Morocco – Day 2 – Chefchauoen -> Volubilis -> Fez (293 km)
In the morning, just before 9 we were already by the motorcycles. We quickly loaded on our stuff and on the way we went. That day, the aim was to reach Fez. Along the way, however, we planned to visit Volubilis. Pawel modified the route a little. We left the main R408 road towards Barrage El Wahda. It is a dam on the river, which forms the largest drinking water tank in Morocco (second in Africa). Pausing for a meal and a cup of coffee we had the opportunity to see (part of) this enormous lake.
We got to Volubilis about 4pm. It is the ruins of a Roman city, the former capital of Mauritania Tingitana. I must admit that they are very well preserved. There is the Capitol, Basilica, with perfectly preserved mosaics and fragments of walls and forums and there is a most impressive basilica and a triumphal arch. It is definitely worth riding up here and taking the time to stroll through the ancient city. Even the heat is not too troublesome, and a light breeze blowing from the valley provided a little coolness.
Then we paid the next “my friend” for parking and went to Fez where we arrived before 7pm. Fez is a large city. A walk through part of the Medina took a lot of time. Unfortunately, we failed to reach the main sights of the city. Although we passed through the Bob Chorfa gate, there was no longer enough strength to walk the entire Medina. I confess that I very much regret it. I wrote it on a list of places that I would once visit.
Sam Fez is very impressive in the evening. Small shops and stalls are open everywhere and sellers engage and encourage the purchase of goods. The local cuisine is definitely worth a taste and in particular, a variety of sweets or even a prickly pear cactus fruit, which the seller peels. I had a good adventure with the rest of these fruits, but I will describe that later.
Advice: There is no problem as regards the exchange of currency and it is best to do it at the border. There are two or three exchange counters with a similar rate. Additionally, there are also exchange offices in large cities. Once I even happened to pay for souvenirs in Euros.