Riad Fès

Riad Fes is a gem of a place. Tucked behind the walls of the medina, you wouldn't even know it existed if you didn't have directions. But once through the doors, the space suddenly opens up into a beautifully-decorated atrium and hotel spanning multiple floors, complete with spa, restaurant, roof terrace bar with a panoramic view over the city and my personal favourite, the outdoor pool! It's one of those magical places that you don't want to leave and after spending a few hours in the hustle and bustle of the medina, it's the perfect retreat to come back to when the heat is at its highest. 

Fes Address Book: 

Cafe Clock - great spot for lunch and try the smoothies! Set over 4-5 floors, it also has a great roof terrace and hosts music and poetry nights.  

The Ruined Garden - an idyllic place for dinner, where you dine in the beautiful walled surroundings of a ruined garden! We ate the 7hr cooked lamb, which you need to request in advance, but it's worth it! 

Restaurant Numero 7 - sadly I didn't make it here, but it will be top of my list for my next trip to Fes. It's a dining space and restaurant that hosts chefs from around the world on sabbatical, to create a continuously changing dining experience! 

Dar Roumana - a small restaurant with four/five tables currently run by a French chef and his Australian wife. It also makes great alternative accommodation. 

And thank you to Relais & Chateaux and Riad Fes for organising my stay! 

The Blue Pearl

Breakfast at Casa Perleta. 

Breakfast at Casa Perleta. 

Do:

  • Walk up to the Spanish Mosque (about a 30min hike up a hill) to watch the sun set over Chefchaouen
  • Get out into the streets at 7am before everyone else wakes up to get some shots

Eat:

  • Don't miss lunch (make that dinner too) at Bab Ssour - they do great tagines for around €5. Head up the stairs to the terrace for a breeze and a view over the rooftops. 
  • To be honest I didn't eat much besides a crepe, but grab at least grab a drink here to have an excuse to go up to the terrace and oogle the view, one of the best of the city. 

We stayed at Casa Perleta, but if I'd been a bit more plush, I'd probably have stayed at Lina Ryad and Spa.