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Meknes

Meknes (Morocco)

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  • Castle and fortress
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4 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
1h15 by bus from Fez
When to go
From June to October
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Expériences inoubliables à vivre Meknes

Reviews of Meknes

Emilie Couillard Seasoned Traveller
117 written opinions

The imperial city of Meknes is rich in history. The city is an interesting stop to make between the capital and the city of Fes.

My suggestion:
I took my first horse-drawn carriage tour in Meknes, a lovely way to discover the main tourist attractions, and at a small price.
My review

In the medina, that is to say the historic part of the city, Meknes is magnificent. The old capital of Morocco, Meknes was run by the Moulay Ismail dynasty in the 17th century.

The city is well-known for its immense gates, called "bab" in Arabic. This gates encircle the fortress, the old medina. I particularly recommend Bab Mansour, it is, still today, very well preserved.

I experienced another beautiful discovery in a Meknes souk. I actually found it more authentic than that in Marrakech or Fes, the city being a bit less touristy than the other two. All the same, you must always pay attention to the merchants, Moroccans are the best vendors and I had the chance to witness this in the course of my travels! Even for a hardened traveller like me, they succeeded in selling me a few things during my trip through Morocco.

Nina Montagné Seasoned Traveller
153 written opinions

A splendid little imperial city in the north of Morocco.

My suggestion:
Lose an entire day in the lanes of the old town.
My review

Meknes is a real jewel! Inscribed as a Unesco World Heritage site, it is one of four imperial cities of Morocco. Wandering around Meknes is like plunging into a thousand and one nights. Each detail of the minarets, the doors, the windows is a pearl of art and of beauty.

I recommend a visit to the old town and the magnificent Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail with its beautiful painted ceilings. The Medina is a labyrinth of teeming lanes, where it is good to lose yourself for a few hours.

During a stay in Morocco, many travellers overlook Meknes, smaller and less touristy than its neighbour, Fez. It is on the contrary my favourite, because it is on more of a human scale and more authentic.

Tours and travel ideas Meknes

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Grand tour of Morocco
Length 18 days Approx. $3,650
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