When is the best time to fly to Fez?
Most visitors book flights to Fez during the high season, which runs from February through May and also during the months of September and October. Spring is a particularly beautiful time to visit as the wildflowers begin to blossom.
The annual Fez Festival of World Sacred Music is around the middle of June. Flights to Fez and accommodation book up months in advance, so it’s best to make reservations ahead of time.
Rates are always negotiable in Morocco and even more so during the off season. Visiting between November and February spares you from crowds of tourists and many airlines offer cheap flights to Fez. For a winter visit bring warm clothing; the buildings are designed for a hot climate and can be chilly in winter.
The Muslim Ramadan takes place in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar (visitors should check the exact date before planning a visit as it can vary) and nearly all restaurants and cafes are closed during the day.
Fez is the third-largest city in Morocco, and also one of Morocco’s most traditional cities. As the oldest of the three imperial cities (Rabat and Marrakech are the other two), Fez is often referred to as the cultural and spiritual centre of Morocco.
The Medina of the city (also known as the old part of the city) is one of the city’s main attractions. Today, Fez is packed full of culture from the tribal people dressed in colourful robes and textiles to veiled women and street sellers. The Medina of Fez is one of the oldest medieval cities in the world and still embraces the lifestyle of centuries past. Make sure to arrange for a tour guide to take you through the traditional city, as many first time visitors can become overwhelmed by the bustling city, its narrow streets and mysterious alleys. No trip to Fez is complete without a stop at the one of the famous tanneries.
Travellers who take a flight to Fez in search of solitude should take a hike to the Merenid tombs. From the top of the hill you’ll see the best views of the city, including palaces, Mosques and the thousands of people who call this place their home.