- Rebecca Wilkinson
The riads of the old part of any Moroccan town are truly hidden treasures, with their unsuspecting beauty only appreciated from the inside. Tucked away amongst the old labyrinth of alley ways in the medina, these riads might seem nondescript, but once you pass through the average looking doors you’ll find an oasis amid the bustle of shoppers, tourists and locals. Here are the most gorgeous riads in Fes.
Riad Ibn Battouta
A beautiful, authentic and recently restored riad located in the Batha area of Fes, not far from the characterful old souks, Riad ibn Battouta is a tranquil haven. Enter this riad to find high towering ceilings, a stamp of Fes, and intricately decorated tilework and hand-carved walls. The impressive interior extends to the mind-blowing suites, and inviting courtyard. Flooded with natural light, Riad Ibn Battouta is a truly relaxing oasis, with polite staff there to help, and to serve Moroccan specialities at their riad restaurant. Sit on the terrace for a traditional breakfast, or even next to the fountain on the patio.
Riad Ibn Battouta, 9 Derb Lalla Mina, Fes, Morocco, +212 5356-37190
If you want a more affordable option that truly feels like home, and is in an ideal location right in the centre of the bustling old medina, then Dar Tahyra is the riad for you. Small but sweet, the owner Driss is inviting and helpful to say the least, as are the chefs who will prepare a traditional and tempting Moroccan breakfast to start the morning. It is not uncommon here for owner and guests to unite and cook a meal or two together to share their cultural experiences and stories. With beautifully decorated rooms, sleeping between two and six people, this is a perfect riad for friends and couples alike. Head up to one of two terraces to relax and enjoy the views.
Dar Tahyra, 9, Tariana, Talaa Kebira, Fes, Morocco, +212 5356-38756
Enjoy this exceptional riad with even more exceptional hosts. More of a home, Riad Laaroussa boasts thoughtfully decorated rooms which surround a tranquil patio. This 17th century palace now welcomes guests to relax, and even partake in some cooking lessons to learn the art of traditional Moroccan cuisine. The bedrooms are truly regal, in both size and style, as is the on-site hammam where guests can have a truly traditional Moroccan bathing experience in this magical hideaway.
Riad Laaroussa, 3 Derb Bechara, Fes, Morocco, +212 674-187639
Dar Roumana translates to House of the Pomegranate, and is surrounded by olive groves and ancient medina walls, giving guests a truly authentic old medina experience. Escape the bustling streets of the souk and be blown away by the richly decorated and inviting guesthouse which boasts bed and breakfast, and its own restaurant. Best of all are the stunning panoramic views of Fes, and its ideal location: situated just on the hillside and inside the walls of the old medina, and only a short walk away from those tempting shops. Relax in the library, play a game of chess, or wind down by the fireplace before retiring to one of five beautifully decorated suites complete with hand crafted furniture.
Another comfortable and convenient riad in the heart of the city, this traditional Arab-Andalusian inspired riad provides a haven of tranquillity, away from the bustling medina life. With a stunning courtyard complete with sculpted plaster work, beautiful cedar wood doors, a relaxing and captivating fountain, and enticing and magical mosaics, guests can admire the beauty of Fes from a relaxing and peaceful place. Take a dip in the small but tempting swimming pool, surrounded by a garden of roses and fruit trees, and continue on up to the roof terraces to take in spectacular city and countryside views. Riad Mabrouka is a sweet taste of heaven
Riad Mabrouka, Rue Talaa Kebira, Fes, Morocco, +212 5356-36345