Known for its artisanal masterpieces, handmade pottery and rugs, and for its leather, Fes has been without any doubt the cultural centre of Morocco since the very beginning.
Fes El Bali, the biggest Medina of Fes, is the famous World Heritage Site and considered one of the largest car-free area. This is where you want to be in order to experience the authentic Morocco.
We left Rabat in the afternoon in direction to Fes.
We arrived by night and had to park the car outside the Medina, someone carried our luggage until our hotel, the Riad Fes – that was located inside the old city.
We then walked in the dark narrow streets following the carrier. He wasn’t from the hotel, but it’s pretty common to see a lot of people volunteering to help you out here.
We finally arrived and as we were expecting the Riad (from Relais & Chateaux) embedded all the charm and charisma we could expect from a Traditional Moroccan House (see more on my Instagram and Facebook) + a twist of luxury and incredible hospitality à la marocaine.
The terrace provides a panoramic view to the old city that definitely worth to check out. My suggestion: take a Moroccan tea on the terrace around 2 PM, you will hear the Adhan – the islamic call for prayer recited by the muezzin from the minaret.
Next day, we woke very early to be sure we could have time enough to visit the most emblematic sites of Fes El Bali (the old medina).
Some of the sites we managed to visit and we truly recommend:
- Pottery factory;
- Rugs factory;
- Leather factory (Moulay Abdellah Quarter);
- Traditional herberie (where they prepare almond and Argan oil, and other natural beauty products);
- Oldest Univeristy of the world: University of Al Quaraouiyine, founded in 859 and still functional;
- Sahriji Medersa founded in the XIV century.
The best way to visit properly Fes El Bali is to hire a certified tourist guide for the day, $30-$35 is the normal price for the day but you can of course add a tip if you liked. I do recommend to have a car with you as you will be able to visit the pottery factory and the Tombe dei Merenidi that are located outside of the old city.
The next day we head to the beautiful and magical Palais Faraj where I created a meeting Event with my fans from Fes (see the photos of the Event here), I was so happy to have finally met some of you guys personally! I really loved to have spent this hour with you all.
Have you ever been in Fes? How was your experience?
Let me know!