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Meknes, a great daytrip :)

by Giannis Prodromidis - 5 years, 1 month ago

Meknes remains fairly unpopular for tourists, save for Japanese groups wielding cameras and those just passing through. And yet, it is Morocco's third imperial city ! Situated between Rabat and Fez in the Tafilalet region, Meknes is easily accessible by train, major auto routes . Walk out of the front door of your riad and follow the little street to the Place El Hedim, you'll soon see the impressive Bab Mansour and Bab Djemaa and Nouar gate. The covered souk (local market) is now on your right and a Morocco highlight not to be missed. Rows of spices in all shapes and colours are piled high, and dozens of olives, figs and dates. Proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996, Meknes is home to a number of historic sites, the most famous of which is Bab Mansour, one of the largest medina gates in the country. One of the country’s best museums also calls Meknes home, was built in 1882 as a private residence, Dar Jamai (House of Jamai) became the Museum of Moroccan Art. The exhibits change every few years; the most recent is a tribute to clothing and home furnishings, and also contains several ancient copies of the Qur’an. The Royal Golf Course of Meknes is worth a visit (though it is noted that only members, or guests of members, can play), as is Place Hedim, the main square of the old medina, located directly across from Bab Mansour. I had a great daytrip and left me good remembers !


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