Around 60 km west and less than an hour away from the much more popular city of Fes in Morocco, Meknes is a city that should figure in the itinerary of a Moroccan adventure, but usually doesn’t. And its offbeat status is part of its charm. The city’s history stretches back more than a century, evidenced by the Roman ruins of Volubilis nearby. With reasonable prices and a warm and welcoming local populace, Meknes has all the ingredients for a quiet and relaxed leg in a Moroccan trip. It has historical sites and natural landscapes, delicious food and a laid-back atmosphere. Here’s a look at the vistas you can expect to see in Meknes. ALSO READ: Photos of Rovinj, a Croatian Coastal City Along the Adriatic Sea Also Read - Morocco Makes Major Progress Under King Mohammed VI's 20-Year Rule

Panoramic view of Meknes, founded in the 11th century by the Almoravids as a military settlement

Panoramic view of Meknes, a city in Morocco which was founded in the 11th century by the Almoravids as a military settlement Also Read - Lionel Messi Suffers Injury on Return as Argentina Lose 3-1 Against Venezuela



Traffic among old city fortification walls in Meknes, one of the oldest imperial city in Morocco

Traffic among old city fortification walls on July 28, 2010 in Meknes, Morocco. Meknes is one of the oldest imperial city in Morocco Also Read - Battle for top four spot in contention as FC Goa face Jamshedspur FC

Volubilis near Meknes, a ruined Amazigh, then a Roman city in Morocco and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Volubilis near Meknes in Morocco. Volubilis is a ruined Amazigh, then Roman city in Morocco near Meknes, UNESCO World Heritage Site



Bab El-Mansour gate at the El Hedim square 

Gate Bab El-Mansour at the El Hedim square in Meknes. Meknes is one of the four Imperial cities of Morocco

El Hedim Square is a main and biggest square in Meknes, Morocco

El Hedim Square in Meknes, Morocco. El Hedim is a main and biggest square in Meknes, Morocco

Unidentified people walking in the street of Meknes

Unidentified people walking in the street of Meknes, Morocco. Meknes is one of the four Imperial cities of Morocco

The old city granary walls that lie near the heart of the original imperial city

Meknes old city granary walls in Morocco. Artistic interpretation wide lens

Interior of the Moulay Ismail Mausoleum in Meknes

Interior of the Moulay Ismail Mausoleum in Meknes, Morocco

Traditional Arabic Coranic calligraphy in the Bou Inania madrasa 

Islamic calligraphy detail. Traditional Arabic Coranic Calligraphy in the madrasa Bou Inania, Meknes, Morocco

People in a restaurant on a square in Meknes

People in a restaurant on a square on July 29, 2010 in Meknes, Morocco. Meknes is a 1000 years old imperial city in Morocco

The cityscape of Meknes, with the architecture of the city in display

Architecture of Meknes, a city in Morocco which was founded in the 11th century by the Almoravids as a military settlement

Despite the fact that it doesn’t get as many visitors as its eastern neighbor, Meknes is, at its core, a blue-blooded imperial city. There are grand buildings with intricate and beautiful architecture and ancient medina streets that snake their way through the old city. Meknes was, in fact, once the capital of the Moroccan sultanate. Even today, you’ll find well-preserved remnants of its ancient fortifications and the tomb of the king at the heart of what was once the original imperial city. So if you want to get closer to the rich history of Morocco, do not skip Meknes.