Moulay Idriss Travel Guide
Moulay Idriss from Volubilis
Getting into The Molay Idress Mausoleum
After you pass the main gait you come across a door on your right hand. That is the door to the Royal Palace (see the 3rd picture). When I arrived at the gaits of the Mosque and tomb there was a no picture sign, so I was not able to take pictures @ the tomb. After that you...
The Main Square
This where you'll find every thing. The mausoleum, internet cafes, Resturants, Shoping, even if you are looking for an apartemnt. I was in mouly idress in the summer and the main square was full of peope up to 11 pm. You could still see people after mid night. The resturants...
Kasbah and other things
These 4 things are very close to each others and can be seen in 1/2 hour or so Kasbah , it is Just a gate with is leads to one alley only. I was told there was another Kasbah but I did not get to see it. To get to this one walk up hill from the bus station and you'll see a...
El Hemma and Haroon
Haroon is aquiduct system that brings water into town, the view is spectacular. This was buil by the french in 1920 Elhemma is hot springs just outside of town. It is near the queries where the roman got the stone to build Volibilus. What is interesting is the presence of...
Shrine and Zaouia of Moulay Idriss
The Shrine and Zaouia of Moulay Idriss is closed to non-Muslims though you can walk up as far as the first courtyard and non one seems to mind if you take pictures from here. There is a low bar in front of this entrance which marks the limit point for non-Muslims. If you...
Best Views of Moulay Idriss
Moulay Idriss is split into two quarters - Khiber and Tasga - which rise vertically on either side of the Mausoleum. If you climb to the top of either of these quarters there are excellent views of the town and you get a good idea of the size and layout of the mausoleum. The...
The only Cylindrical Minaret in Morocco is situated in the hilly small path. When you continue to walk up the path, you can get a great view of the town.
King Juba II: Diyar Hotel
I really like the Diyar hotel and I will highly recommend it. People were very nice but I have to be honest, The food was not good. The resturant is located on the 3 rd floor and the view is very good. The Setting is elegant and smart but the food was not good. a chicken...
Terrasse Sidi Abdallah el Hajjam
Terrasse Sidi Abdallah el Hajjam is a nice café at the top of the Khiber side of town in Moulay Idriss. Below the café is a popular lookout point to which the local guides offer to take any visitors to the town. If you can find the terrace - see my Things To Do tips for...
Restaurants on the Main Square
We arrived in Moulay Idriss at lunchtime so our first priority was to find somewhere nice to eat. We walked up to the main square and passed a few nameless eateries, from which we heard “Hello, bonjour” as we passed. These all looked and smelled great so we chose the busiest...
Can't read Arabic: Local food Kebab
Along the way from the main square to the Mausoleum, you will pass by many local restaurants with smoky kebab. I had lunch here as you can see from the pic for DH50.
hmm! you got to be kidding
There is few internet Cafe, it is open 24 hrs. There is one near the bus station and few ones near the Main square, between Morac Telecom and Meditel shops. It will cost you 5 dh/hr
Updated Nov 17, 2008
Bus and grand taxi station.
The bus moves to Meknas every hour on the hour from 8-6. It will cost you 10 dh. The Grand Taxis is available 24hrs a day and it cost 10 dh also. The bus is more comfortable. The trip will take 20-30 minutesVolubilus is 4 km away, you can take a taxi. or walk the to site....
Transportation, local style
when you walk around in mountainous cities like Moaly Idress or Chefchauen, you often can't help but wounder how do people move goods and stuff around those narrow, ascending/descending alleys. Once you see a donkey at work, you wonder no more. These beasts of burden are as...
Moulay Idriss from Fes
Moulay Idriss is a short distance from Meknes and most visitors come via that city, often combining Moulay Idriss and Volubils on the same day-trip. We went on a different route bypassing Meknes. We started in Fes and took the N6 Road to Meknes, turning off to the N4 road to...
Grand taxi from Meknes
The taxi stand in Meknes is in the Ville Nouvelle. Grand taxi which can take up to 6 people charges DH10 each one way. The front of grand taxi sits 2 person.
None of our guide books had a map of Moulay Idriss and there is no tourist office in the town so it took us a while to get our bearings, especially as we came into the town from the north. Most people arrive from Meknes in the south and can see the town long before they arrive. We eventually found a car-park near the market at the bottom of town and found our way up to the main square, where most of the restaurants are found. If you get lost just ask anyone the way to the mausoleum as it’s on the main square.
Written May 13, 2007
Many people combine a trip Moulay Idriss with a visit to the Roman ruins at Volubilis, 4km to the north west. Volubilis was one of the most remote outposts of the Roman Empire and the ruins here are amongst the best preserved and definitely the best known Roman ruins in...
Views of Moulay Idriss from the Meknes Road
If you are travelling to Moualy Idriss from Meknes you’ll see the town from the road long before you reach it. The town, from a distance, is often said to resemble a camel with the two districts of Khiber and Tasga resembling the humps and the zaouia and shrine representing...
Mosolet of Mouley Idriss
Favorite thing: I wasn't able to visit that monument because i am not a musulman but my friend (who is musulman) go inside and take pictures for me.
Updated Nov 29, 2005
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