few satellite dishes dotting the rooftops – this is Fez as it looked more than a thousand years ago. As darkness falls, hundreds of swifts fly home to roost in the city walls as the lights flicker on far below.

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Top Reasons To Visit Fez

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Best time to go visit Fez

Located along the Atlas Mountains, Fez has a seasonal climate, shifting from cool in winter to hot days in the summer months of July to September.

The nights are always cool (or colder in winter), with daytime temperatures in the winter months of around 16 °C (61 °F). The spring months of March to May are also an excellent time to visit as you can make the most of the festival calendar and the balmy weather.

Best time to go visit Fez

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Our Favourite Camps & Lodges

When it comes to accommodation, there’s a huge range of choice available for every budget and every trip type. For an all-encompassing experience, we recommend mixing and matching accommodation types, from light tented camps immersed in the wild to stylish luxury camps where you can kick back without missing any of the action.
Riad Fez

The hotel is made up of five grand houses interconnected by marble staircases and candlelit corridors, each with it’s own distinctive character.

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Riad Maison Bleu

Located in a superb position, minutes from the heart of the medina and yet with views of the green hills that surround Fes.

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Palais Amani

In a city where the choice of stylish accommodation can be overwhelming, Palais Amani takes it’s place as a well priced, traditional riad.

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What is Fez known for?

Fez is well known for its ancient architecture and a city where time seems to have stood still. Narrow lanes lead off in every direction, swarms of people and donkeys fill the alleys and everywhere are stalls selling spices, food, leather and other crafts. Craftsmen sit in cramped corners, their crafts and tools unchanged over the centuries.

Which is the best area to stay in when on holiday in Fez?

Where to stay in Fez depends on how long you are visiting and what you most want to experience. If you’re here for the souks and markets, the best places to stay are those within the ancient walls of Fès el-Bali. However, with 9,400 winding alleys, we recommend you have a local private guide on hand so you can make the most of your time and they’ll ensure your days aren’t spent retracing your steps.

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