We left Casablanca early in the morning and made our way to the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis. After a fabulous lunch at a Planeterra funded project (how G Adventures gives back to local communities), we briefly visited Meknès then finally made our way to Fez for the night. The next morning we took in the view from the southern tower, checked out a pottery coop, stood in front of the palace gates and tried not to get lost in the medina with its 9000 maze-like, narrow streets where no motorized vehicles are allowed. We also held some mint to our noses to try and mask the smell of the famous leather tannery. I saw one gentleman on another tour rip the leaves and stuff them right up his nostrils. That might have helped me have an extra free hand to take pictures!
Also in Fez is the world’s first university and it was founded by a woman, Fatima El-Fihri, in 859AD. How cool is that?
The following day we drove to Marrakech where we were greeted by rain. We visited the Saadian tombs and the Bahia Palace. The medina in Marrakech allows motorcycles so that added another element to navigating those streets.
Next up – crossing the High Atlas Mountains and heading towards the Sahara desert!