Not too many people visit these cities in Morocco. That’s probably attributed to their size, and so the things one can do here are limited. Nevertheless, here are some of the places I visited in these two cities, that you don’t want to miss during your time in Morocco.
This is the Moroccan King’s official residence. The grounds of the palace are so vast, they house all the staff quarters, offices, and a cookery school (apparently)!
The Ouadayas Garden and Kasbah
Set in Morocco’s capital on the mouth of the Bou Regreg river, the Oudayas Kasbah) is one of the country’s most unique sites. It was built in the 12th century and has since been renovated several times. It has been home Arab tribes, immigrants, as well as some very powerful sultans. You can take a walk through to the streets of the Kasbah to see the beautiful gardens, and old mosque and a museum.
The mausoleum of Mohammed V
This building, with its white walls and green terraces, is home to the tombs of Mohammed V and his two sons. I must say, they these are very well guarded tombs! They even have a special seat and microphone inside for the Koran reader! across the mausoleum stands the Hassan tower. This tower (minaret) is actually part of an incomplete mosque. However, when the sultan who had commissioned it’s construction died, construction stopped. All that stands there is this incomplete tower at half of it’s intended height, and incomplete columns.
Bab Mansour Gate
The grand entrance into Meknes. This is a beautiful gate that stands as the last project constructed under the Sultan Moulay Ismail, with it’s beautiful arches and mosaic tiles.
Now ruined, these stood as the stables for the royal horses, and also as a food storage for the city of Meknes.
Roman ruins of Volubilis
The ruins are just outside Meknes. In the heart of what used to be a large olive-producing agricultural area, the ruins still have remains of a triumphal arc, basilica and temple. Don’t forget your hat and water for this leg of the trip. It’s a steep climb in the sun, and there are no trees for shade!