Fez Medina View

Fez, which is the second largest city of Morocco, was the capital until 1925, and is now the capital of the Fès-Meknès administrative region. Funded by Idris I in 789, this great city of high Islamic civilization has two old medinas, the larger of which is Fes el Bali (Old Fez). It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the medina transports of goods is provided by donkeys, mules and handcarts. This offers an assault on the senses, a warren of narrow lanes and covered bazaars fit to bursting with aromatic food stands, craft workshops, mosques and an endless parade of people. 

The word 'Fez' means 'Pickaxe' in arabic, which Idriss I used when he created the lines of the city. One noticable thing was that the pickaxe was made from silver and gold. After Fez got its official name, areas around Fez got their names based on this famous city. The Middle Atlas mountains near the city is called the Fazaz, and a small town west from Meknes is called Ait Fazzaz.

The Jewish quarter of Fez, the Mellah was built in 1438, near the royal residence in Fez Jdid. The Mellah at first consisted of Jews from Fez el Bali and soon saw the arrival of Berber Jews from the Atlas range and Jewish immigrants from Al-Andalus.

Despite its traditional character, there is a modern section: the Ville Nouvelle or "New City". Today it is a bustling commer
cial center.

Near the Atlas Mountains, Fez has a Mediterranean climate with a strong continental influence, shifting from cold and rain in the winter to dry and hot days in the summer months between June and September. 

Fez is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination. The most important monuments in the city are:

For more about Fez, please visit the  dedicated website.

Getting to Fez

Fez is one of the imperial cities of Morocco, which has an ancient walled city, often  compared to the walled city of Jerusalem.  ACRI 2016 Venue is located in the very center of the city. 

Fez  is one of the most popular tourist places in Morocco and it may be reached by plane, train, car or bus.

By plane

There are a lot of direct flights to Fez Saiss airportFez may also be reached through one of the other nearby airports; Med V, Casablanca  or Rabat-Sale

Fez may be served by several  compagnies:
  • Royal Air Maroc offers daily flights from Casablanca London-Gatwick and Paris-Orly,
  • Ryanair offers flights from Barcelona (El Prat), Brussels (Charleroi), Dusseldorf (Weeze), Eindhoven, Frankfurt (Hahn), Lille, London (Stansted), Marseille, Milan (Bergamo), Nantes, Nimes, Paris (Beauvais), Pisa, Rome (Ciampino) and St.Etienne to Fez, though not on a daily basis,
  • Vueling flies from Barcelona (El Prat) to Fez, many connections to cities all over Europe are proposed via the Vueling hub in Barcelona,
  • Jetairfly offers flight from Brussels Charleroi Airport.

The airport is located about 15km from the city. One option, if you don't have too much luggage, is to take a 'local bus' (line 16), or you can choose a 'taxi' (cost 120-150 dirhams (1 € ~ 10 DAM) into town, price is for the whole car).

There is also now an "airport shuttle" that cost about MAD20 for a single trip. it's a new Volvo bus with a printout on the right side (Fez - Airport). It runs approximately every 30 minutes. It will take you to the train station and the ride is about 25-30 minutes. The ticket can be purchased on the bus. You can take it also from Fez to the airport and the bus stop is on the left of the entrance to the train station (city center).

By train

The train station Fès-Ville is located  at the northern end of the Ville-Nouvelle. There is regular train service along the Marrakech to Oujda and Tangier to Oujda train lines.

The trip from Casablanca takes about  4 hours   and costs 165/110 MAD (1st class/2nd class). 

Connections  from Casablanca Airport (Med V) to Fez are carried out  according to the following  train schedule which can be updated. For any additional information about trains, please visit the website of the Office National des Chemins de Fer ONCF

All these trains serve the city of Rabat. It takes  about two and a half to three hours, and costs 75/105 MAD 
(1st class/2nd class).
For any other request regarding travel to Fez, please don't hesitate to contact us, acri2016.univ-perp.fr

By bus

A national compagny CTM  carry out travelling along the country with very confortable buses. dozen departures per day are from Casablanca to Fez (duration around 5-6 hours,  Price 90 MAD  or 3-4 hours,  Price from 75 MAD from Rabat).

By car

If you are willing to rent a car at the  airport, there is a direct highway to Fez from Casablanca (~300 KM) or from Rabat (206 Km).  It is very  fast and secure.