When I am in Morocco, I can’t stay at one place for too long, so we always plan out a trip. This year our trip included Fèz and Meknes.
We try to travel to Fèz each year to visit family in the old m’dina. If you want to experience Morocco in its most authentic way – you must visit Fèz! One of the old m’dinas, the larger one, of which is Fèz el Bali, is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and is believed to be one of the world’s largest car-free urban areas. Beside our visits to the souk, the leather tanning vats and the vibrant copper, gold and silver trading, we also visited the oldest continuously functioning madrassa (school) in the world: Madrassa Al-Attarine. The school is almost completely covered with ‘zelij’ (Arabic mosaic print).
When in Meknes, there are a few places you MUST visit! One of them is Vollubilis, an old, partly excavated Roman city in Morocco (near Meknes), built 300 years BC. It is listed for being “an exceptionally well preserved example of a large Roman colonial town on the fringes of the Empire”.
The other place I visited in Meknes was the mausoleum Moulay Ismail – one of Morocco’s greatest rulers, who made Meknès his capital city in the 17th century. A visit to Moulay Ismail’s final resting place is believed to bring ‘Al baraka’ – divine blessing.