Meknes is the commercial center for the surrounding agricultural plateau region
Located in north and central Morocco, it is one of Morocco’s 4 Imperial cities and 6th largest city with a 2022 population of 568,000. Founded in the 11th century as a military settlement, it was once the capital of Morocco.. Surrounded by high walls with large doorways, the city is a blend of 17th century Islamic and European styles.
Hot-summer Mediterranean with highs averaging into the high 80’s during the Summer months and cool winter temps in the 60’s with night time temps in the 40’s.
With its high elevation, and rich and fertile land, Meknes is thought of as the capital of agriculture in Morocco. Many fruits and vegetables grow there, onions and garlic, olives, and sheep and cattle, including a large dairy industry.
Bab Mansour and Bab el Khemis: Gates with tall columns, intricate turquoise tiles, and ancient arches. There are also many other impressive gates around the city.
Bou Inania Madrasa: both a school and a mosque located in the center of the medina.
Lahdim Square: filled with vendors, snake charmers, music, and ostriches.
Place Hedim: main square in Meknes
Prison of Habs Qara: large underground prison said to house 60,000 prisoners (mostly slaves)
The Royal Stables: were filled with 1000’s of horses in the past.
Volubilis: This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site considered to be a well preserved example of a Roman colonial town on the fringes of the Empire.
Transportation: Meknes’s location makes it a busy transportation hub. The Gare Routiere (intercity bus station) is west of the medina. CTM (buses) is located near the train station. There is a large network of city buses and small and large taxis. 2 Train stations: Meknes Railway Station and Qadir Railway. Nearest airport is in Fez (Fes-Saiss Airport) and only accessible by road. Mohammed V Airport (Casablanca) can be reached by train. Horse carriages are a great way to relax and see the city.Share this tour