Ave Moulay Ismail, Meknes, Morocco

The basics

Just an hour’s drive from Fez, Meknes is often overshadowed by its older, larger sibling. Yet Moulay Ismail’s grand projects still shine, from mosques and palaces to a vast granary and royal stables with space for 12,000 horses. Hotels in Meknes span the gamut from opulent riad courtyard homes to simple guesthouses, but many travelers prefer to base out of Fez.

Most day trips from Fez include the UNESCO-listed ruins of Roman Volubilis, 18 miles (29 kilometers) north of Meknes, often with Moulay Idriss, a sacred Islamic city less than 10 minutes by car from Volubilis.

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Things to know before you go

  • Moulay Ismail built his imperial city on a grand scale, so walking tours are not an option. Look for a tour that includes transport.
  • Meknes is stroller-friendly. Some kids will enjoy the underground dungeons, vast stables, and the chance to ride in a caléche horse carriage.
  • Driving tours in adapted vehicles can provide a good sense of the key Meknes sights. While the city is reasonably flat, there are few accessible hotel rooms or accessible bathrooms and sights are generally not adapted. Look for tours tailored for travelers who use wheelchairs.
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How to get there

Meknes sits about 40 miles (64 kilometers) east of Fez in northern Morocco. Regular trains link the two cities in just over half an hour. The station is about 2 miles (3 kilometers) east of historic Meknes: Catch a bus to El Hedim Square (Lahdim Square) by the Bab Mansour Gate.

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When to get there

Meknes is the least busy of all the imperial cities and has a relatively mellow climate by Moroccan standards. If possible, time your visit to catch sunset in El Hedim Square: the Bab Mansour Gate glows in a wealth of colors.

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Morocco’s Imperial Cities

The term “imperial cities” means Morocco’s former royal capitals: Fez, Meknes, Rabat, and Marrakech. All four are UNESCO-listed and all have their own individual charm. Fez’s appeal lies in the narrow, winding streets of its medieval medina (walled city); Marrakech highlights include tombs, palaces, and gardens; while Rabat, today’s capital, blends old and new to magical effect.

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