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1 Day Excursions from Fez

If you want to know some interesting places around Fez, these are our suggestions:

Volubilis

volubilis-arco-caracalla_224Volubilis is an ancient Roman city where archaeological remains are best preserved and most visited of Morocco. The area was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997. It occupies 40 hectares and is located 33 kilometers north of Meknes. Although it is best to walk discovering the ruins, there are some points that you can not miss, as the forum, the basilica and the temple of Jupiter, the baths, the Arch of Caracalla and the beautiful mosaics. Guided optional.

 

Meknes

meknes-medersa-bou-inania_224Meknes is the most modest of the four Imperial Cities of Morocco, which makes it a different, much quieter and relaxed than Fez, Marrakech and Rabat. Meknes is surrounded by fields, with agricultural products one of the foundations of the city's economy. Interestingly, this region produces the largest quantity of wine from Morocco, which is already in itself surprising, since Muslims are forbidden to drink alcohol. Here you can visit the souks, Place el-Hedim: Plaza el-Hedim (which is what Meknes Jamaa el Fna is Marrakech), the Dar Jamai Museum, the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, the Madrasa Bou Inania .. .

Moulay Idris

mulay-idris_250Mulay is one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in Morocco. Its name honors Idris I, grandson of Muhammad and the founder of the dynasty Idrísita. The religious status of the city led to the mid-twentieth century was closed to non-Muslims. Currently the only place forbidden is the mausoleum of Moulay Idris. Besides visiting the Mausoleum of Moulay outside of Idris, we visit the Plaza de Moulay Idris I, panoramic terraces andthe circular minaret that exists only in Morocco.

 

Ifrane

ifrane_224Ifrane is a mountain village located 65 kilometers south of Fez. Clean and tidy, Ifrane has parks, lakes and alpine-style houses, so it is known as the "Switzerland of Morocco". Created by the French in 1930 as a holiday destination, Ifrane is where summers's wealthiest people country. During the winter is one of the major ski destinations in Morocco. In the center you can visit the city, the Lion stone (carved by a German soldier during World War II after the last lion of the Atlas), the Al-Akhawayn and outside the Royal Palace.

Azrou and the cedar forests

azrou-bosque-monos_224Azrou is an important Berber population located within the Middle Atlas. Better known than the city itself are the cedar forests that surround it. Azrou live in 50,000. The most famous inhabitant of these woods is the Great Cedar Gouraud, the largest ancient cedar in the region. Unfortunately, he died a few years ago by a plague of Processionary. Very close to Cedar posts Gouraud find souvenirs, drinks and peanuts to feed the monkeys of Gibraltar hundreds living in the area also visit the small medina, where you can find shops and workshops, woodwork and carpets.

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