Excursiones por Marruecos » Excursiones de un día desde Fez
Volúbilis is an ancient Roman city where the best preserved and most visited archaeological remains of Morocco are found. 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, such as the forum, the basilica and the temple of Jupiter, the hot springs, the Caracalla arch and the beautiful mosaics. Optional guided tour.
Meknes is the most modest of the four Imperial Cities of Morocco, something that makes it a different place, much quieter and more relaxed than Fez, Marrakech or Rabat. Meknes is surrounded by fields, with agricultural products being one of the bases of the city’s economy. Interestingly, in this region the largest amount of wine from Morocco is produced, something that already surprises itself, since Muslims are forbidden to drink alcohol. In it we can visit its Zocos, El-Hedim Square, El-Hedim Square (which is to Meknes what Jamaa el Fna is to Marrakech), the Dar Jamaï Museum, the Mausoleum of Mulay Ismaíl, the Madrasa Bou Inania …
Mulay Idrís is one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in Morocco. His name honors Idrís I, great grandson of Muhammad and founder of the Idrísita Dynasty. The religious status of the city meant that it was closed to non-Muslims until the middle of the 20th century. Currently, the only prohibited place is the mausoleum of Mulay Idrís. In addition to visiting the outside of the Mulay Idrís Mausoleum, we can visit the Mulay Idrís I Square, the panoramic Terraces and the only circular minaret that exists in Morocco.
Ifrane is a mountain town located 65 kilometers south of Fez. Clean and tidy, Ifrane has parks, lakes and Alpine-style houses, which is why it is known as “the Switzerland of Morocco”. Created by the French in 1930 as a holiday destination, Ifrane is the place where the wealthiest people in the country spend the summer. During winter it is one of the most important ski destinations in Morocco. In it we can visit the City Center, the Stone Lion (carved by a German soldier during World War II in honor of the last lion of the Atlas), Al-Akhawayn University and the exterior of the Royal Palace.
Azrou is an important Berber population located inside the Middle Atlas. Better known than the city itself are the cedar forests that surround it. In Azrou live 50,000 inhabitants. The most famous inhabitant of these forests is the Great Cedar Gouraud, the largest ancient cedar in the region. Unfortunately, he died a few years ago from a plague of processionaries. A few meters from the Cedar Gouraud you will find souvenir stands, drinks and peanuts with which to feed the hundreds of Gibraltar monkeys that inhabit the area, we will also visit its small medina, where you can find shops and workshops of wood carvings and carpets.