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Fez is a city in northern inland Morocco and the capital of the Fas-Meknas administrative region. It is the second largest city in Morocco after Casablanca, with a population of 1.4 million (2014). Located to the northeast of Atlas Mountains, Fez is situated at the crossroad of the important cities of all regions; 206 km (128 mi) from Tangier to the northwest, 246 km (153 mi) from Casablanca, 169 km (105 mi) from Rabat to the west, and 387 km (240 mi) from Marrakesh to the southwest which leads to the Trans-Saharan trade route. It is surrounded by the high grounds, and the old city is penetrated by the River of Fez flowing from the west to east.
The faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy is a branch of the University of Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah and was inaugurated by The King Mohammed VI in the 20th of October 1999. It was created to decentralize the medical studies and achieve a higher level of education; establishing the teaching hospital Hassan II to both train young medical staff and then later implant them in the region in order to have regional and more accessible medical care.
Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy
University Sidi Mohahammed Ben Abdellah, Fez, Morocco.
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Sidi Harazem, 1893, Fès, Maroc
Travelling by Plane
Fez Fes-Saïss Airport
Fes-Saïss Airport is the main airport serving the region and should be your first choice. The airport is serviced by a number of international airlines, including Royal Air Maroc, Jet Air Fly, Ryanair, Vueling. Once you land at the airport, access to the city itself is extremely easy. A taxi station is located at the airport esplanade. Just make sure to settle on a price (around 150 Dh which is a group price including the luggage) with your driver before taking off. The line 16 bus also runs from the airport to the city. Within the airport itself, you will have access to a tourism information counter within the international area in addition to currency exchange offices and wireless internet access within the terminals.
Casablanca Aéroport International Mohammed V
While we recommend flying into Fes-Saïss Airport if possible, Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport is your next best choice. It is the busiest airport in Morocco and sees flights from international airlines such as Royal Air Maroc, Air France, Easyjet, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, IBERIA, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways Company and Saudi Arabian Airlines.
While the airport has a taxi stand with suggested fares, you’ll have to keep in mind Casablanca is around a 3-4 hour drive from Fez. Your cheapest option is to take the train from the Casablanca airport station to Fez, which will take roughly 4-5 hours. The train station is located at level -1 outside of Terminal 1 Arrivals, where you will be able to purchase tickets for your train. Note you will have to purchase 2 train tickets; the first to take you from the airport to the local city station of Casa Voyageurs and the second to take you onward to Fes. Before you hop on a train or into a taxi, you can make use of the airport’s currency exchange offices and wireless internet access in Terminals 1 and 2 as well as the tourism information counter, which is located within Arrivals.
Getting Around Fez
A lot of Fez exploring will take place in the medina, or old city of Fez, where the best way to explore is on foot. Not only is the medina largely closed off to cars, but the open roads are often highly congested, filled with scooters, and plagued by roundabouts. Grab a map or guide and navigate the winding side streets on your own.
Petit taxis are red compact cars that charge between 5 Dh and 15 Dh for trips within Fez during the day and slightly more at night. If the car has a working meter, make sure it starts at zero during the day and 2.40 Dh at night. If it’s broken, negotiate a price before you get in the taxi and never pay more than 15 Dh by day or 25 Dh by night if you’re staying within the city.
Grand taxis are fancier Mercedes you’ll find near petit taxi stops and at major hotels. They have no meters and often require haggling to settle on a price, but they’ll take up to 6 people to out-of-town destinations.
If you plan to stay in Morocco for less than 90 days, visitors from the following countries DO NOT need a visa:
Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Republic of Congo, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Guinea (Conakry), Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mali, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Norway, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United States of America and Venezuela.
Visitors that wish to stay beyond the allotted 90 days can request permission from the nearest Police Precinct to their place of residence in Morocco. If your country of citizenship is not listed above, head to the Moroccan Consulate website for Visa application instructions.
Getting Around Morocco
Intercity trains connect all of Morocco’s cities. They run on regular schedules from the early morning until near midnight depending on the line. Tickets can be purchased for « open seating » second class, or « reserved seating » first class, the second option is generally recommended. Information about stations, schedules and fares can be found at the ONCF website (in French and Arabic only).
There are a number of bus routes that connect various places in the country and run from the early morning until around midnight. Premium tickets with more comfortable seating, food and drink service, as well as WiFi, can also be purchased. For more information visit the CTM website (in French and Arabic only).
Grand Taxis are large, white, privately owned Mercedes sedans. They can be found at authorized taxi stands in all of Morocco’s big cities, or if you’re staying in a hotel, you can ask the front desk to call one. They can be hired as shared rides, often with up to 7 people, or privately reserved for the day. As there are no meters prices should always be negotiated and agreed upon before the trip.
There are a few things to keep in mind when visiting Morocco, particularly in crowded public areas. While it’s not illegal to wear revealing clothing, it’s advisable to be aware of Moroccan culture and to dress appropriately. When out and about, men should wear t-shirts instead of tank tops and women should cover their shoulders or wear knee-length skirts or pants.
The weather is something else to keep in mind. Temperatures may vary from 2°C in the winter to sometimes 48°C in the summer; if you are in town in March, the temperature lies between 7°C (44,6°F) and 21°C (70°F).
Moroccan cuisine is influenced by Morocco‘s interactions and exchanges with other cultures and nations over the centuries. Moroccan cuisine is typically a mix of Mediterranean, Arabic, Andalusian and Berber cuisine. The cooks in the royal kitchens of Fes,Meknes, Marrakech, Rabat and Tetouan created the basis for what is known as Moroccan cuisine today
The currency of Morocco is the dirham, which is broken down into 100 santimat.
If you exchange your home currency for Moroccan Dirham (MAD), there are a few things you should know. A dirham, also abbreviated to Dh, is divided into 100 centimes and comes in bills for 20, 50, 100 and 200 dirhams and coins for 1, 5 and 10 dirhams in addition to 5, 10 and 20 centimes.
At time of posting, 1 euro is roughly equal to 11 dirhams and 1 US Dollar to 10 dirhams.
Where to Exchange
The Moroccan Dirham isn’t available outside of Morocco, so you’ll have to wait to exchange your currency until you arrive. You can do so at the airport or at a currency-exchange office, hotel or international bank. However, you’ll usually find the best exchange rate at an ATM, which are readily available in major cities.
Always tip when in doubt, it’s a fairly common practice across Morocco. Waiters in proper restaurants expect 10% of the bill, but many restaurants will add this percentage to the bill automatically, so check first. Less formal cafés will expect 1 Dh or 2 Dh per person. In taxis, round up to the nearest 5 Dh if they have a working meter or make sure you know the price before you start your trip. At hotels, you should tip your maid at the end of your stay, tip bellboys 5 Dh or 10 Dh, and tip 1 Dh or 2 Dh for other employees such as restroom and parking attendants.
Inexpensive meal for one – $4
Bottle of water – $0.50
0.5 litre beer – $3.50
Mid-range restaurant meal for one – $10
Cappuccino – $1.80
Local bus ticket – $0.70