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Considered as the cultural heartland of Morocco, Fes' heritage has been preserved in the sprawling alleyways of the medina which radiate ancient history. Even now you'll hear the call of "Balak!" warning of an oncoming donkey, still the only form of transport in the old city. The labyrinthine souks fan out from Old Fes, a warren of aromatic food stalls, buzzing craft workshops and local community groups. Fes is undergoing somewhat of a revival, and while the medina receives a facelift its riads have been upgraded with beautiful parks and gardens. Fast-paced, charming and utterly romantic, Fes eclectically mixes old and new where satellite dishes are as likely to puncture the sky as minarets.

The souks of Old Fes can sometimes be overwhelming in their scale, but your A&K guide will introduce you to the wonderful craftsmen - many are old friends or classmates who can give you a fantastic insight into the inner workings of the bazaar. Here knowledge is passed down through generations, from the intricate carving of dark cedar to the painstaking painting of zellij tiles. The Bou Inania Medersa, a theological college, is one of the few religious places in Morocco accessible to non-Islamic visitors; finished in 1357, it has been beautifully yet Sympathetically restored. We recommend losing yourself for a few hours in the souks; ambling down tiny alleyways is the best way to stumble upon hidden treasures.

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Best time to be there

Morocco is warm and sunny year round. The best time to visit is mid-February to June and September to December. Coastal Morocco is cooled by sea breezes. The peaks of the Atlas Mountains are snow-capped for most of the year.

Fly to

Marrakech (BA, Royal Air Maroc, Easyjet); Agadir  (Easyjet); Casablanca (Royal Air Maroc and Air Arabia); Tangiers (Royal Air Maroc & Air Arabia); Essaouira (Easyjet); Fes (Ryanair)

Flying time

3 hrs 15 mins - 4 hrs 20 mins

Time difference



Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

No mandatory vaccinations required

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Family North African Adventure

Nights: 9 | from £2,995pp

A fantastic Moroccan experience that encompasses desert, mountains and cities, offering a brilliant blend of culture, entertainment and outdoor adventure... Find out more

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Marrakech City Break

Nights: 3 | from £415pp

This 3 night escape to the sun and souks of Marrakech includes exploring the photogenic Djemaa-el Fna Square and a trip to the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture

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Luxury Small Group Journeys - Splendours of Morocco

Nights: 11 | from £4,925pp

Delve into Morocco, from its historic cities to its mysterious desert, staying in the A&K Exclusive Desert Tented Camp by the Erg Chebbi dunes and spending... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Highlights of Morocco

Nights: 7 | from £1,395pp

Immerse yourself in the history and exotic atmosphere of Marrakech before heading to the beautiful Atlas Mountains for some relaxation and mountain air.... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Morocco in Style

Nights: 9 | from £3,195pp

Begin with Morocco’s biggest city, Casablanca, take a tour of the historic imperial city of Fes, ramble over Roman ruins, spend a peaceful night under... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Palais Faraj Suites & Spa

Allow the Palais Faraj to take you back in time a thousand years, this grand building with its sumptuous designs and bespoke furniture has the ideal location... Find out more

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Riad Fès

Staying at Riad Fès feels like taking a step back in time. The building beautifully recreates the splendour of the Fassi nobility, with Moorish architecture... Find out more

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