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Unique Things to Do in Fès, Morocco

Discovering Authentic Morocco

Straddling the worlds of Europe and Africa, Morocco lies at the crossroads of two civilizations. At its heart is the ancient city of Fès, one of the four Imperial cities. Explore the Volubilis, an imposing Roman ruin and UNESCO World Heritage Site, or search for antiques in the Fez Mellah, the city’s Jewish Quarter. Stroll through the souqs of the ancient medina or see the stunning Karaouine Mosque. However, if you’re looking for an even more interactive and authentic experience in Morocco, consider taking a cooking class.


Image: A food stall in the medina of Fès; Christopher L., Flickr

The Riad Fès, an intimate property with interiors reminiscent of Arabian Nights, lies in the heart of the ancient city and offers guests the unique opportunity to master the art of Moroccan cuisine. From couscous to tagines, pastilla to barbecue, Moroccan cuisine is considered by many to be among the best on the planet. Learning these ancient culinary techniques will give you glimpses, not only into the flavor palettes of the region, but into the traditions and lives of the Berber tribes they originated with.

The classes begin at the beginning -- with a trip to the vibrant food markets of the city. Deep within the medina, you’ll join the chef on her search for the best local produce and spices. Chat with souk dealers and learn the secret to the most flavorful ingredients. Then, return to the kitchen to prepare an appetizer, main course and dessert in the rich ambiance of this luxury, boutique hotel.

After you’ve prepared the meal, sit back with a superb Moroccan wine for a friendly lunch on the terrace overlooking the Medina. And when it’s time to return home, you’ll part with the greatest souvenir of any visitor to Morocco -- a list of recipes that you will share again and again with your friends and family back home.

Stays at the exclusive Riad Fès are available with a handful of small-group luxury tours such as Travcoa. The travel company offers small-group Escorted Journeys, Private tours and Custom travel throughout Africa and other luxury travel destinations across the world. To learn more about Travcoa’s exotic travel itineraries, or to make reservations, call your travel agent or a Travcoa Journey Consultant at 1-800-992-2003, or email

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