Our Authentic Moroccan Stay at Riad Toyour

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Our Authentic Moroccan Stay at Riad Toyour

Our recent trip to Fès was the first time both of Danik and myself had been to Morocco so when it came to picking the accommodation we knew we wanted to go for a riad to have a more authentic stay.

What Is A Riad?

A riad is a traditional Moroccan house that is built around an interior Andalusian-style courtyard, usually containing a fountain. The word “riad” comes from the Arabian term for garden. Traditional riads will not have any large windows facing outside which is due to the Islamic idea of privacy. The windows instead will be facing the inner garden.

Riad Toyour Courtyard - Fes, Morocco

Introducing Riad Toyour

After searching online we came across Riad Toyour. Situated in the old town just outside the medina, this beautiful riad full of plants and birds caught our attention. When booking our stay we had given the staff our flight details and they kindly arranged a taxi to pick us up from the airport. 

Our taxi was waiting for us as soon as we arrived and took us straight to our riad which wasn’t too far away by car. We were dropped off at the car park and we headed down a tiny street to Riad Toyour. The entrance was just a plan looking door in the street which made the place seem more authentic.

Red Petit Taxin in Fes, Morocco

We were greeted on arrival with some traditional Moroccan mint tea. The perfect way to start our trip! While we sipped on our tea it gave us a chance to look around the courtyard. The mosaic design was so beautiful.

Mint Tea - Morocco

The Room

As soon as we walked through the door of our room and had a smile on my face thinking “yes, this will do just fine!” The room was a great size and an elegant charm to it. With a double bed, ensuite bathroom and plenty of space, it was the perfect room for a couple.

Riad Toyour Bedroom - Fes, Morocco

Riad Toyour Bedroom - Fes, Morocco

The Location

Situated just outside the medina and a short walk from the main road, Riad Toyour really does have a great location. We enjoyed visiting the medina, having a look at all the things available to buy. You can really get a sense of the local culture by doing this. We loved exploring the old city of Fès.

Medina - Fes, Morocco

If want to get stunning views of Fès simply head away from the medina towards the main road. On the other side of the road there is a hill you can climb. It’s not big and there’s a path up! The views from the top were stunning. Plus there is also a hotel up there that has a bar so you can enjoy a Moroccan beer while taking in the views.

Stunning view of Fes, MoroccoCasablaanca Beer - Fes, Morocco

The Staff

The staff at Riad Toyour were so accommodating and really looked after us. They were always around to answer our questions and when we said wanted to visit some cool places near Fès, they organised a tour guide to pick us up and show us around. Our guide even took us to go find some monkeys! 

Barbary Macaque Monkey - Morocco

The Food

Every morning we awoke to the most amazing spread of local food. We had a selection of yoghurt and fruit, Moroccan bread, fresh juice and a selection of teas and coffee. The table always looked so elegant and it was lovely eating in the courtyard while listening to the birds singing in the trees.

Breakfast table at Riad Toyour - Fes, Morocco

You can also have dinner at Riad Toyour but this needs to be arranged in advance to give the staff time to get fresh food from the medina. When you tell the staff you would like to have dinner they will ask you want you want and then prepare an amazing three course meal for you. The dinner is not included but is well worth spending the money!

To find out more about the local food check out our Guide to Moroccan Food.

Zaalouk Salad at Riad Toyour - Fes, Morocco

Tips

  • Remember, Riad Toyour is next to the medina so light sleepers may need earplugs to block out the call to prayer
  • Dinner needs to be booked in advance so plan the night you wish to stay in and eat
  • If you can, head over to Chefchaouen, the beautiful blue city of Morocco
  • Remember, red petite taxis are not allowed to drive outside the city limits. Depending on where you go, you may need a grand taxi
  • Don’t forget Morocco is a muslim country so respect the culture and don’t wear anything too revealing

 

 

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Our Authentic Moroccan Stay at Riad Toyour, Fès

33 Responses

  1. What an amazing experience. I would love to experience Morocco. I think it would make an excellent second honeymoon.
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  2. That place is gorgeous. I love traveling to places that have such a drastically different style like that.
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  3. The architecture of this building is brilliant. Looks like you had a wonderful trip – you can tell by all of the lovely photos you captured!
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  4. I have always wanted to go here. This place is beautiful! I would love to see this in person!

  5. Morocco is so fascinating to me! I can actually say I’ve been, although only in the Casablanca airport for a few hours during a layover. Would love to properly visit!
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  6. I am dying to go to Morocco – and this accommodation looks perfect!!

  7. Morocco is such an interesting place. I would love to go one day.

  8. Wow what an exotic place. I wish to visit there one day when the kids are grown up. Would love to try the food!

  9. What a beautiful place to stay. I would love it there. It’s so different too, which is what I love

  10. what an amazing experience! I think it would be quite an adventure and fun to stay in a raid (never knew they were called that!) thanks for sharing your story…
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  11. Lisa Heath

    Such an exotic looking area! I would love to travel there one day, these photos are beautiful

  12. Take me with you next time! Wow! It looked amazing and their houses are beautiful!

  13. This does look super authentic and totally gorgeous. I’ve only been to Morocco once when I was much younger, but I didn’t appreciate how awesome it is. I can’t wait to visit as an adult.
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  14. I’ve always wanted to visit Morocco! Your Moroccan Stay at Riad Toyour sounds amazing. Such a pretty place.

  15. Looks like a wonderful trip! I can’t wait until our kids get older so we can do some more travel to places like this!

  16. What a trip! And I love all the photos! I would love to visit Morocco someday and stay at a Riad.

  17. Riad’s are the only way to go for accommodation in Morocco. Fez is my favourite city in the country & Riad Toyour looks like a fantastic choice – that table setting is everything!
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  18. The architecture of this building is amazing.you can tell by all of the lovely photos you captured!
    Thanks.

  19. I love the riads in Morocco, such beautiful spaces hidden inside buildings that reveal nothing from outside. The courtyards are so charming. Yours looks like a great choice!
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  20. I’ve heard so many great things about Morocco! I can’t wait to visit there. This looks like a great accommodation for its convenient location and the authentic experience. I’d love to try it out when I visit!
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  21. Morocco is on my bucket list. Hoping to get there in the next year or two! And when I do I’ll definitely be staying in a riad.

  22. Ah, I’m so jealous! Morocco is at the top of my bucketlist. This place looks incredible.
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  23. I love the colourful dishes for breakfast! It looks a wonderful place to stay, and a good place from which to get out and explore the city. Hoping to reach that part of the world next year at some point. i will bookmark this post for then!

  24. Can’t wait to go to Morocco, love all the patterns from your pictures. Will have to try a Riad too!
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  25. I wouldn’t have known what a riad was, so thanks for the explanation. Your description makes it sound wonderful…nice room, privacy, pretty little garden, and not far from the airport. Sounds like a great gem of a place to stay!
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  26. This looks like a great place to stay! I love the traditional Riad experience, the hospitality is always incredible – and the homecooked meal sounds like an awesome little add-on!
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  27. I always saw the picture of Raids, but I didn’t know they have the different name. The room is so cool. This is the way you can really get the vibe of Morocco.

  28. This is such a gorgeous place to stay! I have always wanted to visit Morocco. Maybe some day, I hope!
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  29. Chrysoula

    I had no idea what a riad was.It is an amazing place to stay, very traditional! The room looks so elegant. I would love to stay in one when in Morocco.

  30. The style of living is really unique. A garden in the centre of the house is just so cool. It would provide with such a pleasant atmosphere. The markets of Morocco have always fascinated me. I love those pictures.

  31. i have always wanted to visit morocco. it is totally on my bucket list. this place looks nice.

  32. This post totally made me miss Fes! This riad looks like a great place to stay. The riads there are so beautiful! I had a local take me into the best riads in Fes and I was in love. Unfortunately, I couldn’t afford any of them, haha but it was beautiful nevertheless!
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  33. This sounds like the perfect accommodation. Great location, and I love that they helped arrange tours. The monkeys are adorable and I feel in love with the plates!
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