Ancient gate in Meknes

Meknes Tours and Travels

About Meknes

As one of the four imperial cities of Morocco, Meknes is imbued with a solid dose of history mixed with a rich cultural heritage. Although often overshadowed by Fes, its far more popular neighbour, Meknes is well-deserving of a bit of attention from those visiting Morocco. In 1996, the city gained UNESCO World Heritage status yet the number of tourists visiting the city has remained relatively low, meaning that the city's cultural identity has been kept wholly in tact and visitors are unlikely to be hassled in the way they might be in some of the large cities.

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This surprisingly modest city features some stunning architecture linked by narrow paths that snake through this enchanting city. A good example of some of these extravagant structures is Bab Mansour, one of the colossal gates that mark the entrance to the city. Opposite the gate is Place Hedim, an open plaza, which is usually bustling with street vendors and snake charmers and is the perfect place for a spot of people watching. The Habs Qara Prison is also worth visiting, if purely for its historical significance.

The city of Meknes was founded in the 11th century by Moulay Ismail and today his mausoleum is one of the most fascinating attractions in the city. While non-Muslims are not allowed to approach the tomb, they are permitted to snap some shots of its lavish design. If that doesn't satisfy your history craving, there is also the Dar Jamai Museum, which was originally the residence of the important Jamai family and now boasts a plethora of art, ceramics and rugs, all made in the traditional Moroccan fashion.

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Meknes Tours

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Meknes Hotels

If you are planning a Meknes holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Riad El Yacout Meknes

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Riad El Yacout features two restaurants and complimentary wireless and wired high-speed Internet access is available in public areas. Rooms feature patios with city or courtyard views and comfortable furnishings. Both the interior and exterior of the hotel has been designed according to traditional Moroccan styles. The riad is ideally located in the district of lalla Aouda and two minutes away from the place of El Hedim. It is also next door to Bab Mansour and Kobt Souk.

Meknes Tailor made suggestions

Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Meknes.

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