We had a great day trip in Fez, the handicrafts capital of Morocco. I was able to take plenty of pictures of the beautiful city as we explored its alleys. Early morning our guide picked us up from our accommodation and drove us to the pottery factory and guided us in the medina. We explored the famous tannery, the oldest university, and visited plenty of markets (carpet, textile, spices) while also walking through the narrow pathways.
We arrived in Fez after an 8-hour flight from Dubai to Casablanca and a 6-hour train ride from Casablanca to Fez. It’s been awhile since my wife and I travelled like this – taking long hours of travel via plane and public transportation to reach the destination.
Photowalk: Walking Tour of the Medina in Fes, Morocco
I have yet to write about my travel series in Fez but let me just share these photos I’ve taken of this beautiful and busy medina (old city).
I was fortunate enough to have used the new Fujifilm X-T2 mirrorless camera and a Fuji XF 10-24mm wide angle lens. Both of these items I borrowed from the Fujifilm Middle East team. Apply for the Fujifilm Loan Program here (will write about more about this great project soon).
Pictures posted below were taken using mostly with the Fuji wide angle lens. However, there are a few shots (zoomed photos) where I used another lens.
Camera Used: Fujfilm X-T2 Lenses: Fujinon Lens XF 10-24mm (ultra wide angle) Fujinon XC50-230mm (zoom lens)
view from our suite inside our accommodation – Riad Tafilalet
starting our tour with our guide who drove us to the medina
pottery workshop in Fez
painting the pots
mosaic pieces to form an intricate piece
these pieces are glued together to perform mosaic tiles (for fountains, walls, etc.)
finished products (pottery, ceramics, plates, etc.)
alleys in the medina
tourists at the Al Attarine Madrasa in Fez
Al Attarine Madrasa from base to the top: tiles, plaster of paris, and cedar wood
University of Al Quaraouiyine – known to be the oldest university in the world
reminds me of the old souks in Dubai, only these alleys are much narrower
orange fruit vendor in the medina
where’s the magic lamp?
wasn’t allowed to go inside this mosque, our guide said I could take a photo from the door
high ceilings: a typical set-up to keep cool during the summer months
carpet shop in Fes
getting crowded with tourists
souvenir shop in the medina
proud owner: this shop owner called me as he was insistent to have his photo taken.
ceiling of Nejjarine museum
3 floors inside the Fez Nejjarine museum
a peek of the city of Fez
view from Nejjarine museum rooftop
view from the rooftop of Nejjarine complex
bland exteriors but these houses are colorful and artistic inside
mosque in the medina
appetizers that look like main courses
meat tagine! a must-try when visiting Morocco
colorful ceiling of the restaurant where we ate
the famous Chouara Tannery in Fez, Morocco
leather products at the Tannery in Fes
tourist taking a photo of a donkey
Moroccan flag on the left
sweets sold on the sidewalk
shop selling argan oils, spices (saffron), soaps, creams, etc.
argan oil shop in the medina
lamps with intricate designs
before heading back to our Riad, we dropped by the golden gates of Palais Royal
the medina in Fez at dusk
view from the rooftop of our Riad
It was a long day of walking, and it was good that we arrived in Morocco during the start of winter season. Will be sharing more articles in the coming posts about this trip soon.