Excursion to Volubilis, Moulay Idriss & Meknes

December 3rd 2013

This day trip begins by crossing a fertile agricultural region: culture of cereals, pulses, oil production … Arrival at Zagota Pass, and the road enters the forest of eucalyptus plantations of olive, fig. We soon discovered a vast plain where the ruins of Volubilis. After spending an hour to admire the ruins of this Roman city of the first century AD, the trip continues towards the holy city of Moulay Idriss. To see the panorama and the minaret round and white, decorated with Koranic verses green mosaic.

Upon arrival in Meknes, one has a magnificent view of the Medina. The tour begins with a tour of the walls with monumental gates dating from the seventeenth century Berdaïne Bab, Bab Khemis. We continue exploring the city by the stables (Rua), attics (HERI), and Stud. Stop needed at the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail was for a long time the only mosque that non-Muslims could visit in Morocco. It then exits through the famous Bab Mansour El on the vast square Hedim. On the other side of the square, the Museum of Moroccan Art “Dar Jamai” offers a wide variety of handicrafts. One can stroll through the Medina before returning to Fez.

This walk can take half a day or slightly more depending on time spent admiring the variety of landscapes: forests of oaks, cedars, cultivated fields among the stones, and Orchards…

WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT US

  • Hidden at the end of a narrow passage way, the door at Riad Ibn Khaldoun opens to a beautiful tiled central court. We really enjoyed our stay here. The staff was most accommodating and made us feel like family. A plus was to see the owners collection of old costumes...not sure if he still does this. A very pleasant and happy stay!

    Suzanne Holmer Smith, 2014

  • We stayed 2 nights. The room was at the top floor very nice,clean nice decoration. Breakfeast was good.  The staff was helpfull. Wifi works very well everywhere. Higly recomend.

    Zehra, 2015

  • Tucked away down an alley but a real wow factor when you open the door into the riad. Beautifully decorated - we had a lovely, large bedroom with four poster bed. Felt like being in a royal palace. Meals on the roof garden with exceptional views over Fez medina. We thank the owner and Ahmed for all of their help and making us so welcome and comfortable. They even let us stay later in the day for our evening flight home. Would strongly recommend this riad.

    Sara G, 2015