Moroccan Moments

The Travellers Guide to Morocco

Meknes - the place and the people

Moroccan Cities and Towns


Map of the Meknes area.

Meknes was founded in the 10th century but was then chosen to be the new capital of Morocco in the late 17th century by the sultan Moulay Ismail.

Moulay Ismail was a lover of fine things (he also had a large harem which was reported to have produced several hundred children) and he planned to make Meknes into a great imperial city with architecture inspired by Louis XIV France.
He never really achieved his ambition but did result in a huge amount of building work, much of which has been restored after falling into disrepair.

The Roman ruins of are about 30Km north of Meknes. This was once the capital of the Roman province of Mauretania (roughly corresponding to present day Morocco) and are now the most impressive Roman ruins in the country.

The holy town of Moulay Idriss lies about 25Km north of Meknes.

Meknes can be accessed via Fez Airport, situated 55 Km west of Meknes.

The following golf courses are in the Meknes area -

Meknes Royal Golf Club, a 9 hole course, within the city of Meknes, just south of the Medina

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