Our journey begins with a afternoon ride to Treviso Venice Airport. From there we flew with low cost airline company Ryanair to Fez. The flight was was about 3 hours long and for a return ticket, we deducted only 27 €.
V večernih urah smo pristali v Fesu, kjer nas je na letališču pričakal šofer in nas peljal do našega riada. Ob izstopu iz zares čudovitega letališča bodite pripravljeni – kulturni šok boste doživeli kar takoj! 🙂
We booked a ride to the medina - the center of Fez, which meant that we had to walk about 15 minutes to reach the destination. Of course, this would be nothing special, if we weren't in the "second world". We walked across the centre and all eyes were pointed at us. ? The streets were full of people, there was chaos outside, lots of little kids selling various things, cleaning cars, begging…
In silence we finally reached the riad, where the situation was completely different. They welcomed us with fresh mint tea and we went to bed full of anticipation.
The next day we woke up around 8:00 in the morning, as we were scheduled to go to Chefchaouen at 9:00. Everithing was alright, until the moment when they knocked at our door with the message that our guide is already waiting for us.
All of a sudden, a carefree morning turned into morning chaos. Our guide Abdul from FezSaharaTours kindly explains to us that this happens to a lot of tourists as the clock is delayed by 1 hour, but they simply do not take that into account. And how could we know that?
Shortly, we eat breakfast and embark on a 3-and-a-half-hour journey to the north with our private driver named Aziz.
Finally, we arrived in a small high-mountain village located in the middle of the Rif Mountains. The houses are painted in different shades of blue, the picturesque streets are intermingled into a real maze. We can also find some local waterfalls, where locals still wash their laundry.
*** Read more about our trip to Chefchaouen HERE ***
In the evening we returned to Fez and accommodated in our new luxury Riad Braya, also in the medina.
*** Read more about our acommodation in Riad Braya HERE ***
When we woke up and ate breakfast, a new adventure awaited us. We visited the Moroccan capital - Rabat. We also drove for a good 2 hours - on the highway, so that ride was a little more pleasant than the one in Chefchaouen.
The city immediately gave us a sense of orderliness, cleanliness. In short, the modern city has the nickname White Capital of the Kingdom of Morocco. Here we visited some sights and left to explore.
We booked the trip through Anaam Tours travel agency. Their chauffeur took us to parts of the city that we wanted to see and gave us all the information we needed.
*** Read more about our trip to the capital Rabat HERE ***
Upon returning from Rabat, we stopped at Meknes, where we went to a traditional lunch and fresh orange juice.
Of course, before returning to our ride, Braya stopped at one of the major shopping centres on the outskirts of Fez, Borj Fez.
When we returned to our riad, we were hanging out with Mint tea and some snacks. We made a plan for the last day, since our trip was slowly running out.
We woke up happy, full of energy - otherwise a little sad, because we knew that the last 5 hours of the trip were ahead of us. We packed everything and prepared for departure.
After the abundant and royal breakfast, Abdul from FezSaharaTours agency came back again. We agreed that he would be our guide trough the chaotic Fez - his medina still bestows life for centuries back - typicall for Morocco. Here you can see many crafts that have stayed the same for centuries.
The streets are very traditional and narrow, and there are as many as 9500, which is why the orientation without a guide is a considerable problem.
There are plenty of street vendors, mosque, blue-white ceramics and by far the most photogenic sight of the world-famous Fez - a tannerie with colourful pools, where leather is hand-painted in a natural way. There is an unpleasant smell all the time, which is perfectly understandable given the use of dove excrements - to soften the leather, then they paint it.
Here are also many carpenters, the makers of agave fibre scarves, the oldest university in the world...
Fes je zagotovo mesto, ki nas popelje skozi čas in veseli smo, da smo ga obiskali. Po nakupu zaloge arganovega olja smo se odpravili proti letališču in sklenili, da se v Maroko zagotovo vrnemo. Čaka nas še obisk Marakeša in puščave. 🙂