To visit


After discovering some of the History of Meknes, it is important to know which are its main tourist attractions.

To start the day in Meknes from Riad Felloussia you can visit several places. The nearest site is El-Hedim square. It is found in the heart of the Medina of Meknes and it was built up by Moulay Ismail. It was originally used to ritualize royalty appointments and for public executions. Nowadays, it is the perfect place to contemplate the movement of the city and observe the busy activity of the medina. At the South end of El-Hedim, you will discover a great gate named Bab Mansour, another tourist attraction near Riad Felloussia. Though it is now closed off and used as an art gallery, Bab Mansour is the doorway to the imperial city of Moulay Ismail. This enormous door is well-conserved and displays amazing zeillijs and inscriptions on top of it.

The West side of the square it is a fantastic Covered Market. This market within Meknes is a wonderful place to buy food. There is a good quality of vegetables and meat. It is directly opposite Riad Felloussia.

 South of Bab Mansour, you will find Lalla Aouda square where Moulay Ismail controlled his famous Black Guard. Moulay ensured the perpetuity of his guard by giving wives to his soldiers, increasing in that way their offspring. When he died the guard had multiplied by ten.

Souks are an important part in the Meknes. The easiest way to see them is by going to the north side of El-Hedim. In these open markets, you can walk and buy souvenirs in stalls or shop for clothes and carpets.

You can also visit Koubbat as-Sufara that was the old hall where foreign ambassadors attended. At one end, a hole that descends into a crypt can be found. This big crypt was composed by an amazing network of rooms which were used to store food. We recommend you to bring a torch, if you want to visit it .

In front of Koubbat as-Sufara, can be found the resting place of the sultan, the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail. Moulay Ismail was one of the most important governors in Moroccan history. The entry of the Mausoleum leads you through some peaceful courtyards which aim to bring tranquillity and humility to visitors. The tomb is a real example of Moroccan craftsmanship.

Two kilometres away from the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail are found the immense stables known as Heri es-Suoni. These stables sheltered and fed 12.000 horses. They are composed of small windows, huge walls and an underground water system.

Another remarkable location is Medersa Bou Inania. This educational Islamic institution was built by Abu el Hassan and finished by his successor Abou Inan between 1340 and 1350. The building has a courtyard that opens onto a narrow hall. Each floor is surrounded by cells of students built with exquisite screens of carved cedar. There were rooms for 60 students.

 There are many museums in Morocco but it is particularly important not to forget the Dar Jamai Museum which is considered one of the most important in Morocco. Here are exhibited fantastic cloths, colourful carpets, wonderful embroidery and old furniture of Meknes.

 One of the most interesting visits near Meknes are the Roman ruins in Volubilis. They show the best ruins of all Morocco, ruins that are perfectly preserved and that are known internationally.

It is of great importance to also visit the Sidi ben Aïssa Mausoleum that has a great religious relevance.

If you require more information about Meknes, the Artisan Centre or the Tourist Information Centre will be glad to welcome you and to give you a general idea about what can be visited, tell you about different tours and to inform you about the prices of the main tourist attractions.