Just 60km apart, the royal cities of Fez and Meknes are located on the northern flank of the Central Atlas Mountains. Both cities are brimming with classical sites – richly decorated palaces, breathtaking madrasahs, authentic souks and exciting museums.
As visitors stroll through the world’s largest medieval Islamic old town, they can’t help but be amazed by its 9,000 alleys. The medina of Fez was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981 and is the religious heart of the country. It has the feel of an outdoor museum, enchanting art lovers, culture buffs, gourmets and shopping addicts alike.
Gaze in awe at Bab Bou Jeloud, the famous blue gate, and haggle in the souks. Perhaps the world’s most romantic city, it charms visitors at every turn with its splendour and opulence, a living Moroccan treasure.
If you’ve ever found yourself fascinated by the Palace of Versailles and Louis XIV, the Sun King, you’ll be in your element in Meknes, where Sultan Moulay Ismail Ibn Sharif ruled for 55 years. The Ville impériale, the ruler’s former residence, is Moroccan absolutism on a grand scale. The palace and fortress are surrounded by 40km of walls, an emphatic statement of power and dominance. Your private guide will be happy to organise an excursion to beautiful Meknes, the Berber city of Sefrou or Azrou and its famous cedar forests.