If you have time in Fez, you can enjoy one day trip to visit Meknes, Volubilis, and Moulay Idriss zerhoun.
Departure from Fez, We’ll pick you up from your hotel or riad in the morning and drive to Volubilis, the Roman ruins which are an hour and a half drive away from Fez.
Volubilis is one of the most well preserved Roman ruins in North Africa, floor mosaics are famous here. It is said that Moulay Ismail, king of Morocco in the 17th century, brought the stones from here to build the Meknes city and many of the Roman buildings were destroyed. Still, you can see the pillars of temples and beautiful mosaics on the floor. This place is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Only 4 km drive from Volubilis, Moulay Idris’s city is on the top of two hills and takes the shape of a camel. Moulay Idriss is Morocco’s first Islamic city, still surrounded by a sacred atmosphere. The Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss is not open to non-Muslims, but it still gives you a great impression just by looking at this hallway.
We continue the tour to Meknes, where you will have your lunch in a local restaurant. The city was once the capital of the kingdom of Morocco under the rule of the powerful sultan and leader Moulay Ismail. At the very entrance of the medina there is the famous gate Bab Lakhmis and straight to the Sahrij Souani and the stables and granaries of the sultan Moulay Ismail. After you can visit the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail. Most of the mosques and mausoleums are not open to non-Muslims in Morocco, and this is one of the exceptions. The courtyard is so quiet, you’ll instantly understand that you entered a very sacred place.
Enjoy the beauty of Islamic architecture. In front of the main square El Hdim, where you can see the monkey and snake charmers stands the giant monumental gate, Bab Mansour. The ruler Moulay Ismail built this fascinating gate which is amazingly decorated with zellij and mosaics, one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. You can have a nice walk in the souks if you wish.
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IN THIS VISIT
- Moulay Idriss city
- Bab Lakhmis
- Hri souani / the stales
- The mausoleum of Moulay Ismail
- Bab Mansour
- El Hdim square & the medina