Whether surfing the Cornish coast, scouring the colourful markets of Tokyo, or enjoying a staycation in your hometown – travel is certifiably good for the soul. And it’s also universal. Step onto new soil and you’ll often find that borders simply melt away.
A penchant for discovery is what excites London-based fashion and travel blogger, Anoushka Probyn, to pack-up her things and head for adventure.
“I love that moment of leaving your hotel for the first time in an unknown place, where every experience is new and there’s so much to see, do and explore. I live in London but I’m documenting as much of the world as I can.”
This month, we’re joining Probyn in Fez, the second largest city of Morocco. From admiring tiled architecture to strolling the souks – there’s colour, culture and gems hidden around every corner.
When to Visit
“It’s best to visit in Spring or Autumn as it can get excessively hot in the summertime. Even in May it tends to get pretty warm with temperatures in the high 20s!”
What to Pack
Where to Stay
“One of the highlights of Fez is the Riads, which are traditional homestays with an interior garden or courtyard. Some of them are so intricately decorated with tilework that it can feel like staying in a palace. I stayed at Riad Anata and Riad Alya in the Medina, both of which are stunning and a real oasis away from the frenzy of the city.”
Where to Sightsee
“Fez has several madrasas (religious schools) which are open to the public for a small fee. Bou Inania and Al-Attarine are two of the most impressive, with grand archways and floor to ceiling tiling. Unlike Marrakech, Fez doesn’t attract too many tourists so if you’re lucky you might even get them to yourself!
Fez is also known for its tanneries, where leather is produced through a process of softening and dyeing in large stone vats. The most popular is Chouara tanneries, where you can view the action from the terraces of one of the many leather shops surrounding the area (the owners generally expect a tip or purchase in return). Warning – the smell is incredibly pungent!”
Where to Shop
“The souks sell everything from traditional Moroccan ceramics and argan oil to knockoff designer handbags and replica football shirts. Make sure to haggle though, as the prices quoted for tourists will be around three times the actual value”
Where to Eat
“Fez Café is a quiet spot away from the crowds of the souks, set in a peaceful garden surrounded by tropical plants. It’s a little pricier than some of the other eating options, but worth it for the quality of the food, which is fresh from the markets.
For a really special dining experience, try Dar Roumana, a traditional Riad which serves up a 2-3 course set menu. The offering changes regularly depending on what is available – I tucked into king prawns, lamb tenderloin and a traditional fig pudding for dessert.”
Where to Drink
“For a respite from the heat, try the almond milkshake on the rooftop terrace at Café Clock, made with homemade ice cream – utterly delicious!
Alcohol isn’t readily available in Morocco and tends to be overpriced due to taxes. However, you can find alcohol at some Riads with dinner – I enjoyed a cocktail with sunset rooftop views at Dar Roumana, and the Morocco has some good local wines worth trying.”
Where to photograph
“You’re really spoilt for choice when it comes to photo ops in Fez. From the grand architecture of the Madrasas to the donkeys that roam the streets, there’s something to snap around every corner.”