WHEN TO GO
Like much of Morocco, October through April is the best time to visit. The temperature soars into the 90s by day, but it is much cooler by night. Non-Muslim travelers should avoid traveling during Ramadan, a month-long fast during which many restaurants are closed and most businesses fall into a slower pace. The dates of Ramadan shift from year to year, but it normally takes place in the autumn, sometime between the beginning of September and the end of November.
HOW TO GET THERE
The Saiss airport is situated less than ten miles south of Fez and receives flights from Casablanca and Paris. GB Airways (0870 850 9850, www.gbairways.com) flies to Fez on Fridays and Tuesdays from London Gatwick. If you're traveling by train, Fez can be reached from Rabat, Marrakech, or Tangiers.
The Fez Tourist Board can be reached at 55 623460/624769.
Bring comfortable shoes because Fez is a walking city. Driving isn't always the best optioneven donkeys are barred from some of the labyrinthine corridors of the old city.
A recent government crackdown on unlicensed guides means you're theoretically less likely to get hassled when venturing out alone. But to get your bearingsand for a greater sense of securityhave a reliable hotel recommend a guide who is credentialed by the Ministry of Tourism. Settle a price from the start, and be specific about what you'd like to see.
When traveling between the old city and Ville Nouvelle, skip the crowded buses and catch a cab. Make sure the meter is running so the driver can't overcharge for the trip.View Morocco Factsheet