Fes is the third largest city in Morocco and has a population of about 1,000,000. Fes is split into 3 parts: Fes el Bali (Medina), El Mellah (Jewish Quarter) and Ville Nouvelle (New Town). Riad Verus is in the Medina in the Batha neighbourhood.
Fes Medina is UNESCO protected and with over 9454 small alleys and thousands of souks it has the feel that you have been transported back in time to where donkeys and mules are the only transported permitted and of course Bus 11!
Our Gallery below will show you some of the vistas you can enjoy in and around Fes, please click on the arrows on the side of the main viewer to move through the slides.
Interesting facts about Fes:
- Fes is notorious for their beautiful and unique homes – Riads. A Riad is a traditional Moroccan house with an inward focus allowing for family privacy and protection from the weather. Entrance to these houses is a major transitional experience and encourages reflection because all of the rooms open into the central atrium space. Riads are the perfect escape to bigger hotels and suitable for people that search authenticity and privacy as there are only 5 suites. What’s more in comparison to a Dar a Riad has to be governmentally approved to ensure that it meets all legal requirements and facilities are to the highest standards.
- Fes is the Country’s religious, spiritual, academic, cultural centre and the home of handicrafts and used to be the Capital. Campaigns are on the way to bring the Capital back now that the King M6 has his residence here.
- Every neighbourhood in the Medina must have a Mosque, Public Bath, Communal Bakery, School and a Fountain, in the Medina there are over 300 Mosques!
- Green is the colour of Religion and on every Minaret you will see the green tiles, originally the Koran was bound in Green leather and on the inside of Bab Beujeloud the gate is painted Green, whereas on the reverse it is in Blue as reference to the Original Fassis. They had blue eyes and serves as a reminder that they protect the city despite being expelled.
- The Medina is the largest living walled Islamic Ancient City in the World and for the first time visitor the site of satellites, lack of cars, strange smells and sounds bombard the senses. It is truly overwhelming.
- Present King Mohamed VI’s wife is from Fes.
- The Tannery dye pits are the most famous in Fes and export quality dyed leather merchandise worldwide.