FÈS is the religious and cultural center of Morocco, and a photographer's paradise. In this vlog, we go inside the medina and tour the city life, view the architecture, and explore the artisan crafts that made Fes famous around the world.
Behind the scenes vlog of Fes:
Here are the top places to photograph:
1. Muslim Cemetery
The best view of the Medina of Fes is from the Muslim Cemetery which sits atop a hill.
2. Fes el Bali
This is the oldest walled part of Fes Morocco founded between 789 and 808 AD. It has Spanish design as opposed to Berber influence and it is a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Medina is home to over 2,000 mosques, 80,000 people, and the oldest university. It is filled with food shops, crafts, and artisans that make for boundless photography opportunities. The medina is a car-free city and the main method of transportation is by donkey.
3. University of Al-Karaouine
The oldest university in the world established in 859 AD. We see the stunning traditional Moroccan architecture including the marble floor, tile walls, fountain, open ceiling and cedar wood work.
4. Fes carpets
One of the most famous artisan works in Fes is the carpets, which are hand woven by women. Some have traditional Berber designs while others are woven with the Fes blue color. The carpets are reversible, with the wool side for winter and the other side for summer. Expect to spend a few hundred to upwards of a few thousand for one carpet.
5. Nejjarine Museum
We visit the museum of wood arts and crafts, a beautiful historic building with a rooftop view of Fes.
6. Tannery of Fes
We tour of the tanneries in Fes, a huge outdoor leather making processing center where artisans color and tan the leather to create handbags, jackets, shoes, and more. It is best viewed from above, so we climbed to the top of a leather shop and watched from the fifth floor. The area is quite smelly, so the guides provide you with mint to smell as you photograph the area.
What are your favorite places to photograph in Fes? Comment below!
I finally visited my 6th continent, Africa, with my trip to Morocco. My tour included 4 cities: Fes, Rabat, Marrakesh, and Casablanca. I had my eye on Morocco for a long time, and was drawn to the exotic architecture, delicious cuisine, and layers of history from Roman to Arab to Berber to Andalucían to French. When I spotted an inexpensive all-inclusive tour with Gate 1, I was there. The first stop was Rabat, the capital city of Morocco. If you think Rabat is only the political and administrative center, you are in for a pleasant surprise.
Behind the scenes video:
Rabat is the city where you can get photos with the traditional Moroccan guards, walk the Kasbah, and photograph the ruins of Chellah all in the same day. While it is not as touristy as Marrakesh, it is filled with impressive historic sights. It is one of four Imperial cities of Morocco, and the medina of Rabat is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Here are the top 3 places to photograph in Rabat:
1. Chellah - Walk through the scenic gardens filled with palms, pomegranate trees and friendly cats and discover Roman Ruins and 13th C Mosque.
2. Mausoleum of Mohammed V
A richly ornate mausoleum where we photograph the Moroccan Architecture and guards (one of the only places where you can take photos with the guards). The mausoleum looks like a palace, with a traditional Moroccan green roof, marble floors, Islamic calligraphy etched into the facade, and extravagant mosaic tiles. In fact, it was nicknamed the Taj Mahal of Morocco.
3. Kasbah of the Udayas
Also known as Kasbah les Oudaias, this is the most picturesque part of Rabat. The Kasbah has beautiful alleyways with whitewashed and blue walls, lines with picturesque shops. With each turn down the alleys, we saw something new: cats, Moroccan doors, pastry shops. It is best to visit with a guide so you don't get lost. There are also scenic views of the Bouregreg River and the Andalusian Gardens.
What are your favorite places to photograph in Rabat?
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