This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Meknes. To help you make friends with Meknes before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Meknes, Morocco, is one of the larger cities in the northern region of the country. The city is broken down into two main areas, the Old Town and the Medina, and the new town. You will find Meknes, Morocco hostels in either side of the town, but be mindful that if you choose a Meknes, Morocco hostel in the newer side of town, you will be walking or cabbing to get to and from the action. It is easy enough to get from one place to another walking, and the easiest way to tell the border of these areas is to find the McDonald's on the bridge, as this is a great landmark to help with navigation. Taxi's are also fairly cheap here to help you get around and see the sights if you cannot be bothered walking -- just make sure you take a card, so your cab driver can find their way back to the hostel.
You can easily get around Meknes in a day. The Medina has lovely walls and beautiful gates that you can walk around and explore, with majority of the gates that are worth seeing marked on a map. After this you can head into the markets inside the walls to explore the spice markets. You can also go and visit the Royal Palace, the mausoleum of Mouley Ismail, and the Royal Stables. If you have the time, you can also take a day trip to the Volubilis Roman ruins outside of the city centre, which are beautifully set among the mountainous background.
You can get to Meknes from most of the other major cities around the region -- such as Fes, Casablanca, and Rabat -- on the trains or buses, and they are fairly easy to navigate. It is a nice place to stop and break up the long journeys, but not worth spending more than a day here.
Written by local enthusiast for Meknes hostelsGlobetrotter