It is in the north of Morocco, nestled in the hollow of the mountainous massif of the Middle Atlas, that the sleeping imperial and historical city of Meknes thrives. Easily accessible from Fez (60 kilometres separating the two medieval cities), it is a choice destination for those who wish to discover another Morocco, less touristic and certainly more authentic. Born of the will of the megalomaniac sultan Moulay Ismaïl, who made it his capital in the 17th century, Meknes shelters a very well preserved medina where small wonders of Arab and Berber architecture are legion, like the imposing vaulted door and furnished with Bab Mansour mosaic. The Meknes tourist guide will also take you to the impressive array of courtyards and fountains of the Moulay Ismaïl mausoleum, but also to the former royal stables to the south of the city, while to the north, the remains of the ancient Roman city of Volubilis, very well preserved, bear witness to a distant past. A warm welcome, cultural strolls, mint tea and Moroccan cuisine (pastillas...), Meknes advances at its own pace and offers visitors a different experience.

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When to go to Meknès?

When to go to Meknes? The heat can be stifling in summer and harsh winter, so the high tourist seasons are spring and fall. Hiking in the Middle Atlas is possible from October to about April, while in winter ski resorts, such as Mischliffen, also attract tourists, many of whom are Moroccan. If you are wondering when to go to Meknes without ruining yourself while enjoying a certain tranquility, it may be advantageous to travel in low season, when hotels can offer discounts of up to 50 %. However, it happens that during this period some services and animations are deleted, as during Ramadan. In short, there is no better time to go to Meknes, each season has its own charm!

How to go to Meknès? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Perhaps because of the influence of its older sister Fez, Meknes is not the subject of a specific organized trip, its visit will rather be integrated into the itineraries such as "culture of Morocco" (the Roman site of Volubilis is worth a visit) or "Moroccan cuisine". However, it is still very possible to plan a tailor-made trip to Meknes: honeymoon, family holidays in an all-inclusive package (all-inclusive) and other thematic tours.

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The average price of a direct flight from France to Meknes (you will land at Fez airport) is around 250 € in high season and 130 € in low season. It should be noted that the price variation depends on the company borrowed but, above all, on the time required to book. Remember to book your tickets in advance!

To discover the medina of Meknes, nothing beats walking! To travel in the new city and the surrounding area of Meknes (Volubilis in particular), we will use the service of small taxis (urban taxis), which are cheap and very practical, but also the bus network. For longer trips, opt for large taxis (interurban) or car rental

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When to travel?

When to go to Meknes? The heat can be stifling in summer and harsh winter, so the high tourist seasons are spring and...
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Weather forecast

On the climate side, temperature differences are very significant according to the seasons. In autumn and spring, the...
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Budget

Without being dear, Meknes is not a paradise for the broke. In Morocco, the government has promoted tourism for the w...
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Formalities

For French, Belgian, Swiss and Canadian nationals wishing to travel to Meknes, a valid passport is required for any i...
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Health

There is no longer any malaria in Morocco, which does not exempt you from protecting yourself from mosquito bites. Va...
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How to travel by yourself?

The average price of a direct flight from France to Meknes (you will land at Fez airport) is around 250 € in high s...
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How to get organized?

Perhaps because of the influence of its older sister Fez, Meknes is not the subject of a specific organized trip, its...
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Getting around

To discover the medina of Meknes, nothing beats walking! To travel in the new city and the surrounding area of Meknes...
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