Travel to Meknes
is often ranked as the third most important of the five imperial cities (after
Fez and Marrakech)
and I'm willing to agree. Compared to the first two I find Meknes a lot less
interesting but it has still more to offer in terms of medina and old arcitecture
than Rabat and Casablanca.
- Moulay ismail's
imperial city: you enter the old imperial city through the huge
impressive gate Bab el-Mansour. The area is not very big and can easily
be visited on foot.
- Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail: beautiful, open to non muslims
and free of charge makes this place well worth a visit. Non muslims can go
as far as the first part of the sanctuary (though the shoes have to stay
outside) which is beautifully tiled with a small fountain in the middle.
The tomb itself is in the next room but can be seen through the valved opening
- Heri es-Souani and Agdal Basin: are the partly
restored granaries of Molay Ismail. Admission 10 dirham.
- Meknes medina: is quite small and cosy and also rather
easy to find your way around in.
- Dar Jamaî Museum: situated in the medina not
far from the Place el-Hedim, the big square is an old palace now used
for exhibiting traditional arts and crafts, admission 15 dirham.
- Hotels and hostels in Meknes: there are quite a few reasonable
priced cheapies in the medina, charging 60-100 dirham for a double room.
Arrive early in high season. If you are looking for something more luxurious
try Restaurant Riad, situated close to the Bab el-Mansour that has a few
exclusive rooms or the beautifully restored Palais Didi situated on 7, Dar