Travels Through Morocco - The City of Fes, Part Three
If you ever visit Fes, be sure to climb as high as you can for some rewarding views.
The one thing I love about Moroccan cities is it's shear number of roof terraces! You can find them absolutely everywhere, each providing a unique perspective of the Moroccan skyline. My favourite rooftop was at Restaurant Sekaya, which was suggested to me by a fellow traveller over a pot of succulent peppermint tea.
A short walk away in the main route through the medina, I stumbled upon a small sign with an arrow Restaurant Sekaya which pointed down a inconspicuous alleyway (one of the many thousands in Fes!). I cautiously followed it and came across a small door with a staircase going up, again with an arrow pointing upwards. Having gone this far, I followed three sets of stairs to the top of the building, and boy am I glad I did...
I was rewarded with a stunning panoramic view of the city, gazing with awe at the city of Fes that seemed to stretch for miles and miles. It was a sea of buildings of different colours, with minarets and towers piercing the skyline, almost like landmarks from the alleyways beneath. I was speechless. I stood there at the top of the terrace for what seemed like hours when someone behind said to me "Great view, right"? That's when I met Leo, a lone traveller from Brazil who had just ordered lunch. He then invited me to join him for a delicious mix of lamb tagine, sweet potato, kebab sticks, delicious seasoned fries and a beautiful relish. And of course that wonderful mint tea! All the while, gazing at the awesome view in front of us. It was heaven.
With our bellies full, we finished up the last morsel of food and stared up again at the view. That's when I noticed some ruins at the top of a hill to the north of the walled city of Fes (3rd photo). I pointed it out to the waitress who said it was called Tombeaux Des Mérinides, or the Merinid Tombs in English. She also said climbing to the top of the hill where the tombs were located yielded even better views than from the terrace we stood on. With that in mind, my newfound companion Leo and myself felt it was only right that we climbed the hill north of the city to make it to the Merinid Tombs, not only to explore the mysterious ruins but also to find an even higher point upon which to gaze at Fes from.
Excited, we dove straight into the hectic alleyways of Fes once more, weaving in and out of the markets and taking some photos along the way. I'll make a promise that my next post will be featuring the stunning view from the top of Tombeaux Des Mérinides - hope you keep posted! <3
The City of Fes, Morocco
🌏 | Fes, Morocco
📷 | Samsung S8
🎨 | Lightroom Mobile edits used
Over the next few weeks I'll be trekking through Morocco and I'll be share with you my thoughts, feelings, tips and warnings about visiting each place along the way. Being a photographer, I will be doing this while sharing my photos with all of you too! I sincerely hope you all enjoy.
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