Overnight at Riad Salam or similar (B)
Fes has been, and still is, the artisanal capital of Morocco. The incredible choice and quality of crafts, along with reasonable prices, make Fes a must see destination for any art lover. We will visit the Musee du Batha, also known as the Museum of Moroccan Arts, on Place de l’Istiqlal. Built as a Hispano-Moorish palace more than one hundred years ago by Moulay al-Hassan and Moulay Abd al-Aziz, it houses an excellent collection of historical and artistic artifacts, including fine woodcarvings, zellij work and sculpted plaster. There is also some fine Fassi embroidery, colorful tribal carpets and a well-known ceramic collection dating from the 14th century to the present. In the afternoon we will have local guides for the visits to the souks. The most famous souks, or Arab marketplaces, are the dyers market along the Rue de Teinturies or the Tanner’s Quarters. The dyers market is the best place to see the dying vats which have been used for centuries to soak the skins of sheep, goat, cows and camels after they have their hair and flesh removed. You will see many tanned hides colored with natural pigments ranging from shades of brown, black, turquoise fuchsia, yellow and orange.
As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fes is also considered one of the most religious and spiritual cities in Morocco. It is host to some incredible attractions to visit including the Jewish Mellah, the Jewish Synagogue, the Bou Inania Medersa and the Jewish Cemetery & Tomb of Solica.