Explore the Roman Ruins of Volubilis & the Imperial City of Meknes

Impressive Roman Ruins are still standing at Volubilis

While traveling in Morocco, you can explore the country's regal history at the ruins of Volubilis and the imperial city of Meknes. Set next to one another, they make the perfect combination for an interesting historical and cultural break on longer drives, especially when transferring between Casablanca and Fes and Chefchaouen and Fes. Then, travel back through time as you visit ancient Roman ruins and the landmarks left by Moroccan sultans!

First up is Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to Morocco’s best-preserved Roman ruins. This town was of the most remote outposts of the Roman Empire—the Romans ruled here for about 200 years, until 285 CE when the empire grew too large to control. Wander this massive archeological site and explore the remains of merchant homes, temples, and colorful mosaics that have remained in good condition over the centuries.

Next, you'll visit the Unesco World Heritage city of Meknes. Under the reign of Sultan Moulay Ismail (1672–1727), Meknes grew from a small town to a magnificent capital. There are many fascinating places in this historic imperial city. The two main areas of interest are the Ville Impériale (Imperial City) — home to gardens, palaces, and the gate of Bab al-Mansour — and the medina (old walled town).

Meknes is a nice primer for bigger Moroccan cities like Fes because the medina here is smaller, less busy, and more laidback. Check out the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail and the Dar Jamai, a once beautiful palace that now functions as a native arts museum exhibiting traditional crafts and artwork. Depending on your travel route, you may even have enough time to enjoy a delicious lunch here in Meknes.

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