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Practical information :

Currency : dirham, non-convertible benefits from a favorable exchange rate, 1 euro = 11dh.

Language : Arabic and the Moroccan city. French is spoken and understood everywhere. In the medina outside bazaars "multilingual", the craftsmen often do not speak French, but you will always find someone who will be pleased to act as interpreter.

Schedule : time difference of one hour less in winter and two summer with France.

Thumbnail imageWeather conditions :

 Fez has a continental climate. The sun is highest in all seasons. Temperatures are mild in nine months 12 hottest summer, July and August, with extremes of up to + 45 ° and winter mainly in February where temperatures can approach 0 ° for a few days. In recent years the rains are scarce and are concentrated in February and March, often in the form of heavy showers.

Best season : March to June and from September to January.

Clothing Accessories : The Fez medina is by its location a medina "sport", built on hills and dales, cobbled streets so unequal to require the visitor (the visitor especially) who wishes to walk with it walking shoes, comfortable and preferably without a heel. In spring and autumn evenings to provide a light sweater as the temperature difference day / night can be important. Whatever the season, clothing is recommended.

Means of transport :


Small Taxi : Each city has its small color taxis in Fes are red and very many new town. They do not take more than three passengers. Rates are small races, for example, from downtown to R'cif the center of the medina takes approximately 10dh day. The night from 20h tariffs are increased by 50%. All small taxis are metered. Small taxis serve only the urban area.

Great Taxi : Mercedes-bearing age, they provide connections beyond the city limits. Collective, they take up to 6 passengers. Do not have meters, the fare is negotiated in advance.

Trains : For connections between cities it is best to choose this mode of transport. ONCF Morocco has embarked on a policy of continuous improvement of its services both in terms of passenger comfort as compliance schedules. Fez since there are regular trains to Meknes, Rabat, Casablanca and TAZA / OUJDA.

Taxi Tourism : there are thirty approved for the city of Fez, the vehicles, Mercedes newer than those of the Great Taxi provide a much better comfort and their drivers speak at least one foreign language. They are rented by the trip, day or stay. This is the perfect solution to make day trips such as Moulay Idriss / Volubilis / Meknes or that of the Middle Atlas, Sefrou / Ifrane / Azrou.

Rental Cars : Most rental agencies are in new city. Europcar, Avis or Hertz to provide the best known benefits of the same level as in Europe. 

AIRPORT :

Fez airport Saiss is located ten kilometers from the city of Fez, the Royal Air Morocco, Morocco's largest airline, flies daily direct to France and passing through Casablanca to the rest of Europe or USA. The opening of the Moroccan sky is booming and new airlines serve Fez, such as Ryanair, JET4YOU TRANSAVIA or from Europe.
 
Your tranfer Airport / Riad Souafine:
To facilitate your arrival in Riyadh Souafine we can arrange transfer by taxi from the airport Tourism.
The official rate is 150dh (14 €), slightly more expensive than the price of taxis (120dh) to be negotiated at the finish.
 
Furthermore, the Taxi Tourist we will book you at the airport even if your flight is delayed, he will know your exact destination and notify us of your arrival in Medina which permetttra we send you a member of the Souafine team to help you carry your luggage.
 

Savoir Vivre :

Morocco is a Muslim country, the Moroccans are by nature friendly and hospitable. Fez, the religious capital of Morocco, is no exception in the sense of hospitality, but it is useful to know some rules to better respect the sensitivity of Fassis.

Besides the dress especially for women who should not be too "suggestive" (avoid deep necklines, mini skirts or shorts, ultra short body ....), The conduct must also respect the culture and the locals such as not drinking alcohol in public, avoid demonstrations too emotional love in public ... ..
 
Being invited to a Moroccan family to eat frequently and is often the occasion for a real treat even for the poorest families who are willing to sacrifice a large budget to honor their guests. In Europe a good education is that the guests finish their plate, Morocco that means you're still hungry and there is not enough food prepared for you that dishonors the family who receives you.
 
The mosques in Morocco are forbidden to non Thumbnail imagemusulmans (except the Hassan II mosque in Casablanca, which can be visited). Fez has about 300 mosques according to some, the small prayer hall in the prestigious neighborhood Qarawiyyin, doors are often open and can be admired from afar the interior architecture and the beautiful decorations that adorn the course. It is not advisable to take pictures.
 

RAMADAN


Thumbnail imageThe holy month of fasting for Muslims is a time a little special for tourists, because daily life is adapted to take account of constraints.

Administrations and institutions are still open day early morning they often close to 15H or 16H (depending on the season which runs Ramadan). The shops open late in the medina in the morning but stay open late at night. Cafes and restaurants are mostly closed during the day and only a few open when Ftour (breaking fast).
 
The bars themselves are strictly closed the sale of alcohol during Ramadan is forbidden even to strangers. In the medina you can find one or two small restaurant open for lunch. Cons by the luxury hotels are open.
During the day it is best to avoid smoking and eating in public in order not to arouse hostility, and then isolated in a quiet and unfrequented. This respectful attitude is appreciated by the people.
An hour before Ftour a frenzy seizes people who rush to make their last food shopping in the souks or to return home in time to break the fast. The streets suddenly emptied of all human beings. It is a moment both magical and impressive. After Ftour the streets fill again and till late at night.

 Ramadan evenings are also where people gather after the break to listen to songs and Sufi music or over tea with friends.

Good to know : during this period and especially in the coming years when Ramadan will take place during the summer, the nightlife is more intense, families come out and walk longer to enjoy a bit of freshness.

A centuries-old tradition still in place may surprise the tourists: the night during Ramadan happening in all parts of the Medina (also new in town), a man charged with preventing the residents that it's time for last meal before sunrise. It uses a kind of drum or sometimes a traditional trumpet.

Thumbnail imagePRACTICAL

As in all Muslim countries, Friday is the day of great prayer and represents the equivalent of Sunday.

Given the "distance" between the Medina of Fez and Fez new city, the organization of weekly rest is different.

In the Medina all shops close at noon on Friday while in the new town is closing on Sunday.

Governments and banks are closed in the two cities on Saturday and Sunday.

The system of continuous day tends to grow but it is still not practiced everywhere and there are always different schedules for summer and for the month of Ramadan.