Place Hedim is the main square in Meknes encircled by old historical buildings and narrow alleys ended in the bustling markets. The rush hour is in the evening when food stalls and snack vendors selling mouthwatering food, along with music and carnival-like competitions and games making a lively time for locals and tourists.
Tour the City’s Landmarks and Historical Highlights
Meknes is rich in historical and architectural spots such as Borj Belkari Tower and Heri es-Souani that was once a royal granary. Borj Belkari Tower served as a lookout tower placed within the city’s defensive walls. Meknes also has some grand mosques and sacred spots, including the Grand Mosque. Like almost every other mosque in Morocco, non-Muslim travelers aren’t allowed to enter Meknes’s mosques. Bou Inania Madrasa is another magnificent architectural building that initially served as an Islamic school. The Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, the final home of Moulay Ismail, one of the nation’s most influential leaders and the founder of Meknes, is also the city’s major attraction attracting many tourists worldwide to its significance. Non-Muslim tourists can look inside; however, it’s forbidden to go close to the tomb.
Admire the Beautiful Monumental Gates
You can find the heart of the Meknes old city within the imposing walls of the medina. You can enter the ancient fortified town through multiple impressive gates. Bab Mansour is known as one of the most stunning gates in entire Morocco and one of the world’s finest entrances with intricate wood carvings, splendid columns, and gorgeous tile work. Another well-preserved striking arched gate is Bab el-Khemis that lies between two towers.
The Old Prison
The Sultan Moulay Ismail once held prisoners in Habs Qara prison far away from the public eyes. It’s a vast gloomy underground chamber with narrow passages and low archways and ceilings. Political prisoners, slaves, and war prisoners were the Habs Qara unfortunates detained.
Explore the City by Calleche
Do you remember Walt Disney’s cute carriages pulling by horses? Meknes makes your dream come true with a relaxing ride in a calleche. Take a seat in a calleche and see the city from a different perspective while horses are pulling carriages through the streets and areas that large vehicles cannot access.
Shop for Bargains in the Souks
Don’t expect to find hectic and extensive souks in Meknes as those in Marrakech and Fes. You’ll find local souvenirs, skillfully woven carpets, traditional clothing and footwear, decorative lamps and shisha pipes, jewelry, and musical instruments at traditional shops at a reasonable price; however, remember that haggling is a necessary norm here.
Meknes Local Museum
Meknes also has something for history enthusiasts. Take a stroll around the city and find several fascinating museums to explore the past and the present of Meknes, learn more about the people who named the city home over the years, and the daily life in Meknes today. Dar Jamai is among the top-rated museums in the city in an ancient opulent palace showcasing a massive collection of ancient artifacts, artworks, jewelry, and historical copies of the Islamic holy texts. You’ll also find agricultural tools, metal items, pottery, rugs, textiles, and an ornate suit of armor in the Meknes Museum.
Take a Memorable Day Trip to Volubilis
Volubilis is one of the most significant archaeological sites in Morocco, located 30 km outside the city. You’ll find statues, extensive foundations, and numerous dividing walls, mosaics, an ancient bathhouse, stone carvings, and a section of an aqueduct, and more in this old Berber and Roman site.
Enjoy the Nightlife
Morocco is an Islamic country where drinking is almost uncommon among locals; however, you’ll find few bars in major cities. When it comes to nightlife, everything changes for Meknes; it welcomes tourists and international clientele with many bars. Merriment, music, and dancing at the two-level Le Pub, fresco drink at the Hotel Zaki, and the cheap and cheerful bar of Hotel Rif are only some exciting places to spend a night out in Meknes.
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