Morocco Road Trip Day 5 | Merzouga to Fes


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Distance driven

467 kilometres

Where we stayed

Driving time

7 hours 10 minutes

The fifth day in, and the fifth brilliant breakfast we had enjoyed. Morocco certainly knows how to put on a breakfast spread! After polishing off plenty of bread, jam, yoghurt, and coffee, we enjoyed an impromptu game of football in the desert with a few younger members of the hosts, and we had such fun laughing and joking. At 9am, we made our way out of the desert by 4×4, which was another unforgettable experience, and managed to leave Merzouga by 9:30am for our longest drive of the trip back up to Fez.

Halfway through the long drive we stopped for a quick coffee Midelt, a fairly large town halfway between Merzouga and Fes. Café Mont Blanc was full of locals and looked out onto the busy street, and the shop across the road allowed us to stock up on some essentials for the final stretch. We arrived in Fes for 7pm, after a crazy traffic jam making our way through the city, and were met in a local car park by one of our hosts, who carried our bags and walked us to the riad, along with paying for our parking. Dar Anebar was by far the most lavishly decorated riad and opulent riad, and the main reception and rooms were exceptional.

The realisation that our riad sold alcohol and the fact that we were exhausted at the end of our trip, we made the decision to stay in the riad for the night. We climbed up the tiny narrow staircases to get out to the roof bar, and we were met with one of the most incredible views across the vast, sprawling city of Fes as dusk made its way across the cityscape. We enjoyed watching night come in with a few beers on the roof reminiscing about some of our favourite moments of the trip, before heading down to the riad restaurant for a lovely, if a little expensive, 3 course meal with wine. We finished our bottle of wine on the roof, and retired back to the room for our final sleep in the traditional riads.

Dar Anebar
15 Derb Miter Zenjfour، Fes Bali 30110
Our rating: ★★★★☆
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Hello! I’m Ryan, a 28-year-old from Manchester, UK, with a desire to travel. Whilst working in destination marketing in my home city, I have found a love for discovering places, and the people, culture, and traditions that make them.

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