Meknes is a city in northern Morocco and it was the capital of Morocco under the reign of Moulay Ismail (1672–1727). The population is around 1,000,000. Meknes is named after a Berber tribe which was known as Miknasa.
We departure from Fez at 9 am and we drive for around 1 hour to the Imperial city of Meknes. We drive across the plain and you will see vast acreages of vineyards which produce good quality wine, much of which is exported to France. You will have up to three hours in Meknes to explore the town including the expansive souks, the fascinating historical sites and to take lunch. Moulay Ismail made Meknes the capital city of Morocco during his reign around 1700; his mausoleum and the Rouah, his stables for over 12,000 horses, together with Place el-Hedim, the central pedestrian square in the Medina, are well worth a visit. The souks of Meknes are refreshingly spacious compared to Fez, which makes the city a relaxing place to explore.
1 DAY TRIP Excursion from Fez to Chefchaouen
Chefchaouen or Chaouen, as it is often called by Moroccans, is a popular tourist destination because of its proximity to Tangier and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. The name refers to the shape of the mountain tops above the town, that look like the two horns (chaoua) of a goat. "Chef Chaouen" derives from the Berber word for horns, Ichawen. There are approximately two hundred hotels catering to the summer influx of European tourists. One distinction possessed by Chefchaouen is its blue-rinsed houses and buildings.
Chefchaouen is a popular shopping destination as well, as it offers many native handicrafts that are not available elsewhere in Morocco, such as wool garments and woven blankets. The goat cheese native to the area is also popular with tourists.
Merzouga Adventures - 1 Day trips from Fez to Meknes
Merzouga Adventures - 1 Day trips from Fez to Chefchaouen
1 DAY TRIP Excursion from Fez to Volubilis
A short drive from Fes are the sprawling ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis. An UNESCO World Heritage site spread over 40 hectares; these are the most well preserved Roman ruins in Morocco. Romans began building of the city of Volubilis around 40AD, with the aim of maintaining control of this North African region. Development increased rapidly in the 2nd and 3rd centuries when the Romans embarked upon the cultivation of grain. The triumphal arch, built in 217 in honour of the Roman Emperor Caracalla and his mother, originally housed a bronze chariot atop its ancient stones, and was rebuilt in 1933. Wonderfully preserved mosaics in vivid colours, nearly all of which depict mythological scenes, can still be seen. Remains of palaces, baths, basilicas and spectacular mosaics transport you to a time 2000 years ago. A few miles from Volubilis is the holy city of Moulay Idriss. It was here that Moulay Idriss I, a direct descendent from the Prophet Mohammed, arrived in 789 bringing with him the religion of Islam.
Merzouga Adventures - 1 Day trips from Fez to Volubilis