Know what to see, what to visit and what to do when you travel to Mekness
Strategically located in the north center of the country, 267 km south of Tangier (between three and four hours of road); 60 km west of fez, just a few hours away, making it an ideal base for exploring this part of morocco, it is also very close to rabat, just 138 km east, say about two hours.
Information about Meknes
Meknes is an imperial city that is perfectly connected by train and motorway, it becomes point of way to get to fez coming from Tangier, so for those who can only travel in the afternoon it is better to stay in mekness and do the next day An excursion to fez. In this way, you will first visit more things and the time invested in arriving until you did it with the day of the visit to Fez.
Meknassa of the olive trees was founded by the Berbers in the ninth century, but until 1069 it did not acquire its true importance when the Almoravids built a bastion and a citadel.
After passing through many sieges, conquests, abandonments and reconstructions, mekness reached its apogee under the government of mulay ismail (s xvi) who made it the capital of its sultanato, as did abderraman and with córdoba in the time of andalus .
This Alawi sultan embellished in detail the city of Meknes, providing it with more than forty kilometers of ramparts with monumental gates, manicured gardens, impressive mosques, magnificent fortresses, and also established its first palace, Dar Kebira (La Casa Grande).
The result was that it left us as a legacy one of the most monumental cities in all of Morocco, which is not usually important in the usual tourist circuits and is well worth a break to know it thoroughly. In the end Meknes has much more to see than Fez, as it retains more monuments to visit than its competitor which offers the largest medina in Morocco and little else.