Arriving in Fes was like stepping into a dream. We were taken deep into the heart of the Medina, where our Riad was located, and were ushered into a house that looked like it came out of Arabian Nights. The Riad has blue and yellow tiles that line the floors and walls, huge wooden doorways with detailed carvings, and an open ceiling to let in the light and fresh air, It was beyond gorgeous.
We explored the city of Fes, stumbling upon some beautiful lookout points that captured the whole city and the mountains, and ate our fair share of Tagine. We spent time smoking shisha on our terrace, and taking in the smells and sounds of the city. Fes was a pretty magical part of our trip. After that, we moved on to our guided tour towards the desert. We spent so much time in the car, but that is the reality when you are travelling through half of the country. I think ideally, the tour that we took should be done in 4 days, instead of 3, but we still enjoyed ourselves. We took a camel ride through the desert and into a traditional Berber camp. We spent the night by a fire and stayed up staring at the most stars I have ever seen in my life. Then we woke up bright and early to catch the sunrise over the dunes.
Following our Sahara visit we went to go see the Todarah Gorge which is located on the other side of Morocco. We finished our trip in the city of Ouarzazate. Here we saw some ancient Berber settlements, and explored some of the movie sets where shows like Game of Thrones are filmed. Then, we finally ended up in Marrakech! Marrakech is a bristling city, that is more modern than Fes. While it had its own charms, I think I still enjoyed Fes more. We walked around the city, sat on terraces and enjoyed some Moroccon Whiskey (mint tea and spices, and huge serving of sugar) and visited the Souks to try out our haggling skills.
Overall, the trip really couldn’t have been better. I feel like I got a chance to soak in the culture, eat some tasty street food, and enjoy the different cities in Morocco. I would recommend giving Morocco a visit if you are looking for something a little bit different, but still not completely off the grid 🙂