If you fancy a short trip away and are looking for something completely different, a low cost Fez city break may fit the bill. A visit here is like stepping back in time. Founded in the seventh century, Fez is the spiritual and cultural capital of Morocco. Indeed, for several periods in its long history it was the actual capital of the country. Lying on the river Zalagh and framed by the mountains of the same name, Fez is a city filled with architectural gems. Its palaces, mosques and museums, its walls and gates, its squares and alleyways, all transport you to a bygone era. Add to that the sounds and the scents, the calls to prayer, the donkey's hooves and the cart wheels clattering over the cobbles, and the contrast with your normal everyday existence is enormous. The old town Fez el Bali, the original walled city is an UNESCO world heritage site. Be sure to see the El Qaraouiyin mosque with its distinctive emerald green roof tiles; the ornate gates Ban Bouijloud and El-Chorfa; the Bou Inania Medersa with its ornate courtyard, a mansion from the 1350s. The new town Fez el Jedid was constructed outside the city walls in the twelfth century and it also has its fair share of palaces. For a good view of the city take a trip to the restored forts above the town. The majority of any visit is spent in the medina with its ten thousand alleyways and small squares. It is a great place to shop for locally produced goods. The tanneries are not to be missed where the same medieval processes are carried on today. Since the smell is rather noxious, it is best to view the tanners from a terrace above.
Even though you choose a cheap Fez city break, you'll find the standard of accommodation is very good and service is excellent. There is a rich variety of cuisine with delicious local fare alongside international dishes. Alcohol is only served in restaurants as being a muslim country, there are no pubs. Nightlife is low key with most tourists spending the evening in the markets or the restaurants. Fez is a shopoholics dream.
Discounted Fez city breaks.
Discounted Fez city breaks can be enjoyed at any time of year as the winters are pleasantly warm and the summers are hot. They are ideal for those looking for winter sunshine. Depending on your departure point from the UK, the flight time is between three and four hours. A number of regional airports have direct flights to the city. To discover if your own local airport offers this service use the Cheeky Trip web site.
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