Fes for 2 — what to see in the city in 2 days
What to do in Fes
A sizzling blend of history and culture, booking a Fes weekend break is a great option for a romantic getaway.
Even for someone who’s not the biggest romantic, you find yourself feeling a little more starry-eyed in Fes.
Fes — a brief background
Fes was originally the capital city of modern Morocco until 1912, before handing over the title to Rabat. Today, it’s the capital of the Fes-Meknes administrative region.
There are 2 old Medina quarters in Fes: Fes el-Bali and al-Aliya.
Both quarters lend their heritage and history to the first inhabitants to Fes. These were the Arab and Andalusian families of Berber descent.
What’s the weather like in Fes?
The climate in Fes, and neighboring cities in northern Morocco, follows a continental trend. This means colder, rainier days in the winter, and a dry, sticky climate throughout summer.
Traveling in October is pretty much a perfect time to visit, with the right amount of heat and light breeze too.
Make your romantic break even more memorable with a personal tour guide. These tours are all conducted by a local expert and can just be for 2 people.
1. Explore the old Medina
If you find getting lost in narrow, winding streets romantic, you’ll have a great time in Fes. Instagram photo opportunities are endless, and there’s seemingly something to capture around every corner.
The labyrinth of the old Medina is the main place most people head to. The souk is a busy and buzzing opera of a scene, with locals vying for your custom.
Shopping in Morocco, and in Fes, is a lot of fun. From Moroccan spices to leather goods, it’s the place to buy a few mementos.
Get haggling — what to do in Fes
Don’t be afraid to bargain for a better price, as some places are willing to reduce it by 50%. This may sound a lot, but many locals will tell you it’s normal.
Another tip from a local, is for the woman to look unhappy during the bartering of the price. A little underhanded maybe, but if the stall owner sees an unhappy woman, he may lower the price even further.
If the noise of the marketplace sounds too much, the Medina has plenty of quiet lanes to escape the crowds. Getting lost in the Medina gives you a chance to explore the streets while also getting in some alone time.
2. Enjoy the peace, and artefacts, at Dar Batha Museum
We were quite surprised, though happy, to not find many people inside this grand museum in Fes.
Dar Batha Museum is housed in a 19th century summer palace, with a wide collection of Moroccan arts and crafts.
On our visit, all the descriptions were in Arabic or French. Unless you speak these languages, I suggest coming prepared with the Google Translate.
My favorite aspect, however, are the gardens outside, arranged in the traditional Moroccan Islamic design. Enjoy the ambience as you walk hand in hand along the tiled paths, admiring the colorful foliage and trees.
“The souk’s a busy and buzzing opera of a scene, with people to the left and right of you selling their goods.”
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“I strongly advise to take a sprig of mint — as most locals advise — and hold under your nose.”
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“The food’s exquisite, particularly the chicken pastilla, the wine’s superb, and the atmosphere’s dining perfection.”
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3. Stop for lunch at Café Clock
Finding a good place for lunch in Fes can be difficult, especially when in the old Medina. After considering a few options, we opted for Café Clock.
Along with serving delicious, and quite healthy, food, it’s also a short walk from the famous Blue Gate in Fes. Everyone knows this landmark here, so there’s little chance of getting lost.
A great view — what to do in Fes
The restaurant itself is very chilled-out, something that’s clear from the relaxed seating arrangements. Don’t be fooled by the entrance, as Café Clock may look tiny from the outside, but it actually has 3 floors.
Saying this, there are a lot of stairs, but the effort’s worth it to get to the terrace. Find an intimate corner table, and enjoy traditional or international favorites, while taking in the sights of Fes from above.
4. Ready your senses at the Chouara Tannery
Admittedly, seeing an outdoor leather factory that smells of cow urine and pigeon manure isn’t very romantic. However, you can’t visit Fes without passing by its famous tannery.
This is where they produce high-quality leather goods, using the same methods dating to medieval times. Once finished, the goods are then sold in the market.
The products are beautiful, well made, and can be much cheaper than buying in western countries. As I mentioned above, don’t be shy to haggle for a good price. The sellers want your custom as much as you want that leather bag.
Before going to the tannery, I strongly advise taking a sprig of mint and holding it under your nose. Many locals advise doing this, and it’ll really help distract from the foul strong smell.
5. A romantic rendezvous in the Ruined Garden
The Ruined Garden is romance personified.
As its name suggests, this Fes restaurant has a romantic garden setting, also complete with outdoor seating and soft lighting. The café/restaurant is a Fes favorite. Dinner reservations fill up very quickly here, so book early to avoid disappointment.
It’s not only the scenic garden that’s a draw for visitors, but the food too. The restaurant specialty’s the dark chocolate and espresso mousse.
It comes with the added Moroccan twist — a pinch of the local spice, Ras el Hanout.
6. Hammam and spa at Riad Laroussa
If you’ve never had a private hammam before, trust me, your body will thank you for it after.
Riad Laroussa offers the ultimate spa day, and is also ideal after experiencing the smells of the tannery.
Made for couples — what to do in Fes
They provide guests a private spa experience followed by an authentic hammam and massage.
Unwind in a Carrara marble Moroccan steam room, and treat yourself to a couples’ massage and body scrub.
7. A romantic dinner at Palais Amani
I’ve saved the best till last, because let’s face it, it’s how every romantic city break should end.
“We were quite surprised, though happy, to find not many people inside this grand museum in Fez.”
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Wind up your time in Fes by booking a table for two at the superb Palais Amani.
This stunning 5-star hotel’s also home to one of the best restaurants in Fes. Do each other — and your tastebuds — a favor, by ordering the entire 3 courses.
The food’s exquisite, particularly the chicken pastilla, the wine’s superb, and the atmosphere’s dining perfection.
On top of this, you get to dine among a mini orchard of orange trees, and the backdrop of a trickling fountain. You’ll leave feeling as stuffed as the chicken pastilla, but believe me, it’s worth every calorie.
Where to stay in Fes — Riad Anata
Make your time in Fes even more memorable, and romantic too, by booking in at Riad Anata. This gorgeous boutique hotel’s in a quieter part of the old Medina, and was made for relaxation.
As well as offering individually-designed rooms, Riad Anata has a bar on the terrace.
Grab a glass of wine, chill out on the upstairs terrace and watch the sun set over the rooftops of Fes.
What did you think of Fes? Are you inspired to book a romantic getaway with your significant other? Let me know in the comments section below.
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