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Fes & Meknes - Historical Holidays

Nothing quite prepares you for Fes. The world’s only intact medieval city, Fes is a teeming warren of narrow lanes, blind alleys and fondouks where you’re too busy trying to keep up with what’s happening around you to reach for your camera and where getting lost is all part of the adventure. Nearby Meknes is another old imperial city, with grandiose architecture dating from the time of Sultan Moulay Ismaïl

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Descending into the medina of old Fes for the first time, it can be hard to believe that the sights are real. Was that boy carrying a hawk on his shoulder? Are those testicles in that butcher’s shop? Are those half-naked men really stamping up and down in a trough of blue dye in the boiling sun? When is the director going to shout ‘cut’?

In this hallucinatory world of donkeys, hooded figures and hole-in-the-wall shopkeepers, your senses go on high alert. One minute you get a whiff of cloves, or the scent of fresh mint; the next you’re overwhelmed by the stench of pigeon excrement from the tanneries. Here there are no motorbikes, no cars, none of the sounds of the modern world (unless you count the ever-present mobile ringtone). It is a vast, 24-hour a day, 7-day a week cavalcade from which you will emerge drained and exhilarated.

A short distance away, in the heart of Morocco’s wine-producing region, is the sleepy city of Meknes. Meknes was the capital of Morocco under the infamous 18th century sultan, Moulay Ismaïl. Slaves laboured night and day for 50 years to build an imperial showpiece to rival Versailles. Those that died on the job, it is rumoured, were entombed in the city walls.

As well as being an agreeable place to spend a day or two, Meknes makes a handy base for an excursion to the Roman ruins of Volubilis.  Although much of the stone from Volubilis was carted off for the construction of Meknes, the arches, buildings and mosaics give you a good idea of what life was like in the Roman province of Mauretania Tingetiana.

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Dar Finn riad in Fes Fez Morocco very charming and centrally located

Dar Finn

Riads & hotels in Fes
3 nights from £ 334 per person
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Wonderfully charming small riad in Fes.

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Dar Roumana

Riads & hotels in Fes
3 nights from £ 375 per person
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Stunning riad with lovely rooms in Fes.

Palais Amani

Palais Amani

Riads & hotels in Fes
3 nights from £ 423 per person
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Includes offer: 15% off stays in Jan and Feb 2016 (Special offers are subject to exact travel dates).

Luxurious riad in the heart of the Fes medina.

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Riad Fes - Relais & Chateaux

Riads & hotels in Fes
3 nights from £ 458 per person
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Sophisticated and luxurious in a serene atmosphere.  This Relais & Châteaux riad is located in the heart of the ancient city of Fez.

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Riad Maison Bleue

Riads & hotels in Fes
3 nights from £ 425 per person
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Much charm, intimacy and refinement are on offer at this beautiful family run 18-room riad in the old city of Fes.

Hotel Sahrai, Fes, Morocco Holidays

Hotel Sahrai

Riads & hotels in Fes
4 nights from £ 524 per person
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A 5-star 50-room hotel opened in 2014 with spectacular views of Fes medina

Jardin des Biehn, Fes, Morocco

Jardin des Biehn

Riads & hotels in Fes
3 nights from £ 387 per person
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A Pasha's Summer Palace, with 9 rooms and a large Andalousian garden 

Karawan Riad

Karawan Riad

Riads & hotels in Fes
3 nights from £ 456 per person
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7-room luxury riad with restaurant and hammam

Maison Bleue riad hotel in Fes Morocco

La Maison Bleue

Riads & hotels in Fes
3 nights from £ 425 per person
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Wonderfully luxurious riad living in the heart of Fes.

Palais Bahia, Fes Hotel, Morocco

Palais Bahia

Riads & hotels in Fes
4 nights from £ 396 per person
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A palace from 1700 for the ladies of the court of Pasha, with 9 rooms, pool, spa and restaurant

Palais Faraj - Fez Holidays

Palais Faraj

Riads & hotels in Fes
3 nights from £ 512 per person
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Spa hotel on the south hill overlooking the medina; designed by the architect and  interior designer of his Majesty King Hassan II.

Palais Jamai, Fes, Morocco Holidays

Palais Jamai

Riads & hotels in Fes
3 nights from £ 544 per person
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Ideal for those who want a large Fes hotel with conventional facilities that is well located for exploring the wonders of this age-old city.

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Riad Anata

Riads & hotels in Fes
3 nights from £ 352 per person
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A five-bedroomed riad restored by an interior designer, also available for booking as an entire property; Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014 Winner.

Riad Felloussia, Meknes, Morocco

Riad Felloussia

Riads & hotels in Fes
3 nights from £ 331 per person
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A five-room riad in Meknes medina restored using traditional building methods

Riad Lahboul, Meknes, Fes, Morocco Holidays

Riad Lahboul

Riads & hotels in Fes
3 nights from £ 356 per person
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Six-roomed traditional Moroccan guest-house in the imperial city of Meknes

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